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Wonkette's Half-Hearted Mea Culpa


Is this supposed to make it all better?

Posted by Dave Weigel at Slate:

UPDATE: Wonkette editor Ken Layne looped me in on an e-mail to AdWeek, in which he wrote that Steuf has been admonished.

I have four kids myself and I wouldn’t want them mocked on the Internet by a bunch of cretins on the Internet. And that’s just one reason why I wouldn’t parade my children around in the media. What kind of mother does that?

In any case, Jack has been admonished and put on night probation until further notice. Anything involving Palin, I want to make it extra clear that *Palin* is the problem with America. Not her kids. Not her little kid, anyway. The older ones seem to be on their own path and you can’t really blame Sarah for it, although she certainly encourages the sleaziest possible behavior from her grown children, which is hardly a very “family values” thing to do. But as far as Jack’s future, a few months on the night shift cleaning up the furious, ALLCAPS unmoderated Wonkette comments, without pay, should teach him a thing or two about writing stuff that confuses the target. Trig is cool with us. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is a grave danger to America.

Sarah Palin didn’t “parade” Trig Palin around in the media. She held him in public. It’s hyperbole to state otherwise. Layne is unconcerned with the welfare of the Palin children, otherwise he would have pulled the post and fired the guy that wrote it costing them advertisers. Pretending to recognize and uphold “family values” is shtick Layne uses to lend himself credibility in this instance where none actually exists.

Stueff didn’t “confuse the target.” He wrote a heinously awful in both form and tone piece attacking a child and mocking that child’s special needs. Don’t you confuse the target, Layne.

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