In With eye on women, parties crank up outrage, Politics in Minnesota's Mike Mosedale reports:
In a Facebook post, Hagedorn wrote that some of his “hard-hitting and tongue-in-cheek commentary was less than artfully constructed or included language that could lead to hurt feelings.” By Tuesday, however, the firebrand candidate returned to the offensive, complaining that “ultra-liberal organizers are using snippets of out-of-context tongue-in-cheek commentary I wrote a decade or more ago to call me derogatory names.” He also called for an end to “this rigged game of political correctness.”
Er no. Here's the whole of the Hagedorn Facebook post from August 24:
Over the years I have written political satire and commentary, most of which defended conservative ideals and took aim at national politicians I felt were failing the American people and hurting our country.
Even though most of my writings were composed more than 10 years ago, national and DFL liberals are determined to attack me personally, mostly by exhibiting snippets of out-dated, misunderstood or out-of-context material and calling me derogatory names.
In this case, the rather worn and tired Democrat tactic of personal destruction and demonization is designed to deflect attention from the serious problems confronting our nation and the failed big government record of President Barack Obama and devoted liberal followers like incumbent DFL Congressman Tim Walz.
Of course, these same politically correct liberals remain undeterred by the offensive writings authored in the past by Al Franken. In spite of this hypocrisy, I do acknowledge that some of my hard-hitting and tongue-in-cheek commentary was less than artfully constructed or included language that could lead to hurt feelings. I offer a sincere and heartfelt apology.
Rather than dwell in the rigged game of political correctness, my campaign will forge ahead and continue to engage with the people of southern Minnesota and address the issues that will decide our country’s future during these critical times.
In fact, Hagedorn used the language Mosedale cites as Tuesday's language as "the firebrand candidate returned to the offensive."
The screenshot at the top of this post was taken Sunday, two hours after Hagedorn posted it. We used the screenshot in Apologyghazi: Jim Hagedorn issues non-apology apology about his blog, points finger at Franken.
What's up with PIM splitting the "nice" parts of the Facebook statement, to represent an apology, then treating the "non-apology parts" as evidence that Hagedorn has returned to the offensive?
It's just not true.
Here's a screenshot of the text in the PIM article:
Images: Screenshots from Jim Hagedorn's Facebook page and its reconstruction in PIM's Capitol Report.
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