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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Whicker ApologizesWhatever editors were asleep at the switch when Whicker wrote his column woke up and forced him to apologize this evening:
It was not my intention to do so. But it's obvious that I miscalculated the effect the column on Jaycee Dugard, and the events that she might have missed during her captivity, had on those who read, buy and advertise in our newspaper.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:02pm
matt g said...
That’s very big of him to apologizing for disconnecting a bond with his fans, whatever the hell that means. I take it he’s still proud of the article itself and sees nothing wrong with what he wrote?
Posted 09/09 at 09:23 PM
Alex K said...
Wow. He just apologized for readers not understanding. Can one person be that dense?
Posted 09/09 at 09:40 PM
Greg Simons said...
Craig, thank you for bringing this column to our attention. I never would have read it if you hadn’t linked to it. I’m sure the volume of responses Whicker and the OC Register received was notably larger because you blogged about it.
I’m not sure how sincere the apology is, but at least somebody realized the enormity of the error.
Posted 09/09 at 09:40 PM
Well, he starts off with the non-apology apology. he apologizes for that column…that disconnected that bond. But he has a good and direct relationship with his REGULAR readers, who understand how he REALLY meant all that.
He does kind of recover by stating flat-out that he had a lapse of professionalism and begging for forgiveness.
Posted 09/09 at 09:42 PM
Dan Whitney said...
It’s almost worse that he trotted this out. He basically says he’s sorry that we didn’t get it or that we misinterpreted what he wrote.
Posted 09/09 at 10:14 PM
Mason W. said...
I’m surprised that Whicker didn’t trot out “I’m sorry if anyone was offended” verbatim.
Posted 09/09 at 10:33 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Agreed with those above; it’s like the athlete who’s apology sounds like “I’m sorry I got caught”.
Craig, great job bringing this to our attention and kudos to everyone who realized the seriousness of Whicker’s error in judgement and raised their voices to make others aware.
Kickass job. Score one for the bloggers.
Posted 09/09 at 10:33 PM
Jason is entirely correct. Bloggers may be snarky and cynical and sometimes strecth a metaphor or two (present company excluded)but to turn a person’s personal tragedy at the hands of a felon for the sake of reference to propel a routine space-filler for the sake of seeming “current” goes beyond the pale and indicates an IQ somewhere in the neighborhoos less than the total of a bench player’s home run count.
Posted 09/09 at 10:47 PM
From the OC Register comments, I’d like to quote a comment that speaks for me:
Amen, mattie0, Amen. It’s an apology of sorts, but hardly the abject groveling that is truly owed to Ms. Dugard.
Posted 09/09 at 11:10 PM
+1 for Will.
As if that was not enough:
And how this could have gotten through whatever sham of an editing process that they have, I’ll never know.
Really, I don’t say this often, but there should be a lot of firings for this.
Posted 09/10 at 02:09 AM
It’s people (and I use this term loosely) like Whicker AND HIS EDITORS who wonder why newspapers are dying. Oh the irony.
Posted 09/10 at 02:41 AM
Zaphod Beeblebrox said...
I don’t know Ford ... it seemed Mostly Harmless to me.
Posted 09/10 at 07:10 AM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
A white male in Orange County that has difficulty relating to a victim of rape, neglect, and child abuse? How novel.
Posted 09/10 at 07:38 AM
Everyone here is familiar with the Peter Principle, yes? If the columnist for the OC Register is this dense and incompetent, just imagine how bad his editors must be.
Oh wait, we don’t have to. We can see the results in the publication of this column.
Posted 09/10 at 07:45 AM
Sara K said...
And he doesn’t know how to use commas. (spits on ground)
Posted 09/10 at 08:30 AM
The “apology” said: But it’s obvious that I miscalculated the effect the column on Jaycee Dugard, and the events that she might have missed during her captivity, had on those who read, buy and advertise in our newspaper.
Concerned about “those who…advertise,” huh? Good to know where the real concern is, and what probably prompted this “apology.”
Posted 09/10 at 10:08 AM
What I find disturbing is that he seems to reference, as noted by many folks here, that a portion (potentially large portion) of his readership understood and appreciated his column.
That means there are folks out there who find his take witty or informative or worthy of more than being used to wrap up the chicken bones from dinner and that bothers me more than his pathetic attempt at an apology.
Be afraid - be very afraid.
Posted 09/10 at 11:19 AM
Dave Studeman said...
I like to think the Peter Principle doesn’t apply to the Hardball Times.
Posted 09/10 at 11:20 AM
Exception that proves the rule, obviously.
Posted 09/10 at 11:36 AM
Uhh, Wooden, I’m a white male in Orange County and you better not be lumping me in with Mark Whicker and his poor taste in column ideas. I don’t get offended by much, but let’s refrain from the generalities hurled at various people groups living in certain areas.
Not all white males in Orange County would be dense enough to write something like that.
Posted 09/10 at 01:14 PM