I have immense respect for John Cole. I respected him before I started blogging here. I will respect him long after I stop blogging here. I respected him when he took my post down, and I respect him for putting it back up.
While I respected his decision to take down my post, I felt that I would not have been able in good conscience to continue blogging here. And once it happened, I fired off some “meh” tweets about it. And then, frankly, I forgot about the whole situation. I didn’t know he had put the post back up because I was (am) busy drunkenly stumbling around looking for my keys and trying to clean my apartment and prepare for the arrival of the Angry Black Parents.
John has been incredibly gracious towards me, and has had my back practically without question. Had he not put my post back up, I would not have thought ill of him.
And for the record, I don’t spout off here because I am trying to garner attention for myself, or to generate revenue (you’ll notice I don’t have any ads on my site.) I don’t blog for a living and I don’t blog to hurt people. I do it because I give a shit. A HUGE shit.
As for today’s kerfuffle, I will say (as I have said before) that in my view, if you control — in any fashion — the viewpoints and voices on your blog, then you own those viewpoints and voices. That is why my Hamsher post took the tone that it did. THose of you who have read my previous posts on the subject understand that.
To the extent that anyone reading this would like to discuss the issues raised, I’m pretty easily found here in Blogistan. Twitter. ABLC. Facebook. It’s nonsensical for anyone to go after Cole for my writing. Cole had nothing to do with the post, he has never told me that I can’t write about any particular subject (just as he allows his comment sections to run free and wild). This is precisely why I don’t think he can reasonably be held liable or accountable for anything that I have written or posted here.
My viewpoints — however crazy or inappropriate they may seem to you — are mine and mine alone.
That being said, I disagree that what I wrote was a vicious smear or that it was not based in fact. Could I have posted a disclaimer expressing why, specifically, I hold Jane Hamsher accountable for the viewpoints and moderation policies on her blog? Sure. Did I feel it necessary? No. I’ve written about it before (as John notes in his update to my post) and most of the folks here know my viewpoints on the matter.
In conclusion, I’ll take my lumps and the insults and whatever comes my way, but cut John some slack. It’s his fucking birthday, dammit. And he’s a good man. It’s going to take a lot for my affection for the big lug from West Virginia to wane.
Sorry this is a bit rambly, but I been having teh drinks.
Shit! I gotta go put my laundry in the dryer.