Friday, September 01, 2006

Off-Topic: A Man With a Chest

One of the weirdest recent phenomena in the world of column writers (columnism?) is the practice of criticizing released hostages for not dying. Blogger Glenn Greenwald has been dealing with such criticism as directed against Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig (the Fox News journalists who were taken hostage and released only after forced conversion to Islam), and in doing so delivers the best-ever smackdown of Canadian columnist and professional crazy person David Warren.

The fact that columnists are attacking journalists for not being dead is disturbing; the fact that such attacks come from people who, like Warren, would unquestionably convert to Snake-Handling in about five seconds if they thought it would buy them a moment's safety, makes it a combination of disturbing and bleakly funny.

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