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July 22, 2006

The Silence Of The Left

Although a few left wing blogs noted this controversy when it first broke, they tended to do so in a mocking, "don't you have anything better to do" way, while of course defending Greenwald.

Well, I should say that my first post on this teased it as "deliciously embarassing," and then the actual post was written in a humorous way. I consider sock-puppetry to give the impression of greater popular support than you actually have to be juvenile, dishonest, and demonstrating a rather absurd level of vanity, but not some sort of grave sin. The sock-puppetry itself was, just as I described it, "deliciously embarassing" -- but not damning. A simple mea cupla, my face is so red post would have made this all go away.

But he lied, with no wiggle room, on his website, to his readers, and to the world at large. Does the left now give that a pass, too, so long as the liar is on the "right team"?

Are lefty blogs really going to presume to critique rightwing blogs when they maintain a Townhouse-style code of omerta on Glenn Greenwald?

Are you all afraid you won't get linked by Glenn or Kos or Atrios anymore if you show the stones to admit what is perfectly obvious? Is that what passes for "moral courage" on the left these days?

Well, fine-- if that's the case, don't expect anyone on the right to ever criticize a fellow conservative again, no matter how voluminous the evidence. If we're just playing "teams," fine. We'll each let our own liars get away with serial deception. Hey-- can't let a little intellectual honesty get in the way of "the movement," right?

And if any left leaning blogs actually do have the guts to comment on this matter, please let me know. I'd like to know that someone on the left can manage to rouse himself from retarded partisanship.

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posted by Ace at 07:11 PM

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