>> Thursday, October 01, 2009
Greenwald, on Fred Hiatt criticizing "French" and "Hollywood" defenses of Polanski while ignoring the defenses of Polanski on his own op-ed page:
But the last thing that ought to be surprising is to find defenses of morally depraved acts on the Op-Ed page of the Post; that is, after all, its essence.
Notably, Cohen's opposition to Polanski's punishment ("it’s alright with me if Roman Polanski is freed") matches almost verbatim his similar defense of Casper Weinberger ("Cap, my Safeway buddy, walks, and that’s all right with me"). That, in turn, is entirely consistent with Cohen's outrage over Lewis Libby's prosecution for obstruction of justice ("As with sex or real estate, it is often best to keep the lights off") and his demand that Bush torturers and war criminals be similarly protected from consequences. The opposition to Polanski's arrest by these Post columnists is, in one sense, merely a natural extension of their general view that criminal prosecution and prison is for the dirty masses but not for elites like themselves.
For every brutal, lawless and amoral act, there is a defense of it to be found on the Washington Post Op-Ed page.
That pretty much nails it.