Rebecca Watson has the story: apparently, someone who still hasn’t apologized for claiming I’d ever targeted him for some kind of undefined vituperation is now demanding that I apologize to Ben Radford, because Radford has made a legal settlement with Karen Stollznow.
Nope. Not going to happen. I don’t apologize for being correct in characterizing Radford as a terrible human being, and the fact that he spent, by one estimate, over $100K on an attack dog lawyer to browbeat Stollznow and her husband into signing a piece of paper on pain of ruining her life further does not suddenly make him a good person, but only confirms that, as I stated, he’s a world-class asshole.
Really, on what planet does compelling a woman to sign a legal document denying previous accusations on the day she’s scheduled to go into a clinic for induced labor somehow affirm that I was mistaken in all of my previous impressions of the guy? It makes him a small-minded cartoon villain on top of all the unpleasant things about him. That he’s smart enough to work the legal system does not change the fact that he’s a leaky sack of shit.
Next you’re going to tell me that because Nixon resigned before being impeached, he really wasn’t a crook, and that because George W. Bush is running free and painting cheesy photos of his pets, you can’t really claim that he dragged the nation into a destructive war that killed thousands. Civil litigation isn’t about determining the truth, it’s about ending a dispute in one way or another. Radford and Stollznow have settled, there will be no further bickering in court, and that’s all that has happened.