In a post earlier today, I said that I appreciated John F. Kennedy's having heeded "people like Adlai Stevenson rather than the Joint Chiefs and war hawks during the missile crisis."

By that I meant that Kennedy listened to Stevenson and to people with similar views, not people who held those views but not Stevenson himself, and I am confident that anyone who read the post understood my intention. 

So, unless you can produce a reader who did not share that understanding, you "such-as" sticklers can stuff it.