Before I get any more emails and tweets, let’s put this latest blog drama to bed. Rather than a long free-form post, we’ll just do bullet points.
1.) I have no idea what Anne Laurie was thinking. It’s bad form to flame another front-pager over something as silly someone being banned, and I wish she hadn’t done it. If she won’t, I’ll apologize to ABL and company. I’m sorry.
2.) I find it amazing that all of this was over Cornerstone. Cornerstone isn’t some noble do-gooder speaking truth to power, he’s just a troll. He’ll take one side of an argument, and if that doesn’t get people sufficiently riled up, he’ll take the other side. This is obvious to any of you who do not have him pied- he usually just trumpets whatever other commenter has managed to piss the most people off in any given thread.
3.) To the 500 people on twitter and email who have written to inform me that “ANNE LAURIE TOOK A BIG DUMP ALL OVER ABL AND COMPANY,” thank you so much for your astute observation. I noticed, because if you will look at her post, she also took some time to crap on my chest. But thank you for your concern and your willingness to offer unsolicited advice on how to run the blog.
4.) To the same crowd who have been screaming at me to delete the post, I’ll remind you that we do not do that. In fact, the last time I tried to assert editorial control like that, I deleted an ABL post that I thought was passing poorly sourced attacks on Hamsher. The outcry (no doubt from the some of the same people now demanding I delete Anne’s post) was such that I immediately reinstated the post, and have decided WE WILL NEVER DELETE POSTS HERE.
5.) No. I’m not going to ban Anne, no I am not going to publicly browbeat her, etc. We all do something stupid from time to time. In the future, I would ask all front pagers if they are confused about why someone has been banned or given a time-out, they email me or the other front pagers and find out what has happened.
Finally, and this has nothing to do with Anne’s post, but does have to do with some of the things I have seen at this blog- I never really understood racism until ABL joined the staff. I’ve seen some of the most horrifying things directed at ABL in comments, and I have done my best to delete them from the spam filter before any of you ever see them. I’m not talking about the stuff you all perceive as racism from time to time in the comments. I’m talking pure unadulterated filth by commenters named “SUBHUMAN,” spewing bile that would make attendees at a Klan rally blush. So for those of you who think ABL is just some drama queen, you haven’t seen some of the shit she has been subjected to. Even then, I’d bet ABL would somewhat agree that she is a bit of a drama queen. Everyone who blogs is.
So everyone simmer down now. We have Republicans to beat.