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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001546.txt from 1998/04

From: Jonathan Cohler <>
Subj: Re: [klarinet] Ad hominem attacks are not appreciated
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 17:03:41 -0400

Roger Garrett wrote:

>Your approach is to bully and to intimidate.

>Contrary to what you may or may not believe Jonathan, and I say this for
>all.....your extraordinary CD's do not give you the right to order people
>around on this list. That you do is indicative of someone who is unable
>to consider a position other than your own. I have said before your
>approach toward others' opinions is simply one of intimidation.....or
>bullying tactics. It sets a bad example for students who read the list,
>and it makes others look bad. Your naming a personnel manager and then
>boasting about angering him was most distasteful......something I cannot
>even conceive of doing.......and this is only one example of the many
>things you say and do. It is sad that a person with the high profile you
>have must feel the need to put others down so quickly and without caring
>about who they are and what they think.....regardless of their opinions.
>I do not harrass.....I speak the honest truth. If you have difficulty
>reading it.....I feel sorry for you.

There you go again, Roger. Five times in one or two paragraphs:

"order people around"
"bullying tactics"
"I feel sorry for you"

These are ad-hominem attacks. I make it a point never to issue such
statements to the list. I wish you could take the same approach.

I am hopeful that someday you will come to realize that you cannot win
debates by insulting the other side into submission.

Jonathan Cohler

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