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Thread #114421 Message #2441439
Posted By: Genie
15-Sep-08 - 05:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: RFKennedy, Jr., - Palin quotes fascist
Subject: RFKennedy, Jr.: Palin quotes fascist (Pegler)
Little Hawk speaks truth.
Sometimes "consider the source" doesn't really apply, and I think that's the case here.
Even frequent liars* sometimes speak the truth. Even fools sometimes say something wise.
And hateful people sometimes say something that's not hateful.
Absolutely nothing wrong with the statement "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity."
Maybe what's more relevant - since the Repubs like to drag up the old "plagiarism" charge against Joe Biden for forgetting on one occasion to acknowledge the source of a quote he'd been using in his speeches - is that Palin's speech failed to give proper credit to the source.
Granted, by citing "a writer," she was not claiming authorship of the statement, but I'm not sure that's a lot more fair use of someone's words than just borrowing a phrase and using it without reference to any source. Of course, the speechwriter - and maybe Palin herself - may have been fully aware of Pegler as the source but equally aware of the risks of citing his name. (That would show real guts, right?)