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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Fund Drive: 2 days to go

What blogs do to Republican lies


We used to love this song in college.

"i make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something i can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, i coulda been an actor, but i wound up here
I just have to look good, i don't have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em all around

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It's interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You don't really need to find out what's going on
You don't really want to know just how far it's gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're stiff
Kick 'em all around

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do "the innuendo"
We can dance and sing
When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry!

Ah, let's talk about blogging ethics for a moment. When you give me money, I hope it's because there's some sense of integrity involved in this, that I admit my errors about things where I am wrong and not try to defend them, like.....

"Citizen journalists"? Try partisan hacks
Right-wing bloggers shrieked that the GOP Schiavo memo was a "liberal media" fraud. Now that they've been proven wrong, are they apologizing? Why, no!

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By Eric Boehlert

Led into battle by Power Line, which posted over a dozen conspiratorial-sounding posts about the memo, bloggers seized on its misspellings as proof of deception and, relying on echo chamber tips from GOP staffers on the Hill, became more and more sure in their pursuit. "Is This the Biggest Hoax Since the Sixty Minutes Story?" a March 21 Power Line headline asked. Then, on March 30, came "Talking Points Story Goes Up in Smoke." (Time magazine honored Power Line as Blog of the Year in 2004 for its role in the CBS scandal.)

But then, late on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the author of the memo had stepped forward: An aide to Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida admitted he had written it. Now the facts are clear: The memo is real, and it was written by the Republican side and distributed by the Republican side, making it a GOP talking-points memo.

The irony is that the memo wasn't all that significant to the larger Schiavo story. Conservatives magnified its importance by suggesting that it had led Americans to conclude that Republicans were playing politics with the right-to-die case. (A vast majority of Americans, including self-identified conservatives, told pollsters the administration was wrong to get involved in the Schiavo case.) But in fact the existence of the memo was not that widely reported -- no more widely reported than Rep. Tom DeLay's comment to conservative activists that Terri was a gift from God for their cause, nor than that conservative Christian groups were using the story for fundraising activities.

And here's Power Line as it hatched the nonstory: The memo "does not sound like something written by a conservative; it sounds like a liberal fantasy of how conservatives talk. What conservative would write that the case of a woman condemned to death by starvation is 'a great political issue'? Maybe such a person exists, but I doubt it."

On Wednesday, the right-wing Washington Times demonstrated its unique brand of naiveté when it further hyped the episode by reporting that it had contacted all the Republicans in the Senate and none had admitted they were behind the talking-points memo. (Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, insisted the memo was "an invention of the press.") Does the Times really think that partisan, and as it turns out erroneous, denials qualify as news?

Aside from their sloppy speculation, the episode also revealed the cloud of arrogance that hangs around bloggers from the CBS Memogate crowd. Indeed, this week right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin, busy peddling another false story -- which claims that Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographers who captured blood-curdling images from Iraq had ties to terrorists -- demanded to know why Pulitzer judges hadn't met with bloggers to discuss their conspiracy theory before handing out their prestigious prize. Right-wing site Little Green Footballs thundered: "The media establishment puts their thumb in the eye of the blogosphere, awarding a Pulitzer Prize for photography to the Associated Press's anonymous and very possibly staged photographs of terrorists committing murder on Baghdad's Haifa Street" (emphasis added)

Now, this was bullshit. No Dem would be as stupid, given the servile nature of our media, to write something like that to hear about it for two weeks on Fox. They would be lucky to escape a special prosecutor.

But then, common sense is not their ally. Party loyalty is. They will defend the GOP until they can do so no longer. What kind of integrity is that?

So what do you really get when you kick money in to your favorite liberal blog. well, something that reflects your viewpoints for one thing, but one which does so ethically. Not someone who refuses to admit error when it smacks them in the face. Which is why I could care less what radical right bloggers do. They have no ethics and no morals. And they don't like soccer, or if they do, they like Real Madrid or AC Milan.

Seriously, I try to be above board with my conflicts of interest and even what the money goes for. Imagine hindquarters or Michelle Malevolent doing the same thing.

Yeah right.

You want to know the difference between us and them. If I pulled some shit like Boehlert describes, you would call me on it in minutes. I would be hammered stupid for it. Not them. They cook up this bullshit, get hammered for it and still pretend it didn't happen. It's dishonest and disgusting.

One of the goals here, not just me and Jen, but all your favorite left bloggers, is to bring accountability back in fashion. The GOP talks moral values, we try and live them.

So I hope one of the things you think you're getting is an accountable media, one which doesn't just lie and walk away as if nothing happened. The AP stages photos, Michael Schiavo murdered his wife, Do the lies ever stop?

I get sick of it myself. Which is why I support bloggers and you should too.


posted by Steve @ 11:44:00 PM

11:44:00 PM

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