« I think I like this idea... | Main | The Laws of Grace »

Salon Reporting that Edwards Has Fired Bloggers

The Anchroress links to this Salon story reporting that John Edwards' campaign has fired the two bloggers recently hired to work for his presidential campaign.. The Salon report says the bloggers were fired, but also includes this quote from Jennifer Palmieri saying she would "caution [Salon] against reporting that they have been fired. We will have something to say later." I will update as new information is available.

For background on the controversy see this NY Times article and my post from earlier this week.

Michelle Malkin has a good roundup of commentary.

Update: The NYT story linked above deals largely with the anti-Catholic sentiment in some of Marcotte's blogging. Kathryn Jean Lopez had much more at The Corner.

If you have not already watched Michelle Malkin's performance of some of Marcotte's work, check it out now.

Update II: Pam Spaulding blogging at Pandagon says that the Edwards bloggers were "swiftboated" and smeared and that the Edwards campaign should not have caved in to the rightwingers. If "swiftboating" means getting the truth out to the public, then Marcotte was swiftboated, but liberals using that term generally use it to describe a coordinated smear campaign. If Marcotte's blog post had been fabricated by political opponents (ala Mary Mapes' magic memos) or misinterpreted, that would be one thing. Many of those blog posts speak for themselves though. Just take a look at the one Michelle Malkin read from in the link above and it is apparent that Edwards could not have the person who wrote those words out representing his campaign in any public way. He made a big mistake by not vetting before hiring and at this point he had little choice but to "cave." (On a personal note, I met Pam Spaulding in DC on election night and though I don't agree with her on many subjects, she was very nice to me. We were on the same flight back to Raleigh and when I got on the wrong parking shuttle, not realizing there were now two separate lines, she not only didn't laugh at me, but she didn't make fun of me in her blog for it either. Navigation is not my strong suit.)

Regarding Pam's post, it will be interesting to see if there is any fallout in the left blogosphere over the firing.

Update III:
Iowahawk has uncovered the Pandagon Papers.


TrackBack

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Salon Reporting that Edwards Has Fired Bloggers:

» JammieWearingFool linked with Silky Pony Fires Bloggers

» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Catholics slam bloggers hired by Edwards

Comments (25)

Our trolls weep; I'm making... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Our trolls weep; I'm making popcorn.

Thanks for the link..I hope... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Thanks for the link..I hope it is true. After all the article also says
"Malkin, it should be noted, is hardly innocent of being involved with what ABC News' Terry Moran termed "hate speech" when applied to Marcotte. Malkin has long maintained ties to VDARE, a Web site tagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center that has published works by people like Jared Taylor, one of America's leading white supremacists, and Sam Francis, who was fired by the conservative Washington Times for his own white supremacist remarks, given at a conference held by Taylor's organization. The liberal press watchdog Media Matters has also noted Donohue's long list of controversial statements."

There is no room for HATE on any side.

Lorie, I am sure you alread... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Lorie, I am sure you already have this..but for others
http://www.vdare.com/

Let me see if I understand ... (Below threshold)

Let me see if I understand this. The Edwards cmpaign says "we've fired them," but says "don't report that we fired them."

HUH?!?!?

You know, the Edwards campa... (Below threshold)
MunDane:

You know, the Edwards campaign wants to annouce thet they have decided that they want to spend more time with their familes and work on their memoirs and continue their work for the cause of Whirled Peas™

Maybe the Edwards campaign ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Maybe the Edwards campaign wanted time to get them enrolled into Rehab?

Our trolls weep; I'm mak... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Our trolls weep; I'm making popcorn.

Why do I care? Can I have some popcorn too?

Wizbang celebrates: Cue Due... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

Wizbang celebrates: Cue Dueling Banjos and random gunfire.

As long as this "lefty" sit... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

As long as this "lefty" site is given credibility I hope everyone checked out the stories listed on the left...
...I would hope that in the future if I paste or link info from from Salon it will not be subject to "moonbat" references...I thank you Lorie for establishing this as a credible source...
of course..I don't believe at this time that Edwards is my Dem choice..
Right now it is Republican...Rudy
Democratic..Obama..

So Malkin may have some tie... (Below threshold)
Jo:

So Malkin may have some ties who have some ties who have some ties to a hate group?

Yeah, this is comparable. lol.

Hilarious what the lefties have to dig up to try to justify what they do.

You just gotta laugh.

We've had some lively discu... (Below threshold)
Jo:

We've had some lively discussion over at ABC's Terry Moran blog where he wrote about this.

Of course the lefties are up in arms and say this is infringing on her "free speech."

Of course we on the right have had to explain for the zillionth time what free speech/censorship officially means.

Educating the left DOES get rather old at times.

Sigh.

In a calm manner, consider ... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

In a calm manner, consider the post Malkin made the video about. One of the aspects of the blogmeister for a campaign is that you need to be able to quickly spin news stories when events happen. You aren't waiting for the next news cycle, you are doing it now.

Does Edwards really want those around him, speaking for him, to make the mental leaps from Rhenquist is dead to choice is gone to get steralized now while you still can to a heroic struggle of free women who will never let sleep those who perpatrated this evil to victory for the heroic women struggle such that the evil doers should just give up now because they can never catch them. All in 5 paragraphs. That is more than a lose cannon rolling on the Edwards campaign deck. That is a soviet artillery corps on the Titanic.

It's not the profanity or what she says, but the absolute lack of perspective that makes them dangerous to the Edwards campaign.

On second thought, don't fire them John. We can use the laughs.

It's cute you are still rel... (Below threshold)
jp2:

It's cute you are still relying on Malkin's reporting. I'm glad she has somebody who still listens to her.

Also a VDARE link...classy.

Nogo, you surprise me. Go R... (Below threshold)
waldo:

Nogo, you surprise me. Go Rudy.

Moonbats roasting on an ope... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Moonbats roasting on an open fire,
Global warming nipping on your nose...

Sorry, the Christmas season is past, but it just seemed the right thing to say today.

Did anyone really think the... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Did anyone really think the lefties weren't going to fall in line behind the Edwards camp decision?

Today's party of tolerance is tolerant of everything but dissent.

I'd be careful of who you s... (Below threshold)
tas:

I'd be careful of who you support in this fiasco. The man leading the charge to get Marcotte and McEwan fired is William Donohue, president of the Catholic League and prone to saying some, errr, off-color things himself. For example:

"Hollywood is controlled by secular jews who hate Christanity in general and Catholicism in particular ... Hollywood likes anal sex..."

Here's another tasty quote:

"There are people in Hollywood, not all of them but some people who are nothing more than harlots. They will do anything for a buck, they wouldn't care. If you asked them to sodomize their own mother in a movie they would do so, and they would do it with a smile on their face."

So the man who calls Edwards' bloggers "bigots" thinks that Hollywood is full of of jews who would f--- their own mother's up the ass. Is this who you want to place your support behind?

Now even though they were f... (Below threshold)
metprof:

Now even though they were fired, Edwards will be channeling through to them thus maintaining a "link" rather than official employment.....lololol

Would someone please let Ol... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Would someone please let Old Coot know if any other random unimportant lefties get fired from their jobs? For some reason, he seems to find that special.

Why don't you do it brianle... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Why don't you do it brianless? Sounds like he raised your hackles talking about your favorite blog.

Keep 'um coming Coot. Damne... (Below threshold)
metprof:

Keep 'um coming Coot. Damned entertaining I say!

It's fascinating what peopl... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

It's fascinating what people you can tie Malkin to. But, since Malkin wasn't hired by a Presidential campaign, it is QUITE irrelevant to this story. You don't see Lorie et al talking about other bloggers here. Just the two that John Edwards hired --- and, should he win the nomination, he'll remind us of how much he wants to unite the country, even though the bloggers he hired HATE so many people.

I'd be careful of who you support in this fiasco. The man leading the charge to get Marcotte and McEwan fired is William Donohue, president of the Catholic League and prone to saying some, errr, off-color things himself.

So it's NOT hate speech because William Donohue criticized it? Is that the point here?

So the man who calls Edwards' bloggers "bigots" thinks that Hollywood is full of of jews who would f--- their own mother's up the ass. Is this who you want to place your support behind?

I was quite unaware that a Republican hired Donohue to work on his campaign. Can you link to the story?

If not, can you explain why it's relevant to this story?

Would someone please let Old Coot know if any other random unimportant lefties get fired from their jobs?

Judging by the rantings of people on Terry Moran's blog and on Crooks and Liars, they were quite well known. And official campaign blogger is now unimportant, eh? I suppose if Rudy hired Charles Johnson (who, mind you, has never actually posted a hateful comment, in spite of the reputation), you'd be cool with it.

The left has proven one of the maxims of conservatives: Racism is when somebody criticizes a liberal. Hate speech is whatever a liberal says it is.
-=Mike

So it's NOT hate speech ... (Below threshold)
tas:

So it's NOT hate speech because William Donohue criticized it? Is that the point here?

I didn't think that what Edward's bloggers had to say was hate speech to begin with. I always thought of hate speech as, say, coming from the KKK when they suggest that we should hang all the niggers or some such crap, which is a far cry from any of the rhetoric mentined at Pandagon or Shakespeare's Sister.

I was quite unaware that a Republican hired Donohue to work on his campaign. Can you link to the story?

If not, can you explain why it's relevant to this story?

Relevance: When Donohue calls a couple of leftwing bloggers "bigots" but also thinks that Hollywood is full of "jews" who so value money (because, as we all know, jews control the world and look for pennies in corners!) that they would "sodomize their own mother in a movie," then the contradictions make my head explode.

More to the point, why does Donohue deserve to be listened to?

Looks like Salon and others... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Looks like Salon and others jumped the gun.

No scoop for you!

I didn't think that what... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I didn't think that what Edward's bloggers had to say was hate speech to begin with. I always thought of hate speech as, say, coming from the KKK when they suggest that we should hang all the niggers or some such crap, which is a far cry from any of the rhetoric mentined at Pandagon or Shakespeare's Sister.

So it boils down to "If we do it, it's OK". I've Malkin strung up around here for MUCH less. Ditto Coulter. Ditto Rush. Ditto Glenn Beck (who is M & M's newest cause celebre as an unrepentant bigot or some such nonsense).

Is "Hate speech" idiotic to stress about? Yup. But if you're going to do it --- and the left has for years now --- you HAVE to be consistent.

We already watched the left cease caring about sexual harrassment the moment Clinton went into office (and whatever happened to the "everyone does" it defense for infidelity since, by every ounce of info we have, Bush has NOT had an affair?) after lynching Clarence Thomas for REALLY weak accusations with even less evidence behind them.

You don't want to lie in a wet bed? Don't pee in it.

The left wet their own bed.

Relevance: When Donohue calls a couple of leftwing bloggers "bigots" but also thinks that Hollywood is full of "jews" who so value money (because, as we all know, jews control the world and look for pennies in corners!) that they would "sodomize their own mother in a movie," then the contradictions make my head explode.

Again, Donohue being a jerk somehow makes the bloggers innocent?

Jimmy Carter wrote that suicide bombings shouldn't stop until Israel pulls away out of the disputed territories. He also stated that he doesn't view Palestinian terrorism as terrorism.

Can I now claim that Mel Gibson isn't anti-Semitic because Carter is?

More to the point, why does Donohue deserve to be listened to?

You seem to miss that lots of people besides Donohue had a problem with this. You don't see me saying we shouldn't vote for Democrats because Cindy Sheehan is one, do you?
-=Mike




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy