Censorship and journalism

In a not so recent posting, I made some remarks about an organization, and I unwisely used the name of that organization, as well as the name of the individual that runs the organization. I have deleted those names, while leaving my remarks.

It always feels wrong to go back and edit a posting. Feels like censorship. On the other hand, my remarks could justifiably be considered slander, so it was probably the right thing to do.

I’m also torn as to whether I should apologize. While the guy is nice enough himself, and I regret offending him, the remarks I made remain my opinion, and what’s a blog for if not for expressing my opinion? It’s a strange feeling. I wish to stand by what I said, but I don’t want to be mean to a nice guy.

So, you-who-I-shall-not-name, I’m sorry for having offended you. And I would welcome an open discussion over dinner some evening. But I should note that you offended me almost from our first discussion of your cause. I find your cause to be deeply objectionable, and to ignore the role that immigrants have played, and currently play, in the history and health of our great nation. Indeed, our nation is great specifically because of these people.