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Kos unwilling to address criticism June 12, 2006

Posted by Administrator in Liberal Hypocrisy.
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Seems that Byron York of the National Review posted an article rather critical of Kos' questionable journalistic instincts.

Some of the juicier quotes:

The obvious (future) focus will be on DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas himself. While his writings. . .have remained largely unexamined in major media outlets. . .one of Moulitsas’s most famous statements, involving the brutal murders of four American contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004—“I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.”

Moulitsas himself has set an example for withdrawing support from—and threatening—those who have anything to do with statements that Moulitsas finds objectionable. For example, in January, he reacted angrily to a comment from Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf, who, in an interview with the Washington Post, discussed the role of netroots activists in future campaigns. “The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left,” Elmendorf told the paper. In response, Moulitsas wrote:

Mr. Elmendorf almost got it right. The trick, in reality, is to stop appearing like our Democrats are held captive to sleazebag amoral lobbyists. Here’s notice, any Democrat associated with Elmendorf will be outed. The netroots can then decide for itself whether it wants to provide some of that energy and money to that candidate.

This last quote is classic Kos, attacking the messenger while ignoring the message.

And how does he respond to Mr. York's criticism?

Poor Byron York. He sure sounds like he didn't have fun in Vegas. Of course, Byron is just another chickenshit who didn't serve his nation in uniform. (LINK)

Attacking the messenger again.

One has to wonder due to his inability/unwillingness to address critics, coupled with a wretched record in endorsing candidates and a newfound love of payola if the Kos site and movement are on the downhill swing of things.

Out of 20 candidates they have endorsed in recent primaries/special elections, only one, Jon Tester in Montana, has won, and his victory was in a Democratic primary. A 5% win percentage is not indictative of a sweepingly successful "netroots" movement.

Then there is the newfound Kos willingness to accept payola, as in Governor Mark Warner of Virginia tossing a $100K bash at the Stratosphere in Vegas for the KosKids to wrap up YearlyKos. Moulitsas has no trouble with this, claiming:

people think 1) Warner is trying to buy their support (everyone knows we're not that cheap),
in politics, $100K is pocket change. Better spend it on a blogger party where the candidate socialized with regular people than on bulls*** television ads or crappy consultants.

this post will just get people whining that I'm carrying water for Mark Warner,

It's a good thing for both us and the politicians when we come together. It doesn't mean we have to sign away our votes, it just means we get to check each other out in ways that don't involve 30-second ads or press releases.

Whatever, Markos. Keep on deluding yourself. Congratulations, you are well on the way to becoming all the things you claim to hate.

Finally, there is Kos' noted tendency to silence contrary voices. This is exhaustingly covered over at Socratic Gadfly. Go check him out for numerous examples of Kos' two-faced perfidy on this front.

Once again, liberals (small "l") are to be the saviors of America? I think not.

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