In Monday’s Morning Bits I included this entry: “Odds are that he’s delighted being the recipient of the wackos’ anger. ‘Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie released a video Friday on his official Youtube account in which he smashes a spider with his fist while surrounded by schoolchildren, prompting criticism from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).’”


Spider sculpture at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (Juana Arias/The Washington Post)

A spokeswoman for PETA e-mailed me today:

I’m writing on PETA’s behalf regarding your coverage of Gov. Christie and the spider. Whether or not you agree with PETA’s positions—or if you think we’re “wackos”—it’s simply inaccurate to say that the governor is the recipient of PETA’s “anger,” and we hope you’ll correct this.

Our statement in its entirety reads: “He probably did it without thinking. Some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary to people, and that can prevent them from pondering their worth.” As you can see, nothing about that statement even implies that we were “angry” with the governor, and we have asked the Daily Caller, whose coverage your post links to, to make the same correction.

Will you please set the record straight as soon as possible so that your readers do not get an unfair impression of PETA’s position?

I tried to pin her down on whether PETA was disappointed, miffed, discouraged, etc. with Christie, but she declined. Instead she suggested that I “write about how Gov. Christie killing the spider made you [me] feel.”

Hmm. Indifference? Bemusement?

And this, dear readers, is the PETA mindset. I hope you now have a crystal clear impression of PETA.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.