Christopher Hitchens and the protocol for public figure deaths

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December 19, 2011
Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Nobody should have to silently watch someone with this history be converted into some sort of universally beloved literary saint. To enshrine him as worthy of unalloyed admiration is to insist that these actions were either themselves commendable or, at worst, insignificant. Nobody who writes about politics for decades will be entirely free of serious error, but how serious the error is, whether it reflects on their character, and whether they came to regret it, are all vital parts of honestly describing and assessing their work. To demand its exclusion is an act of dishonesty." (12/17/11)

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