Peter Daou Proves Greenwald Wrong
(Note: See the correction at the bottom)
You may recall a few days ago
I tackled a post by Glenn Greenwald
wherein he claimed that the only thing that mattered to conservatives was supporting Bush.
Peter Daou today proves Greenwald wrong
, ironically in a post that lavishes praises on Greenwald's comments. How?Lately, there's been a burst of energy in the progressive blog world, with dozens of great posts from high profile - and high traffic - bloggers on Daily Kos, Eschaton, HuffPo, C&L, FDL, MyDD, TPM, and several others. Among those blog entries are two seminal posts, one by Digby, the other by Glenn Greenwald.
Get it? Lots of activity from "progressive" bloggers, here are two examples, Digby and Greenwald.
Except that Greenwald's qualifications as a "progressive" are pretty light. Remember, he blasted conservative bloggers for calling him a liberal:Now, in order to be considered a "liberal," only one thing is required – a failure to pledge blind loyalty to George W. Bush. The minute one criticizes him is the minute that one becomes a "liberal," regardless of the ground on which the criticism is based. And the more one criticizes him, by definition, the more "liberal" one is. Whether one is a "liberal" -- or, for that matter, a "conservative" -- is now no longer a function of one’s actual political views, but is a function purely of one’s personal loyalty to George Bush.
Of course, to Daou, there's only one requirement to be a progressive: The lack of loyalty to George Bush. But poking around in Greenwald's blog, I found a fair amount of evidence that he's not a liberal, or progressive at all. Indeed, it's not hard to find some posts where he blisters the liberal blogs
, like this one:My recent reference to Rep. Cynthia McKinney as a genuine “hater of America” sparked a dispute in my Comments section -- as well as on the far-left, oh-so-cleverly named Smirking Chimp site -- as to what constitutes “anti-Americanism.” Clearly, mere criticism of the American Government or even the U.S. generally is not sufficient to merit that term.
Correction: Peter Daou stops by in the comments and notes this caveat at the end of his post, which I confess I didn't catch:NOTE: Although this piece is about the trajectory of progressive blogging, I should note that Greenwald's post is not written from a specific ideological perspective.