Allegre's "Writer's Strike" post at Kos
mCoyote Creek dug this out from the Democratic primary wars of 2008:
This is a strike - a walkout over unfair writing conditions at DailyKos. It does not mean that if conditions get better I won't "work" at DailyKos again. As a regular contributor to the discourse in our community, I would certainly hope to take part in the conversation at DailyKos again some day if we ever get to the point where we’re engaging each other in discussion rather than facing off in shouting matches. But not now. Writers need a safe place to reach out and exchange ideas, to communicate and challenge one another. DailyKos should be that place, but its tone, its essence has evolved into something ugly and destructive. Good writers can't survive in that kind of atmosphere. Democrats shouldn't have to put up with that from fellow Democrats.
Sadly, the majority of the administrators have allowed this hostile environment to develop in our online community for anyone who isn’t planted firmly in the Obama camp. They've routinely ignored personal attacks and allowed disruptive, spam-like posts to go unchecked whenever anyone expresses support for Hillary or challenges something their candidate has said or done. There are however several front-pagers who have managed to avoid taking part in the attacks on Hillary and for that I’m grateful. But the site has grown to the point where they simply can’t – or won’t monitor it.
As a result, our community has become little more than an echo chamber with an attitude that harkens back to the early days of Dubbya’s administration - yer either with us or yer a’gin us, heh! The attackers and disrupters are no better than Chris Matthews with their sexism, hate, lies, and obsession with bashing - all – things – Hillary
I can attest to the hostile work environment, even though I never did post at Kos all that much. Here's a sig I worked up from that time:
* OFB PROPHLACTIC Yes, I am paid by the Hillary campaign. Yes, I hope to get a job in Hillary's administration. Yes, I am a shill. Yes, I am a hack. Yes, I am a liar. Yes, I am a racist. Yes, I am a purist. Yes, I am a troll. Yes, I am ignorant. Yes, I hate Obama. Yes, I ignore all facts that don't square with my [lying|racist|purist|shilling|hackish|trollish] preconceptions of Obama. Yes, my reading comprehension is poor. Yes, I have a hidden agenda: I hope that the Democrats lose, and to that end I support [not Obama]. Yes, I could be older than you. Yes, I think all young people are stupid. Did I mention I'm a shill and a hack? Good. Anything else?
All dialog verbatim, as Stan Mack funnies used to say. Go out on the threads of Kos as a [non-Obama] supporter, and that's what you got. All of it good clean fun, of course, except for one thing: The smear of being a racist. The Obots took the most incendiary charge in American politics -- and one that legitimate progressives fought and gave their lives for in the Civil Rights era -- and used it for trivial purposes; to win a primary or too. They can keep their fiucking party, so far as I'm concerned. The sooner it and they go the way of the Whigs the better, so far as I'm concerned.
NOTE Oh, and another thing: The Obama supporters on Kos were wrong about everything. Wrong about Obama, wrong about Obama's role in the party, wrong about Obama's skills, wrong about Obama's policies, wrong about everything. And ever since their guy got dragged over the finish line by the collapse of Lehman in 2008. they've done nothing but make excuses for him.