June 22, 2006

Kosonoia: Pro, con and con. The posting of private e-mail would normally shock the conscience, if it were a person-to-person communication, and not being sent out over a mass listing. If you're going to send a message that you want to keep private, it's best you not send it out to a hundred people. That being said, this Greg Sargent piece effectively demolishes the argument that because some liberal bloggers had expressed concern over the issue, it somehow means Kos is silencing dissent.

What I don't understand is why there was such fine concern in the first place. An allegation that one prominent blogger is currently being investigated for securities violations, while another gives props to candidates who employ his buddy, is plenty serious. The old, "I can't talk about it right now, it's still being investigated" excuse, while it may justify the silence of the defendant, isn't an excuse for me, or anyone else, to keep quiet about the matter. We're supposed to be speaking truth to power, after all, and a similar pattern of conduct wasn't acceptable when it was Karl Rove being investigated.

And hoping the story will die out if we don't respond is, frankly, pathetic. I only hope the words "Let's starve it of oxygen" don't become the blogosphere's version of "give 'em an hors d'oeurve, and maybe they won't come back for the main course."

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