one of the writers offended by the remarks that they quoted (using the post from my blog). They did, however, talk to Dean, MofM organizer Joan Hansen, and my friend Joe Konrath.
think he showed poor judgement writing those letters in the first place and then sharing them with an audience. He made a mistake. That doesn’t make him a racist and its unfair to accuse him of being one because of it.
The article also has a troubling inaccuracy — the reporter states that "the mystery group is speaking out against what it perceived as Koontz’s blatant racism" and later "writers who attended the speech are divided over whether the comments constituted racism." How can both be true? They can’t. While quite a few writers have also publicly expressed dismay over Dean’s remarks — Eric Stone, Charles Fleming, Rob Roberge, and my brother Tod for example — there is no organized "mystery group" condemning him and it was wrong of The Times to imply that there was.
I don’t and I can’t imagine what he thinks it might be. I’m not sorry I posted
about his remarks, and I stand behind every word, but I wasn’t happy to see it hit the papers. He didn’t
UPDATE: I’ve heard from the LA Times. They acknowledge the errors and will run a correction. Meanwhile, some other blogs are weighing in on the LA Times story: here, here, here, here, here here, here and here.