Sunday, February 13, 2005

On sleaze, kettles and pots

Glenn Reynolds, February 13, 2005
I also agree with Kurtz that it was the stuff about Gannon's personal life that led to his resignation, and that there's something rather sleazy about that. Backstage or not, targeting parts of people's lives that don't have to do with the story -- like, say, Eason Jordan's love life -- seems inappropriate to me, and likely to lend support to the bloggers-as-lynch-mob caricature.

Glenn Reynolds, February 16, 2004
THE KERRY INFIDELITY STORY seemed to die down over the weekend, but this report says that it may come back: "A woman who claims she had an affair with presidential hopeful John Kerry has taped a kiss-and-tell interview with a U.S. TV network, it was revealed last night. " (Via Timothy Perry).

Hey, what a difference a year makes!

Still haven't gotten your fill of the Professor targeting irrelevant (and untrue!) aspects of people's personal lives? Try here. And here. And here. And here. And here. Oh, and here, too.

UPDATE: Welcome Eschatonians.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Prof. Reynolds responds. His defense of wallowing in sleaze previously -- but not this time! -- seems a bit weak. Despite noting that "there's nothing there I'm ashamed of" in his many posts on the subject, his apologia seems to come down to the fact that since he put up one post expressing skepticism on another site (as opposed to SEVEN posts promoting the non-story on that he, somehow, was not wallowing in sleaze.

Perhaps his appearance on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show [audio file] is more instructive. When asked "Did you have anything to do with the so-called Kerry intern rumor?" this is how he responded:
"Actually I kind of poo-pooed it. I remember writing that I didn't really care who he slept with, I cared what he would do about the war. I suppose simply repeating that people were talking about it could count, but in that case, isn't that what your emailer just did? I'm sure most people had forgotten the Kerry intern rumor until now."

A not very robust defense. And attacking the questioner for trying to demand accountability is the height of sophistry.

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