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The upside of laziness

Last Friday afternoon, I had a posting mostly worked out in my head. It was about Jill Carroll, the recently-freed journalist who was held hostage by terrorists in Iraq for nearly 3 months. I, like many others, had some skepticism about her abduction, and was displeased with her videotaped statement released with the news of her freedom. Between my growing distrust of journalists, the Guiliana Sgrena precedent, and the "Christian Peace Activists" who were also recently freed giving the back of their hand to their military rescuers, I had doubts about the sincerity of that videotaped statement, so I wasn't quite ready to jump on the "Blame Jill" bandwagon, but I was leaning in that direction.

I'm glad I didn't do it. I held back partly out of those concerns, but partly out of laziness, too. I have no problem admitting when I've been wrong about something, but it's not something I do cheerfully.

In retrospect, there was a rush to judgment against Ms. Carroll. But given the reasons cited above, it was certainly understandable. For every Michael Yon, there are a dozen Guiliana Sgrenas and a score of useless drones pretending to be "journalists." And the record of those released hostages has contributed greatly to the perception that they were not overly averse to being used as political ploys.


Comments (5)

There's a downside t... (Below threshold)

There's a downside to laziness?

bRight & Early,Tha... (Below threshold)

bRight & Early,

That would be trying to create a 20-page paper in a single day with no prior research aside from some nonchalant browsing of the Internet.

Other than that, not really.

That would be trying to ... (Below threshold)

That would be trying to create a 20-page paper in a single day with no prior research aside from some nonchalant browsing of the Internet.

In MY day, we didn't have this new-fangled "Internet" to save our behinds when we were late with a paper. We had to trudge to the library and scan the World Book Encyclopedia!

We had to trudge t... (Below threshold)
We had to trudge to the library and scan the World Book Encyclopedia!

The worst part was having to "process" the World Book content using a pen and paper.

Or so I hear...

No, the worst part was typi... (Below threshold)

No, the worst part was typing it out on your manual Royal and having to retype entire pages after discovering one error at the top of the page that reset the entire rest of the page.

Remember erasable paper, before white out?




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