Wednesday, April 9, 2008

People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

Just last week, one of my favorite anonymous bloggers took the step of "outed" himself during an appearance on WUWM's Lake Effect with Jane Hampden. Shortly after "outing" himself, the illusory tenant - also known as Thomas Foley - found himself on the receiving end of a couple of particularly nasty personal attacks, one from James Wigderson and the other from Jessica McBride. What I find to be particularly galling about Jessica McBride's attack isn't simply the ferocity of the attack, but also the hypocrisy of the attack. Quoted directly from her blog, McBride said (emphasis mine):

People ask me why I don't blog much anymore. There are a lot of really good bloggers out there. However, it's sad what the blogosphere has degenerated to in other corners, and I don't want to be a part of it. At least not with as much frequency as I did before.

Having read that, I wanted to commend McBride for taking the high road, that is until I read the very next passage of her blog entry:

To be blunt: I have more important things to do than debate repeat drunk drivers (3x) on the Internet who, just over two years ago, were in the House of Correction.

So McBride says she doesn't want to be part of what the blogosphere has degenerated into, only to turn around and write the very same kind of insults and personal attacks that she seems to loathe. That strikes me as more than a little hypocritical, but the hypocrisy is compounded by the fact that Jessica McBride of all people has little room to attack folks for bad or questionable decisions they've made in their past, considering the nature of her relationship with her current husband just prior to the bustup of his previous marriage. Sure, she probably didn't do anything illegal, but people who live in moral glass houses don't strike me as being in a great position to start throwing stones at others.


  1. I had to go look. Yup, she ACTUALLY POSTED THAT!

    Wow. WOW. What a complete lack of self-awareness wrapped in an irony-deficient package.

    You stay classy, Jessica.

  2. bonus 50 points for that post.

    now that we are in the next paragraph, if i was jessica mcbride i would take those points away.

    but thank god i am not. the points still stand.