Thursday, March 23, 2006
No Apolgies Needed (Updated)
Drudge is flashing ultra-big headlines because President Bush makes John Green, an influential ABC News producer, sick. It says so right there in a private email that Green sent.
So what? Green isn’t allowed to have personal opinions about public figures? Green isn’t allowed to share those feelings with his friends? I’m hoping Green deals with this situation with something resembling a backbone--not because I agree with him, but because this isn’t news and it isn’t relevant.
Bush makes Green want to puke. So the hell what? Unless there were some tidbit of information that painted Green in a bad light professionally--that he was intentionally killing stories that might show the Pres. in a good light, for instance--then he should stand up and say that he has a right to express his opinions.
But in this age of the fake mea culpa, I wonder what road he’ll take?
A friend of Green’s at ABC says Green is mortified by the email. “John feels so badly about this email. He is a straight shooter and great producer who is always fair. That said, he deeply regrets the sentiment expressed in the email and the embarrassment it causes ABC News.”
If I were Green, I would issue a press release saying that no apologies were necessary, that no explanation was needed, and that the only black mark in this whole story goes to Drudge for meaninglessly printing a person’s private emails.
But, certainly, no apologies.
Update: For example, I can’t stand Roy Moore. He makes me want to puke. So there.