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Monday, July 31, 2006
NewsMax Defends Gibson, Bashes ADL
Topic: Newsmax

A July 31 NewsMax article by James Hirsen takes the Anti-Defamation League to task for deeming as insufficient Mel Gibson's apology for tossing anti-Semitic slurs while being arrested for drunken driving. But amid all of Hirsen's talk about Gibson's "comprehensive and humble" and "sorrowful and blanket apology," Hirsen forgot to include one thing -- the words Gibson was apologizing for. Even WorldNetDaily has detailed that.

Hirsen similarly fails to reprint the exact words used by Sen. Trent Lott in 2002 regarding Strom Thurmond; he merely paraphrases them as being "construed as meaning that the nation would have been better off if a segregationist's presidential campaign had been successful." By contrast, Hirsen directly quotes controversial statements by Jesse Jackson and Dick Durbin, as well as Christopher Dodd's statements about Robert Byrd (making sure to throw in the obligatory NewsMax reference to Byrd's long-ago KKK past).

As with Ann Coulter, NewsMax seems eager to forgive Gibson his trespasses; another article quotes William Donahue of the Catholic League bashing the ADL for not accepting Gibson's apology, and it has started up yet another meaningless poll on the issue.

UPDATE: Added WND link.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:55 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 31, 2006 8:48 PM EDT

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