A few months ago, I was harshly criticized for my criticism of Anne Applebaum’s so-called journalism. In Round 1, she made all sorts of absurd statements about Morocco.
Round 2? Applebaum calls the arrest of Roman Polanski “outrageous,” states that he doesn’t deserve jail time because he has “paid for the crime in many, many ways: In notoriety, in lawyers’ fees, in professional stigma.” Applebaum then turns rape apologist, blaming Polanski’s actions on his mother’s death at the hands of Nazis in Auschwitz, his father’s suffering in Mauthausen, his own survival of the Krakow ghetto, and his wife’s murder by the Manson Family. All horrible things of course, but many go through worse and don’t turn to child rape. For that matter, Charles Manson went through worse, and I don’t see Anne Applebaum apologizing for his actions. Oh, poor Charles Manson, his own mother sold him to a childless waitress, let’s forgive him for murder, because his life was just so hard.
Seriously, Applebaum, are we doing this?