April 02, 2006

Thanks, everyone,

for jumping the gun on the Jill Carroll story. It makes me feel all warm and gooey inside that people rushed to condemn actions she took under duress.

Sean had this one right from the beginning. I wish more people had been willing to wait for Real Data to come in (that is, statements Carroll made once safely back in this country).

Memo to the Telegraph:
Of course, every country hopes that its own nationals will be heroic under the stress of capture. Though to my knowlege no one has matched or exceeded the performance of the Italian gentlemen, who, realizing he would be beheaded, messed up the jihadists' video by fiighting back, declaring, "this is how an Italian dies."

Some of us definitely need to learn to keep our powder dry.

Posted by Attila Girl at April 2, 2006 11:14 PM | TrackBack

Agreed. The power of blogs! The opportunity for folks to shout nonsense before they have the opportunity to actually know something.
Same with email. Who hasn't fired off a fast, from the hip email and then realized 20 minutes later how foolish it was going to make them look.

Posted by: jeff at April 3, 2006 06:19 AM

What you ladies on the right don't understand is that your men hate women and they're just waiting for the first opportunity to call you sluts. You never learn.

Posted by: Drindl at April 3, 2006 06:59 AM

It does seem like there are those who regret she was not tortured and beheaded and thus made a martyr. You're absolutely right: none of us should condemn a hostage for doing exactly what the police have always told hostages to do under duress. She's alive, and free, and so we all win, in my opinion. I just hated the locker-room talk from Imus and his buddies. What's next--suggesting an honor killing because we can't be perfectly sure of her virtue?

Posted by: Arsinoe at April 3, 2006 10:45 AM

Hm. The people who drop by to tell me I'm a slut aren't right-wingers. I didn't really see this case as having to do with gender, either.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 3, 2006 12:05 PM

I've read the "love" letters to Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Condi, and Laura at the DU and that wacky Kos Kidz site. Lovely stuff! Yep. I must say that the Left respects women and has creative ideas involving chain saws as sex toys.

I've read what Jill Caroll has written, even before she stepped foot into the country. Typical Leftist, "useful idiot" -type crap. Since she has neither recanted that, or what she said she would say to Bush in her taped statement, my opinion about her hasn't changed. Agenda-driven "journalism", like agenda-drive "science", should be relegated to the dustbin of history.

Posted by: Darrell at April 3, 2006 12:36 PM

I've read the "love" letters to Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Condi, and Laura at the DU and that wacky Kos Kidz site. Lovely stuff! Yep. I must say that the Left respects women and has some creative ideas involving chain saws as sex toys.

Actually, most of the blogs I visited were telling people to withhold judgement until she was safely out of the reach of the terrorists.

I've read what Jill Carroll wrote, even before she stepped foot into the country. Typical Leftist, "useful idiot" -type crap. Since she has neither recanted that, or what she said she would say to Bush in her taped statement, my opinion about her hasn't changed. Agenda-driven "journalism", like agenda-drive "science", should be relegated to the dustbin of history. I am happy that she is alive. As an optimist, I always hold out hope that she will some day come to her senses.

Posted by: Darrell at April 3, 2006 01:17 PM

I checked three times to make sure I didn't double-post after I received a "server error" message: My comment was nowhere to be found. I guess it was holding it, waiting for me to bite! This system is something else! And they wonder why you drink...

Posted by: Darrell at April 3, 2006 01:22 PM

And leave it to our national media to splash her face across the front page with bold quotes about how the terrorists were so *nice* to her and never threatened her--no not even a bit. Especially the "lite" newspapers aimed at semiliterate twentysomethings (the "Red Streak" and the "Red Eye" in Chicago).

I didn't comment on it primarily for the reason you point out. Until she was safely home, she was smart not to spout off on the terrorists. She's human, and she was scared.

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