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>> Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Reporters at WENN haven't surprised anyone by declaring a celebrity said something he didn't.

Will Smith, 39, said something fairly conventional and unremarkable that most historians and students of world history, German history, Nazism, WWII, genocide, and crimes against humanity would agree with: to wit, that "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today'.

"I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming," Smith added.

Hitler's "twisted, backwards logic" resulted in the deaths of an estimated six million people in Nazi concentration camps and an estimated 72 million people worldwide during the Second World War, all in the cause of a nationalist and racist vision of German world supremacy. As far as anyone knows, Hitler never once woke up in the morning, twirling his stupid little moustache and asking how he could be evil. Nor are there any incidents of Hitler tying someone's girlfriend to a railroad track or evicting someone's sick mother for failing to pay the rent. And there are reputable accounts and photographic evidence that the oily little shit liked children and dogs (not in that way, in the normal way I mean).

Before the invasion of Poland, Hitler's ambitious plans for rebuilding Germany, his successful economic development programs, sympathy for Hitler's antisemitism and scientifically obsolete theories of human evolution, and approval of Hitler's violent anticommunism led to his admiration by such luminaries as Henry Ford and Henry Luce, neither of whom would have ever said Hitler needed "reprogramming."

Meanwhile, WENN and Yahoo, who mischaracterized Mr. Smith's comments and publicized the mischaracterization, drew a number of readers to their websites, the success of which are judged less by accuracy than by their ability to obtain "hits" for the advertisers who pay to for as placement on the websites in question.



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