Releasing the private personal information of someone you have an online disagreement with is wrong. Threatening someone’s children because you don’t like their politics is wrong. “They started it” isn’t an excuse. Knock it off.
Deb is a nut. Anyone who goes after someone’s children, and who writes this, isn’t worth my support:
I agree that the right suffers from its share of whackjobs – I disagree that liberals should refrain from acting like them. I’m just as into kumbaya, om, peace, be the change you want to see as the next leftie but I think you need to speak the truth about how nutty the rabid right is and how conservative “mainstream media” is.
And I think it’s fine if some of us, like me, choose to emulate Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and O’Reilly and Hannity – why is it a bad thing if the left starts acting like it has a spine.
The left should act like it has a spine — but having a spine doesn’t mean not having a soul. And emulating right-wing blow-hards doesn’t exactly give us credibility or the moral high ground. Threatening and making sexual comments about peoples’ kids and families doesn’t give us the moral high ground. Similarly, attacking someone’s sexual orientation or physical appearance doesn’t give you the moral high ground. Stick to the issues at hand.
And while I’m not a big fan of going after someone’s information (even if it’s publicly posted) and reporting them to their bosses, Deb crossed a line when she brought Jeff’s kid into the discussion. If someone threatened my family, you can bet I’d be collecting all the information I could get on them, publicizing it, and reporting them to the police. This isn’t about a difference of opinion anymore. I think that Jeff’s response was fair, and he has my support.
But let’s be clear: This certainly isn’t an issue of “intolerant leftists.” Do off-the-handle left-leaning bloggers and commenters on left-leaning blogs sometimes write vile, indefensible things? You bet. But does the left-wing blogosphere circle the wagons around those people and defend them? Not so much. Do some individuals? Yeah, and in my opinion they’re completely misguided. But as a general rule, lefty bloggers call them out, as many of us are calling Deborah out right now. And we should.
My question is, are there voices on the right who are willing to criticize their own? Where are they? Gavin at Sadly, No! wonders the same thing. And it’s a must-read post, so head over there.