Are “lefty” blogs purging dissent?
Today at TalkLeft:
The primaries are over. Sen. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are our nominees.
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Gee, Jeralyn, perhaps you should change the name of your blog to “TalkObama” since it will be restricted to his campaign-approved talking points.
I am a liberal and I have liberal values. That means I “talk left” all the time. To me, party is far less important than country or ideology. If the Democratic party doesn’t reflect my values, I won’t support it. Right now it doesn’t, so I don’t. If that means I get deleted or banned, so be it.
Earlier today, Lambert Strether blocked my account at Corrente. What was my sin?
I mentioned William Ayers. You know, the unrepentant domestic terrorist that is a known associate of Barack Obama.
It’s the PUMA equivalent of Bill Clinton shutting down LAX to get his haircut — a zombie talking point, repeated over and over and over again, gaining even its truthiness solely through currency.
And the amazing thing is — and here’s where teh stupid really, really burns — there are all sorts of reasons, right or wrong, not to vote for Obama that are actually important. That have to do with real people’s lives and real issues.
After the convention is, mercifully, over, I hope the PUMAs individually and severally have a come-to-Jeebus moment on truthiness and truth, and figure out whether “any stick to beat a dog” is the right way to blog, or not.* And whoever thinks anything, anything at all can be built on truthy foundation is a lost cause.
Lambert is one of the leading advocates of “Progressive Blogosphere 2.0” and likes to talk about blogger ethics. So what does he do here?
First he compares the known association of Barack Obama and William Ayers to an urban myth. LAX was never shut down so Bill Clinton could get a haircut. He also implies it is strictly a PUMA talking point. Then he refers to the documented association with the word “truthiness” implying it’s a lie.
When I argue with him, he insults me and calls me names:
A more pathetic and futile attack on Obama’s judgment is hard to imagine — especially when there would have been so many more ways to attack. FISA’s about judgment. Heck, holding no hearings on Iraq is about judgment. But all we get is this lame-oh shit from wankers — as evidenced by their behavior — who seem totally unable to elevate their game. And this from the inventor of the great Obama Golf! Sweet Jeebus!
And the futility of repeating it, long after it’s clear it’s not getting any traction, doesn’t help matters at all. In fact, it makes you look, as I have pointed out, stupid.
The bright side is that at least we’re dealing with amateurs.
So when I object to name-calling, Lambert says:
Calling names? Oh the humanity. Thank you for sharing your concerns. How about polluting five years of work and thousands of posts with unevidenced, unlinked, sloppily reasoned, tendentious zombie talking points? Over and over and over again? How does “calling names” stack up against that? I’ve reached my gag limit on this. Put up or shut up, and stop making the blog look bad. That goes for the whole load of zombies, all of them: Ayers, Rezko, all the signs hung round the necks of all the zombies. Do the analysis. And it had better be real, unlike whatever No Quarter’s been peddling this week, and better than what that Diamond guy was peddling. Do the work. Not, of course, that it will make any difference now. Well done, all. Deliver me from “friends.”
Finally, he tells me this:
I await the investigative report with interest. Seriously.
Then he promptly blocks my account, making it impossible for me to respond or post the report he claims he is awaiting (seriously.) Good thing I have my own blog, isn’t it?
As Denisie commented on my earlier post:
It feels like he’s preparing to jump the shark and all week has been about his Thursday night or Friday morning post of “Barack got my vote.”
Earlier this year we saw the purging of dissent from DailyKos, MyDD and other sites. That’s what led to the creation of The Confluence and Alegre’s Corner, along with many other new sites. Lambert was one of the people lamenting that purge. Now he does the very same thing.
Looks like we need PB 3.0
So, are any other “progressive” sites now requiring people to drink the kool-aid in order to gain admission?