A couple of weeks ago I griped about Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Zaslow's rip on Fred Rogers, blaming him for people' s sense of entitlement. In a follow-up, Zaslow has admitted some excess. That is:
Many readers appreciated the arguments. But others felt the column was unfair to target Mr. Rogers, who was such a positive influence. I hadn't expected that column to be taken so literally, and I should have articulated the fact that Mr. Rogers also encouraged hard work and mutual respect. It's not his fault if others now misinterpret the "special" language he popularized.
It's not his fault, either, that a columnist tried to use him as a whipping boy.