Michael Medved is urging cooperation with Gibson, arguing it is in Jewish interest to get Gibson to “hide his antisemitism as he has successfully done for most of his career,” and that it is not in our interest “to turn” Gibson into an “implacable enemy.” [In a discussion with a caller at 2:38 CDT today.] In other words, because Gibson may hurt us later, it is to our advantage to grant him a fig leaf of respectability now.
Medved also argues (more successfully, in my view) Gibson’s outburst was part of an attempt by Gibson to self destruct, a cry for help, perhaps, for his alcoholism.
He then argued Gibson has never during his entire career been outed for saying anything antisemitic. Of course, many will argue Gibson’s choices between conflicting Gospel stories, and his exclusion of those stories that do not blame Jews for the crucifixion, is in itself antisemitic, and that antisemitism is much more widespread and long-lasting than any individual remark Gibson may or may not have made.
Medved’s column on this is posted on his TownHall.com blog.