Fowler “apologizes” for offending anyone who watched the video of him taken by “some right-wing nutcase”
Early Sunday I posted an entry with a YouTube video embedded showing former DNC chairman Don Fowler yukking it up about Gustav getting ready to rip some folks’ lives to shreds on the opening day of the GOP Convention in Minnesota. Over at ABC’s site we get to see what Fowler’s excuse for an apology looks like:
“If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News. “It was a mistake, and it was a satirical statement made in jest. And one that I clearly don’t believe.”
If this offended anybody, eh? Great use of the weasel words, Mr. Fowler. And, excuse me, there’s nothing at all clear about whether you actually believe it. All that’s clear is that you actually said it. Which brings us to the fact that the conversation was taped:
Fowler was secretly recorded by the person sitting behind him while flying from Denver, Colo., to Charlotte, N.C., following the Democratic National Convention. His conversation with Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., was anonymously posted to YouTube and highlighted by RedState.com, a conservative blog.
Watch it HERE.
“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”
Hang on a second, bud. You had a conversation across the aisle of a commercial aircraft performing a scheduled flight with paying customers and you consider yourself owed privacy in that setting? It would have been 1 thing if you had leaned over and spoken at a volume such that your words couldn’t have been made out over the engine noise at anything over 6 inches, but you didn’t do that. You sat upright in your seat and made a comment loud enough to be heard in that environment at a range of over 5 feet, a circumference that might have included as many as 15 people in the coach section of a 737.
Later in the report, he says that his statement was facetious and that he doesn’t, “think anybody in America wishes for something bad to happen to New Orleans. I certainly don’t.” Nice to know but I think Mr. Fowler should consider the example of Micheal Moore, one of the left’s patron saints and a talking head Fowler just so happened to copy almost verbatim in this matter. I do, definitely, believe Moore would love Gustav to flood all of New Orleans again. I think he’d pull up a chair to watch the whole thing if he could.
Fowler talks about his comments with far more of an air of being sorry he got caught and he paints himself as the victim in all of this, having his freely made comments reported to the world. One might ask him how his laughter on the possibility of Gustav’s damage to New Orleans would be somehow better if only someone hadn’t have taped it. To us all, I mean, not for his self-serving purposes.