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Defending Horowitz

November 07, 1998

I am writing to comment on Howard Rosenberg's article regarding consumer advocate David Horowitz and his No on Proposition 9 campaign ("The High Price of Advocacy," Oct. 28).

David Horowitz is my father. He has selflessly served this community for the last 30 years. He is a pioneer in the consumer rights movement, and I resent Mr. Rosenberg making a feeble attempt to strip him of his credibility based on such a nonissue.

I know that my father would never endorse a product or cause that he did not wholeheartedly believe in. Because he has worked so hard for so long, his name and persona are a valuable tool to get attention where attention is due. I believe that any man (or woman) in entitled to earn a living. My father has never tried to hide the fact that he was paid for his time by the opponents of Proposition 9, nor should he be ashamed to admit such facts. I don't think earning your keep should be equated with a lack of credibility in this case, or in the case of Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Ellerbee. I for one am honored to see my father's name among such journalistic legends, and I have no doubts regarding their credibility to this day, regardless of the commercials I may have seen them in.

I am curious to know how Mr. Rosenberg is in a fair position to criticize Mr. Horowitz, as it seems that he is writing this mean-spirited article from a partisan position. The fact that he was alerted to the "issue" mentioned in the article by the writers of Proposition 9 is abhorrent and, frankly, worse than the offenses Mr. Horowitz has allegedly committed. Talk about irresponsible journalism. . . .

TORI HOROWITZ

Los Angeles

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