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Now that the GreenWald Flame Wars are raging on DKos between those who know and those who don't, I came about an interesting article in the Daily Banter. Bob Cesca has two interesting and valid points:

First, about this whole Greenwald/Miranda/etc-thing. I didn't get the feeling he has a bias one way or the other, but he asked some valid questions, based on facts. And they deserve an honest answer.

But that's not really the reason for my diary. No, the reason is this insane tit-for-tat about Greenwald's Word on the DKos. And especially the zealots on this site are becoming fiercer and more vicious (as I will find out).

Bob Cesca has this '24 hour'-rule on this Greenwald-Snowdon, but it is applicable anywhere (even on this site):

*The 24 Hour Rule: 1) A wild claim is made via a news article, most often The Guardian, about the U.S. government or related entities. 2) The article sparks wild fits of outrage. 3) Then, within 24 hours, a mitigating detail is added, undermining or totally debunking one or more of the central claims contained with the article.

Related quote: “A lie can travel half-way around the world before the truth gets its pants on.”

So, perhaps we should all take a deep breath and step back a bit. It would help the discourse.

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