Wednesday, February 09, 2005

It does work, ya know. Early this morning (aak, it's yesterday now), I intro'd a post about The Jordan Affair with thoughts about how apologizing works wonders on quieting an uproar. I see now via a link from Instapundit to Powerline that Bill Moyers is taking the walk as a result of the uproar over his Minneapolis Star Tribune column.

Bill Moyers ought to be commended for the rather quick and, it appears, very sincere apology for the remarks he made about James Watt, particularly the efforts he will make to give the apology as wide or wider a hearing as the original column. The tension his remarks caused and the bad feelings that resulted will be dispatched to old memories. With luck and some judicious application in the future of both generosity towards your political opponents and, maybe, yahoo or google, old memories won't be tapped and more walks taken.

Mr. Moyers is doing the right thing now regarding Mr. Watt. He may not include all or most of those hit by his scattershot remarks; we will have to wait and see. But at least the world is now a teensy bit better as a result. With luck and some judicious application in the future of both generosity towards his political opponents and, maybe, yahoo or google, he will help it to keep it that way, old memories won't be tapped and more walks taken.

Now will the Star-Tribune bother to do the same?

[For those who have no clue, it started with this Bill Moyers column. I caught it first here. Lots of people noticed it. Powerline did yeoman work here. And now we're in the present.]


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