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Freepers wig out on the Armstrong Williams debacle

Monday, January 10, 2005



First off, I have to print this un-f*cking-believable "apology" by Armstrong Williams. Thank god he isn't named Pinocchio. I don't know who would hire this guy at this point, after all this dissembling. He posted this, "My Apology" at townhall.com:
I understand that I exercised bad judgment in running paid advertising for an issue that I frequently write about in my column. People need to know that my column is uncorrupted by any outside influences. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my bad judgment, and to better explain the circumstances.

The fact is, I run a small business. I am CEO and manage the syndication and advertising for my television show. In between juggling my commentaries and media appearances, I stepped over the line. This has never happened before. In fact, my company has never worked on a government contract. Nor have we ever received compensation for an issue that I subsequently reported on. This will never happen again. I now realize that I have to create inseparable boundaries between my role as a small businessman and my role as an independent commentator.

I accept full responsibility for my lack of good judgment. I am paying the price. Tribune Media has cancelled my column. And I have learned a valuable lesson. I just want to assure you that this will never happen again, and to ask for your forgiveness.

How do you think folks in Freeperland responded to this Bush whore?


Actual Freeper Quotes™
"I like Mr. Williams. I'm glad he apologized. It was a dumb thing to do. Having done a number of dumb things myself, I can understand it happening. He has certainly taken a pummeling over this."

"I saw him on O'Reilly. He messed up, and he knows it, and admits it. It's been a learning experience for him. I'm satisfied the problem has been fixed, and I'll continue to read what he says."

"Now we know what happens when a conservative says he made a mistake and is sorry. Good thing that Pres. Bush didn't fall into that trap. Armstrong Williams is a commentator and not a reporter. He should have just said that he never wrote or stated anything that that he didn't already believe and that he wouldn't have written about anyway. It was their business if they wanted to pay him to KEEP writing what he was already writing and for the rights to publish it in the DOE journals. Commentator...not reporter. I can't believe he fell into this remorse trap. It's so unnecessary."

"Armstrong is guilty of nothing more than a petty technical oversight. He is and always has been a good and decent man of morals. OPPORTUNISTS WHO SEEK TO USE THIS MATTER AND ARMSTRONGS BACK AS A STEPPING STONE SHOULD BEWARE!"

"I can't believe the wailings of the liberals on this board [Who are these liberals that this Freeper is talking about? -- Pam]--- "I can never trust Williams again because he was paid for an advertisement!" ALL radio shows, tv shows are PAID for advertising you brainwashed fools! All hosts talk about their advertisers also during their programs --- it is expected in many cases and it is nothing unusual, rare, or below the board --- try listening to a LEFTIST SHOW -- they are easy to find on every tv and most radio news shows. "

"I see the left-wing radicals in this country have WON the case against the FIRST AMENDMENT and now if you are Christian abnd Conservative you are not allowed the FREE exercise of your rights. Well I have one (two?) words gfor all of you who scream out that Willimas is GUILTY!!! BULL-SH*T!!"

""If that means that I'm throwing him under the bus, I'm sorry."
Bullshit. You're quite happy to do it......the campaign you are running here and elsewhere is only thinly disguised (as indignation) self-promotion of yourself. "

"Chicken or the egg. Does he believe it because he's getting paid, or is he getting paid because he believes it?"

"I wish you well in your effort that is going to harm you and ultimately assist Armstrong. He didn't need YOUR blessing to get where he is......and he sure doesn't need it now, either. Get off his back, man, in the long run it will only harm you."

"The only problem here, as I see it, is that a LIBERAL guilty of the same actions would be given a complete pass... whereas this fine conservative man has to do a gigantic mea culpa for something relatively trivial (when compared to- oh..., I dunno..., AIRING FORGED DOCUMENTS)"