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October 14, 2008

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You will find that contrary to fairy tales drifting around the blogosphere, Davis never "admitted" that any of the events from his novel actually happened in real life. You will find that critics are trying to railroad Davis with trumped-up evidence, just as critics tried to railroad Dr. Hatfill in the anthrax letters case, and just as ex-DA Mike Nifong tried to railroad the Duke lacrosse team by stacking the evidence. Integrity requires an honest evaluation of existing evidence.

Davis wrote a semi-autobiographical NOVEL. FYI: a novel is a work of FICTION! In this regard, Davis's book is like Samuel Clemens "Roughing It," in that they were both written under pseudonyms that were also fictional characters in their stories:

"Samuel Clemens wrote autobiographical novels under the pseudonym "Mark Twain," including "Roughing It," which "follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his brother's diary to refresh his memory and borrowed heavily from his active imagination for many stories in the novel." - Wikipedia

In both cases authors used pseudonyms to publish autobiographical novels that were "fictionalized but still based upon actual occurrences." In both cases these novels presented fictionalized adventures of their pseudonymous characters.

Does anyone claim that the adventures of "Mark Twain" literally occurred in the life of Samuel Clemens, because "Mark Twain" said they happened? If not, then why should anyone claim that the adventures of Bob Greene literally occurred in the life of Frank Marshall Davis, because "Bob Greene" said they happened? Fair weather principles indicate bias.

If there is any fault in this argument, please advise. Thanks!

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
- Abraham Lincoln

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