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Time For Another Blogger Ethics Panel

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 30, 2010

Good news: StarTribune and national-media’s go-to pundits pick up on Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie story about Jeremy A. Giefer, the sex offender given a Pardon Extraordinary by Governor Tim Pawlenty, and who is now facing charges of incest.

Bad news: They somehow, ah, forgot to credit her or BSP.

I’m starting to lose track of the number of times some legacy-media outlet snarfs up a story first broken by a blogger and then fails to credit the blogger. At least we try to hat-tip or link to the sources for our stuff, when we pass along something someone else discovered.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Minnesota, real journalism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Tim Pawlenty | 2 Comments »

Annals Of Huh?!?!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 29, 2010

FDL blogger Siun has been regularly covering the Middle East and Israel, with FDL readers like Edward Teller and CTuttle providing additional coverage in The Seminal, for quite some time now. (Here, for example, is a story of Siun’s from December of 2008. And here’s another one from August 25, four days ago.)

And here’s one from today. And two from the 22nd, a week ago (here and here). In fact, counting today’s post, she’s done ten front-page posts during the month of August alone — and the month’s not over yet. [8:30 pm EDT: Make that eleven front-page posts.]

Because of the extreme sensitivity of the subject, she takes care to have all her ducks in a row before she posts a story. When she posts, the propagandists of whichever group you care to name have, be they Hezbollah or Hasbara, a tough time assailing her facts — and it’s not for lack of trying.

Which is why this out-of-the-blue and frankly bizarre blogger attack post (and followup attack Tweet) by Philip “Mondoweiss” Weiss against FDL truly surprises me. Then again, considering things like this and this, maybe it shouldn’t. (Jane’s been all over this, by the way.) Siun and frequent FDL commenter Philip Munger have responded with facts that dismantle the attacks and the cherry-picked quotes, and their responses have been allowed to stand — yet I notice that neither Weiss nor any of his regular commenters or writers have, as of this writing (4:36 pm Eastern Time) dared to reply to either Siun or Edward.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, blowback, israel, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 4 Comments »

Sowing The Callous Bigot Wind, Reaping The Crazy Threat-Happy Bigot Whirlwind

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 23, 2010

Spotty over at The Cucking Stool talks about his neighbor Ben, a local right-wing blogger who apparently has a strange idea of bravery and morality:

Ben is my neighbor, a twenty-something who lives at home; Ben has always been beside himself over my blogging, but it has come to a head in the last year. I’ve never written about Ben. Well, until now, that is.

At a neighborhood party for a high school gradate last spring (well, last last spring, 2009), he came up to me and my wife and started swearing in a spittle-flecked rage, and nearly worked himself up into some kind of a seizure. His mom and dad weren’t there, and some of our neighbors took him in hand and led him away.

Shortly before the Fourth of July parade in 2009, Ben sent me an email and told me not to come around to the parade, because I would get more of the same, and that he intended to clear the neighborhood of the likes of me so it would be a place for “decent folks.” (Ben had, perhaps, been watching too many old Westerns with their “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us” rhetoric.) Here’s the Tea Party impulse to eject the undesirables at work again. Well, for whatever reason, we didn’t run into Ben at the parade.

A few days after the parade, however, Ben sent me an email threatening to put my wife “in my crosshairs.” Ben has commented favorably about guns on Mitch’s site; I viewed — and view, especially considering his earlier behavior and remarks  — that comment as a terroristic threat, made against a family member. I did make a complaint to the Edina Police, and they investigated.

So, that’s it. Well, actually, there is more, but we’ll leave it at that.

No comment needed, because those who actually would most need to read it would rather gargle Drano than read it.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, conservativism, Minnesota, narcissism, stupid, Tea Party, terrorism, wrong way to go about it | 2 Comments »

Wonder If The Righties Who Called Him A Liar…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 11, 2009

…will apologize now that Levi Johnston has corroborated, at least in part, Gryphen’s story about the Palins having marital problems?

Come on, Racist Moonie McCain, Pam “Atlas Shrugs” Geller Oshry, AmSpec, and all the rest of you! Apologize for either calling him a liar or implying it strongly, and for using that claim to mobilize your readers against Gryphen. Or are you totally without morals, decency, and/or honor? (We already know you have no brains.)

Oh, and by the way: He had already decided to stop teaching at his school and his bosses begged him to stay despite — or perhaps because of — your harrassment. So you can’t even honestly claim that you caused him to lose his job. Not that this will stop you all.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, rightwing moral cripples, Sarah Palin | 4 Comments »

Lambda Legal Fund: Homosexuality Is Incest! Or Is It Pedophila?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 26, 2009

Well, if you use John Aravosis’ reasoning, that’s what they must believe, right? Right?

That John continues to write about “pedophilia” at all despite the fact that 16-year-old whose marriage was invalidated in the case cited in the brief — Wilkins v. Zelichowski, 140 A.2d 65, 67-68 (N.J. 1958) — would today have reached the age of consent, if not the age at which a marriage would be found to be valid, in 32 states shows that John’s desire to advance the “pedophilia” story is without any merit.  Moreover, as pointed out by PG in comments to the earlier post, this case was cited by none other than Lambda Legal in one of its own briefsfor the same purpose it was cited in the Smelt brief.  The LGBT equality legal group wrote:

Conventional choice of law and comity principles are routinely applied in every state to address non-uniformity in many aspects of domestic relations laws, including disparities among states in the requirements for marriages or their dissolution.  See, e.g., Wilkins v. Zelichowski, 26 N.J. 370, 377-78 (1958).  These familiar legal tools, not the deprivation of the constitutional rights of a minority, offer the answer to any purported concern about uniformity with other states.

That John continues to write about “incest” is, as I have stated since the brief was filed, overstating facts in order to enrage.  One of the cases cited, Catalano v. Catalano, 170 A.2d 726, 728-29 (Conn. 1961), is a regularly cited case in Family Law casebooks and law review articles regarding out-of-state marriage recognition.  For John, a lawyer, to repeatedly state that a lawyer citing a regularly cited case for a general proposition that “certain marriages performed elsewhere need not be given effect, because they conflicted with the public policy of the forum” equates to the lawyer comparing same-sex marriages to incest is dishonest.  John knows that the brief is analogizing a state’s policy against recognizing one type of marriage to a state’s policy against recognizing another type of marriages.  Though a slight distinction, John knows that, as a lawyer, such distinctions matter.

The final case cited, In re Mortenson’s Estate, 316 P.2d 1106 (Ariz. 1957), is one with which I was unfamiliar but have found that both it and Catalano were cited by a Columbia Law Review piece criticizing DOMA for “deep flaws in both aspects of the Act.”  Scott Ruskay-Kidd, Note, “The Defense of Marriage Act and the Overextension of Congressional Authority,” 97 Colum. L. Rev. 1435 (1997).  If opponents of DOMA have cited both of these cases since the year after its passage, then — as John knows — it would be bad-faith for a lawyer charged with defending the law to fail to raise arguments in its defense that previously have been raised even by opponents of the law.  Was this third case cite necessary?  Probably not, as the point was illustrasted by Catalano.  But to demonize the author of the brief and everyone on up to the President as comparing same-sex relationships to incest for doing so, as John has done repeatedly, is exceptionally unfair and dramatically overstates the proposition advanced in the brief.

I wish that the people who think it’s a good idea to willfully repeat things they know to be bogus would see just what sort of damage they’re doing to their own credibility, not to mention their honor.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, blowback, doing the right thing, DoJ, gay rights, President Obama | 2 Comments »

There Is No Justice, But There Is Is Irony

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 29, 2009

Remember Mike Doogan, the Alaska state representative and self-professed hater and outer of anonymous or pseudonymous bloggers?

Guess what? He just might be blogging under a pseudonym himself!

Per this Progressive Alaska reader:

Actually, Doogan (I can’t bring myself to call him “Mr. Doogan”) is actually supposedly a Democrat. Used to be a journalist for the ADN. Pissed people off left and right, and seems to pride himself on racking up detractors and enemies, much like a petulant teenager. He actually wrote a scathing opinion piece about Sarah the week she was nominated for VP. He is the author of some lowbrow detective stories staged in Alaska, and actually used to write a blog under an anonymous penname himself. Called himself “Billy Muldoon” Guess it’s OK for him, but not for anyone who might not be one of his fans. What a shithead!

I would use my real name here, but, like so many others in Alaska, I would be at great risk of losing my job because of Sarah Palin’s vindictiveness. (And apparently now, Mike Doogan’s as well). It may sound like a stretch, but it’s very real for many of us in this small state, where the Governor has appointed her BFFs from High School into many positions of power in government. Mike Doogan should be ashamed of himself, but, as is clear from the emails above, he clearly does not have that capacity.

Googling “Billy Muldoon” alaska turns up quite a bit — and interestingly, “Billy Muldoon” has now blocked access to his blog to all but invited guests. Hmmm.  (Even better:  Billy Muldoon, whose “Tribal Fires” blog existed to critique the Anchorage Daily News, was himself criticized back in 2005 for hiding behind a pseudonym.)

UPDATE: Doogan, according to Dawn Teo in Huffington Post (h/t Charles), is denying that he is in fact Billy Muldoon. At this point, I’m not sure if Doogan’s word is worth much of anything, as he has already been caught lying at least once about this issue. I’d like to see him prove it. In the meantime, he certainly didn’t seem to mind it when Sheila Toomey, his former colleague who sat next to him when he worked with her at the Anchorage Daily News, blogged under a pseudonym for a few years before revealing that she was “The Alaska Ear” — a point that Phillip Munger emphasizes here. (Not surprisingly, in light of Doogan’s having protected her anonymity/pseudonymity for so long, Toomey’s latest “Ear” piece is a rousingly tin-eared and mendacious defense of Doogan.)

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, eedjits, hypocrites, mediawhores | 3 Comments »

Seneca Doane Shows Us How It’s Done

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 23, 2009

While DailyKos writhes in the midst of yet another food fight, Seneca Doane steps up to the plate and shames the food fighters:

As many of you may know, I have been pushing people to make phone calls to NY-20, through this DCCC link, to help Democrat Scott Murphy defeat his opponent, Jim “Jimmy Disco” Tedisco, who chickened out of a debate this week, in the election on March 31 that will choose a member of Congress to replace now-Senator Kirstin Gillibrand.

By and large, you’re not doing it.  I know this because I am the #2 caller on that site, and I haven’t done that much.  (#1, bless that person, is way ahead of me.)  I had planned to do a lot this weekend, but I got an e-mail from my boss mid-day Saturday inviting me to either complete a work project ASAP or face ominous consequences, so I’m only up to 65 calls instead of the many more I’d planned to do.  Still, only one person is (admittedly way) ahead of me.

So the titular instance of abusive behavior on this site is about to come from me.  It’s directed at you.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Oh Noes!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2009

TPM links via its Capitol Wire newsbox to The Plum Line, a blog run by TPM’s own Greg Sargent, and which is currently touting a new American Research Group poll that allegedly shows support for Obama’s economic program dropping below 50%.

However, as Nate Silver demonstrated well and ruthlessly over a year ago, ARG polls are pretty much worthless.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, economy, polls, President Obama | 1 Comment »

BREAKING: Lefty Blogger Appears On MSNBC, Fails To Be Crazy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 22, 2008

Jane Hamsher’s taking the lead on opposition to Lieberman has generated waves in the TradMed, so much so that she was invited to speak on MSNBC this morning. Watch as she lays out the case against Lieberman — and for the power of the netroots — in a calm, concise, logical manner.

Meanwhile, as Howie Klein notes, Jane was also on NPR this week — and so infuriated up-and-coming coddled righty writer Jamie Kirchick, who NPR had invited to speak after her for “balance”, that he not only bashed her on the air (and so bizarrely that the NPR host actually dared to take him to task for not having the guts to say those words when Jane was still on the air and could answer them in real time), but also in a newspaper column. Kirchick was so enraged by Hamsher that he violated a key tenet of the GOP/Media Complex: Never acknowledge the existence of the popular left in America — and especially never do so by name. Ooops.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, Fire Dog Lake, heroines, Joe Lieberman, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 6 Comments »

Wanna Know What’ll Be On TPM Next Week?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 12, 2008

Simple: Read FDL today.

Last week, Lindsay Beyerstein, writing in FDL’s Campaign Silo, broke the story of the difference between Norm Coleman’s senate financial disclosures and the Hays Company’s statements about the nature of Laurie Coleman’s association with their company.

This week, TPM’s Zachary Roth has the exact same story, with points identical to Beyerstein’s, but with wording just different enough to avoid getting nabbed for plagiarism — and with no links back to, or credit for, Beyerstein’s piece.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, Norm Coleman, Republicans, WTF? | 2 Comments »

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