Downsizing a conservative myth

News & Politics

Seems our first drafts don't have a stunning respect for accuracy. But hey, at least they've been sensational.

Somehow it always seems to be the conservative shibboleths that fall... Let's see... there was Jessica Lynch -- not really very true. Pat Tillman -- not so true either. Not to mention all the biggies like the reasons it was necessary to fashion the two of them into real-life action figures in the first place, like the absence of WMD or an Iraq/al-Qaeda connection...

Dersins writes: "Remember 'saintly' Atlanta hostage Ashley Smith? Well, it turns out that it was a lot more than her 'faith' and a copy of a Christian self-help book that got her through that particular ordeal..."

Turns out that Smith was a drug addict and had given her captor more than just a healthy snort of God before being set free.

Fine. It's still an incredible story of courage; still an incredible story in which God was invoked to help free her. She sticks to that story and I have not doubt there's some truth to it. But what are the chances of a more nuanced account emerging?

Best part: Ashley's book says that while the killer-rapist demanded marijuana, she [the devout Christian] whipped out the meth... (Metafilter)

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