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Published On: Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

Karl Pierson was a socialist or communist, but Denver Post edited the word out of coverage

One of the local papers altered the coverage of the shooting at Arapahoe High School which left one girl in a coma and the shooter dead.

Senior Chris Davis, 18, told CNN that Karl Pierson was “a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.” The Wall Street Journal noted that Davis said Pierson once wore a shirt emblazoned with the letters U.S.S.R. and described himself as a communist.

An ABC News report noted that students said Pierson held communist views and liked to discuss current events and issues and pose his own solutions. None told ABC News that Pierson was bullied for his beliefs.

The Post states he held “strong political beliefs” and his friends say he was “opinionated” leaving out the socialist and communist leanings.

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Some folks were quick to call the paper out on Twitter.

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  9. Pete G says:

    They didn’t say “socialist” or “communist” because he wasn’t. He clearly advocated a variety of things in the time his friends knew him, including Keynesian economics, which is not truly socialist. You’re trying to make a story where there isn’t one. The Denver Post can’t prove or verify a person’s views, and they don’t currently seem relevant to the shooting.

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