This Has Got to Stop Now

I made the mistake of wandering into the comments section of Melinda Henneberger’s latest story for Politics Daily.  I didn’t read all of them, but there was one in particular in which someone engaged in vicious, misogynist name-calling.  Since it wasn’t deleted, I hope that means she hasn’t read it yet.  I’m going to email another editor to see if it can be deleted.

Less heinous, but still disturbing, were attacks on Melinda’s writing style and skill.  Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but Melinda is an accomplished writer, with nothing to prove on that score.  In any case, I would not have another writer criticized in the process of defending me.

Anonymity and a sense of injury do not make everything fair game.

Jake Tapper is a Tool of the Right Wing..er..Left Wing..eh..POP!

That POP! is the sound of wingers everywhere blowing their own minds trying to impugn Jake’s objectivity.  He posted a great fact check of President Obama, and those who would call him “Not MY President NObama!”  It’s the kind of pitch-perfect balance, too, between reporting and blogging that shows that Tapper really “gets” the interweb:

A bizarre and inaccurate meme is circulating among conservatives that President Obama referred to the U.S. as a “Muslim nation.”

It’s not even remotely true…

He goes on to fact-check stats from President Obama’s speech, and finds them suspect, as well. Continue reading

On Playboy and the Firing of Tommy Christopher

Note: I will do a separate post to thanks everyone for their generosity and support.  My gratitude is indescribable.

Wow, it’s been a crazy 30 hours or so.  There’s been a lot written about my firing, and I don’t want to waste time duplicating that, but I’ll list the links after the cut.  Here’s what I would add.

This firing was the decision of the Editor in Chief of Politics Daily alone.  I’ve spoken with several people inside the AOL organization, lateral to her and up, and without veering into off-the-record stuff, they are supportive of me and my work, and those relationships remain intact.  Yes, even with all of this publicity, which has been unreal. Continue reading