Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Billmon wing of the Democratic party 

Billmon, who writes the blog Whiskey Bar, is one of the left's most popular -- and most snarky -- bloggers. He doesn't seem to have a TTLB traffic ranking (I see no Sitemeter icon on his blog), but Technorati tracks more than 2000 links to him from over 1500 different blogs, so you know he is very widely read and cited. He is a relentless opponent of the Bush Administration, and seems to hate the American military. Consider, for a moment, Billmon's take on the Giuliana Sgrena controversy.
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Lest you think this may be isolated snarkiness, click here for Billmon's vision of American military recruitment. He is funny, if you can imagine having no respect for the targets of his scorn.

The right has its own nasty and satiric bloggers that reflect poorly on conservatives, but they usually confine their attacks to people on the left who engage in partisan politics (broadly, but fairly, including MSM journalists in this category). The meanest lefty bloggers attack the military, businessmen, and other actors who are not participating in political confrontation, at least in their capacity as soldiers and executives. To the left, these very institutions are so offensive they are worthy of nothing but scorn and derision.


By Blogger Unknown, at Sun Mar 13, 09:46:00 AM:

Let me 'splain it to you, Tigerhawk. For some (not unlike radical Islamists) there is no divide. Politics, religion, the military, and commerce aren't different things. They're one thing. The only action there is is political action.

For these there are no non-combatants. There are only allies (who agree 100% down the line with every cause, currency, and political correctness of the moment) and enemies who deserve no quarter or consideration.  

By Blogger Gordon Smith, at Sun Mar 13, 10:32:00 AM:

Does that make me an ally or an enemy?

I walk under the same flag that GWB walks under.

I am a patriot.

But, yes, I do believe that soldiers do what they're told, and what they're told isn't always right. If we forfeit our commitment to human rights, justice, and peace, then the terrorists will have won.

(also - snark is snark)  

By Blogger Pile On®, at Sun Mar 13, 12:44:00 PM:

Instead of just snarkily lashing out at the military, I think the left needs to examine the root causes of why the military might distrust the press.

A little consistency is all I am asking for.  

By Blogger Pile On®, at Sun Mar 13, 12:44:00 PM:

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