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Interesting footage. I had no idea that Cole was such a raging nerd! I say that with affection towards nerds, being one myself.

I've watched the clips more closely, and it prompted me to wonder something. I am by no means a Holocaust denier or revisionist or whatever you want to call it, but when I see one guy get verbally beaten up by a self-righteous and mob whipped into a frenzy by a smirking mob leader (in this case, Phil Donahue), I instinctively side with the guy getting beaten up. How many other people who watched this show, do you think, had a similar reaction?
And how many went even further? How many were made to think that Bradley Smith might even be right because his arguments weren't even being listened to and rebutted but instead were being dismissed out of hand as impertinent, and he was a being called a vile excuse for a human being just for asking them in the first place? Isn't this tactic of just taking a guy out and flogging him for having the wrong opinion likely to backfire, i.e., cause sympathy for him? If so, then why do the people who promote the Holocaust Museum and other venues so often take this tack aginst their opponents?
Or am I wrong? Do most people instinctively side with the angry, self-righteous mob against the person being attacked? I could understand if the person being attacked were a child rapist or something... but just for having eccentric, misguided, or unorthodox beliefs?

Most people can't read a bus schedule.

In Bradley's first book there is a line: "If sincerity isn't to be taken seriously in human relationship, what is?"

I think there's a lot of bad faith on all sides with this subject, but I've come to trust Bradley's sincerity. And David Cole didn't take shit from anyone, until his life depended on it.

Donahue plays to the house. It's cynicism as performance, cloaked in moral certitude and parsed with caveats that no one will remember. He isn't even curious.

I'm a fan of the hated man. I want to hear him out. I'm genuinely curious. It's a character flaw, I suppose.

I thought Donahue was rather fair. He let them say their piece and tried to lay the groundwork for a civil exchange.

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