Once again I find myself having to defend myself against the rantings of a self-important blowhard. Carol McKinley calls me “Dan Rather” Bettinelli (oh, very original) and says that I am making up lies about Deal Hudson. “The CRISIS Board [sic] not tell Deal in no uncertain terms that he had to resign. That is Bettinelli Baloney. I don’t know where he is getting it from. Maybe Feurhard!” No, Carol, perhaps if you actually read the post that I wrote, I said that it is what the newspaper articles wrote. Am I to be held responsible for what other people report?
Here is what I said: “They will also report that certain members of the Crisis board have told Deal in no uncertain terms that he needs to step down as publisher.” “They” is the aforementioned newspapers. All I’m doing is saying what they’re saying. I took no shots at Deal Hudson and to my recollection have taken no shots at him. I don’t really want to be involved in this at all. But Carol has to have some bete noir for her fevered imaginings and I suppose I’m it.
As for her other accusations, I publicly apologized on my blog, and through an intermediary, to Fr. Scanlan for perpetuating the Boston Globe’s reporting error about him immediately after I was contacted by his intermediary. If Carol chooses not to read my blog every day or search the archives for such things, I can’t be held responsible. As for approaching her about “stealing my work”, I have the emails to prove it and am considering posting them for all to see. I usually hesitate to do such, but if she’s going to attack my veracity, I will defend myself.
Once again, I do not have a public opinion about the Deal Hudson situation. I posted what I did last night from what I had been told about the content of the forthcoming articles. I was not reporting anything myself nor vouching for their veracity, as I made very clear in the last sentence of my post!!