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Old July 8, 2011, 04:40 PM   #532
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[It must be pretty humiliating for the paper that employed Woodward and Bernstein to have to stand by in "Sargeant Shulz" mode from Hogan's Heroes as those bloggers from the Examiner take up the reins.
I don't think so. By way of example, take a look at the op-ed from Yale anthropology professor McGovern about the lady who brought down the Frenchie from IMF in NYC.

Her engagement in tax fraud, lying to police, prostitution and probable drug dealing should be overlooked, he thinks, because she is from Guinea and doesn't know any better...

In the "context" of Guinea, this stuff happens all the time so really she be forgiven these crimes and released without penalty. The message is that any act is permissable as long as the "context" is correct.

The WaPo, NYT and similar news organizations have a "context" they like with Obama, and about any act, regardless of legality or morality, is acceptable. Fascist and communist tyrannies share this mode of thought in justifying repression of those out of favor.

The Nurmeberg Principle provides no excuse for some types of criminality based on context or whose orders were being followed. Such high-mindedness is out of favor with the modern savants in government, some of the media and academia.
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.
— Mark Twain
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