Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and The New York Times are under fire after she praised an author who is a known anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist.
In an interview in Sunday’s By The Book column, the 74-year-old Color Purple author said David Icke’s 1995 book, And The Truth Shall Set You Free, is on her nightstand.
She went on to state that ‘in Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about.’
Controversy: Alice Walker (above in 2009) wrote a column for the Times Book Review p[raising David Icke’s And The Truth Shall Set You Free
New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades responded to the uproar by stating the column is not a list of recommendations from its editors, and ‘the subject’s answers are a reflection on that person’s personal tastes, opinions and judgments.’
The Times then doubled down on this in an Inside the Times piece that ran on Thursday.
When asked if they would have done anything differently in the wake of the uproar, the editor of The Book Review said she would not.
‘Readers have certainly learned something about the author and her tastes and opinions. I think it’s worthwhile information for them to know,’ wrote Pamela Paul.
‘Our readers are intelligent and discerning. We trust them to sift through something that someone says in an interview and to judge from themselves: Do I agree with this person?