In a blog a comment was made by Antoinette Nora Claypoole related to federal agent Price, a statement claiming that Price had made an admission under oath in court.
When pressed to verify this Ms. Calypoole reiterated her initial statement qualifying it by saying Price never actually made such an admission but through some process apparently known only to her it “felt” like he did.
And so an individuals “feelings” are touted as fact and for those eager to avoid doing the math or simply asking for verification it is enough to be perpetuated.
The necessity of such a mea culpa I would think could lead to a jaundiced eye for those who hear or read them. At least an attempt to separate fact from feelings, and understand that simply because either a verbal or “literary” expression is given to a “feeling” it is not truth nor can become truth based on something as ephemeral as wanting it to be.
If fiction is to be written or spoken it should be qualified as such, that is the responsibility of those engaged in such pursuits.
A responsibility that if avoided can only lead the listener or reader to wander through a morass of confusion and suspicion as to whether what they read or hear is indeed fact or an attempt to give fantasy wings. Long the goal of AIM.
As a “journalist, author, poet, photographer,” and whatever other talents Claypoole may possess she should know better than to make such a claim, should know that having to recant is embarrassing, shouldn’t be necessary, raises doubts concerning integrity, and could impact book sales.
Should know that while interpretation and speculation have their place they need to be qualified as such, and if not only speak to a bias or personal agenda.
I have nothing personal against Claypoole – I merely understand that we are on opposing sides, and I will do nothing to defend or glorify the AIM leadership nor make any attempt to exonerate the likes of them, Leonard Peltier, John Graham, Bob Robideau, or the AIM sisterhood of silence.