One month ago, Jack Stuef, an editor of Wonkette, became notorious for writing a post where he mocked Sarah Palin’s toddler son Trig. Wrote Stuef (among other things): “What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.” Trig Palin has Down syndrome.
People were, rightfully, enraged, and not just conservative bloggers. It was a bipartisan sort of fury. First Stuef issued an apology. And Wonkette editor Ken Layne told David Weigel at Slate that he had placed Stuef on probation. But when nine advertisers began boycotting Wonkette, the website pulled the post.
We wonder if this was when Stuef began thinking of leaving Wonkette. In any event, last week he wrote a goodbye post, where he offered a sincere look at what it’s like to be a 22-year-old blogger who has to work every day in the space between provocative and offensive, and how sometimes one can slip up.
At times, especially when I’m tired and have to somehow hit eight posts when there’s no real news happening, I’ve broken some of my own. I don’t like to make easy jokes. But I have. Kind of often. A few times I’ve made fun of people who really didn’t deserve it, and when it was pointed out to me, I apologized. This sort of thing happens, even when you make a point of trying to stay true to yourself as much as you can, because you’re human. Overall, though, out of all the 1,642 posts and countless thousands of jokes I’ve written here, I can say I’m proud of most of them.
As bloggers, FishbowlNY can’t help but see where Stuef is coming from, even if we never condoned his Trig post. We wish him the best.