Thanks for the prompt apology. Let’s see where we are:
1. You do withdraw the claim that Lipset’s December 1969 Encounter article doesn’t exist, right? So why do you later refer that same article as “in a publication NO ONE has save (sic) a copy of”? Is there some OTHER publication at issue here??
2. I certainly don’t “think it’s highly unlikely extreme neocons would conspire to plant their ideology into martin’s mouth.” In particular, Martin Kramer (a Zionist neocon) was getting confirmation from Martin Peretz (another Zionist neocon) about an alleged MLK quotation from 50 years earlier. Assuming they were lying, what risk were they taking that the lie would be exposed half a century after MLK’s death? It’s Lipset, not Kramer or Peretz, who’s the key Martin here. He published his MLK quote in a magazine less than two years after MLK’s death. Sure, he was a committed Zionist and he was sympathetic to neocon ideas. But as I emphasized earlier he was also a prominent Harvard scholar with a high reputation to consider. I just don’t think it’s plausible that he’d have jeopardized that reputation by making a very public false claim that might easily be definitively falsified so soon after MLK’s death. To support your case, you have to suppose that Lipset was both a liar and a reckless risk-taker. (Though I don’t think Kramer’s honesty is an important factor here, for the reason I’ve just explained, I actually don’t think he’s a liar. I don’t think every Zionist, however dismissive of human rights, is ipso facto also a falsifier of evidence.)
3. Just because this allegedly “fake news has been rehashed more times than potatoes” (good one, Annie!) doesn’t mean it really is fake, however frustrating the rehashing may be.
4. I don’t understand why authenticity of the MLK quote would be so threatening to the equal rights cause in Palestine. Numerous commenters, here and elsewhere, have explained why Michelle Alexander’s invocation of MLK’s Riverside Church address was completely legitimate even if the MLK anti-Zionist quote was authentic. There’s considerable evidence, as even Kramer discusses, that MLK was increasingly aware of Israel’s abuses at the end of his life.