Olney never mentions that Baraka is a controversial figure regarded by many to be an anti-Semite — an oversight that irks our reader. The reader, of course, blogged about it, and wrote Olney an e-mail, which prompted this response:
From: Warren Olney
Sent: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 1:00 pm
Subject: Re: July 11 Broadcast
Michael, thanks for the message.
We’re aware of the controversy about Amiri Baraka who, of course, denies the charge of anti-Semitism. In any case, we weren’t discussing anything relevant to that controversy in today’s program.
Host, Executive Producer
“To the Point”
Our question: What makes a poet — controversial or not — an expert on gonads? Food for thought. Anyway, Shabbat Shalom!