Thursday, February 12, 2009

There's No Law Against Beating a Dead Horse

So I'll continue with the latest in the Val Kilmer saga.

I've been trying to get hold of the author of the controversial 2005 interview in Esquire magazine that quoted Kilmer calling Vietnam vets punks and borderline criminals.

Meanwhile the management of the magazine contacted the Military Money Matters blog, which has been at the forefront of the outrage.

Here's what Esquire editor-n-chief had to say about Kilmer's statement that he was misquoted:

The quotes attributed to Mr. Kilmer in Mr. Klosterman’s story are
absolutely accurate. The interview was recorded and every quote used in the story was checked by our research department to insure that it was printed precisely as spoken.

It should be noted Mr. Kilmer did not dispute the validity of the quotations when the article was first published four years ago, nor did he dispute them when the article was reprinted in Mr. Klosterman’s fourth book, nor did he dispute them when the story appeared in Ira Glass’s anthology
The New Kings of Nonfiction.

David Granger
Editor in Chief