Monday, February 14, 2005

No Shame

There's a lot of chatter these days about how blogging's all about "collecting scalps" and that the right wing bloggers are better at it. Well, I never knew that was what blogging was for - I don't judge the success of this blog by the big events, it's the day to day small influences on the discourse that I'm proud of.

But, as for the basic question -- why do right wing bloggers manage to hound people into retirement and left wing bloggers don't? Well, one reason is that right wingers and the people who employ them have no shame. Jonah Goldberg continues to write for the Washington Times, despite the fact that no decent person should have any association with a publication that regularly publishes the ravings of avowed racists, especially one who is married to its managing editor. Another one of its editors, we shouldn't forget, is also a racist southern secessionist who once wrote:

[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.

Jonah doesn't mind getting money from racists, and the racists in charge don't mind paying for his column. And, Jonah complains about anti-Semitic emailers (which, if true, should be complained about) but has little to say about the Times accepting numerous ads for anti-Semitic outlets.

There's no way to shame these people into resigning because no one involved has any sense of shame.

And I didn't even get into the views of the guy who actually OWNS the Moonie Times...