I’d also like to know how the Holocaust death total of 6 million was determined. Is it the sort of number that is so well documented with actual names and perhaps a Nazi paper trail that no historian could doubt its accuracy, give or take ten thousand? Or is it like every other LRN (large round number) that someone pulled out of his ass and it became true by repetition? Does the figure include resistance fighters and civilians who died in the normal course of war, or just the Jews rounded up and killed systematically? No reasonable person doubts that the Holocaust happened, but wouldn’t you like to know how the exact number was calculated, just for context? Without that context, I don’t know if I should lump the people who think the Holocaust might have been exaggerated for political purposes with the Holocaust deniers. If they are equally nuts, I’d like to know that. I want context.Well, duh, how about reading a book or two on the topic, instead of asking such questions on the blog to make some kind of a point? Being "ignorant and lazy viewer" is not an excuse. So, Adams may be ignorant, but whose fault is it? The media's, which doesn't "provide context" (as if in each Holocaust-related article a method of arriving at the 6 million figure should be given as a "context"). Or maybe solely his?
And yes, 6M is an LRN, just a "nice" meme going around. The current reasonable estimates vary within about a million or so victims (i.e. from ~5 to ~6 million). I guess for the person with Adams' mindset it could lead to further "doubt" ("Wha?! I haven't been told that the death toll may be as low as 5 million? Something fishy is going on here! Perhaps these so-called "deniers" are somewhat right after all? Hmmmm...").
And of course, Adams contradicts himself by saying that "no reasonable person doubts that the Holocaust happened". Well, why not ask, then, how it was established that it really happened? Maybe each news article that mentions the Holocaust should provide this ... um ... "context"?