I Apologize for Calling Tea Partiers Terrorists

Joe Nocera: NYT columnist says he went too far
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2011 10:20 AM CDT
I Apologize for Calling Tea Partiers 'Terrorists'
Tea bags adorn the hat of a Tea Party supporter.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera took flak for a blistering column in which he compared members of the Tea Party to terrorists, complete with references to jihad and suicide vests. Today, he issues a mea culpa. "I was a hypocrite, the critics said, for using such language when on other occasions I’ve called for a more civil politics," he writes in the new column. "In the cool light of day, I agree with them. I apologize."

Nocera still thinks Tea Party Republicans wrongly used the threat of default to force massive spending cuts. And he doesn't hold out much hope that the coming debt supercommittee will do anything but make matters worse. "Undoubtedly, I’ll write columns about those negotiations. But I won’t be calling anybody names. That I can promise." (Read more Tea Party stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.