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Sunday, 17 December 2006

The War of the Michaels

Kiwiblog was pointing to this on Apricot Flan .

Michael Crowley, Washington political journalist and Yale graduate wrote an article criticising Michael Crichton's appointment by the Bush administration to provide advice on climate change.

Chrichton's works include State of Fear which trashed a lot of the theory behind climate change science and a lot of the aspects of the environmentalist movement.

Crichton's response to being criticised in this manner was appalling - see this extract from his latest book:

Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers. Crowley was a wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. ...
It turned out Crowley's taste in love objects was well known in Washington, but [his lawyer]--as was his custom--tried the case vigorously in the press months before the trial, repeatedly characterizing Alex and the child's mother as "fantasizing feminist fundamentalists" who had made up the whole thing from "their sick, twisted imaginations." This, despite a well-documented hospital examination of the child. (Crowley's penis was small, but he had still caused significant tears to the toddler's rectum.)

Far out! Seriously try to avoid crossing Michael Chrichton!

I felt sorry for Michael Crowley til I read his response:

It’s impossible not to be grossed out on some level–particularly by the creepy
image of the smoldering Crichton, alone in his darkened study, imagining in
pornographic detail the rape of a small child….

I’m looking forward to the choice Crichton will have to make, when asked about the basis for Mick Crowley, between a comically dishonest denial and a confession of his shocking depravity.


So basically, 'he called me a paedophile so I can call him one too.' Grow up both of you.

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