You may not have heard about this contretemps, but right now the HillBuzz site has created a dust-up which has become a huge
topic of conversation over on Blogostan Right.
I never cared for HillBuzz. I don't think I've ever linked to stories published there. If I have, I'm sorry.
Frankly, I've long suspected that the accusation of GOP funding of PUMA was true in the case of HillBuzz. Those guys remain strongly pro-Palin and they love Scott Brown the way Homer Simpson loves donuts. (In other words, they weren't reluctant "protest" supporters.) Apparently, Limbaugh has cited HillBuzz on his show.
The HillBuzz crowd keeps pushing the "Obama as socialist" lie, which is a sure sign of Republican dollars at work. The "socialist" canard can be demolished by mentioning just two names: Larry and Timmy. And that's it. End of story. No further argument. (Anyone who tries to mount a further argument merely outs himself as a GOP stooge.)
The HillBuzzers despise liberalism. They think that every last liberal should be driven out of DC the way St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. As I am a proud liberal -- one who opposes Obama because he isn't
a liberal -- the HillBuzzers have made themselves my enemies. There can be no dialogue and no reconciliation.
It turns out that Hillbuzz is run by some gay guys. At least they say
that they are gay; for reasons I'll soon make clear, we can't believe any unverified thing they say. I mention their (alleged) orientation only because it is part of the larger story
, which I will let them tell for the next few grafs:
We were told, point blank, by Democrats in Chicago that people on the Left had “had enough with (us), and were going to come after (us), in a big way” if we didn’t stop rallying the troops for Scott Brown’s win over Coakley. We were given the ultimatum: either drop our support for Brown and the Left would leave us alone, or continue speaking out on Hottie McAwesome’s behalf and “just see what happens”.
. As though the mafia-like "left" could would be stupid enough to threaten all of the many bloggers and writers that supported Brown.
They are no longer just attacking the entity that is “HillBuzz”, but those at the Daily Kos, DemocraticUnderground, Moveon.org and other George Soros, DNC-backed troll mills have ratcheted up their attacks to the personal level. Unlike Michelle Malkin, Erik Erikson over at Red State, or even people like Nikke Finke at DeadlineHollywood or Harry Knowles at AintItCoolNews, we’ve maintained this site anonymously because we wanted to have personal lives apart from writing original content on the Internets. 99% of you have respected this convention, and have allowed us to just be the “HillBuzz boys”, or other variations on whatever you call us. That’s allowed us to be both Batman and Bruce Wayne, which means we can still have jobs, go out and have fun, and enjoy life while spending half our time each day working our hearts out for our love of country in service of whatever we can do to defeat Liberals and stop socialism from taking over this nation.
But, the Kossacks and Moveon.organisms have decided to attack us on the personal, not just the site, level. They are using some of our real names, urging their members to do us personal and physical harm in our real lives, and calling us racists over and over again in the hopes of making us unemployable in the future — because they’ve libeled us by calling us RAAACISTS! on that personal level.
And, you know what, this tactic does have an immediate psychological and financial impact. This weekend, after these attacks from the Kossacks and Moveon.organism began, we lost two freelance jobs because the nonprofits we were working with felt they can’t be associated with people who are being called racists, since these nonprofits work in the black community and here in Chicago there is a neverending turf war on the Southside, where anything is game when it comes to business or politics.
And it is the chief weapon of the Left against just about everyone.
They’ve been using this for decades now.
They use it to scare people into silence. They force people to drop what they are doing and spend hours defending themselves, trying to prove they’re not what they were accused of. They demoralize you with the RAAACIST rants, and try to ruin your lives with them. They cost you work, take food off your table, and threaten your personal safety and well being.
On one hand, I've had enough personal experience of the ghastly Kos crowd to know that they did indeed use the "racist" accusation to silence all perceived enemies of the Chosen One. Occasionally, a few Kos Kooks still try to drag out that tired tactic, although that shit ain't selling nowadays.
This is something you won't learn from the Hillbuzzers: The progblogs are fractured. Many of the proggers are now seriously pissed off at Obama -- not because he's a "socialist" but because he's a corporate sell-out.
I also note that this Hillbuzz piece, in contravention of all the normal rules of blogging (to the extent that we have
any rules), refuses to link to any offending Kos post
so that we can see just what the hell is really going on. We simply do not have any evidence backing up what Hillbuzz has to say.
As disgusting as the Kossacks were (and are), I cannot believe that Markos Moulitsas
would allow displays of open homophobia. Misogyny, yes -- at least when the target is Hillary Clinton -- but not homophobia.
Yet some on the right are now claiming that the left's alleged attack on Hillbuzz is really an example of rampant homophobia
The Hillbuzzers insist that they are the victims of a massive coordinated attack by all
the big lefty sites.
Hm. You note that smell in the air? I believe that it is the unmistakable aroma of fish, mixed with rat.
I did some preliminary Googling to see these offensive, allegedly homophobic Kos stories. Typing in the words "Daily Kos Hillbuzz" led me to ZERO Kos pages. At least, there were no Kos returns on the first two pages of Google results. All of the entries went to places like Free Republic, Michelle Malkin, something called Gay Patiot, this site
, and so forth.
I visited the Gay Patriot site. Suspiciously, they too did not prove the point by linking to (or quoting from) any offensive material written by a Kos or HuffPo writer.
Neither does this site
"Conservative Pup" is yet another conservative writer
who repeats the HillBuzz accusation without linking to any actual evidence. (On the other hand, I like the logo.)
I went to Daily Kos. Not one mention of HillBuzz on the front page. Same thing over on Zsa-Zsa's playground
If you Google "www.dailykos.com Hillbuzz" (which should call up all recent references to Hillbuzz published on the DK domain), you get nothing -- except for one entry, which leads here
That diary entry is a rant against PUMA sites. Actually, I have little or nothing against this particular rant, since the sites being targeted -- No Quarter and Texas Darlin' -- are ones that have pissed me off as well. (Remember my posts about the birth certificate nonsense? Remember my photoshopped image of Larry Johnson dressed as a clown?)
Here's what said ranter has to say about HillBuzz:
The most despicable of them all. They have called black people, "paranoid and lazy" and "race voters". This blog has been pushed and promoted by Rush Limbaugh. It is being used as a tool to inspire Republicans, through racism and bigotry to get out and vote. It is then disguised as a Liberal blog so no one calls them out on their racism.
I don't know if the Hillbuzzers really did call blacks "paranoid and lazy" because I don't read the site often. One thing is for sure: In the afore-cited post, the Kos diarist did not reveal the true identities of the HillBuzz crew, did not say anything homophobic, did not interfere with anyone's employment, did not call for physical violence and did not participate in a "coordinated attack." So far, I have seen no evidence at all that any Kossack, or any other writer for the big lefty sites, has revealed real names or other personal information or urged anyone to inflict physical harm on anyone connected to HillBuzz.
Repeat: We do not have one iota of evidence that anyone's job has been affected. Repeat: No-one has linked to any actual posts which call for the infliction of violence.
This whole brouhaha is a fake-out, a set-up -- an example of internet psy-war.
For further evidence, take a look at the HillBuzz strategy page
: The HillBuzzers proudly indulge in the sort of tactics they denounce in others. You don't see such calls for ratfucking action at The Confluence or any similar site.
C'mon. How could Kos and allied sites mount a "coordinated attack" without said attack leaving any Google traces? I'm reminded of the witch-burning scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. To be specific, I'm thinking of the guy who shouted "She turned me into a newt!" despite the utter lack of visible evidence proving newt-ness. Google tells the story: The ones mounting a coordinated attack are all on the right
On the other hand, if someone were to tell me that the true power behind HillBuzz was a capital-N Newt, I might be inclined to listen.