Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ire and blogging, some thoughts in light of the Mother Jones an Jeff Cox

Original story is Here. I for one think that MoJo went over the top with this one, not because what the person said wasn't wrong, but because similar things are said by bloggers on both the left and right sides of the aisle every day and Mother Jones hasn't had a problem with it before. The issue as I see it is whether or not a public servant should post those opinions, but MoJo appears to go further than just criticizing that aspect of it:

"What did he mean when he tweeted: "Planned Parenthood could help themselves if the only abortions they performed were retroactive"?

In referring to President Obama, why did he use a George W. Bush line once directed at the Iraqi people: "Your enemy is not surrounding your country, your enemy is ruling your country"?

Were members of the SEIU really like Hitler's Sturmabteilung, and did he stand by his headline, "Putting the 'Reich' in Robert Reich"?

We never heard back."

Give me a break. It's too late in the game to play innocent, and doing so brings up the same hypocrisy that blogs, particularly left wing blogs, started in objection to.

I suppose I can only speak for myself, but I know that one of my reasons for starting a political blog was that the mainstream media in light of 9/11 had moved in lockstep to support the President's agenda, casting a probing eye on people thought to not be patriotic enough. Before that, under Clinton, the liberal part of the media was so sanitized and concerned about image, about not rocking the boat, about giving the other side the benefit of the doubt down to the last molecule that actual critical ideas were stifled. I wanted to write something that was the opposite of all of that.

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