And about time too
Linda Foley, at long last, has backed away from her outrageous attack on American servicepeople. In an essay on the Guild's website, she repeats the familiar claim that she's the victim of a right-wing lynch mob. Yet she somehow manages to choke out the admission that maybe her words at the May conference in St. Louis went a little too far.
In other words, the essence of my message is: Don’t kill the messenger. I should have said it that way in St. Louis. Instead, I decided to draw a parallel between the assault on journalists for their work and the assault on journalists covering Iraq. I used strong words and said it rather clumsily, but the St. Louis crowd got the point.
If I made a mistake, it was in trying to cover the issues surrounding safety for journalists in Iraq in an off-the-cuff way. I regret that my in-artful phraseology, and the storm it incited on the right, may detract from a critically important issue for journalists, especially those who cover war.
No kidding. This was all I ever wanted from Ms. Foley, and I can only wonder why it took her so long to get around to it. Oh well. Better late than never. And thanks for doing the right thing, however grudgingly.