JD Guckert and Powerline
Normally, this is a MN politics-only blog. I am just as interested in national politics as the next guy, but with blogs like Eschaton, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo and all the rest (I know that most of you are smart enough to read my blogroll), anything I say would be redundant. So I stick to local stuff, and I let them eloquently deal with national issues.
I still pay attention to the bigger stuff, and so when I saw this post over at Tbogg about the Powerline blog's response to the Jeff Gannon/JD Guckert affair (for those who don't know what's up, long story short: Republican homosexual male 'escort' is journalist under a fake name and lobs softball questions to White House press secretary), I sent a note. These guys are from Minnesota, so why not? This is what I sent:
Your recent post on the JD Guckert/Jeff Gannon story has to be one of the saddest examples of conservative head-in-sand syndrome I have ever seen. You claim that there are three issues being brought up by liberals: 1) He isn't a "real" journalist, 2) He was a Bush administration plant, and 3) He had something (God knows what) to do with the Valerie Plame story. Of course, you blatantly ignore the most important issue, the one that is easily found on hundreds of blogs covering the story: how did a person using a fake name get access to the White House? If I applied for a pass to the White House using the name "Max Power", I would not get in unless I had some friends high up at the top. A closely-related issue is exactly what the links are between GOPUSA and Talon News. Now, you may think it perfectly acceptable for the President and press secretary to consistently call on a reporter who is working for what is essentially an arm of the Republican Party. If so, it would be nice if you would admit it. That doesn't mean that others aren't allowed to have a problem with that arrangement, however.Not too harsh, and fairly civil IMHO. No profanity, no name calling, just my opinion from one person to another.
You also take Americablog to task for "finding nude photos of Gannon and posting them online." He didn't "find" photos taken by some paparazzi at a secret party; he found websites where Guckert (let's use his real name, not his pretend name) posted his own photos. If you posted photos of your family on your web page and I posted a link to these photos, would that make me a low-life "outing" you? Come on. Guckert is not ashamed of these photos, otherwise he would not have put them on the web in the first place. If somebody else finds them and points them out to the world, they are doing nothing wrong.
Just one, just once, it would be nice to see a conservative with the ability to find fault with other conservatives. I won't hold my breath, though.
The reply? Well, for good or ill:
You dumb shit, he didn't get access using a fake name, he used his real name. You lefties' concern for White House security is really touching, but you know what, you stupid asshole, I think the Secret Service has it covered. Go crawl back into your hole, you stupid left-wing shithead. And don't bother us anymore. You have to have an IQ over 50 to correspond with us. You don't qualify, you stupid shit.I must admit I was just a bit taken aback. It's not terribly unusual for people to simply refuse to address the issues, but the virulence and profanity was simply amazing to me. This is how writers from Time magazine's Blog of the Year respond to e-mail? I haven't read monkey mail like that since people sounded off to Margaret Cho. Cripes. Whatever happened to Minnesota Nice?