October 22, 2002

Ideological Sniping: Minor ...

Ideological Sitnessing ideologies on parade.

Posted by at October 22, 2002 01:23 PM
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This is the most interesting profile of the sniper I've read so far, by a former Marine and Army sniper and now a private investigator:

Ex-Marine Corps sniper calls D.C. killer 'coward'

Posted by: Mat at October 22, 2002 01:57 PM

The former Delta Force guy who's been on one of the cable networks said it couldn't be an Arab terrorist because he trained Arabs to be snipers, and they were all 'incompetant'. Several hundred million Arabs, and not one can shoot, says this former Delta Force dude. Aside from the fact that that's generalising your own limited experience to inane breadth, this was just a scary stupid statement considering it's coming from one of the supposedly cream-of-the-crop men in our military...

Posted by: same to you at October 22, 2002 04:00 PM

I suppose it is often "ideologies on parade". So was the speculation about the 9/11 or the Bali attacks; some of that speculation turned out or will turn out to be right, some not. It has never been that clear to me why people should check their prior points of view at the door when writing about the news, even news where the facts aren't all in yet.

I agree it was a minor point, I'm not as sure it was worthwhile.

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at October 23, 2002 08:04 AM

Thomas -- Hi! And welcome back to blogging.

I'm just not a big fan of fact-lite speculation, I guess, and on this case in particular it has been dreary going through the pro-gun, anti-gun, Arabs-did-it, NRA-did-it fact-lite speculations, because they have been not only fact-lite, but predictable, as if you could put a coin in people's heads and predict what would come out of their keyboards. Then again, I haven't exactly beeing "going through" much of it, so maybe my characterization is wildly off-base.

I do not believe, incidentally, that "people should check their prior points of view at the door when writing about the news." In fact I believe something close to the opposite.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 23, 2002 10:47 AM
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most interesting profile of the sniper I've read so far, by a former Marine and Army sniper and now a private investigator:

Ex-Marine Corps sniper calls D.C. killer 'coward'

Posted by: Mat at October 22, 2002 01:57 PM

The former Delta Force guy who's been on one of the cable networks said it couldn't be an Arab terrorist because he trained Arabs to be snipers, and they were all 'incompetant'. Several hundred million Arabs, and not one can shoot, says this former Delta Force dude. Aside from the fact that that's generalising your own limited experience to inane breadth, this was just a scary stupid statement considering it's coming from one of the supposedly cream-of-the-crop men in our military...

Posted by: same to you at October 22, 2002 04:00 PM

I suppose it is often "ideologies on parade". So was the speculation about the 9/11 or the Bali attacks; some of that speculation turned out or will turn out to be right, some not. It has never been that clear to me why people should check their prior points of view at the door when writing about the news, even news where the facts aren't all in yet.

I agree it was a minor point, I'm not as sure it was worthwhile.

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at October 23, 2002 08:04 AM

Thomas -- Hi! And welcome back to blogging.

I'm just not a big fan of fact-lite speculation, I guess, and on this case in particular it has been dreary going through the pro-gun, anti-gun, Arabs-did-it, NRA-did-it fact-lite speculations, because they have been not only fact-lite, but predictable, as if you could put a coin in people's heads and predict what would come out of their keyboards. Then again, I haven't exactly beeing "going through" much of it, so maybe my characterization is wildly off-base.

I do not believe, incidentally, that "people should check their prior points of view at the door when writing about the news." In fact I believe something close to the opposite.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 23, 2002 10:47 AM
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