Thursday, December 29, 2005

Times Gives Thorn To Chris Craddock

In its wrap of of 2005, the Times Newspapers have done a rose and thorn segment..and have given conservative activist Chris Craddock a thorn. THORN TO: Chris Craddock, the GOP candidate for the 67th District delegate's seat, for making ignorant statements to a government class at Westfield High School about AIDS and the sexual habits of black Africans. Some other local political issues that were brought up: ROSE TO: The work group, formed by Sully Supervisor Michael Frey, which has been steadily and intelligently working to preserve the remnants of Centreville's Historic District and perhaps expand it. ROSE TO: Citizens for Responsible Growth (FairGrowth) and other residents who are making their voices heard on local development issues. Whether you agree with them or not, they are exercising a fundamental right that too many have abdicated. THORN TO: At-large School Board member Stephen Hunt for perpetuating negative stereotypes when he asked principals to include material from reformed gays when educating students about homosexuality. ROSE TO: Fairfax County supervisors for setting aside the value of 1 cent on the real estate tax rate to help preserve what little affordable housing is left for those with low and moderate incomes. -From the above list, it is obvious the political leanings of the author of the column, and Times Papers. Once more I stand in defense of Chris' comments, which were taken out of context...and hope at some point the paper will stop running the story.

12 Comments:

At 12/29/2005 04:31:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Occam's Razor TC. Read it, learn it, and use it.

Your logic is lacking.

 
At 12/29/2005 07:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How were they taking out of context, liar>?

 
At 12/29/2005 04:15:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

What the devil does Ockham's Razor have to do with this post? That's really a stretch.

 
At 12/29/2005 06:57:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

What's more likely:

that Chris Craddock is the victim of a media conspiracy and was misquoted at least 3 times by different media outlets, who unfairly portrayed him as racist, homophobic, and clueless...

or that Chris Craddock actually said those things and was quoted accurately??

 
At 12/29/2005 09:35:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Willis,

Given what I know about both Craddock and Steve Hunt and the kind of poor reporting I've seen in the Times Community and Blade (not to mention the horrid state of reporting in newspapers in general today), I have to say that the former of your statements is highly more likely.

 
At 12/29/2005 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

You are stretching there. And you have no evidence to back it up. It's all heresay, except that for you to be right, 3 different quotes must be wrong.

Highly unlikely, but you can believe it if it makes you happier and I won't stop you.

 
At 12/30/2005 08:14:00 AM, Blogger AWCheney said...

"Plurality should not be posited without necessity."

This philosophical premise of William of Ockham is essentially a minimalist (Ockham) vs. realist (Socrates) view of the world. The idea that Ockham's Razor applies in this context is flawed...and a stretch.

 
At 12/30/2005 10:38:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Fine, take his name out of it then.

Which is more likely, based purely on logic??

 
At 12/30/2005 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Based on logic alone, and the context of the articles, it's highly more likely that a biased reported twisted the facts.

Who do I believe? A reporter with an axe to grind at the Blade? A student at Chantilly High with an obvious axe to grind who was a supporter of the candidate's opponent? Or a candidate who I know to be an honest man? I think the answer is clear, I believe Craddock.

As to Steve Hunt, this issue was totally overblown and shows the complete bias of the newspaper and school system to take one view of a subject over a completely legitimate and not at all bigoted view of the School Board member.

 
At 12/30/2005 10:48:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Sorry, should be "biased reporter" above.

 
At 12/30/2005 06:19:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Not "student," "stedents" plural. Many students confirmed that Craddock indeed said what he was quoted as saying.

So basically, you believe Craddock, and you believe that 20 some students and two reporters, along with their newspapers, are lying.

Good work!!!

 
At 1/02/2006 12:11:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Willis,

What I believe is the Blad quote was innaccurate.

I also believe that the quote from Chantilly High is also innaccurate although I do believe that the students heard him say something similar to the quote. What was biased was the totally anti-Craddock slant of the article about the quote which did not include the view of those students that were not offended by his comments when taken in context. In the end, hi comment was to make it clear to the students that AIDS in Africa is very much linked to the sex patterns of the people and this is a fact. The cultural pressure to have unprotected and promiscuous sex is the main reason for the epidemic there. The recent UN report on the issue even accedes this. Craddock may have been overly blunt in his comments, but he was not raicst nor was he wrong.

 

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