Recently we wrote about the shockingly inflammatory language used by New York Time’s columnist Joe Nocera. In a column yesterday, he apologized for calling Tea Party patriots “terrorists” wearing “suicide vests” and saying “Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.”
His apology began with these words: In the four months since I began writing an Op-Ed column, the thing that has most surprised me is how darned liberal I sound sometimes. After explaining his liberal roots, Nocera informed readers what brought him to make such provocative and outrageous comments last Tuesday. Here is his explanation, titled Tea Party, Take Two.
Writing about the debt-ceiling Nocera concludes: “Undoubtedly, I’ll write columns about those negotiations. But I won’t be calling anybody names. That I can promise.”
We’ll take him at his word, but as Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, “Trust but verify.” We’re sure Joe won’t mind if we do so from time to time.