Saturday, April 01, 2006


Jonah Goldberg, now realizing how wrong he was about Jill Carroll in the aftermath of her release, bravely comes forward to tell his critics that they should be apologizing to him (yes, I had to read that three or four times myself) for his contemptible comments and innuendo:

But, most of the lefty emailers -- and many bloggers -- took her initial statements at face value. I didn't. So far, it seems to me that I was right and they were wrong. I see no need to apologize. It seems to me the apologies should be coming from them.

That sounds to me like complete nonsense. Did anyone with half a brain not think for a moment that Carroll's statements were -- in all likelihood -- coerced?

And what was it that Jonah said earlier?

Jill Carroll is increasingly starting to bug me. The details are still murky and it's hard to appreciate what she's been through. And maybe JPod's right about Stockholm syndrome. And maybe the media's selectively choosing what to show of her statements. But it would be nice to hear her say something remotely critical of her captors, particularly about the fact that they murdered her translator in cold blood. I'm very glad she's alive, but I'm getting a very bad vibe. More, no doubt, to come.

Hmm. That's a lot of innuendo packed in there. What's the bad vibe Jonah? Why is she (not the story, mind you) bugging you? Why would it comfort you to hear her make statements about her translator?

And then later? You link to the transcript of her statement (we now learn she spoke these words with guns at her back) and state: "A weird transcript. The story will get weirder still." How weird? Why will it "get weirder still?" Why would someone think this?

No, Jonah, this fecal matter won't fly. You went off -- albeit not with all the transcendent idiocy of others -- but without all the context and without all the information, and without all the facts, and you exposed yourself as an ass and a fool. Now, when the facts come out, you have the temerity, the gall, to say that it is you who should be owed an apology.


ALSO: Podhoretz is just as contemptible. Apparently, he's Nostradamus now. Ridiculous. These phonies knew exactly what they were implying when they spoke of the story being "weird" and bound to get "weirder" the more we found out. Grow up. Be men.

AND: When even the majority of commenters at Little Green Footballs are humbly apologizing for their previous comments, you know you have a problem.

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