Jul 7, 2009
Why can’t rightwing bloggers defend heir positions?
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was banned from another rightwing blog.
My crime; daring to disagree and bringing facts to an argument. Right-wingers cannot stand being challenged, and anyone who disagrees is accused of being a “troll. It just amazes me why there is even a comments section at the end of rightwing blogs if you really don’t want feedback.
The latest person who hates facts is called the “blogprof.” To his credit, he puts out a lot of copy, but then when you write fiction, you don’t have to worry about fact-checking. He was whining about a lack of coverage of the fake, Astroturf “tea parties” not being covered by the corporate media on a day the country was actually celebrating its independence. I simply pointed out the fact that the “tea parties” are organized by a pair of rightwing Washington, D.C. lobbying firms, and most people who attend these GOP fake rallies are a small, minority fringe group. In fact, a large majority are extremist groups like white supremacists, militia groups and other anti-government groups.
He didn’t like hearing the facts, and after a few exchanges, he deleted my comments and said I was banned, saying: “Kevin, you are banned from this site as well. Any posts will be deleted without exception. I'm done with your trolling.”
This “trolling” charge continues to confuse me. When I see, spin, half truths and lies I point them out. That’s called debate, not “trolling.” If you can’t defend the BS you write, then don’t write it. I welcome trolls on my blog. I can back up every word I write, and my defense is not to delete a post I can’t debunk. Right-wingers should simply omit the comments section completely or put up a disclaimer that says comments only welcome from people they agree with.
I have only banned one person, and that was after repeated warnings to refrain from personal attacks. I then gave him the option of coming back if he apologized, and he could do it in private. He declined. Instead, he now uses deception and multiple email addresses to post as other people. Again, no problem. The personal attacks don’t even bother me much anymore. However, I did do away with anonymous posters, requiring them to register screen names to comment. But I didn’t factor in the basic dishonesty of some right-wingers, and he/they made it a point to show me how easily a dishonest person can get around that. Being honest, I never considered that angle.
But In the end, the personal attack says more about him than me.