Magazine article American Libraries

Users Slam Gale's Review of Revisionist Web Site

Magazine article American Libraries

Users Slam Gale's Review of Revisionist Web Site

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After a positive rating was given to the historical revisionist Journal of Historical Review on the CyberHound Web site last summer, a handful of outraged protestors moved Gale Research to rewrite the review twice.

At issue is whether Gale's Cyber-Hound (http://www.cyberhound.com), which rates and reviews Internet sites, should clearly identify The Journal of Historical Review as what a few angry users assert is "anti-Semitic, racist, and neo-Nazi." Three reviews have appeared: The first version received three stars (out of a possible four); the second, one; and the final, two.

The most heated objections have come from Laura B. Cohen, network services librarian at the University of Albany (N.Y.), who told American Libraries, "This is a notoriously racist publication. And this continues to be a friendly review." She had already fired off an angry e-mail message saying so to Gale Manager of Corporate Communications Beth Dempsey in late October.

Gale's original JHR description called it a "revisionist journal" and commended its links to relevant topics. The site's wrap-up "net gain" was: "Strong content that has been endorsed by other publications."

The third version describes the journal, published by the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), as "controversial." It notes that the discord stems from such IHR interpretations of history as "Much of what we're told about the Holocaust is exaggerated or simply not true." The reviewer also warns that the JHR and IHR are "skilled at constructing a socially acceptable facade for their agenda. …

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