Biased witness

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Wed Jul 22 07:53:34 PDT 1998

>>> Chuck Grimes writes

--------------------- I work with a guy who was in ARVIN (the old South Vietnam army) and who stayed after the fall of Saigon, through the rest of the seventies and immigrated here with the boat people in the early eighties. He has returned every few years since to visit his mother and brother, most recently as last May. He is strongly anti-communist both from his personal experiences and as influenced by the strong anti-communist Vietnamese community here in the Bay Area. His limited political understandings mostly center on how Asians are treaded in the US. He is lower middle/working class and sees the world mostly through the moral lens of right and wrong.

Even with that said, I believe him when he characterizes the communist regime in Vietnam as mostly criminal, _______________

Why do you believe him ? Common sense would tell you he MIGHT be biased. If he was a witness in court, the obvious question would be "well isn't he rather biased on the issue he is testifying on ? Doesn't he have a motive to portray those people in a bad light ?

Charles Brown

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