Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Markos, you're fired

I guess it all depends on what you consider to be "obscene". I'm not overly fond of "f-bombs", and tend to use them sparingly, if at all.

But I'm less fond of hypocrisy, double standards, and community rules that are applied idiosyncratically.

Today, Maryscott O'Connor posted a response to the Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban on so-called "Partial Birth Abortions". It was filled with righteous outrage, and, yes, there was that f-word in the title. As discussed in the post I just linked, and in this follow-up, there is no stated *rule* at Daily Kos that profanity in diary titles is forbidden, only that it is "strongly discouraged". Markos changed the title of Maryscott's diary and removed it from the recommended list, even though well over 200 community members had recommended it.

Just enforcing the rules he's set for his blog? Hardly. Or at least, hardly in any sort of consistent, unbiased manner. Stormbear found plenty of evidence of diaries with that same offending word that were posted in the past year.

But I don't need to delve into all of that, as a number of people already have that covered. I will say that, in my humble opinion, this is a pretty clear example of some misplaced priorities. "Naughty words" in diary titles are a big deal, but death and rape threats against a females tech blogger can be dismissed as not worthy of your serious consideration? Not worthy of *any* effort on your part to discuss what positive steps you *would* be willing to support? Now, to me, *that* is pretty darn obscene.

This all came on the heels of Don Imus being fired for his racist, sexist remarks, and somebody (sorry, I can't remember who, or where) said it was too bad we couldn't fire Markos.

Guess that *would* be hard to do, since we never actually "hired" him. But, be that as it may, I've seen him and his site quoted by lazy reporters as "the view from the left". So, even though I never consented to "hiring" him as our spokesperson, I hereby announce that I am (symbolically) firing him.

Representatives of the media, and Democrats seeking to do legitimate "netroots outreach", kindly take notice.


Bruce Godfrey said...

That's great, Renee!

Renee in Ohio said...


Good to know someone's reading. :)

skippy said...


Linda in SFNM said...

And Renee gets a raise! :)

An awful lot of games going on over there.

I have been amazed at how Markos seems to post comments, so nasty and angry, when he presents himself totally different in his interviews.

Quick to say FU in his commenting. I started wondering if it was actually him posting and maybe not Jerome using his name, as I encounted that type of commenting on his MYDD. But then I've been advised by many that, "nope that's always how he's been. That's why I don't go there any more".

Sassywho said...

oh for the love of a fetus. this guy is a class act, isn't he?

i've already sent my letters to politicians and his sponsors for yearly kos. he has a right to say whatever he wants, and i have a right to not support those who endorse him, and in doing so those companies and politicians do not deserve my money or votes.