Anne Applebaum feels sorry for poor, poor Roman Polanski. How could he have known that the 13-year-old wasn’t actually 18?
Applbaum doesn’t mention either Polanski’s plying the victim with drugs or the fact that, even in her drugged state, she said “No,” but Kate Harding mentions it for her. Sisterhood is powerful.
One other fact that Applebaum skips but Harding mentions: Applebaum is married to the Polish Foreign Minister, who is lobbying for Polanski’s release.
It’s actually a sort of relief to know that Applebaum had a private motive for writing what she wrote; otherwise you’d have to question her sanity. On the other hand, in a well-functioning journalistic world, the egregious failure to disclose a direct conflict of interest would end her journalistic career. That world is not, however to be confused with the actual world.
Footnote Applebaum does raise an interesting point: what persuaded the Swiss authorities to nail Polanski now? Apparently he’s been in and out of Switzerland for years. Maybe they figured if they gave us a rapist we wouldn’t bother them about all the crooked bankers. I say, “No dice.”