Monday, March 03, 2008

We Can All Now Relax!

Because Charlotte Allen's piece about the inherent inferiority of women was tongue-in-cheek! Whose tongue in whose cheek?

I was wondering what track the editor of the Outlook section, John Pomfret, would take. He chose to tell us that we have no sense of humor, really:

Wash Post editor says controversial piece was 'tongue-in-cheek'

On the front of Sunday's Outlook section, in the Washington Post, two articles were placed under the banner, "Women vs. Women."

It's the second piece, titled "We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?" by Charlotte Allen that immediately fired up the blogosphere, and prompted Media Matters to get involved.

"If it insulted people, that was not the intent," Outlook editor John Pomfret told me this morning, calling the piece "tongue-in-cheek."

Ah! One of those funny non-apology apologies! Yes, I wanted Pomfret's head on a platter instead.

One of the commenters at Politico made the best overall comment on this explanation:

Do you even know who Charlotte Allen is? That's like David Duke asking to write a tongue-in-cheek article about the inferiority of African Americans.