Thursday, December 27, 2007

Just how vile can reporters be?

Vile enough to misinterpret you in a way to make you look like a Hitler supporter. That is exactly what happened to Will Smith. Here's what he actually said:

"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good."'

Admittedly, his phrasing was a bit unfortunate and trivializing but it takes some malice and/or ignorance to conclude what the reporter followed up with:"Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good."

Excuse me while I gag. That is certainly not what Smith said. He said that Hitler himself did not see his actions as evil but as good. To stay in the field of motion pictures(with the risk of sounding trivial myself), it's like Anakin Skywalker saying in the "Revenge of the Sith": "From my point of view the Jedi are evil".

Hitler went through great lengths in "Mein Kampf" of explaining his views and reasons for his hatred of Jews and he ends one of his chapters asserting, with characteristic pathos, that "by fighting against the Jews he was doing the work of the Lord". Stating these facts, albeit with awkward phrasing, is in no way an endorsement of Hitler's views or actions nor does it deny the evils of his ideology and governement. So Will Smith is no Hitler supproter, it's just that the reporter in question is an ignorant bufoon or unscrupulously seeking a sensation. Or, which is most likely, both.

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