Even though Whallah! has evolved to cover the local right wing squawk brigade, sometimes, we find ourselves needing to go beyond that parameter to address a wrong that may otherwise be ignored and uncorrected.
I happened to notice such an incident. There is a conservative blog that is completely inappropriately named--Real Debate Wisconsin. This title would imply that, like with Whallah!, all comments are welcome to discuss matters. Unfortunately, that is simply not true. If anything, this site has eerie similarities to the right wing squawk brigade's sites.
The administrator of this blog is a fellow named Fred Dooley. I have had chance to encounter Mr. Dooley here and there in the blogosphere. When Mr. Dooley goes visiting other sites, he can often become quite rude, calling people names, insulting the writer, the other commenters, and the host of the blog. Whallah! had recently cited an example in which he and McBride share such an exchange. This is not an uncommon occurrence. I have even had him personally challenge me to a fight.
But in Mr. Dooley's world, what is good for him, is not allowed to others. Unless he agrees with them, of course. Just last October, there was some kerfuffle created when Mr. Dooley banned a commenter from his site. This commenters sin, that required to his excommunication? Simply this comment:
I think the reason you can’t find a genuine liberal to contribute here is that we’re all collectively horrified by this blog. It’s glib, cheap, unfair, hateful and intellectually dishonest. To be a liberal writer here would mean either playing by the same low rules, or else end up playing Colmes to your Hannity - a weak, ineffectual sidekick to a loud smirking bully. No thanks. This, I believe, is why we refuse. It’s certainly why I did.
There were some comments about this at other places, such as Pundit Nation. And to be fair, here is Mr. Dooley's post on the matter.
Another example of Mr. Dooley's work is here. It is special to note his demand for respectful comments with one of his own to guide us:
I'll give him the jerkface of the day award.Why am I bringing this all up? Well, there has been a commenter named 3rd way who has been traveling the blogosphere, commenting on all sorts of posts. 3rd way has gone as far as confronting Charlie and McIlheran, so you know that he (based on some comments, I am only presuming 3rd way is male) is an upright sort of person. His comments have been coherent, intelligent, and thoughtful.
There he's won another.
Fred Homepage 12.28.07 - 4:51 pm
Unfortunately, 3rd way fell into Mr. Dooley's trap. He would comment often and vigorously fight and debate for his position in any given comment thread. 3rd way's reward for all this work was only to be ignored and/or ridiculed. Just by reading his comments, one could see that 3rd way was becoming increasingly frustrated with Mr. Dooley and the other commenters.
Today that frustration got the better of 3rd way, and he left this comment (Yes, Mr. Dooley, I was able to catch it):
Whatever Fred. I will take that as a no I don't support debate in my little echo chamber.
Enjoy your "real debate" you old fat bald dolt.
3rd way 01.11.08 - 3:12 pm
The result of this small loss of temper was this:
3rd way has been banned.
When asked about the banning, Mr. Dooley responded:
Scott, 3rd way left a very insulting post which I had to delet(sic) that went far beyond the realm of anything allowed here. It was insulting derogatory and beyond rude.
3rd way earned and deserved the ban.
I did not feel like leaving the insulting post there for everyone else to see.
Fred Homepage 01.11.08 - 3:33 pm
As you can see, when compared to Mr. Dooley's behaviors, 3rd way's comment was rather mild, and at most might have earned a warning. But, then again, Mr. Dooley is a master at the art of selective outrage. He has deleted many the comment from various liberals, including mine. Mr. Dooley, even though he calls his site Real Debate, he doesn't have even one liberal blogger on his blogroll. There is nothing related to reality or debating on this site.
As a note to 3rd way, I would like to say that I find your commentary intelligent and thought-provoking, and you are always welcome to Whallah! or at folkbum's where I also do some posting.
Furthermore, if you are interested, 3rd way, email me at Whallah@gmail.com and I would be glad to offer you an invite to contribute to Whallah! While I'm at it, the invite stands for John Foust as well.
And to Mr. Dooley, all I can say is that if you are upset by me calling you out on your hypocrisy, well, too bad for you. I'm over it.
ADDENDUM: As I was strolling through the cheddarsphere this fine day, what do I spy, but good old 3rd way. Apparently, Jay beat me to the pass and has signed on 3rd way to his site. It's all good. Here is a link to his first post.