From the editor: Maureen Dowd denies this accusation, and The Atlantic erred in not seeking her response before posting this interview. Christopher Hitchens, who stands by his accusation, said that he based it on a report in The New York Times on November 25, 1993, that he had given a dinner party for Salman Rushdie on November 24. Hitchens said that he had invited Dowd to the dinner, though she did not attend, and that he believed she disclosed the event to the Times. Dowd told The Atlantic that she did not do so. The report in the Times—part of an article, which was not written by Dowd, about Rushdie's appearances in Washington that day—read: "Christopher Hitchens, a British journalist and a friend of Mr. Rushdie's who gave a dinner party for him tonight, invited his guests to a gathering for 'a famous literary figure' whose name he said he could not utter on an open telephone line."

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