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We Must Defend.
By: Erick Â· Section: News
It’s true. Ben Domenech is Augustine. And I stand behind him 100%. He has said nothing filled with racism or hate, or bigotry. In fact, Ben has been a leader in keeping those he dubs the “evilcons” off RedState. Unbeknownst to all of you, RedState continually self-polices and purges its own ranks of those who might be allies, but are too filled with hate to function in the internet society we choose to create. We would not without Ben’s insistence at the creation of RedState be so self-policing.
Ben is accused of being a racist, gay, homophobe, an incestuous lover of his own mother, a partisan, evil, and now a plagarist. He is, according to the left, a right wing Stephen Glass who gets his jollies off with his mother. Only Stephen Glass could actually make that up — or a jealous group of haters. The lies told, from charges of plagarism to ties to Jack Abramoff are hyperbolic lies. There are no facts or truths related to any of these charges. They are meant to destroy a good and decent human being because of hate and jealousy.
Those blogs attacking the Washington Post and Ben are so hate filled and envious, they refuse to accept Froomkin as one of their own. That’s one reason they continue to lose the debate — the reality based community denies reality. It’s another reason they are disingenous in this argument. Horror of horrors they now have to share the Washington Post’s blog with Ben. How terrible.
For a group of people who yell at my side saying we censor them, jail them, and otherwise silence them, who now is censoring, silencing, and viciously, irrationally attacking? It’s not Ben. It’s not me. it’s not my side. His WaPo posts have been measured, reasonable, and pointed. In fact, no one on the other side has bothered to take on his posts — they are too busy attacking Ben and his family.
In the process these people are shooting in the foot bloggers across the board — shutting down opportunities to advance into the mainstream media that many of us on the left and right would otherwise have. Here is a guy who got started in the blogosphere and moved toward the mainstream media only to get savagely assailed from the other side. Should these people succeed, how many bloggers from either side will ever again get so far? I would suspect none — not when there are people closer to the media who would fit the bill. The media, already skeptical of both the left and right side of the blogosphere, gets to watch us all tear each other apart over something that would otherwise be insignificant. What media company would want to take the risk of a blogswarm? And the media gets to reaffirm its own self-image as the rational arbiters of news and opinion — clearly 1606 must be defeated. Look at this example as another reason why — bloggers are too immature to handle such freedom — they must be regulated.
And now those opposed to Ben have googled prior writings that on the surface appear suspicious, but only because permissions obtained and judgments made offline were not reflected online by an out dated and out of business campus newspaper. But that’s all the opponents want – just enough to sabotage a career, though in the process they will sabotage themselves. Facts have no meaning. Only impressions have any bearing on this. The charges of plagarism are false, meant to bring down a good and honest man. The presented facts to prove plagarism are specious — products of shoddy work. One could easily think the producers of 60 Minutes II were behind them.
Facts have never been debate winners among the haters. This is another example. But we on the right? Why are we silent when one of our own is being savagely attacked as a racist, gay, Puerto Rican homophobic plagarizer who sleeps with his mother when not in bed with his dad and Jack Abramofff? Why are we silent? We should not be, even if it costs us to defend Ben. Ben has done more and contributed more to our community than many of us, whether at RedState or elsewhere. We must not stay silent. We must defend our own. We must defend Ben. He has done nothing wrong. Nothing.
Ben Domenech deserves our full advocacy and defense. He has done nothing wrong and does not deserve urban legends about his wrong doing solely because of the lies of those who are jealous of his success. Should the other side win, they will be emboldened. And should they win, one of our own who has done no wrong will be immeasurable hurt by the hate, lies, and jealousy of those who would just as easily do it to you or me.
We must defend Ben.
Mar 24th, 2006: 00:40:44
Full discussion: http://www.redstate.com/story/2006/3/23/22434/5436
We Must Attack.
By: machiavel Â· Section: Democrats
(Seconding Erickâ€™s call to action.)
It was Hannah Arendt who introduced us to the banality of evil. There was more to this thing called â€œevilâ€? than grainy newsreel footage of delirious chanting of â€œSieg Heilâ€? or the â€œInternationale.â€? Rage and hatred were not the first steps toward convincing seemingly normal people to go along with totalitarianism. First, repression had to seem normal. Domestic enemies were not hated â€“ they were dehumanized. In the eyes of their countrymen, their souls were emptied of any qualities extraneous to Political Man. They were the imperialist/capitalist running dog/Jew/Trotskyite â€“ and that was all.
In 2006 in America, we see perfect replicas of Stalinâ€™s drones at work in response to about the only decent thing said about the Domenech affair on Daily Kos. It is an exquisite performance right out of the two minutes hate.
Acaben, a liberal friend of Benâ€™s, dares draw a line between a manâ€™s character and his politics. For this apostasy he is mercilessly savaged. It isnâ€™t anything personal against Ben. For these people, the personal and political are one. If you once served in the administration of George W. Bush, you are racist scum. As one of ChimpyMcBushitlerburtonâ€™s 62 million enablers, you cannot simply be a good guy to play poker with. Your upbringing is fair game. Your family is fair game. Your identity is drained of its non-political meaning.
It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re a gentleman, as everyone who knows Ben Domenech will attest that he is. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™ve accomplished more in 24 short years than addicts who derive sustenance from blog comments ever will in sixteen lifetimes of reliving Vietnam. It doesnâ€™t even matter if your name is Ben Domenech. It only matters that the locusts have their target of convenience to feast upon for the day.
Because, you see, possessing opinions the Netroots disagrees with means you are the moral equivalent of zero. For these thoughtcrimes, Ben Domenech, one of the most decent and impressive people I know, is being tagged as something between a monster and Jeff Gannon.
Now is the time to close ranks, and not give in to the temptations of the circular firing squad. Chris Bowers tells us that Benâ€™s hiring signifies the death of the right-blogosphere. To the contrary, the scurrilous attacks on Ben signal the demise and fall of the left-blogosphere as an authentic alternative voice. They are now shills for traditional media and no more. In their world, all one has to do to escape accountability for twisting the news is to call oneself a â€œjournalist.â€? In their world, giving conservatism a 5% share of voice on the Washington Postâ€™s *blog* section is an â€œatrocityâ€? that cannot be brooked. Call it whatever youâ€™d like â€“ but it is the very opposite of the openness, transparency, and free exchange of ideas on which the blogosphere thrives.
Michelle. Hugh. Rush. Glenn. This is the moment. Where will you stand?
Mar 24th, 2006: 01:01:41
Full discussion: http://www.redstate.com/story/2006/3/24/03958/4019