What A-list blogger called Digby "a chicken shit"?
From Eric Boehlert's Bloggers on the Bus:
"I thought it was character assassination," Digby told me a couple weeks after the RFK controversy had passed. She was exhausted by the toll the campaign had already taken on the blogosphere. She was also aware of the kind of pie fights that would erupt on her site if she posted a condemnation of those who unfairly attacked Clinton for her RFK comments. So Digby, who never endorsed either candidate, simply passed on the story. "I'm a chicken shit," she said with a shake of her head.
There are two possibilities, folks:
1. Digby, after years of wisely and tirelessly critiquing the rot in our politics and punditry, was suddenly and baselessly afraid of her own shadow
2. The Obama movement bullied her into submission
In an interview with eRiposte, Boehert reports that Digby was not alone in biting her tongue, lest she be torn to shreds by the Hope Brigade:
One of the most interesting things bloggers have told me (often off the record) about the primary season was how clear it became that their readers really did dictate what the bloggers wrote. For years, bloggers and their readers had been in heated agreement about Bush, about Iraq, about the MSM. But in lots of cases they were not in agreement about who should be the Democratic nominee and bloggers mentioned to me how strange and uncomfortable that schism was, and how in the end many of them did just punt. Meaning, they got tired of fighting with their readers and simply didn’t write certain things because they knew it would create a pie fight within the site. They’re not especially proud of it, but they have conceded that they did alter what they wrote. And that for them it was a real eye-opener because they had spent years educating their readers about politics and the press and creating certain narratives together. And then during the primary season, some bloggers felt like their readers just completely ignored those shared lessons (and of course, the readers would say it was the blogger who ignored those shared lessons) that left the bloggers with the uncomfortable choice of essentially rejecting their readers or editing what they wrote. Today, some will admit they opted for the second choice.
Should the progressive blogosphere try to learn from what happened, and perhaps apologize to those who were maligned — and even threatened — for taking a stand against truthiness and abusiveness among within our own (progressive blogosphere) ranks?
Nah! Don't forget, we're all Scalia now.