This morning I read a news article about a CNN host, John Roberts, suggesting that there needs to be some kind of government crack-down on bloggers, i.e. right-wing bloggers. Apparently, this was because after a right-wing blogger posted a video of USDA rep Shirley Sherrod, bragging to an audience of the NAACP that she had withheld help from a white farmer. Sherrod was forced to resign over the revelation, but within two days the leftists in government decided that her remarks were taken "out of context" and she was reinstated with an apology from Obama.
If Sherrod was innocent of what was shown in the video, it isn't obvious to me. Nevertheless, Roberts decried "anonymous bloggers who disparage others on the internet." What he really meant was "those who disparage Democrats on the internet." Note that hundreds of scurrilous, libelous accusations by leftwing bloggers were thrown at Sarah Palin and her family, but no CNN official ever objected to that.
Yes, I am an anonymous blogger, and for good reason. I live in the far-left land of California, where being a conservative means that I am either a "racist" or a "fascist" or both. Try getting work with that libel hanging over your head. I am anonymous because of leftwing hypocrites like John Roberts, who use the politics of personal destruction and slander against their opponents with impunity, but who howl like little schoolgirls when unflattering truths are disclosed against their fellow leftwingers.
If Sherrod had been a Republican, there would have been no reinstatement and no apology, no rationalizing or parsing what she said or didn't say. She, her reputation and her career, would be toast, with no appeal available. The mangled corpse of her reputation would be paraded as a bloody war trophy, providing rich political propaganda to help elect Democrats and prove that Republicans and conservatives are "racist."
No Sheeples Here also does an effective job of taking this CNN asshat to task in her article, "Fear the Blogosphere."
Proof at the Left Coast Rebel also has his say in "On Anonymity and Blogging."