Per commentor Jayackroyd:

Confirming that we do have a meetup in NYC today starting at 830 pm at Rudy’s. Digby will be stopping by after 10, after Hillman festivities are over.

We’ll be in the outdoor space in back, unless it gets too cold.

Questions? Deeply held grievances?

Kathleen Geier, at the Washington Monthly, had this to say about Digby:

Heather Parton, aka the blogger many of us know and love as Digby, will on Tuesday be granted a prestigious honor. She’ll be receiving the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. The award is named after the great labor leader Sidney Hillman.

In my view, there is no blogger more deserving of this award than Digby. She’s been blogging just about every day for over 11 years now. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and wisdom about politics — she has forgotten much more political history than many of us will ever know. She is basically right about everything, in case you haven’t noticed…

25 replies
  1. 1
    Poopyman says:

    It looks like she’ll be in mourning a bit, so be nice.

  2. 2
    Ben Cisco says:

    Your link, him broken.

  3. 3
    Poopyman says:

    @Ben Cisco: Well poo, I no can edit. It just points to last night’s post at

  4. 4
    Botsplainer says:


  5. 5
    ThresherK says:

    Show of hands: Which BJers followed Digby when she was genderless on the internet?

    (My hand is up.)

  6. 6
    janeform says:

    @ThresherK: Hand up.

  7. 7
    Auntie Anne says:

    Hand up as well!

  8. 8
    Bill Arnold says:

    Hand up.
    (I did spot her gender in some tells in some posts about feminist issues, after a long period lazily assuming she was male.)

  9. 9
    Geeno says:

    Hand up.
    I’m not sure why, but I had the vibe from her blog that Digby was either a woman or a gay man, so when she “came out” as it were, it didn’t surprise me. I can’t remember for the life of me why i had gotten that impression, though.

  10. 10

    Hand up. I appreciate that Digby takes the time on the twitters and or email to discuss her positions.

  11. 11
    Paul in KY says:

    @ThresherK: Me. I did get an idea that Digby was female from how she wrote.

  12. 12
    Kevin says:

    I always assumed Digby was a woman, so when she revealed it, I was surprised it wasn’t know. Not sure why I thought that way, but I just heard a woman’s voice when I read it.

    Glad to be in before the people who dislike Digby have had a chance to tell everyone why people who aren’t sufficiently enthusiastic are not worth reading…

  13. 13
    Porco Rosso says:

    Hand up, ever a voice of sanity/humanity.

  14. 14
    JGabriel says:

    @ThresherK: Up.

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    Julia Grey says:

    Hand up. In my earlier internet days, I didn’t know she was a she.

    I read the best and just didn’t think about “what” they were. But since I am old and oblivious, I realize that my default assumption regarding every anonymous person back then was “white male.” Because I was SURPRISED when I learned Digby was female. Sheesh. (I think it took me until the Closing of the Comments to suss it out– or maybe someone actually had to tell me, I don’t actually remember…talk about dim!) And I also was SURPRISED (mea culpa) to discover that one of my absolute favorites, Steve Gilliard, was black.

    Hey, I was brought up in the days of the UNQUESTIONED patriarchical white hegemony. Your early experience of the world…sinks in, to the extent that you don’t even realize you are “stinkin thinkin.” I wish I could go back and apologize for every stupid thing I said, every idiot thought I had…omigaud, the things I used to believe about gay people!!!!!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Digby’s “Network” masthead illustration threw me for a very brief time, but I figured out she was a woman before she “came out” as one. I agree with her 99.99% of the time and appreciated her as one of the lone voices of sanity in the early days.

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    Linnaeus says:


    Hand up.

  18. 18
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Need more advance notice for these meetups!…

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    Trakker says:

    Hand way up. I don’t know how she manages to write so much so often, and it is always spot on.

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    Epicurus says:

    I blame the Great Blue Satan for introducing me to Digby’s site, and am forever grateful to him. The lady is indeed a national treasure.

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    Bill in Section 147 says:

    Hand up on the genderless. I did not know she was female until there was a kerfuffle and someone in the know defended her as being a her. I really cannot remember what it was about other than idiot was being an idiot and using the wrong gender assault to make their point.

    I was not an avid follower at that time but I was surprised at myself that I had not noticed anything in that regard. So glad to read I am not the only one.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    When I began reading Digby I thought she sounded like a woman.

    What I want to ask is: when did you stop reading Digby or decrease the time reading her? I cut back, to the point of skipping Hullabaloo almost 100% when she stopped having comments. Although there were a couple of trolls who really got my goat, I liked being able to comment on what she was saying.

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    daveNYC says:

    Rudy’s, in back, 8:30, excellent.

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    Fred Fnord says:

    @Julia Grey: I assumed she was male, because I knew someone who was named Digby who was male. I don’t pretend that’s noble, but I am forgiving enough of such things (aren’t I generous!) not to beat myself up over it.

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    Soprano2 says:

    Hand way up, I’ve known her since 1999. I used to post on a private board with her after “Brill’s Content” folded, she was always interesting to read. Once she started writing on MediaWhoresOnline she kind of disappeared from our BB. Strangely even though I posted on a BB with her I thought she was a man! I don’t read her blog as much as I used to, I just don’t have the time and sometimes she can be pretty depressing to read, although I often agree with her.

    I’m pretty depressed this morning by the stupidity of the one Democrat who voted with the Republicans to cut taxes in our already low tax state of MO. I can’t believe they did this, once that tax money is gone the legislature can’t even get it back due to the Hancock Amendment. If you thought MO schools were struggling now, wait until Rex Sinquefeld’s new big tax cut is fully realized. He finally managed to buy himself a big tax cut, it’s pretty disgusting.

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