Some of the glee on the left side of the local bloggage around Charlie Sykes' mistaken interpretation of a portion of Michael McGee's Jr's recent impression of Captain Queeg reminds me of Fitzmas.
Plaisted says he lied . The day was that much brighter for Eugene Kane and Paul Soglin as well. It didn't make his blog, but my Backstory colleague Jim Rowen sent around an e-mail sharing the Good News. Nothing is sweeter than the other side messing up. (Update: It did.)
Sykes apologized and properly so. But the notion that he lied or was engaged in some type of subliminal racist stereotyping is silly. First, he played the tape of McGee's comments before he (incorrectly) referred to McGee's comments as "Jew cops" rather than "Jude cops." If you are going to lie about something, you normally don't associate the lie with the evidence that disproves it. Second, no one the panel corrected him. In fact, my recollection is that, when he asked Mikel Holt what McGee meant by that, Holt said he didn't know. Third, the reason that he played the tape and that no one on the panel heard anything else is that it sounded like that is what McGee said.
But life is short and far be it from me to deny anyone a good time. If I can enjoy Teddy Kennedy calling Barak Obama "Osama", then I certainly shouldn't call bar time on anyone else's party.