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Claim: Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote an opinion piece condemning American Taliban John Walker Lindh's parents for their over-permissiveness.
Example: [Jacoby, 2001]
Origins: This is a difficult piece to tackle in response to all the people who have forwarded us the article excerpted above and asked "Is this true?"
Yes, it's true that the sentences quoted here come from an article by Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby which ran in the
Yes, it appears that in regards to the factual content of the piece,
Whether the thrust of the piece — that John Walker Lindh's parents were far too permissive with their son, and that their permissiveness directly led to John's ending up fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan — is "true" is a subjective matter. This article was run as an opinion piece, not as a news article, and as firmly as Jeff Jacoby might assert that his conclusions are justified and logical, John Walker Lindh's parents would probably maintain that they are unreasonable and unfair. (Indeed, other editorialists have defended John Walker Lindh's parents; eg. Glenn Sacks of the Los Angeles Times.)
In short, determining the "truth" of this one means thinking about it for oneself, not looking to someone else for the right answer.
Last updated: 8 March 2008
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