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Even more questions about Carter’s accuracy
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 26, 2007

Another article pointing out a plethora of problems with Jimmy Carter's latest book written by Kenneth W. Stein. Stein worked with and has known Carter since 1982. His is a well sourced critique is found in Middle East Quarterly.

Per Stein:
He does what no non-fiction author should ever do: He allows ideology or opinion to get in the way of facts. While Carter says that he wrote the book to educate and provoke debate, the narrative aims its attack toward Israel, Israeli politicians, and Israel's supporters. It contains egregious errors of both commission and omission. To suit his desired ends, he manipulates information, redefines facts, and exaggerates conclusions. Falsehoods, when repeated and backed by the prestige of Carter's credentials, can comprise an erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and policymaking. Rather than bring peace, they can further fuel hostilities, encourage retrenchment, and hamper peacemaking.
 
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There is no real need for anymore Carter posts. Except for Erb, we are all pretty sure he is the worse public figure since Arron Burr.
 
Written By: kyle N
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
Kyle, I prefer "highest ranking useful idiot in American History".

But since you’re a regular, you probably knew that...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://
Got some sad news for ya Billy.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Yeah, Chris, Google is hard to manipulate now, but Carter is still the #1 result on Yahoo for that phrase.

I admit that it’s definitely a cheap thrill on my part.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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There is no real need for anymore Carter posts. Except for Erb, we are all pretty sure he is the worse public figure since Arron Burr.
Hey Kyle ... you run your blog your way, I’ll run this one mine ...’kay?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
. . . Carter says that he wrote the book to educate and provoke debate, . . .
Odd how he refuse to debate critics.
 
Written By: Don
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Argumentum ad hominem...far above critics...Backlash.
 
Written By: Joe
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Future historians may well rank Carter’s humanitarian work above that of NBA CARES, but his policy acumen will probably be ranked with Dennis Kucinich.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Where is Erb to refute the Stein’s arguments. He was so certain that it was unfair to call Carter an anti-semite because he criticized Israel. As the Stein article shows however, Carter’s criticism’s are dishonest. It is a fair question to ask what his motive for lying might be.
 
Written By: Anonymous
URL: http://www.qando.net
"Odd how he refuse to debate critics. "

I am sure he would, gentleman that he is, if they wanted a serious discussion, and were not just hate-filled frustrated and bitter right-wing partisans with nothing but insubstantial, thoroughly discredited arguments and irrational, ad hominem attacks and insults. It is really quite sad how the right-wing can only respond to Carter’s brilliance and cogent arguments with crude and distateful eructations of noxious noise.

*snicker*
(Just filling in).
 
Written By: timactual
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timactual:
(Just filling in).
Too many big words. Eructations? Plus, you forgot "silly" and made no mention of either the Nobel or Noble Prize. "Ad hominem" is nice, though.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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eructations of noxious noise.
BRAVO...is this patented or may I use this in one of my screeds Timactual?
 
Written By: Joe
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Carter is no different than most people with an "agenda".
Stephen Schneider of the National Center for Atmospheric Research described the scientists’ dilemma this way: “On the one hand, as scientists, we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but-which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but; human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This `double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.”
From: DISCOVER, OCTOBER 1989, Page 47, bold added (Note: Stephen Schneider is founder and editor of the scientific journal Climate Change.)
 
Written By: Jay Evans
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"Too many big words. Eructations?..."

Sorry, I will try to do better, but I find it difficult to get into that particular character.


"BRAVO...is this patented or may I use this in one of my screeds Timactual?"

I would be honored.
 
Written By: timactual
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He was so certain that it was unfair to call Carter an anti-semite because he criticized Israel. As the Stein article shows however, Carter’s criticism’s are dishonest.
Nope, Carter’s critics failed utterly. Hatchet job articles by people with an agenda can’t be trusted, and his was so poorly done that it’s laughable.

You guys can attack Carter all you want, but history will remember him as a great humanitarian. How will you be remembered?
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb
Erb,

Please provide one specific example demonstrating the quality of "poorly done" in the article. The example should be an exact statement by Mr. Stein paired with a well-sourced reason why that is poorly done/incorrect/misleading. This is known as providing evidence for a point. "It is silly," is not a well-sourced/reliable response.

Thanks.
 
Written By: Amy
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