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Monday, April 03, 2006
 
The Problem With the Left-Wing Blogs

Is that they lack nuance and sophistication. Consider this moronic post by Matt Stoller at MyDD, pointed out to us by Rick Moran.

There's a discussion over at The Moderate Voice about whether the Jill Carroll affair damages the credibility of bloggers. I find this discussion irritating, because it cuts to a basic problem with the nonpartisan new media blog pontificators who don't want to deal with the fact that the right-wing movement is populated by creepy racists. As such, they ignore the AM talk radio circuit and mainstream conservative publications, as if they weren't part of the charge on Carroll, and pretend like this episode reveals something about 'the blogs'. It doesn't.

So let me spell it out. The Carroll thing is a fairly standard storyline that predates blogs. Right-wingers tend to hate a free media. Right-wingers tend to say creepy and racist things. Right-wingers tend to hate reporters who say that all isn't apple pie in Iraq. This is true on the AM talk radio circuit, at the RNC, in the Oval Office, and on right-wing blogs. I mean the GOP.com blog even has a tag 'good news from Iraq'.

This has NOTHING to do with blogs. Zero. This has to do with a flat-out racist and warmongering right-wing movement that doesn't like a woman whose survival cuts against their narrative. So please stop lumping progressives like me in with the right-wing just because we both use a similar web-based publishing platform.


In the course of three paragraphs, Stoller levels the racist accusation three times, despite the rather obvious fact that there is no racial angle to the Jill Carroll story that I can see:



Stoller does have one point (aside from the one at the top of his head): A lot more people than bloggers jumped on the Jill Carroll story with both (left) feet.

Right-wingers tend to hate reporters who say that all isn't apple pie in Iraq.

Ah, and Left-wingers are oh-so-tolerant of reporters who say things they disagree with?

Here's a picture of Matt Stoller for future reference:

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