Note: Page numbers are from review copy, December, 2004. Any differences
with numbering in final published edition will be corrected as soon
End of Earth First!"||Earth First! didn't end after Bari's
death, it surged to a new peak of activity and continues strong today. See INSTANT
towns with names like…Albion Ridge”
is no town named Albion Ridge.
“When coastal property values inflated,
[newer rural refugees] moved inland in a constant pilgrimage to find cheaper land”
The inland areas were settled just as
early as coastal areas and there was never a pilgrimage from coastal to inland.
and Ellen Drell…after inheriting a small fortune from her grandfather, devoted
themselves full-time to the fight to keep Yolla Bolly Wilderness away from the
mining and timber interests.”
work began long before they inherited in 1989, and it wasn't a fortune, only enough
to support their environmental work. They tried to protect Mendocino National
Forest , not the Yolla Bolly, and mining wasn't an issue.
|4||"These so-called virgin redwoods,
which can be first or second growth of 500 to 1,000 years of age..."||Second
growth is by definition not virgin since it replaces virgin trees that were cut
down since white settlers arrived 150 years ago.|
“Greg King…then writing for the Sonoma
County Free Press …”
King wrote for The Paper, never for the Sonoma
County Free Press.
Cherney, a run-of-the-mill New York advertising copywriter..."||Cherney
was never an advertising copywriter or anything close to it. He was a professional
musician, moving man and teacher.|
was struck by a leaflet...depicting a meaty clenched fist over a background of
redwood trees..."||The Earth First! logo that Cherney
saw in 1985 was a round sticker that didn't have any redwoods in the background.|
|5||"[Cherney] finally met a few
of the publicity-shy forest 'monkey-wrenchers' as the environmental saboteurs
called themselves..." ||Cherney didn't meet any monkey-wrenchers
in Humboldt, just public activists who were eager for publicity.|
1987, when Cherney began romancing Judi Bari…”
was still married and living with Sweeney until May, 1988. Bari and Cherney didn't
even meet until he was running for Congress in 1988, as Coleman herself notes
on p. 77.
Bari started her own chapter of Earth First in Mendocino County in 1989.”
Coleman herself states on p. 82, the Earth First! local group had already been
started by Sequoia and others.
named it 'Ecotopia,' a nod to a 1975 cult novel..." ||The
name Ecotopia Earth First! wasn't invented until 1991 and it came from Cherney,
at least a decade older than most of the soldiers in her prospective army..."||Almost
all of the original Earth First! group in Ukiah were Bari's age or older.|
jealous grip on the instruments of power--she held onto all the private phone
lists of donors and followers…”
Ball of the MEC confirms that Judi shared all lists and contacts generously with
other serious activists.
“Pam Davis drove him [Fred Moore] to
the hospital, where he unburdened himself to Bari …”
Davis didn't drive him.
Bari ] phoned…Darryl Cherney and breathlessly communicated this idea.”
never spoke to either Bari or Cherney, so she has no way to know if Bari was “breathless.”
Not likely, since months of broad-based discussion meetings occurred before the
Redwood Summer concept took shape.
“A tiny caravan headed south from Mendocino…on
May 23, 1990...'Dakota Syd' Clifford...road behind in Phillips' van...Cherney
took his own van and rode with…George Shook…”
and Shook weren't part of the “caravan,” they were already in Berkeley, and had
been on the road for weeks.
"Utah Phillips, the graying Pete
Seeger knockoff who sometimes shared billing with ( Bari ) and Cherney…"
Utah Phillips looks and sounds nothing
like Pete Seeger, and is no copy or imitation of him. He first met Bari the day
before, and had never performed with her in public.
were official reps from Rainbow Action and Earth Island Institute [at Seeds of
Peace House meeting May 23]..." ||No representatives
from Rainbow Action or Earth Island were at this meeting.|
was also decided that Bari, Cherney and Shannon Marr, a young spiky-haired blond...would
collaborate on...a grant proposal..."||Shannon Marr has
and had sleek black hair and Bari wasn't part of writing the grant proposal.|
discomfort at the prospect of crashing...at the Seeds House because she was...past
sleeping in a sty with twenty-somethings."||Bari wanted
to sleep elsewhere because there was no room and she wanted distance from Cherney,
from whom she had recently broken off a relationship. She had slept on a sofa
several days before for the same reason.|
the next morning, Kemnitzer drove his foster son to school, and then picked up
croissants..."||Kemnitzer's estranged wife picked up
their son. Kemnitzer walked with Cherney for croissants.|
Bari quote: "There are a lot of dykes in the audience." Alleged Cherney
quote: "Not all women are dykes."||Made up quotes
by Coleman, who never interviewed either Bari or Cherney, and if she knew them
at all, she would know they would never have used the word "dykes" which
was still very insulting for non-lesbians to use in 1990. |
suddenly asked Cherney to ride with her on the trip back...instead of with Shannon
Marr...Bari didn't know her way back and felt a little lost in the East Bay."||Cherney
didn't know the East Bay any better. Bari asked him to ride with her so they could
talk and smooth over their differences. |
force of the explosion had punched a hole out the driver's side of the car."||There
were no holes in the side of the car, just impact points.|
told the driver of a second ambulance, 'They threw a bomb at us!'"||Cherney
never said this. It was a false report by a cop.|
was able to utter only three staccato words: 'Timber,' 'Nazis,' 'Fort Bragg.'||Bari
said a lot more, telling the police officer about death threats, and giving the
hospital attendant the phone number to the MEC which is how Betty Ball first learned
of the attack.|
the youngest in the family, was born over a decade later [than Judi]”
Bari was born 2 years and 51 days after Judi.
“…Ruth's family, the Aaronsons, were
Bolsheviks who fought against the czar in Russia .”
family emigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1912, five years before the Russian
was born to older parents, also Communists…”
parents weren't Communists, they were practicing Catholics.
family name, Castalaneta, was discarded when Arthur was three years old…”
family name was Barisciano (no “di”). Castallaneta was the town from which his
and Arthur were both from radical, secular households, their marriage was apparently
frowned upon by both sets of parents.”
parents were practicing Catholics, but his family loved Ruth and approved of the
Jewish family, aspiring to culture and class, believed that Arthur Bari's Italian
working-class status would be a millstone…”
family was poor and Arthur was a prosperous self-employed businessman when he
proposed. It was a “step up” socially for Ruth.
“Arthur was a gem cutter and also an
inventor of gem-cutting tools.”
was a diamond-setter, not a gem cutter, and he never invented any tools.
had her mother's strong features…Eastern European Jewish dark circles under her
Coleman's racial stereotyping
is just wrong. Judi closely resembled her Italian Grandmother Marie, dark circles
and all, according to photographs.
“[Gina] was…more popular in high school
Gina wasn't particularly
popular at high school but Judi was very popular.
“[Gina's] accomplishments were always
just beyond Judi's reach, and those who knew Judi well thought it was an abrasion
on her soul…”
Their academic achievements
were parallel and Judi consistently scored higher on every achievement test. Coleman
never spoke to anyone who “knew Judi well,” obviously.
“[Judi] worked on cars…She was proud
of her grease-monkey status…”
work on cars.
“half bragged that she couldn't cross the high school cafeteria without guys yelling..because
of her boobs.”
Judi never bragged—half
or not—about the sexist stereotyping she suffered because of her large breasts,
a stereotyping that Coleman perpetuates in other lies in this book.
began writing for the New York Times…and eventually [Gina] became the paper's
chief science correspondent.”
is not and never was the “chief science correspondent.” There is no such position
at the New York Times.
“Gina…lives in Princeton with her husband,
William, a physicist…”
William is a mathematician.
conversion to Catholicism, which brought with it opposition to abortion. That
alone would have made for rancorous fights between the siblings…”
and Judi never fought over abortion. In fact, Gina has never discussed abortion
with anyone in her family.
“…the two girls fought—sometimes literally…Gossip
about fisticuffs between the sisters even circulated later among newsies…Their
fights were rumored to have continued into young adulthood.”
were never any fistfights between Judi and Gina.
“…Walt Penny, Judi's fiance at the time…”
His name isn't “Penny,” it's Penney,
and it's hilarious to imagine that they were ever engaged.
resentment was stoked by the fact that Gina never acknowledged their relationship
publicly once Judi was well known…”
an adult, Judi couldn't have cared less whether Gina acknowledged that they were
remained at home long after her elder sisters had departed. At the time of the
car bombing, she was still there…”
had left home, had a career, and years later came back to live with her parents
to save money while she studied for an advanced degree.
“…Gina Kolata began using ‘ Bari
' as a middle name in 2003, it was omitted in earlier books and articles.”
used Bari as a middle name when she was on the staff of Science magazine
at least as early as 1976. She used it as co-author of the 1978 book Combating
the #1 Killer, as co-author of the 1995 book Sex In
America, as well as on her solo-authored books The Baby Doctors
(1990), Clone (1/99), and Flu (11/99), all of which preceded
her 2003 book Ultimate Fitness.
“Judi resented her parents for having
kept their political past a secret…”
didn't resent it at all, she was thrilled to learn of it and thought it was cool.
protests against the war in Vietnam [were] at full throttle when Judi hit the
University of Maryland in 1967…”
protests did not begin at University of Maryland until 1969 and Judi had no political
involvements until 1970.
“[Judi] neglected to mention who it was
who'd hired the right lawyer for her—her white, ‘privileged middle-class parents.'”
Although they put up her bail money,
Judi's parents didn't hire her lawyer—Judi hired him and paid his fee.
moved into Penny's commune in the slum neighborhood of Chillum Heights , the tackier
part of Takoma Park .”
The Chillum Heights
residence was a regular apartment, not a commune, and Chillum Heights isn't anywhere
near Takoma Park .
place was called ‘Buffalo House'…
House wasn't in Chillum Heights .
“The walkout wildcat strike of seventeen
thousand workers she claimed to have sparked was soon crushed, and she and her
fellow wildcatters all lost their jobs.”
fiction. The 1974 Retail Clerks strike in Washington , D.C. was an official union
strike, not a wildcat, and no one lost their job because they went on strike.
mottoes like ‘You mail them, we maul them.' Apparently she and some of her coworkers
did just that—‘maul them'”…
It was the
defective new machinery, not Judi and other workers, who mauled the mail. That
was what Judi was exposing.
[ Bari and Sweeney were both] “doing
parallel political work by putting out non-mainstream union newsletters and organizing
organized a wildcat walkout.
“Sweeney…[was] Stanford class of 1973.”
Sweeney belonged to the class of 1969
and completed all studies that year but didn't bother to apply for his degree
until 1973. See INSTANT PROOF #11
was also…editor of the militant Retail Clerks' newsletters, Checkout and Wildcat.”
Wildcat had nothing to do with the Retail
[Don Sweeney's] fortunes rose, the Sweeneys moved to Santa Barbara , where they
raised their three sons.”
Sweeney or his brothers ever lived in Santa Barbara . See INSTANT
remembered that [Sweeney] ran on an antiwar platform and increasingly devoted
the paper's pages to resistance against the Vietnam War.”
editor of the Stanford Daily in early 1968, Sweeney was a moderate liberal supporter
of Eugene McCarthy for President and the paper had no radical content.
learned that after his first year as a square freshman, Sweeney had ‘a virtual
overnight metamorphosis to a committed revolutionary.'”
pages of the Stanford Daily show that Sweeney was a conventional liberal well
had come under the sway of the briefly notorious Stanford professor H. Bruce Franklin…”
Sweeney and Franklin had no political
members were widely believed to have been the architects of the 1970 attack on
the Bank of America at Isla Vista …”
bank burning took place in the middle of a huge student anti-war riot, and nobody
until Coleman and her source Bruce Anderson has ever claimed the arson was done
fall, Sweeney wrote a hit piece on the Bank of America and its founder in the
radical monthly Ramparts.”
part of a group that submitted a dull research piece on the bank. Ramparts editors
rejected it and wrote their own version, putting Sweeney's name on it. The Ramparts
editors who actually did this were Peter Collier, the publisher of Coleman's book,
and his long-time collaborator David Horowitz. See INSTANT
quoted someone he identified as one of the arsonists, without any explanation
of how he had access to the source: ‘Said a 17-year-old bank burner: “Well it
was there…the biggest capitalist establishment thing around.””
quote, in the second paragraph of the article, is clearly identified as being
taken from the San Francisco Chronicle. See INSTANT PROOF
married Cynthia Anne Denenholz, also of Stanford and Venceremos…”
was never a member of the secret Venceremos organization, and Coleman admits in
the previous paragraph there is no evidence he was.
“They moved to San Diego , where he learned
the refrigerator and air conditioning business…Given Sweeney's association with
Venceremos and Franklin, some Bay Area radical insiders regarded the choice and
timing of his new profession as suspicious.”
was no coincidence in timing. Sweeney moved to San Diego in December, 1971, and
worked as a grocery clerk and union representative until March, 1977. He studied
air conditioning at San Diego Junior College in 1976-77.
“Perhaps it was the birth of their children
that prompted both parents to return to Stanford to finish their undergraduate
Neither Mike Sweeney or Cynthia
Denenholz returned to Stanford to study after they left in 1970. See INSTANT
a loan from Mike's parents, they bought a modest house.”
was no loan from Sweeney's parents involved in the purchase of his Santa Rosa
Bari had never really left the family nest. For all her bravado in the streets,
she hadn't been brave enough to travel far from Maryland .”
had lived on her own since college and traveled all over the eastern United States
November , Bari drove by herself across the country to California …”
drove with Sweeney.
Bari planted a vegetable garden in the small enclosed yard.”
yard was a full ¾ acre.
“Friends that Judi made…frequently remarked
upon the evident coolness of her relationship with Arthur and Ruth.”
always had a warm relationship with her parents, who were very proud of her political
and Bari sneaked onto Denenholz's nearby property and sabotaged her water system.”
Denenholz's water system was never sabotaged,
by Sweeney and Bari or anyone else.
“Soon Denenholz moved away…Sweeney seethed
because she'd moved in with her lover, a local attorney…”
already lived with her new husband in their house near Primrose Avenue .
“knew nothing of [Sweeney's] prior political involvement with Venceremos.”
had no such prior political involvement.
“Sweeney had abruptly dumped the youngster
Whisper was 33 years old,
two years older than Sweeney at the time.
“…ultimately, they failed to halt the
The community coalition
was successful in preventing any expansion of the airport's use and was successful
in making the airport follow existing flight restrictions.
a 1980 meeting of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Sweeney complained that
their house was under the flight path…”
has the timing wrong, again. All political protest activity against the airport
took place in 1981 and 1982.
“…But Bari would later tell several people…that
Sweeney had, indeed, set off the conflagration…”
explicitly denied any such thing several times in writing and recorded interviews.
she began telling a select few of her friends that her husband had smacked her
Sweeney never hit Bari, lucky
for him, since she was a brown belt in karate as Coleman notes on p. 23 and well
known for karate punching anyone who laid hands on her, as reported in separate
incidents on p. 27 and p. 115.
“In a letter challenging a Los Angeles
Times story that raised the issue of domestic abuse, Sweeney wrote…”
reporter for the 4/14/03 story didn't raise the issue, Kate Coleman did in a quote
intended to promote her book. After Sweeney's protests, the Times printed a clarification
4/24/03 admitting “The Times has no independent verification of the truth or falsehood
of this allegation.”