|Apologies pile up|
Michael Matthew Bloomer reporting from Tea Party Patriots headquarters at 1025 Rose Creek Dr; STE 620-322, Woodstock, GA 30189. Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Just minutes ago, the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) issued its second apology within a one hour period for a picture of Karl Rove dressed as a Nazi SS officer that appeared in their Tuesday fund-raising email.
Huffington Post reporter Lisa Miller wrote of their first apology this morning:
Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin in a fundraising solicitation. But Jameson Cunningham, a spokesperson for the group, said it was an unfortunate accident. "The image was a mistake which was never approved by TPP,” Cunningham told Politico. Martin later apologized, saying a vendor was responsible for the Nazi image.
“In an email sent under the banner of Tea Party Patriots, a manufactured image of Karl Rove was added to the email which Tea Party Patriots did not know about or approve," Martin said in an emailed statement. "The image, which was added by an outside vendor, Active Engagement, was inappropriate, wrong and we have ordered them to immediately cease further use of the image.Unfortunately, their initial apology did not appease all. After receiving nearly 10,000 complaints within thirty minutes from their own members and from other fellow travelers, TPP's boss, Jenny Beth Martin was again at the keyboard. Below is her newest apology:
TPP issues our sincere apology to all those who were in any way offended by our recent email which, through a contractor's error, featured a picture of Karl Rove as a Nazi SS officer. This, our second apology is to those who felt strongly that picturing Karl Rove as a Nazi SS officer was deeply insulting to the SS, and substantially tarnished their image.Time will tell whether this satisfies everyone. We will continue to report on additional apologies as they arise.
We agree with that assessment. The exceptional immigration policies of the SS, their heartfelt patriotism, their unprecedented loyalty to party, and their strict obedience to authority set them apart. We at TPP share those values. Karl Rove does not. Therefore, we agree with those many thousands of American patriots who called us, wrote to us, and in many cases physically confronted us due exclusively to our contractor's error.
One of our TPP members emailed:
"HEY YOU TPP MOTHER (Expletive deleted)'S LISTEN UP!(Expletive deleted) MOTHER (Expletive deleted)ing ROVE (Expletive deleted) HEAD (Expletive deleted)! SS RECORD OF PATRIOTISM TO THEIR CAUSE IS UNMATCHED! ROVE IS A (Expletive deleted)(Expletive deleted)(Expletive deleted)(Expletive deleted)!! QUOTE ME IF YOU WANT!! YOU BETTER APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR (Expletive deleted) UP!! (Expletive deleted)(Expletive deleted)(Expletive deleted) ROVE!!!SINCERELY, YOU MOTHER (Expletive deleted)['s] I MEAN IT!!! YOU (Expletive deleted )HEADS (Expletive deleted)MOTHER (Expletive deleted)'S, [name withheld to protect TPP executives]"We agree, Mr. [name withheld to protect TPP executives].
Once again we apologize both morally and legally:
"We of Tea Party Patriots offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice of our contractor, Active Engagement, and we deeply regret any distress that Active Engagement's image may have caused you or your family, and we hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future."For future reference you may complain to Active Engagement's sole proprietor at the print shop in the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO, Inmate no. 4-17555-1212-POD, PO Box 4000, Springfield, MO 65801.
We have already taken steps to avoid this in the future. For example, to insure better communication, in the future we will work only with contractors incarcerated in local or state prisons within our immediate geographic area which is 1025 Rose Creek Dr; STE 620-322, Woodstock, GA 30189.
Sincerely, Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder TPP, email email@example.com