Having run YallPolitics for five years (with over 17,000 posts and 45,000 comments), I think this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to apologize for any content on the site. I created and posted a video on Sunday evening about Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS) position on Obamacare and his visit to Israel during the Congressional recess that I now regret.
I messed up, and I apologize to those who might have taken offense to it.
Several dozen other congressmen from both parties, including Rep Gregg Harper (R-MS) have made the same trip this month. Rep. Harper has been very publicly against the Obamacare proposal, hence he was not outlined in the piece, the intent of which was to focus on positions on Obamacare.
I did get a little feedback from a couple of friends in the Jewish community who I trust who said that the piece, while not overtly inflammatory or offensive, had imagery that was “on the line” and could be taken the wrong way without the political context. Since the Jewish faith was certainly not the focus of the video, I immediately made the decision to remove it from YouTube and from YallPolitics.
Again, there was certainly no defamatory intent, and I sincerely apologize for its creation and inclusion on the site.