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The State Of The Liberal Blogosphere Is Bad!

I’ve been a blog addict for a long time, I admit I have a problem, which is the first step towards recovery. It has led me to start this blog after years of reading and at some points, commenting on them. When the enemy was George W. Bush, it seemed like everyone was on the same page, cheering each other on as we all bashed in unison. It was very much a “pig pile”, to use a term from my childhood. Many cottage industries popped up that played on the anger towards Bush. The biggest of these was The Huffington Post, started of course by Arianna Huffington who seems to have gone from the far right spectrum (worked for Newt Gingrich) to being considered a liberal blogger for some odd reason. I think she gained her street cred as a liberal by merely attacking a massive target, George W. Bush, and cashing in on it with liberals. She spawned many offshoots which copied her model like Firedoglake, Crooks and Liars, Taylor Marsh and many others. There was money to made on that hatred for ole’ Bushie boy.

Since Bush has disappeared from the scene, thankfully, it seems like they lost focus for a while, their clicks started to diminish and I think they all decided, either collectively at some bloggers conference or independently, that they were at their best when they had an enemy. Now you would think the logical choice would be to go after the Republicans who have really made a right hand turn over the last 4 years and presented them with all sorts of targets to shoot down. Some certainly have taken them on and done a wonderful job of it, but others like Crooks and Liars, Huffington Post, Young Turks and others seem to have decided that President Obama is the real enemy. There is so much irrational hatred for this man who is working his ass off in untenable circumstances (60 vote threshold) and in a media environment that has completely dropped any pretense of fairness or accuracy, it’s a goddamn free-for-all these days on cable news and radio. This irrational hatred sure does reek of racism, although I don’t think it is the major force driving these folks.

My theory on the reason for the hatred is that after 8 years of being so pissed as they watched the GOP run roughshod over our rights, values and principles, they naturally want some payback. And in this lust for payback, they seem to have lost all sense of perspective, reasonableness, political savvy, and common sense. The health care debate was the perfect example of how their anger and revenge mentality made them completely oblivious to the reality of the 60 vote threshold, the conservadems and the compliant media. Instead of helping the administration push for progressive movement on health care, they sat on the sidelines throwing pot shots at him, whining, spilling pages and pages of digital ink on what “might” happen or what was currently being leaked by one of those 535, independent, wanna-be presidents. Do you remember all the ups and downs along the way base on those leaks, based on speculation, based on anger and cynicism?

We have a current example of how some in the left blogosphere have been fighting a phantom enemy, what might happen . It has to do with the Deficit Commission, which some haters on the left call “the cat-food commission.” Go here for a previous post I did on this. For the last year, several websites have done it with this topic, and I’m going to pick on Crooks and Liars, coming off my recent banning from that site for calling John Amato out on his hatred. You probably heard that the president has decided not to raise the retirement age for Social Security and not to touch any of the benefits. My first thought was, I TOLD YOU SO, YOU ASSHOLES, so I thought I’d wander over to Crooks and Liars to maybe remind them that I told them they were getting all worked up over something that WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! That is when I discovered that I could no longer comment over there, in fact, when logged in I can’t even read their posts anymore. They showed me, didn’t they? I did a little searching on their site and came up with a whole pile of crap attacking our president for going after Social Security, in their fantasies. Here is a sample from Crooks and Liars….

The idiotic Cat Food Commission is going to advise that entitlements gets cut. That will only lead to another disaster for the working class that families cannot withstand.

Giant leap there from the commission advising and it actually happening. Funny how reality sometimes happens despite the faux reality created in the haters minds. Another example.

William Greider has been writing about economic issues since the 1960s, and is best known for his book Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country. He’s been warning us that the Obama administration intends to cut Social Security (this video is a year old):

NOT! If you go and read his rant, it all is true and makes complete sense, no doubt. But the rub is that it ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN! I wonder how many hours he spent writing that piece that was based on pure conjecture. What pissed me off so much when I read this crap over the last year is that simply appointing a commission does not make everything that commission does and recommends the law of the land. Especially this weak commission that is merely offering suggestions. And of course, when you try to be bi-partisan, you unfortunately have to appoint people from the other party and there really is no reasonable person left in “the other party”, so we get people like Alan Simpson. Some more hyperventilating from Crooks and Liars

Polls show President Obama’s talk on Social Security is turning voters off to the Democratic Party’s handling of the program

[...]

These results are depressing. To think that American believe Republicans, who clearly have been trying to destroy everything associated with FDR’s New Deal, are more trustworthy in dealing with Social Security is absurd. I think a lot of the blame can be laid at the feet of the ridiculous creation of the Cat Food Commission. Kowtowing to the Beltway media and the GOP on the issue of our national debt not only strengthened their position with Americans, but also weakened the outlook Americans have on the entire Democratic Party.

Oh sure, Amato, it was the creation of the commission that did it, not the over 1 dozen posts you did about it scaring your readers into thinking that the Obama administration was surely going to raise the retirement age. Or the dozens of posts that Firedoglake has done which are even worse. That wouldn’t have anything to do with it, now would it? Next thing you know, they will be taking credit for making the President bend to their will. It is very similar to them taking credit for President Obama repealing DADT, even though that is what he said he was going to do since he began running for president. In their narcissistic minds, I’m sure they fully believe that they deserve the credit. So they beat the hell out of the president for two years over DADT, the same type of “what might happen” conjecture and hyperbole, contrary to everything the president said…and then when he does exactly what he promised, no credit…none, no appreciation…nata. Go look at the archives of the harshest of the presidents critics, Americablog, Firedoglake etc. and try to find the thank you to the president. Rachel Maddow, being classy and able to admit a mistake, came right out and said it on her show. These other asshats, not a peep. Thank goodness the president just keeps moving the ball down the field and for the most part ignores these assholes. For the most part, that is.

Here is an exchange in a live chat with Amato on Crooks and Liars, very revealing…

Commenter -

“The question now is why Social Security is even on the table and why the commission is being considered the be-all, end-all of fiscal policy, which is actually the role of Congress.”

So that CONgress can point the finger at the commission and say “We had nothing to do with it”. Because they’re ALL lying sacks of corporate owned shit, save about a handful.

Amato’s Response -

Has always been the prize for conservatives. When Dems move rightward this is what we get. That’s why Blue America is here and why we’re supporting Rep. Grijalva.

So the commenter is a good example of the people who have been lingering in the comment sections of these blogs. The ones that pounce on anyone who tries to argue their points. “The question now is why Social Security is even on the table…”, well maybe it is because almost every damn commission ever created seems to go into the process with “everything is on the table”. Merely having something on the table really shouldn’t get these people all worked up, to me it shows political immaturity. The commenter continues with “the commission is being considered the be-all, end-all of fiscal policy, which is actually the role of Congress.” Now I don’t know where the commenter got that impression, the commission has no actual power and was formed to offer suggestions…but somehow in the hyperbolic world of comments at these hateful blogs, it somehow becomes “be-all, end-all”. The commenter brings it home with this whopper “Because they’re ALL lying sacks of corporate owned shit.” Sure, all of those folks who went into public service, decided to try to make a difference in their communities…they are ALL lying sacks of corporate owned shit. Got it. So how does John Amato respond to this comment? He blows right by it and goes right for the PAC plug, get money from that angry commenter now before they cool off.

So the state of the liberal blogosphere is bad. But you are always welcome to come and visit this blog and I promise you I won’t ban you for calling me out. If you type racist comments or attack another commenter personally, I will certainly delete that post. But I have never banned anyone, ever, and I don’t plan to. I hope the trolls don’t take that as a challenge. Thankfully I can moderate the blog on my iPhone.

I have a feeling the president is going to “kick some tall ass” tonight in his State of the Union. Let’s see how the haters respond.

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January 25, 2011 - Posted by | Politics | ,

29 Comments »

  1. What I see from these blogs is that they’re willingly to mislead or not fully inform their followers just for ad clicks, traffic and Youtube view hits. I still blame those blogs for last year election results.

    The House Democrats passed progressive legislation and what did you see on blogs like Democratic Underground? OMG DEMS CAVED fill in the blank. And these sites after two years of shitting on Democratic accomplishments have the balls to blame President Obama for why the Democratic base wasn’t fired up. Again if Democratic Underground didn’t have videos I wouldn’t bother going there.

    I didn’t get into blogging for ad clicks or traffic I wanted to inform those who stopped by. And unlike those bigger blogs I have no interest in trashing the president because I rather go after the Republicans who’s trying to burn the country down. Yet blogs who believe my kind of thinking seems few and far in between.

    Comment by Johnny C. | January 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Yea, that is a whole ‘nother reason to stay away from those blogs. I am “Huffington Post” free for about a year now. I feel so much more in control of my life. :)

      What drove me from HP more than the bashing of the president was the misleading headlines that drew me in to click on it only to find out it didn’t really say what the freakin blazing headline implied. That and the fact that I would also get sucked into Kim Kardashian’s latest wardrobe malfuntion or some other voyeuristic-side-bar-titilating tease. I just talked to a friend who has been in Korea for a year and I was the one who exposed him to Huffington Post and he, totally independent of my thinking, said he was trying to kick the habit.

      I don’t even have any ads on mine, I’ve been thinking about looking into it, now that I’m a little bit more established and have a regular readership. Any suggestions are appreciated.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. Your take on much of the “leftist” blogosphere is dead on. I do believe racism is a factor in the hatred aimed toward the President, but I also think that addiction to anger is another big factor. We had plenty to be angry about when Bush was in office. Obama has been, as you said, working his ass off to make things better, but the haters cannot let go of their hatred and their anger.

    I have stopped reading a lot of the blogs I used to check out when Bush was in office, because the anger, hatred, and flat out lies being spread on them is just overwhelming. How anyone can be so angry so much of the time is just beyond me, especially when that anger is directed toward someone who just doesn’t deserve it…someone who is trying to undo the damage that BushCo and the Republicans caused.

    They need to get off their collective high horses and join the real world.

    Comment by SeattleGirl | January 25, 2011 | Reply

    • I was going to add an update to the post after thinking about it and basically say what you said about an addiction to anger. We’ve all known people who seem to get off on it, they don’t really want to NOT be angry.

      I do think a lot of the negative, angry attitude towards President Obama was anger that was shifted from Bush to Obama. That’s why saying he’s no different from Bush gives them the justification they need to just continue spewing it.

      I’ve also come to the conclusion that a lot of bloggers and writers that I projected more intelligence onto than was deserved, have proven to me that I was wrong to assume that just because someone agrees with me in hating Bush, that doesn’t mean we think the same way.

      Heavy stuff, :)

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 25, 2011 | Reply

      • I used to work with alcoholics and drug addicts in several treatment centers, and I really do see aspects of addiction in the left blogosphere. I don’t know for certain, but I think there may be a physical aspect to it, just as there is with addiction to a substance, because of the changes that happen in our brains when we get angry (just as they happen when we are scared, or happy, etc.).

        Just as a substance addict will come up with any excuse in the world to continue using, the “anger addicts” (just my term) in the blogosphere can and do come up with all kinds of excuses to continue their anger and hatred toward the President. “The Catfood Commission”? Really? Objective evidence suggests that the President has no intention of condemning retirees to eating cat food, or any equivalent thereof. But you can’t tell that to many in the blogosphere who are supposedly on the left.

        The only thing “left” about them seems to be that they’ve left reality behind, because of their anger. They haven’t figured out that the head coach has changed; they’re still griping as if the other guy was still in charge.

        Comment by SeattleGirl | January 25, 2011 | Reply

      • The other thing that shows this addiction is when you confront them and tell them to calm down, it just makes them madder. I actually got banned from Americablog for basically saying “be patient” on DADT. Oh my god, you would have thought I called them all some sort of slur. They attacked me with a vengence and within a couple of minutes, I was banned.

        Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 26, 2011 | Reply

      • I got banned on ABlog the first time (along with several dozen others) for criticizing Israel bombing Lebanon back to the stone age. I also linked to John’s article for Likud. Not surprising that a Greek has no love for Muslims. http://www.likud.nl/press155.html The second time was refuting a nutcase there who was a big conspiracist who mostly quoted Alec Jones. The third and final ban was because I posted on WNI after Kay had been banned.

        Comment by Grant in Texas | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Agreed. It’s so obvious that anyone who doesn’t fully support Our President and Our Party is a racist troll in the pay of Karl Rove. I don’t know why more people don’t understand that simple fact.

      Also, I think it’s a wonderful idea not to read any blog that doesn’t fully support Our Party. The haters and firebaggers and naderites should just shut up and if they can’t we don’t have to listen to them. We must block them out and only read reliable and accurate sources that inform us of all the wonderful things Our President and Our Party are doing! Well said, SeattleGirl!

      Comment by Orson P. | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • You ought to try and find a new Schtick, Orson, that one is growing old. Just saying….if you don’t want to look like the tool that your comments make you look like. Friendly advice for you, no charge.

        Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. I believe that much of the anger towards Obama from the left is misdirected anger as you do. Most of the complaints that I’ve been reading on Huffington post because I still go on there I read what they have to say and other opinions because I like to keep an open mind. Most of what they say I think is because they feel that they aren’t being represented well enough. Most of their rants are just misdirected anger towards Obama feeling that he’s betrayed them some how.

    Now that being said I think they actually like the man as much as they hate to admit it to themselves. For example when a Tea Bagger says Obama isn’t a united states citizen Cenk goes off or goes off on the republicans when they attack Obama. This tells me that in some way deep down Cenk actually does like Obama, he just feels perhaps that Obama isn’t representing him or the American people like he wanted him to.

    I think that the Huffington Post and other such news organizations are trying to get draw attention to themselves by putting forward misleading headlines that draw peoples ire towards the president.

    Look at it like this Democrats actually have had a historically difficult time getting credit for much of anything. This includes Clinton because yes although many give him credit for such things now they didn’t when he was in office. In fact the media derided him at many points in his presidency saying he hadn’t accomplished anything of note.

    I would also like to add that the hard nosed progressive movement has always felt rather betrayed by democrats ever since LBJ. Despite all of the great things LBJ accomplished from Civil Rights to Medicaid and Medicare, the far left (people like Cenk) have still heavily bashed him due to the Vietnam war. The Hardnosed Progressives as I like to put them are always up and arms when it comes to some key issues if they don’t get taken care of they aren’t going to be pleased.

    Now Obama has talked about a spending freeze and we’re going to hear a lot of outrage but all I know is that this was going to happen mainly in part due to the tax cuts. If your cutting taxes with so much debt the only thing that can be done is spending freeze as much as everyone hates to hear about that its going to have to be done.

    Comment by Jeff | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. It’s probably just that obama is a capitalist oppressor just like bush was, just like clinton was, just like daddy bush was, just like reagan, just like carter, etc etc.

    anyone who assume a position in this power structure is working to make the rich richer and they don’t give a shit about you.

    Comment by frank | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Go post your hater lies on you own blog that no one reads haha! You’re a narcisist firebagger and should shut up and support Our President or it’ll be your fault if we don’t win.

      Comment by Orson P. | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • Who’s “we”? Win? The working people of America lose every time a Democrat or a Republican is elected.

        I will work to make sure Obama is not reelected. Instead, I will help make sure that class-consciousness is raised amongst my fellow workers so that we may assume our rightful places in society.

        Comment by frank | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. also, i hope you never discover my blog because you would hate it. i don’t lick boots in it.

    Comment by frank | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • More self-righteous bullshit from the firebagger crowd.

      Comment by Johnny C. | January 26, 2011 | Reply

      • your are silly and paranoid. screaming at shadows and false enemies.

        Comment by frank | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  6. Contrary to many saying Keith Olberman’s departure had nothing to do with MSNBC being taken over by Comcast, according to James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, the chairman of Comcast Spectacor, Ed Snider, is funding a right-wing cable channel/Internet site called “RightNetwork.” Wolcott sniffs at “RightNetwork” as a “pseudo-populist operation” starring an array of right-wing freaks. Snider was also the founder of the Ayn Rand Institute….enough said.

    Wolcott notes “that it was Snider who invited Sarah Palin to drop the hockey puck at the Flyers’ season opener in 2008, and Palin’s been dropping pucks ever since.” Snider owns both the Flyers and the NBA “Seventy Sixers” plus owns the two arenas where they play plus the Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia.

    Mark Karlin of TruthOut says “there’s little reason to doubt that Olbermann’s abrupt exit from MSNBC was the first puck to drop as Comcast slap shots MSNBC away from being a progressive beachhead.

    http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12251

    Comment by Grant in Texas | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  7. Progressive Robert Scheer’s Truthdig says that it is imperative we re-elect President Obama:

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/without_obama_we_lost_so_much_more_than_an_election_20110124/

    Comment by Grant in Texas | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • he got my vote in 08, wont be getting it in 12. only voting socialist party now.

      Comment by frank | January 26, 2011 | Reply

      • I voted for Eugene McCarthy in 1968 “to teach the Democrats” a lesson and in essence gave my vote to Richard Nixon. So feel smug that you will vote Socialist “to prove your point” but you will actually be voting for the Republican.

        Comment by Grant in Texas | January 26, 2011 | Reply

      • Who do you think you are? You can’t just vote for anyone you want! You have to vote for Our Party or everything that happens as a result will be all your fault! Are you happy with the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina? Are you? Huh? Because they’re all your fault!

        Comment by Orson P. | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • Hey TROLL Orson P, I voted for Gore and Kerry so how can Katrina and the Iraq War be my fault. You are using Palin/Bachmann “logic”. Enough said.

        I was raised in a politically active Republican family, worked the floor of the Republican National Convention for Barry Goldwater along with some of my college YAF buddies. I didn’t become a registered Democrat until the late 60′s after Nixon/Buchanan started recruiting southern racists to come on over to the Party of Lincoln. I never have agreed 100% with any politician but haven’t seen a Republican since Nixon that I could vote for. I didn’t leave the GOP, it left me! My sister, who has voted straight Republican since Eisenhower, started to vote Democratic at age 76.

        Comment by Grant in Texas | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  8. Personally I believe that Obama’s state of the union address was simply wonderful! I usually find them boring and to be honest it did drag a little bit but at the same time it was still uplifting. I listened to the republican’s response and couldn’t stop laughing. The guy looked HIGH for crying out loud! Whats more is even Michael Moore said it was a good speech and bashed the republican response. LOL

    I also listened to Michelle Bachman’s a little and found myself rolling my eyes. Chris Mathews as much as some don’t like him on here was right in saying that she’s a balloon head.

    Comment by Jeff | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  9. Ed Schultz is upset that Obama didn’t mention the word “outsource” and others are upset that he didn’t bring up gun control. Jeesh, how many hours did our President need to cover everyone’s favorite causes?

    Comment by Grant in Texas | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • yes but at the same time they complimented the speech as well.

      Comment by Jeff | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • I watched part of Ed’s show last night, I never get to see him because of my work schedule but now that he is on at 10, I had a chance. I had to turn the channel when he was whining about manufacturing jobs with the union guy. The union guy didn’t let him whine, kept defending the president which made Ed try even harder to bash the president. Obama derangement syndrome coming out of his eyes.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • hmm interesting I watch ed show a lot and didn’t quite see it that way. For one he came out and said he supports Obama and wants to see him get re-elected. At the same time he feels that jobs getting shipped over seas hasn’t been addressed enough. I guess you have a point that Ed wasn’t exactly being fair in his assessment.

        Obama has been pushing to fix a lot of other issues and now he can focus on jobs which the GOP aren’t. BTW if you want to watch the shows on msnbc you don’t have to go on tv (I never do) just go on their website and go to video section and it will list shows and click on one of them.

        Either way your right for sure but at the same time Rachel came out and said that Obama is not doing what Clinton did which was chasing the center endlessly. Rather she said Obama is pushing the democrats to the center left more or less and also went on to say that Obama is more to the left than Bill Clinton.

        Comment by Jeff | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  10. adding that Morning Joe the biggest douche bag ever and makes my teeth grind said that it was boring. Now I realize why so many hate this guy.

    Comment by Jeff | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Joe “Dead Intern” Scarborough for awhile tried to be objective but of late, he is moving to the teabaggers’ talking points. His new right-wing Comcast owners must love him and will surely do good things for him.

      Comment by Grant in Texas | January 27, 2011 | Reply


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