First Wonkette deleted comments, then they deleted Stuef’s byline. Now this:
UPDATE: I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.
I appreciate that Stuef realizes how many people his post hurt – not political outrage, but actual hurt from moms and dads of children with special needs, family members of those with special needs, etc., and the children themselves. I have three family members who have special needs and let me tell you, they don’t need someone putting a target on their back and calling them “almost human” in a zealous fit to take shots at a political figure.
Jack Stuef made Trig Palin a political prop. Period. This post published two days ago and for two days it sat until we got a few emails, wrote about it, raised awareness on Twitter, and watched as citizen media participants held Wonkette accountable and even complained to advertisers. Only then was remorse felt from anyone at Wonkette.
It’s BS for Stuef to piggyback another idiotic potshot onto an attempt at an apology. Get the hell over yourself, Jack Stuef. You don’t need to dig a deeper hole and fashion some halfwit complaint onto what should be a massive mea culpa for the offense caused by your all zeal no knowledge political asshattery. I’m at the point where Steuff doesn’t deserve the courtesy of kind words. Stand by your “criticism” all you want to, but there’s a time and a place to take a stand so pathetic, and it’s not while you’re apologizing to a child for calling him a “retard” on his birthday.