Thursday, June 30, 2005

Iran's new prez one of the hostage-takers in 79?

Nedra Pickler, AP reporter, has an "article" today that is of interest: Iran's newly elected weirdbeard is supposedly one of the captors of the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis that Carter ineptly handled and that lasted 444 days. Anyway, to Nedra:
Former hostages Chuck Scott, David Roeder, William J. Daugherty and Don A. Sharer told The Associated Press that after seeing Ahmadinejad on television, they have no doubt he was one of the hostage-takers. A fifth ex-hostage, Kevin Hermening, said he reached the same conclusion after looking at photos. A close aide to Ahmadinejad denied the president-elect took part in the seizure of the embassy or in holding Americans hostage.
Granted, some former hostages don't recall seeing Ahmadinejad during their captivity. Fair enough. But in this "article", we see what side of the fence Nedra and the AP lean on: the side that believes Ahmadinejad over the hostages. Surprise, surprise. But get a load of this!
A memory expert cautioned that people who discuss their recollections can influence one another in reinforcing false memories. Also, it's harder to identify from memory someone of a different race or ethnicity, said psychologist Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine.

"Twenty-five years is an awfully long time," Loftus said. "Of course we can't say this is false, but these things can lead people down the path of having a false memory."
A memory "expert"? What the #### is THAT? How does one get recognized as being a "memory EXPERT"? Maybe Ken Jennings is a memory expert since he won over $2 million on Jeopardy! Anyway, I can see how discussing recollections influence false memories:

ME: Hey, Steve! Remember that time ManicNole dressed up like Edith Bunker, sang Broadway show tunes in Latin, and had purple hippos come out of his butt to the kazoo-played rendition of When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again?

MANIC: Uh, guys, that's stupid! NONE of that ever happened!

STEVE: Yeah, Johnny, I recall that! Boy, that sure was funny!

MANIC: Hmmm. Well I guess I stand corrected. Yeah, now that you mention that, it is starting to sound a little familiar! Boy, that sure brings back some memories!

Finally, I suppose it's not bigoted for a "memory EXPERT" to assert that Whitey likely confuses memories of brown people, huh? I mean, God Allah knows that it's really hard to imagine that someone who was terrorized, traumatized, and victimized for over a freaking year could actually remember what his captor looked like! Surely, the passage of time and the hue of Iranian skin are dulling such burning memories!