I don’t have any right to have my speech printed in the New York Times and neither does Rall.
What I actually said was this:
I don’t have any right to have my speech printed in the New York Times, and I haven’t even made fun of the families of murder victims.
To remind you what I am talking about, here is the cartoon in which Rall mocked widows of terror victims. Particularly vile is his portrayal of Danny Pearl’s widow Marianne Pearl, as a publicity-seeking woman who frivolously says: “Of course it’s a bummer that they slashed my husband’s throat — but the worst was having to watch the Olympics alone!”
Words cannot express how contemptible this is.
After misquoting me in his post from today, Rall then bloviates:
Of course, no one has the “right” to be published anywhere. But only a simpleton, or a right-wing blogger typing in his parents’ basement in Tennessee, would fail to see the danger to a free media in an editor who caves into rank political pressure when making editing decisions. An independent press must be responsive to its readers, but that doesn’t mean running scared of a creator some 13 years after you started running his work because some people oppose his politics. If opinion mongers have to worry about getting fired every time they venture off the political mean, the next thing you know, the entire op-ed page will be covered with nothing but bland, middle-of-the-road moderates.
Sorry, dude, but your bid to make yourself into some kind of First Amendment hero just doesn’t wash. You penned the single most disgusting, repulsive editorial cartoon most people have ever seen, by a longshot — at least in this country. And then you paid the price. End of story. Stop whining already.
There is a difference between venturing off the political mean, and mocking the survivors of murder victims. And I think deep down, you realize this — which is why you didn’t bother to quote me accurately.
P.S. I hardly ever blog about the war.