The NYT is now paying attention to the story:
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.
If you ever needed proof that NYT writers only read liberal blogs..."Expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language." I can count the number of times I've cursed on a blog one one hand, probably. It's really more the province of the left side of the blogosphere to go all off the handle like that. I'm not saying it doesn't happen on the right side, but excessive cursing and melodrama are veritable prerequisites to be a high-profile liberal blogger, whereas, on the right, those things will go far toward keeping you out of the upper echelon.
I mean, just check out the rhetoric that passes for acceptable in a Democratic campaign for president:
Ms. Marcotte wrote in December that the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to the use of contraception forced women “to bear more tithing Catholics.” In another posting last year, she used vulgar language to describe the church doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.
She has also written sarcastically about the news media coverage of the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexual assault, saying: “Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair.”
And, the NYT is using the light stuff, because the other stuff would not be "fit to print." Edwards' other blogger-hire, Melissa McEwan, is specializing in reaching out to evangelicals, I think:
Ms. McEwan referred in her blog to President Bush’s “wingnut Christofascist base” and repeatedly used profanity in demanding that religious conservatives stop meddling with women’s reproductive and sexual rights. Multiple postings use explicit and inflammatory language on a variety of issues.
Yeah, she speaks to me. She should drive a few miles outside of Chapel Hill, N.C. and do some door-knocking with that line. Oughtta go over well.
And, speaking of ranting lefty women fliying off the handle in public in ways that don't reflect well on their hiring organizations, Chris Matthews dropped the F-bomb on MSNBC this morning while getting his Bush-hate on.
Update: Rand Simberg (who I had the privilege of meeting at the National Review Summit) is with me in defending bloggers from the NYT's characterization.