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Writer apologizes for "Madman of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" column
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | February 26, 2003 | DOUG THOMPSON

Posted on 02/25/2003 9:06:24 PM PST by Doug Thompson

(WRITER'S NOTE: Last week, I published a column entitled "The Madman of Pennsylvania Avenue." It was written during a time when I was letting a memory of a family tragedy depress me and affect my judgment. The column was pulled within two hours of its posting after family and friends convinced me that it went too far. Unfortunately, given the speed of the Internet, it has already been picked up and reprinted in full on other sites. This column was over the top, even for me, and I apologize for it. It has been erased from the files of this web site and will not be republished. If it appears on any other web site, it does so without my permission and is a violation of copyright law).

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I wrote the column called "The Madman of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," which generated a lot of comment on this bulletin board. As noted in the writer's note that appears at the beginning of Wednesday's column, it was something that should not have been written. I violated my own rule of writing while dealing with emotions of something unrelated to the topic of the column (in this case, the anniversary of the death of a loved one). It was wrong and should not have happened. But it did and for that I apologize.

--Doug Thompson
Publisher
Capitol Hill Blue

1 posted on 02/25/2003 9:06:24 PM PST by Doug Thompson
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To: Doug Thompson
Translation: My editor smacked me upside the head and told me to do some damage control. Sorry boss.
2 posted on 02/25/2003 9:11:50 PM PST by smokeyjon
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To: Doug Thompson
Keep em on their toes, Doug. Love your column!
3 posted on 02/25/2003 9:12:20 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (When news breaks, we fix it!)
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To: smokeyjon
One small problem with that. I'm the editor.
4 posted on 02/25/2003 9:12:26 PM PST by Doug Thompson
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To: Doug Thompson
Oops. I stand corrected.
5 posted on 02/25/2003 9:14:30 PM PST by smokeyjon
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To: Doug Thompson
I read it here on FR but didn't comment personally because many others beat me to the punch.

Your apology is accepted by me.
6 posted on 02/25/2003 9:14:59 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Doug Thompson
Thanks, Doug. You have a lot of credibiity with me - I knew that thing wasn't the real DT. BTW you've got a great site.
7 posted on 02/25/2003 9:15:21 PM PST by 185JHP ( Brisance. Puissance. Resolve.)
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To: Doug Thompson
It takes a man to admit that he's wrong and to accept the consequences of his actions. Lord knows that I've jumped the gun more than a time or two in my life.

Thanks for stepping up.
8 posted on 02/25/2003 9:15:34 PM PST by Howie66 (Lead, follow or git the hell out of the way!)
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To: Doug Thompson
We all have bad days. I'm not sure an apology is required, but if you feel like tendering one, consider it accepted by me.
9 posted on 02/25/2003 9:20:11 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: Doug Thompson
I think it was very honorable of you to retract the column and then apologize so openly. I still wish it hadn't been written that day, but you have my respect.

Regards,
Tammy
10 posted on 02/25/2003 9:22:06 PM PST by Tamzee (There are 10 types of people... those who read binary, and those who don't.)
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To: Doug Thompson
You have a great site, and I did not see your article. You are OK in my book.
11 posted on 02/25/2003 9:23:17 PM PST by chnsmok
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To: Doug Thompson
It was a truly disgusting article!!!
12 posted on 02/25/2003 9:23:33 PM PST by Wait4Truth (God Bless our President!)
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To: Doug Thompson
You wrote a repulive column and using the anniversary, of the death of a loved one, is NO excuse. As a matter of fact, your left handed apology, is even more offensive than your indefessable column !
13 posted on 02/25/2003 9:23:59 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Doug Thompson
But since you are apologizing, apology accepted. I am proud of our President and just heard Dennis Miller say the same thing on Jay Leno. Perhaps you should take another look at all this man has on his plate. It's easy to attack from the sidelines.
14 posted on 02/25/2003 9:26:04 PM PST by Wait4Truth (God Bless our President!)
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To: nopardons
indefenceable
15 posted on 02/25/2003 9:26:12 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Oh, the heck with it ... unpardonable .
16 posted on 02/25/2003 9:27:11 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Doug Thompson
It takes a strong person to apologize and admit to making a mistake - and in a very public way. Good job.
18 posted on 02/25/2003 9:32:59 PM PST by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US.)
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To: Doug Thompson
I read it, but it didn't sound like you so I figured something was wrong and dismissed it.
19 posted on 02/25/2003 9:35:28 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Doug Thompson
"If it appears on any other web site, it does so without my permission and is a violation of copyright law."

I didn't see the column, and therefore can't pass judgement on it. However, the line quoted rubs me the wrong way. It seems to say "I've apologized, so forget it!"
20 posted on 02/25/2003 9:36:47 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered....)
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To: nopardons
... unpardonable .

However for large contributions to the Hillary for President Fund, and to a small love shack, I mean liebrary in
Little Rock, you might be able to buy a pardon in some peoples dreams (at least I hope they are, and will remain, dreams).

21 posted on 02/25/2003 9:37:42 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Doug Thompson
Doug, you're a class act, amigo. I take back all the stuff I said about it in rebuttal ;^)

You run a great site, btw.

22 posted on 02/25/2003 9:38:17 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Doug Thompson
So...have you apologized to the man you unfairly, irresponsibly, viciously and enthusiastically attacked? Until you do, the "apology" means zip.
23 posted on 02/25/2003 9:39:57 PM PST by clintonh8r (It is better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: Doug Thompson
Sorry about your family tragedy. I'm glad you apologized. You can make up for it my helping me with info regarding the Clinton rape of Eileen Wellstone. That story must get out to the mainstream, and I think you can help. You have FReepmail.
24 posted on 02/25/2003 9:41:20 PM PST by doug from upland (Bill and Hillary's first instinct is survival.....their second is to lie.)
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To: Calvin Locke
I haven't ever, and shall never need a " pardon ". Neither would I ever give money ( nor anything of value ) to any Clinton, or thier stooges.

The column was more than nasty, his apology unsatifactory, and I'm allowed to have that opinion. :-)

OTOH, if you meant that for the author, then, okay. LOL

25 posted on 02/25/2003 9:44:56 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Doug Thompson
You're a stand-up guy. I've long appreciated the work you've done with CHB. It has been a great source of knowledge about subjects the mainstream press won't touch. Thanks.
26 posted on 02/25/2003 9:45:29 PM PST by kristinn (HumanShieldAgainstTerrorists@WhiteHouse.US)
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To: nopardons
Aren't you supposed to be a Christian? The guy appologized - you seem to consistantly be a hard ass for some reason. Who or what made you this way?

If you need a nictonine fix, I'll understand. I know how tough it is on you drug addicts.
27 posted on 02/25/2003 9:46:15 PM PST by The FRugitive
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To: Doug Thompson
This column was over the top, even for me, and I apologize for it.

You're a class act, Doug.
IMHO, no apologies are necessary.
Yeah, it was quite a bit more outlandish than usual.
But I figure, what the heck.
You have a long and distinguished track record.
And everybody is entitled to really cut loose now and then.
Keep up the good work!

28 posted on 02/25/2003 9:48:15 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: JoJo Gunn
Google has not forgotten.
29 posted on 02/25/2003 9:48:28 PM PST by MEG33
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To: The FRugitive
Why is it " Christian ", to accept a spurious apology ? Would you accept one from, say , X42 ?

Tsk, tsk, tsk ... personal attacks for an opinion ? Infantile need to lie, for no reason ? What is YOUR problem ?

You're a hypocrite. Remove that beam, before you start poking around to find motes in others' eyes. :-)

30 posted on 02/25/2003 9:51:02 PM PST by nopardons
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To: MEG33
Yep. The web never forgets....
31 posted on 02/25/2003 9:53:11 PM PST by clintonh8r (It is better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: Doug Thompson
I didn't see the column the first time around, so I looked it up.

Apology or not, you are an abominable human being. Though I guess you are less abominable, with it.
32 posted on 02/25/2003 9:55:42 PM PST by Sloth (I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!)
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To: Doug Thompson
for that I apologize

Does that include the part about you being a liberal?

33 posted on 02/25/2003 9:59:45 PM PST by paul51
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To: nopardons
I read the apology several times and could see no indication that he disavows the things he wrote. So, I guess he's saying he meant and believes what he wrote, but he's sorry anybody saw it.
34 posted on 02/25/2003 10:01:41 PM PST by clintonh8r (It is better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: Doug Thompson
Apology accepted. No biggie. We all say things we eventually may regret. We know you are on our side. And we all should know you have the right to speak your mind.

It takes courage to admit what you feel is wrongdoing and apologize for it. Especially when it means even more people are going to read the article in question, and feel that they have to show their "moral superiority" by kicking you when you are 'down'. To heck with 'em. We eagerly anticipate your next post!

35 posted on 02/25/2003 10:01:55 PM PST by Captainpaintball (Tolerate intolerance)
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To: nopardons
Why is it " Christian ", to accept a spurious apology ?

Who's to say it's spurious? Why not give him the benefit of the doubt? It sounds like several people here are familiar with his history.

Would you accept one from, say , X42 ?

I'd give it a shot.

Tsk, tsk, tsk ... personal attacks for an opinion ? Infantile need to lie, for no reason ? What is YOUR problem ?

I don't have a problem, just from the posts I've read from you over my several year history here (from long before this screen name was created), you just seem a bit too hard on people, IMHO.

You're a hypocrite. Remove that beam, before you start poking around to find motes in others' eyes. :-)

You're right, my response was hypocritical. I appologize, will you forgive me? ;)

36 posted on 02/25/2003 10:01:55 PM PST by The FRugitive
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To: clintonh8r
Unfortunately, no one, but you and I saw that. It's a left handed ( if that ), apology and NO recantation.
37 posted on 02/25/2003 10:08:05 PM PST by nopardons
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To: MEG33
For the record, actually I did read it, (after some checking). I'm in the midst of just another Senior Moment, I guess. Oh well, conditional apologies bug me worse. And is this an admonishment/threat of the Administrator to remove it?
38 posted on 02/25/2003 10:09:56 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered....)
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To: Doug Thompson
Good on yer for stepping to the plate.
39 posted on 02/25/2003 10:11:37 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Doug Thompson
"Saddam Hussein may not be the only madman who threatens a place called America."

That was the last line of your screed....just so people know....it was abominable.....and I agree with another poster...I will remain skeptical until I see a signed, formal letter of apology TO THE PRESIDENT himself.

40 posted on 02/25/2003 10:11:54 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: The FRugitive
Yes, I'll accept your apology; it wasn't a weasley one.

I am no " harder " on others, than I am on myself. I don't suffer fools lightly and call 'em as I see 'em. Why is that " wrong " ? At least I am honest, factual, and know how to apologize, like an adult ( and I do, if I am wrong ); unlike the writer of the column and post. Reread his apology. He says that he wrote a malicious, vile column because it was the anniversary of a private tragedy. That's like telling your teacher that the dog ate your homework ! I read that particular column. Did you ? Have you read what the poster wrote as an apology ? Did you happen to see where he refutes what he wrote ? I didn't see it.

41 posted on 02/25/2003 10:14:06 PM PST by nopardons
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To: clintonh8r; nopardons
This has made me curious, so I just found the article using Google. The biggest liberal jackass at DU couldn't have written a more offensive piece.

I'm sorry, but I don't see how being in mourning could make a person say such vile things about President Bush.

I, too, think an apology to the POTUS would be appropriate right about now.
42 posted on 02/25/2003 10:14:37 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet ( "It was total manipulation. He was trying to confuse me, and it worked." - Nigel Tufnel)
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To: goodnesswins
It's hard to believe some of these posters even read that repulsive column. It was a vicious attack, and it was obvious the writer relished every syllable. But now, its, "Hey, he said he was sorry! Whattsa problem?"
43 posted on 02/25/2003 10:15:52 PM PST by clintonh8r (It is better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: chnsmok
Article Archived HERE in Perpetuity
44 posted on 02/25/2003 10:17:08 PM PST by freebilly (Why do Republicans play hardball like little girls...?)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Thanks, you and I and one other, seem to be the ONLY people, on thsi thread, who can see that the " Emperor " is wearing no clothes. :-)
45 posted on 02/25/2003 10:17:26 PM PST by nopardons
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To: freebilly
Maybe not....
46 posted on 02/25/2003 10:18:32 PM PST by freebilly (Why do Republicans play hardball like little girls...?)
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To: clintonh8r
Right you are ! I bet all the suck-ups, who are saying such " nice " things about the auther , either NEVER read the column, or are fellow Bush bashers and enjoyed it.
47 posted on 02/25/2003 10:18:54 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Doug Thompson
Doug:

As both a longtime member of FR and a longtime reader of Capitol Hill Blue, it is easy to see who here knows you and realizes the column wasn't something you would normally write. Those who are quick to jump to conclusions obviously have not read your many columns supporting our causes.

I appreciate you having the guts to stand up and apologize.
48 posted on 02/25/2003 10:21:44 PM PST by arj
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To: chnsmok
Article Archived HERE in Perpetuity

Really!

49 posted on 02/25/2003 10:22:22 PM PST by freebilly (Why do Republicans play hardball like little girls...?)
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To: Doug Thompson
Well at least you're big enough to admit it, and apologize for it. That's much more than some people would do. I realize people will be harsh when they are feeling down about a tragic event. It made me sad and mad; but now that you explained, and apologized, under the circumstances, you're forgiven!
50 posted on 02/25/2003 10:23:49 PM PST by dsutah
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