Rick Lazio, Demagogue

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Rick Lazio, who is running for governor of New York (and good luck with that), is a very nice guy, but also a demagogue. We appeared together on Meet the Press yesterday (I'll post video and a transcript when I get them) and he spent most of his allotted time insinuating darkly that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the not-at-Ground-Zero mosque, is some sort of Iranian- and al Qaeda-funded plant. He refuses to deal with the not-very-complicated reality that Rauf is actually a leader in bridging gaps between Islam and the West. There's an actual record of these efforts, but Lazio refused to even acknowledge that Rauf was anything other than Osama Bin Laden's stalking horse.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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