Monday, April 05, 2004


Prominent liberal bloggers would rather not discuss Kos's accountability

IT'S been duly noted that Kevin Drum finally found a way to have his cake and eat it too regarding the Kos fiasco. However, Drum concluded that the most unfortunate thing about this controversy was the "bottom line," money. Drum never mentioned how the despicable words might have affected the loved ones of the men who died in Fallujah. Instead, he was more concerned that this "will probably be a million bucks worth of fund raising for conservative causes."

It's really sad when one of the left's most important bloggers trashes the memory of the these men while his compatriot frets about the political implications and the "bottom line" instead of focusing on the human cost and how all of us Americans are hurting over this tragedy.

Meanwhile, Atrios waited until Sunday afternoon to add his thoughts on the Kos matter. But, Atrios did not even condemn or take issue with what Kos had to say. Instead, Atrios made this into an issue about himself and those who were shocked by the incendiary comments. After some self-absorbed musings about his Democratic fund raising activity, Atrios said that this whole issue is a conservative conspiracy, "the Right's fake outrage-of-the-week."

Update: One of the best sites out there, Daily News Brief has a smart take on what's going on. I may disagree with the thrust of the arguments by Beautiful Horizons but at least he took Kos to task and makes a serious effort to debate the facts. I appreciate his well thought out Opinion, we must listen to both sides. Mudville Gazette relates how a Democratic congressional candidate withrew advertising from the Kos site. A Collection of Thoughts has been diligently following the Fallujah story. Others weighing in include, Left Coast Conservative, Baseball Crank, Patriots for Bush, Kalblog on Kos and fundraising, and Right Wingin' It.

Update 2: I took a walk on the other side of the tracks and saw some more interesting Opinions about what the Leftorium thought of Kos saying "screw them" concerning the men in Fallujah. For instance, Mark Kleiman showed off some moral relevancy by saying "If I were a campaign manager, I wouldn't advertise on his site today, but I might two months from now. (I'd be more willing to do so if Kos clarified his attitude, toward those four dead men and toward those who killed them, but two months from now that mostly won't matter.)" And Matthew Yglesias turned it into some sort of morality tale involving the Kerry campaign. If anyone was able to understand his complicated pretzel, please let me know!!


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