Strangely, the "Hitler was a good person" quote never appears in the stories themselves - only in the headlines. So I figure he didn't actually say that in those words. Just like Gerald Ford never actually said "Drop Dead" to New York City.
Headline writers somehow get a pass
To misquote you to sound like an ass.
Here's part of what Smith apparently did say:
"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today'," said Will. "I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming.Some of that's true. But I don't believe that Hitler really thought he was doing good.
Also, he didn't need reprogramming. He needed killing.
Monsters on a psycho path,
Need to be met with righteous wrath.
UPDATE: Smith says the reporter / was a distorter:
"It is an awful and disgusting lie. It speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen. I am incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such ludicrous misinterpretation. Adolph Hitler was a vile, heinous, vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet."To me it sounds like he's not denying the quotation, just the media interpretation that "Hitler was a good person."