She still doesn't understand.
Megan McArdle thinks that people won't let go of her 2x4 comments because they are still angry and want her to--well, let's let her tell it herself, while she is mis-responding to a thoughtful commenter:
McMegan 2 minutes ago in reply to Dan__S
First, the anger long predates the mortgage crisis, and second, this may be unkind, so correct me if I'm wrong--but your response to my pointing out that I'd apologized and retracted it was to unload a pretty long comment about your own anger. Fair enough, and I do very much understand why the antiwar side is angry. But I'm afraid I feel like this has translated into unreasonable demands for contrition. It's not enough to say that we're wrong, and that we're sorry we're wrong, and to look at some of the reasons we were wrong. As far as I can tell, for a lot of people the only thing that will really do is for me to roll around on the floor crying "I was wrong about everything! You were right about everything! I am so sorry! I am not worthy to comment on the same internet as you!" and to regularly flagellate. On the one hand, I understand that it's not satisfying for other people to demand you put your grudges away when you've still got some mad left. On the other hand, if you demand too much in the way of a grovelling apology--from anyone--what usually happens is that they tell you to fuck off and walk out.
That's not what I am saying to you--but I am saying that if that's close to what you want, you're not going to get it from me. Attempts to elicit it are just going to irritate both of us.
Nobody, not even us, wants McArdle to make grovelling apologies. We just want someone with so much access and power to stop trying to screw us over. Since she will not, people are fighting back with public criticism. It's the free marketplace of ideas--when lack of regulation (editing) and profit motive (paycheck) induce a producer (McArdle) to provide a shoddy and harmful product (Asymmetrical Information), the consumer responds with complaints (Fire Megan McArdle etc.) and vows to stop purchasing the shoddy merchandise. That's what is supposed to happen in America's Capitalist Wonderland. The market goes out of balance, then does what it must to restore equilibrium.
But for Megan McArdle it's all about her and her feelings. So sad, but the universe is not here to please her and sometimes the invisible hand of the market whacks you upside the head with a 2x4.