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Thursday, July 13, 2006

DailyKos Flame War Makes Fox "News"

Posted by Raznor

This is hilarious.

The most prominent disgruntlement came in a "diary" written and posted Saturday by Maryscott O'Connor, who describes herself as a "contented and fulfilled ... denizen of the Daily Kos community," and is now the proprietor of My Left Wing, "a spin-off of Daily Kos."

O'Connor, who was actually the subject of a 2,181-word front-page Washington Post article about the liberal blogosphere published in April, began her July 8 diary entitled "Something is Rotten in Blogmark":

"Sometimes I am embarrassed to call myself a member of DKos. This is one of those times. There is a sort of groupthink, Lord of the Flies kind of behaviour at DKos over certain issues that absolutely makes me nauseated," she wrote.

O'Connor was referring to a diary by another Kossack, Richard Silverstein, published at DKos on June 26. It openly addressed some of the issues raised by The New Republic's Jason Zengerle as well as The New York Times' David Brooks.

Via Chris Bowers who adds

This is hysterical--in every sense of the word. Fox News is seriously dedicating time to a Dailykos flame war? Could they grow any more obsessed with the progressive netroots? I've been around since the very beginning, and I have seen all of the flame wars. As far as flame wars go, this ranks somewhere between the fight over no extended entries on front-page posts, and the fight over the Brown--Hackett Senate primary in Ohio. If you think this is a flame war, then your obsession with the progressive netroots is clearly new and you have really come late to the party. If our flame wars are news, why not rank them? Basically, I mean, if you really want to talk about flame wars, then why didn't touch the whole early 2003 Nader thing (#4 all time) the great 2005 pie-fight (#3 all time), the post-election kurfuffle over election fraud (#2 all time), or even the dreaded all-time flame war: SYFPH (Best. Flame. War. Ever.). But somehow the first major post-Yearly Kos flame war is news to Faux News.

How astonishingly pathetic. The whole thing reminds me of Sixteen Candles when Anthony Michael Hall (the writer of this article) somehow gets Molly Ringwald's (Dailykos) panties, and thus becomes cool among the computer geeks (the Faux News audience) for doing so. Or, perhaps, a better analogue: all those teenie boopers who thought that Nirvana's best album was their MTV Unplugged recording (what's Bleach?). Even better: people who thought that Enterprise was a really great show, but had never heard of Star Trek (I'm saying this as someone who liked Enterprise, but who thinks that Spock and Jean-Luc Picard vie for the title of "epitome of Star Trek greatness").

Read the rest.

(h/t Crooks & Liars)


Anonymous Kevin Moore said...

Well, MTV Unplugged was pretty good.

But, ja know, I never read Daily Kos. Never. My favorite tempest in a teapot is Adam Corolla hanging up on Ann Coulter. Would that the rest of The Media had such presence of mind.

7/20/2006 6:51 PM  

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