This is such a non-issue. (*Warning, lots of reading and back-tracking to figure out what's it all about.)
Rightish Blogger Raphael Alexander is aghast at the treatment of US troops by the republican administration. Left-wing bloggers agree with this assessment. But he dares assert that "there haven't been many bloggers who have reported on this".
Well, you'd think he'd stated the earth was flat, judging by the pile-on from the left. OK, he was wrong, and has since retracted the statement. But that wasn't good enough....
This is one aspect of blogging (or opinion sharing) that I loathe. The complete willingness to abandon civility to make ones point and to demean the other side. CC, Red Tory, and Dave all pile on with a vindictiveness that shames me as a "left-ist". (*Note, update in comments)
Fine, he made a mistake, and he ignored the plethora of posts on this topic by liberal bloggers. He was even defensive (understandably) at first. But he stayed calm and rational and defended himself civilly throughout. So how does hounding him and calling him names solve anything?
Q) Will it make him more willing to accommodate views from the "left"?
A) No. If anything, it will make him less likely to read opposing viewpoints to his own.
Q) Will it make him less likely to vote conservative?
A) No. He's more likely to toe the party line than ever before.
Q) Will it make him hate all liberals and broadly paint us all with the same brush, as what happened to him and his fellow "Blogging Tories?"
Q) Did it make the liberal bloggers involved look foolish and childish?
A) Absolutely. Made them look worse then the subject of their attacks.
Way to go guys, you've just made another enemy. Isn't "Give peace a chance?" supposed to be the mantra of the civilized world?