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A Response to Alan Dershowitz

A Response to Alan Dershowitz
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By    |   Friday, 19 July 2019 04:11 PM

Mr. Dershowitz cited me in his column on July 17 regarding a piece my stepmother is working on surrounding his connection with his client Jeffrey Epstein. I would like to briefly clarify my position on a couple of things.

First, Mr. Dershowitz took a sentence out of context from an article I wrote, citing that "her family… 'singly excluded' [me] from family events 'when the rest of the family was invited.'" The actual sentence reads, "I have been singly excluded from social gatherings when the rest of my family was invited."

Second, the article, which Mr. Dershowitz conspicuously references at the end of his piece, "Coming Out as a Republican to my Family Went Worse than Coming Out Gay," was given its provocative title — without my approval — by the Federalist. It in no way reflects my sentiment (when you don’t care about their opinion, both endeavors are a cinch).

Like Mr. Dershowitz I have come to love truth. In a world nearly upside down as ours, I attempt to cling to it at all costs. That is why I became conservative, and why Mr. Dershowitz rightly defends our President. The truth is that I believe the New Yorker to be an odious publication. The truth is that my stepmother and I probably have about one thing in common — a deep and abiding love for my dad, an objectively extraordinary man.

But the truth is also that Connie Bruck is quite possibly the best living journalist in America.

I know this because I know Connie.

She never starts stories knowing where they will end up.

She dedicates herself to them physically and mentally, chained to her desk day in and out, usually for meals. Her courage to stand up for what is true is relentless.

It was she who blew the whistle on Michael Milken, risking everything professionally and personally.

When reporting on the death of Tupac Shakur, she regularly ventured unaccompanied into the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles to interview convicted felons.

It is a statistical impossibility to depart from facts and have the journalistic longevity or acclaim that Connie has had.

Mr. Dershowitz has himself built an illustrious career by using technicalities of the law to exonerate ultra-wealthy bad actors.

Yet no insulin needles were planted here; for her personal foibles and disgraceful politics, the integrity of Connie Bruck’s writing is unassailable.

If you don’t believe me just check reviews for any of her books on Amazon.

Time for a new tactic, Mr. Dershowitz. The truth…?

Adam Paul Levine holds a BA in Painting from Pomona College and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is founder and CEO of Los Angeles home restoration business Marc Sid Limited. He is on Twitter as @adampaullevine.

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Mr. Dershowitz cited me in his column on July 17 regarding a piece my stepmother is working on surrounding his connection with his client Jeffrey Epstein. I would like to briefly clarify my position on a couple of things.
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