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Pitts: When ignorance is impervious to fact

Pitts: When ignorance is impervious to fact

You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters.

This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism — a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, wounded 21 times, single-handedly fighting off a company of Germans. In response, a guy named Ken shot off an angry email calling the story "PC bull."

Judi, my assistant, sent Ken documentation. I wrote a follow-up column listing history books and contemporaneous news sources that verified the event. Ken was unmoved.

What struck me wasn't so much Ken's ignorance. Rather, it...