Posted by: bridget | 7 February 2007

She Might Be From Texas, But She’s Not Southern

Salon reports that John Edwards has dismissed bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, although other sources say that they might be rehired. The New York Times has finally realised that the blogosphere can make news and reported on the scandal this morning. Of course, in typical NYT snobbery, there is a cheap shot at non-MSM writers:

“Two bloggers hired by John Edwards to reach out to liberals in the online world have landed his presidential campaign in hot water for doing what bloggers do — expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language.”

This blogger feels no need to use crude language; in fact, Pandagon is far from the norm with crass lexicon and lack of intellectual rigour. The NYT continues on to complain about Miss Marcotte’s anti-Catholic opinions. How on earth the complaint department is limited to “anti-Catholic” is simply beyond comprehension. Little Green Footballs has a nice overview of some of her more egregious attack blogs (now carefully sanitised out of Pandagon).

While the pachyderm thinks that twenty months of Miss Marcotte madness would be every bit as delicious as a mint julep, she cannot help but think that John Edwards would be best off letting her go. Bloggers are unique in that they are hired for their public stance on issues. It is not much different from nominating a judge or selecting a running mate – just less prestigious. Miss Marcotte might be from Texas, but she isn’t Southern (in fact, she slams Southerners), has made some nasty comments about people in North Carolina, and generally expresses views so narrow and extreme as to alienate most residents of Berkeley, California. Mr. Edwards cannot get past the primaries if he alienates the Southerners and the Christians, which happens to be Miss Marcotte’s raison d’etre.

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