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  •  Ahem... (3+ / 0-)
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    Have you ever met anybody who would say "I'm an evil person, and I kill because I like to kill?"  No.  Everybody believes him or herself to be a good person, whether it is true or not.  Now, Greg Palast/Zach says "And if we asked, I'm sure the sniper would tell us, "I am a good man, but seeing what happened, I want to hurt people.""  He did NOT say "the sniper is objectively a good person."  He said, "the sniper, I'm sure, considers himself to be a good person, and given the situation in Iraq, who are we to say he's wrong unless we bother to learn about him?"
    Not once does the article unequivocally declare ANY PERSON AT ALL to be objectively good or bad.  It's simple reading comprehension.

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - George Orwell (-9.75, -9.03)

    by nilocjin on Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 02:30:18 PM PST

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    •  okay, at this point, (0+ / 0-)

      i'm going to just refer you to another comments in which i've yet again addressed that same point...
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      The context is the key.

      "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

      by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 02:32:58 PM PST

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      •  And I've read your comments (3+ / 0-)
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        tzt, IL dac, LeftOverAmerica

        and you're right, it is all in the context... but the context is not that Greg Palast is lauding the sniper for shooting an American soldier (or even suggesting his own opinion that the sniper was a good person).  The context was "there are two sides to every story."  Greg Palast never implied or suggested in any way his personal belief that the sniper was a good man.  I don't know how he could have made that clearer except by writing a puff piece on the dead soldier, like the NYT.  

        If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - George Orwell (-9.75, -9.03)

        by nilocjin on Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 02:38:51 PM PST

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        •  Talk about a lack of reading comprehension. (0+ / 0-)

          Nilocjin says:

          Greg Palast never implied or suggested in any way his personal belief that the sniper was a good man.

          Palast says:

          And if we asked, I'm sure the sniper would tell us, "I am a good man, but seeing what happened, I want to hurt people."

          I don't know about you, but as I read that sentence, Mr. Palast says he is SURE that the sniper would tell us he is a good man.

          I rather doubt that.  And if that doesn't reflect Mr. Palast's belief that the sniper IS a good man. then I am apparently in Wonderland.

          We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

          by Mary Julia on Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 07:25:49 PM PST

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