INGLORIOUSNESS PERCEIVED

Tracee Hutchison slams freed hostage Douglas Wood:

The hostage revealed himself to have none of the grace or dignity dished out to his brothers and looked like a blustering buffoon at his airport news conference …

It was enough that his words “God bless America” had been played over and over on his release, but the 20 years Douglas Wood has spent as an expat Australian in America were played out in all their cringe-worthy ingloriousness when he decided to meet our media singing a song about a sheep thief who would rather die than be caught for his crimes . . . oh dear!

Oh dear, indeed. Tracee’s graceless, undignified piece was still prominent at The Age’s site when further details of Wood’s treatment became known:

Douglas Wood’s Iraqi captors forced their hostages to watch the executions of fellow prisoners, a released hostage has revealed.

How are you feeling now, Tracee? A little buffoony? Garbage site Crikey.com.au can relate; shortly after Wood’s liberation, it sent an item to subscribers asking if Piers Akerman and Andrew Bolt, both of whom had criticised Sheikh al-Hillali, would apologise to the magical man-saving mufti. Now that the Sheikh’s non-role has been exposed, will Crikey apologise to Bolt and Akerman?

Posted by Tim B. on 06/22/2005 at 10:44 AM
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