I’ve tried. Tried to distance myself from the meaningless minutiae of the Democratic primary race. Tried to keep focused on the big issues like Obama’s and Clinton’s positions on Iraq, the economy, foreign relations. I’ve tried to ignore the negative tone of both campaigns (boiling over in the case of Clinton and seeping into Obama’s from time to time as well.) I’ve unsubscribed from a good many lefty, progressive blogs that I used to read daily because I thought the bloggers and their commenters were becoming petty and, in some cases downright nasty.
I’m not a head-in-the-sand sort of person and my attempt to impose distance was, and is, my way of maintaining a healthy perspective on the events of the day. Besides, which, I lead a fairly complicated life with disparate demands on my time and energy. Don’t we all? I mean, really, if all the time I have for blogging is posting a pretty flower picture, I count on my readers to understand.
However, just in case you (the reader) need an example of what’s bugging me about the lefty blogosphere these days, I have a beautiful example to illustrate my point.
Somewhere along the line, (I don’t remember when or why) I subscribed to an online news and commentary blog by the name of Make Them Accountable, a website with the subtitle, “making politicians and media accountable to ordinary citizens since 2000.” This week I opened one of their emails and found this article about Obama’s supposed “flipping the bird” gesture, complete with second-by-second video frame analysis adnauseum and not one ounce of saving, satirical grace. I encourage you to follow the links until you can play the video for your own eyes. Don’t take my word for it.
So, really. How rabidly devotional to Senator Clinton does one have to be to structure a big “something” out of absolutely nothing? And, how is it that this sort of story gets reported as “make them accountable” news?
In keeping with my attempts to insulate my psyche from this sort of dirtiness, I wrote to “Make Them Accountable” to request removal from their distribution list. Here is what I wrote:
Please remove me from this list. Your story yesterday of Obama “giving the finger to Clinton,” was a joke. I no longer consider Make Them Accountable any more trustworthy than the mainstream media. This kind of journalism is no better than Fox News.
And, here is what I received in return:
How can you believe it’s a coincidence that Obama had exactly the same itch at exactly the same spot, scratched with exactly the same finger, at the exact same spot in the speech, AT TWO DIFFERENT RALLIES?
http://makethemaccountable.com/caro/Comment_080420_BarackObamaHasDisrespectedUsAll.htmSure, you’re off the list. I don’t want any blind Kool-Aid drinkers on my mailing list. The last time we had that kind of devotion for a candidate, we got eight years of George Bush.
Nice, huh? This from someone who (according to the Make Them Accountable website) purports to “use every talent I possess and all my energy to try to bring back tolerance, decency, and generosity to the country I love.”
Darling, I propose that you begin by listening to criticism and treating your fellow comrades in the struggle to save our country from another Republican regime by digging a little deeper into your stores of tolerance, decency and generosity.
To my way of thinking, it wouldn’t take very much of any of those qualities to acknowledge that sometimes an itch is just an itch.