Something about the updates to this has been annoying me for days:
Somerby comments below: “Is there any sign that Giuliani had ever heard one word about this? Aren’t we most likely dealing with staff work here? Are you sure this account is fully accurate?Do we want the press to stop the bullshit attacks against Dem candidates? Or do we want them to start such attacks against Reps? Do you think Giuliani knew this woman had a handicap? Do you think his staffers did?”
What, really, makes a bully stop bullying?
Personally, I’d like the Republicans to get a taste of it for a while. Ann Coulter called me a traitor and said my friends’ workplace should be blown up and Michelle Malkin implied that one of my heroes shot himself in the foot and Ass Missile said that my profession’s highest honor was awarded to murderers and every day they get to see their people slobbered over and ours condemned with no reason for either and as long as there’s no reason, let’s flip the switch.
I’d like them to be ashamed of what they are and who they are for a while. I’d like to inspire a little soul-searching. And I’d like to remind people who seem to think this makes me a very rough-edged, terrible person that nobody really gives a shit about who’s nicer to who on the Sunday shows so long as their lives get measurably better, so can we please just drop all the high-horse crap that’s been infesting our conversations lately? Outside the pundit classes giving each other handjobs in the Senate coatroom, nobody cares if you’re a nice guy or not. Do the job. Then we’ll worry about your tone in meetings.
Our aim isn’t to get anybody to do stories about anything, I think. Our aim is to shut the attack machine that fuels this kind of nonsense up. If the cheerleaders for that attack machine see how efficient it truly is, from the inside out, maybe they’ll think twice about turning it on every time somebody gets a haircut.