Harper’s out of control

I’ve just sent a letter of protest to the editors of Harper’s, regarding their decision to publish Celia Farber’s article “Out of Control,” which encourages readers to doubt that HIV is the cause of AIDS. It’s dismaying to do a Technorati search and see how many people have already swallowed Farber’s disinformation wholesale. Richard Kim made an early critique of the article in his blog for The Nation, and CJR Daily jumped into the fray this morning. Gay City News interviewed Harper’s editor Roger Hodge about the article here. And scientists and members of several AIDS organizations, in America and in South Africa, have collaborated to produce this 37-page correction of Farber’s errors. Update: The New York Times reports on 13 March 2006 that Harper’s and Hodge are standing by Farber and her article.