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Old 12-04-2010, 01:30 AM
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Default Re: Helen Thomas: 'Jews control teh world!'

Originally Posted by Wonderment View Post
Does it matter? It's more sensible to look at the substance of the issue. Whether Helen Thomas is anti-Semitic or not (something very difficult to discern about a person without being a mind-reader) is trivial. What are her ideas? Are they valuable?

Another example: I think Mickey Kaus is anti-Mexican, that he's got "issues" with people of Mexican culture and descent. But really, who cares what I think of Mickey or whether or not he dislikes Mexicans. What's important is to consider his assertions, challenge his assumptions and refute his views.

So whether it's Ahmadinejad, Helen Thomas, Mickey or David Duke, it's best to stick to the issues. The rest is distraction. It's a challenge to stay away from the name-calling and the accusations of bias. I don't always practice what I preach because I can always score some cheap points by playing the you're-a-racist/anti-Semite/Islamophobe card. But the high road is to resist the temptation.
Another excellent answer by Wonderment.
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