Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Swift Boating of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan

Since Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister announced they had been hired by the Edwards presidential campaign, the swift boating began with demands that these 2 women be fired for what they've written on their own blogs.

Disagreeing with the way others want their religious beliefs to be part of our secular government is apparently the very definition of being anti-Christian or anti-Catholic.

Assuming that those accused of rape might actually be guilty is the same as denying men their legal rights.

Media Matters: Malkin, writer of "mean-spirited rantings," accused Edwards bloggers of "foul-mouthed nutroots diatribes" (note that Michelle Malkin has written a book In Defense of Internment defending both the WWII internment of Japanese Americans and defending Bush's practice of internment)

Media Matters: ABC's Moran criticized Edwards blogger, failed to ask similar questions about McCain aides

To see the political machinations behind this demand that John Edwards fire these two bloggers you only have to look at the silence from these people when it comes to what Bill O'Reilly said about kidnap victim Shawn Hornbeck where he turned Shawn into a non-victim.

Where are the demands that Fox News immediately fires Mr. O'Reilly?

[telling silence]

Apparently, anything goes as long as you are attacking victims, feminists or liberals.

Disagree with conservatives -- especially if you are successful doing so -- means you should never work in politics.

If the conservatives who are up in arms about Amanda and Melissa will purge their own ranks of those liberals find offensive then I'll listen. Until then cut the swift boating.

Update: The New York Times begins with this:

Two bloggers hired by John Edwards to reach out to liberals in the online world have landed his presidential campaign in hot water for doing what bloggers do — expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language.

This wording distorts the situation by making Amanda and Melissa the ones responsible for landing his presidential campaign in hot water.

The concerted efforts by Amanda and Melissa's critics are softened until they are nothing more than objective reporting of embarrassing facts. To make the accusers invisible is telling and hides the real issue.

Hypocrisy.

Those who are making this an issue have no problem with crudity as long as that crudity promotes their own political agendas.
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