One of my favorite lines in Gone With The Wind occurs when Scarlett, realizing that her unreasonable conduct started a chain of events that ultimately caused her husband’s death, falls into a fit of drunken, maudlin remorse. Confronted with a weeping, apologetic Scarlett, Rhett speaks these immortal words: “”You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole,but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail.” (Or something like that. I don’t have the book at hand right now.)
I was reminded of that lovely quotation when I read just how upset NPR is about its decision to fire Juan Williams:
We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week. Juan’s comments were made Monday night and we did not feel it would be responsible to delay this action.
By the way, if you needed another reminder about NPR’s hypocrisy, here’s a nice collection of opinions expressed by the much admired (on the Left) Nina Totenberg, who continues to be employed at NPR.