I find myself apologizing to more and more people since playing in the mud with Schmalfeldt. I find myself having to do it again, this time to a man I’ve never met, but have defended.
I’ve shared at Hogewash and elsewhere how I came to be in this mud hole. I still stand behind that.
A brief recap, I first learned of it through a writers group about the poor author in Maryland who was being attacked through the court system for exercising his first amendment right to free speech. I entered the mud pit thinking I was firmly on Bill’s side, but learned over a short time that maybe I’m wrong.
The cause that was the final straw was the case of the photographer Lee Stranahan. As a photographer, I found Bill’s attack on Lee offensive. But it was the attack on Lee’s art that upset me.
I also knew of Bill’s attack on the mother of home birth twins where one of the twins tragically died in utero. A sad and disturbing case.
Tonight, as I write on a break from my new business venture, I had the chance to talked to an old friend. She is a home birth advocate and her husband is a mentor to me in photography.
She reminded me of Bill’s disgusting attack on a home birth mother. Apparently he’s quite well known among that crowd for what he did. I remember her being quite upset about it at the time it happened, and I found his actions fairly disgusting then.
So here is my apology. I didn’t put the two people together. Guess I’m slow, but I’ve been so focused on Bill’s hypocrisy over Lee’s art that I didn’t put Bill’s attack on Lee’s family together.
In a comment over at Hogewash, a commenter thought I was very up to date on the photographer issue. I’m embarrassed to say, not as up to date as I should have been. Had I recognized Bill sooner for his behavior over Lee’s daughter, I never would have given him the benefit of doubt I did recently.
So Lee, we’ve never spoken directly as I recall. But you now have my public apology for not putting the whole thing together sooner, and for letting my bias keep me from doing it sooner.
And to Hoge and others, I didn’t do you guys right either. My concern for writing and photography blinded me for a while. My apology extends to you as well. I wouldn’t have taken so long to come around if I’d put the whole thing together soon.