The Hypocrisy Is Shameless, and It Oozes

Fred Hiatt the Self-Righteous, Dishonest, and Craven:

Roman Polanski’s apologists — as typified by the comments of Swiss filmmaker Otto Weisser, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film and TV celebrity Whoopi Goldberg — don’t let basic facts, or even simple decency for that matter, get in the way of their defense of this notorious director. Ever since Mr. Polanski’s arrest Saturday in Switzerland on a fugitive warrant in a case involving sex with a 13-year-old girl, a number of Hollywood luminaries — Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, David Lynch, to name but a few — are demanding his release. This follows the equally misguided defense of Mr. Polanski by European political and cultural authorities. Thankfully, a backlash is developing, fueled by the public getting a clear understanding of Mr. Polanski’s sordid crime and his cowardice in evading justice.

What matters is not that Mr. Polanski is 76 or that he has a talent for filmmaking or that his own life has been filled with unspeakable horrors or that the case is decades old. It doesn’t even matter that his underage victim, now grown up, forgives him. What matters is that this man admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old whose undisputed testimony details how he gave her champagne and Quaaludes, got her naked in a hot tub and wouldn’t listen as she — terrified — said no. He was originally charged with sodomy and rape but agreed to plead to a lesser offense. He jumped bail and fled the country out of fear the judge would give him more prison time than the paltry 42 days supposedly promised by prosecutors. He has been living with impunity and in luxury ever since.

Much has been made of the delay by California authorities in seeking his extradition. Not only is that beside the point, but it seems that Mr. Polanski may have had a hand in renewing interest in his case by trying to get it dismissed, citing concerns aired in a 2008 documentary about judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. If, as his supporters so vehemently argue, his claims are legitimate, we would think he would not fight extradition but return to California to make his case in a proper court — not the gauzy one of celebrity opinion.

How about the columnists-employed-by-the-WaPo court of opinion?

What a righteous stance.  For some reason, though, Fred Hiatt’s brave editorial crusaders overlooked two of the most wretched defenders of Polanski:   their very own columnists.   ThePost‘s Richard Cohen announced that “it’s alright with me if Roman Polanski is freed by the Swiss authorities” and disgustingly used the word “seduced” to minimize Polanski’s act of child rape.  The Post‘s Anne Applebaum called Polanski’s arrest “outrageous” and invoked virtually every defense scorned today by The Post Editors, and thereafter, when responding to critics,spouted outright falsehoods to suggest that the 13-year-old girl consented (while arguing that the real victim was Applebaum herself, who had to endure mean emails in response to her column).

How strange to watch Post editors stand tall in opposition to the easy targets of vapid celebrities and “the French” while steadfastly ignoring the equally twisted (at least) Polanski defenses coming right from their own Op-Ed backyard.  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.

3 Responses to “The Hypocrisy Is Shameless, and It Oozes”

  1. opit says:

    That ought to be worth an Ouch!

  2. Why are so many Progressives defending this guy?

  3. My opinion says:

    It just seems to me that when a lefty rapes or has sex with a woman in a subordenant position ( a 21 year old intern vs President of the USA) the left finds reason why that is ok, or just tries to ignore it. What is it that causes this affliction?

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