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9/19/01 censored commentary

Vea Culpa, Corrections editor
Wednesday, 19 September 2001 Rob Rosenberger's 9/19/01 column contained the following sentence:
Newsbytes reporter Brian McWilliams knocked me down like a skyscraper when he...
Readers wrote in to complain about Rosenberger's insensitivity. Vmyths agrees, and we consider it appropriate to censor the offending comment from his column. Rosenberger's apology follows:
I guess everyone needs to tone down their rhetoric — pro, con, neutral, whatever. We all walk on pins & needles right now, as you could plainly see from the return of late-night comedians like David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Bill Maher. Our readers' critiques lead me to look at myself in the mirror yet again. I again face the fact I'm angry. I'm really angry. I'm too wounded to bring out the comedy of my acerbic wit; the comedy of my wise-ass remarks. Comedy makes Vmyths so effective, yet I can't find enough of it right now. I watched the Jay Leno & Bill Maher shows to learn how the pros would handle themselves. Maher is too wounded to bring out the comedy of his acerbic wit; Leno is too wounded to bring out the comedy of his wise-ass remarks. Comedy makes their shows so popular, yet even the pros can't find enough of it right now. The terrorist attacks affected me far more than I let on in my columns. What I go through now (and what I may go through in the future) pales in comparison to what others went through in the Pentagon or in the World Trade Center. But I don't wear my heart on a sleeve like some pundits. I don't wallow in my grief. I use grief — for motivation. I would give anything to delete last week as easily as we delete a virus. But I went overboard with my 'skyscraper' line, and I apologize for my crass comment. I hope deep-thinking Vmyths readers will continue to visit our website — and I hope they'll continue to critique our columnists.