Unbelievable. Anne Applebaum writes me to say:
Many thanks for the correction, I had not in fact seen it. I could dispute your other claims but I see from your email that you are in fact angry at “Big Media”, not me, so there isn’t much point. Best, AA
I feel contempt for people who deliberately refuse to correct errors. I feel contempt for arrogance. So, Anne Applebaum, I may not be “angry” at you . . . but I do feel contempt for you.
I have responded:
Yesterday I specifically notified you of four errors or distortions in your recent blog posts about Roman Polanski:
- You referred to allegations of misconduct in Polanski’s “trial” when he had no trial, but rather pled guilty.
- You said Polanski is not a Polish citizen when multiple sources have reported his dual citizenship with Poland and France.
- You claimed that his victim testified that she called her mother for permission to have her picture taken in a jacuzzi, when she testified to no such thing (she testified merely that she called her mother before getting into the jacuzzi).
- You told your readers there was evidence Polanski did not know the girl’s age, but did not tell your readers that he swore under oath (at his plea hearing) that he knew she was 13 at the time.
Not even one.
You suggest that you could dispute me on the facts, but because I made a crack about Big Media (“I thought you folks in Big Media were proud of your record for accuracy”) you can dismiss me with an airy wave of your hand. Even the guy who botches my order every Saturday morning at the local McDonald’s is bright enough to recognize that as a cheap dodge.
So let’s remove your excuse for failing to confront your errors. Let’s put aside all questions of whether your arrogant refusal to correct (or even discuss) these errors and distortions is typical of Big Media.
Let’s talk about you, and your integrity. Because that is what is at stake.
Have you read your comments section lately? Do you even realize how your numerous falsehoods and stubborn refusal to correct them has affected your reputation? Don’t you think it’s time to stop the bleeding?
Let’s start with my first point: that you referred to allegations of misconduct in Polanski’s “trial” when he had no trial, but rather pled guilty.
How are you going to “dispute” me on that, Ms. Applebaum?
Tell me. Please. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about that.
P.S. There is no need to thank me for my “correction,” as I did not issue a “correction.” I made no errors and had nothing to correct, but I did promptly link your defense. That’s what fair, honest people do.
What’s the over/under on whether she is going to finally start confronting her errors, instead of issuing arrogant, snippy little pronouncements and trotting out even more falsehoods?