UPDATE: Columbia Journalism Review Daily included some of Chickenhawk's quotes in their blog about the WaPo article.
The Washington Post decided that not enough space had been devoted to coverage of Left Wing Bloggers so it published an article about Maryscott O’Connor today. The article, “The Left, Online and Outraged”, is a perfect example of the over the top behavior I profiled in my book, "A Quagmire of Hate: The Post Election Liberals”.
Case in point, this passage from the article…
“She smokes a cigarette. Should it be about Bush, whom she considers “malevolent”, a “sociopath” and “the Antichrist”? She smokes another cigarette. Should it be about Vice President Cheney, whom she thinks of as “Satan”, or about Karl Rove, “the devil”? Should it be about the “evil” Republican Party, or the “weaselly, capitulating, self-aggrandizing, self-serving “ Democrats, or the Catholic Church, for which she says “I have a special place in my heart…a burning, sizzling, putrescent place where the guilty suffer the tortures of the damned.”
Quotes from O’Connor’s blog used in the article were full of expletives that required editing for publication. The author, David Finkel, justified the venom spewing…
“Not that long ago, it was the right that was angry and the left that was, at least comparatively, polite. But after years of being the targets of inflammatory rhetoric, not only from fringe groups but also from such mainstream conservative politicians as Newt Gingrich, the left has gone on the attack.”
I would like Mr. Finkel to cite one mainstream conservative politician that called President Clinton a loser in front of students in a classroom. Please show me one mainstream conservative politician that accused President Clinton of torture, planning terrorist attacks for political gain or any of the thousands of claims thrown out by the left against President Bush and his administration. Where was the witch-hunt during the Clinton administration that can compare to what the Left has done to Tom Delay, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, etc?
O’Connor blames the anger on the election of President Bush, 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay. Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act, secret prisons, domestic eavesdropping, the revamping of the Supreme Court, etc. She says, “The worst people on Earth are running the Earth”.
Finkel poses the following question…
“Put another way, can one person sitting alone in a living room, typing her fingertips numb on a keyboard, make a difference?”
Sure they can. Just take a look at the 2004 Election results to see how far the rage and hatred got them.
My question is why the Washington Post felt it appropriate or even necessary to profile a blogger that is, in her own words, “insane with rage and grief”. Was it to promote blogging as a way to vent anger? Was it an attempt to discredit bloggers? I think it was nothing more than an easy way to get another negative Bush message in print using a far left over the edge blogger as the article's focus.
Ed over at Captains Quarters picked up on the overuse of "expletives" like I did.
Betsy at Betsy's Page sees this as a bonus for conservatives.
Six Meat Buffet calls Dan Finkel's mission "cosmospelunking deep into the colon cancerous caverns of Moonbattery".
Beautiful Atrocities reports on the "Leftoid Lunachick of the Day"
Dread Pundit Bluto posts on the "truly unhinged" blogger.