When I took this job, I figured it was only a matter of time before we really ticked somebody off. Little did I suspect that it’d be the people whose butts we’re apparently supposed to kiss!
Here’s some of the feedback on our absolutely legitimate news stories about Michael Steele and the RNC:
“Someone should take Tucker Carlson’s bow tie and shove it down his throat, provided they can get the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough. The Daily Caller is his rag, after all. Is this his idea of journalism? Picking up every piece of dirt because some back-stabbing Republicans refuse to play team ball, willing to do what they can to hurt their own side because they think they’re entitled to carve up the pie the way they want to?” — Dan Riehl
“While this may be a legitimate news issue, it hardly fits the Daily Caller’s mission statement, to balance out the lack of journalistic examination of the Obama administration. The mainstream media and left-wing blogosphere (including Huffington Post) are all over every move the RNC and Republicans make, while ignoring and covering up any and all possible problems in Democrat land. Daily Caller may have earned a news cycle by piling on, but it hasn’t earned any respect. From anyone.” — William Jacobson
“Tucker Carlson’s Conservative website released a misleading article on Michael Steele, the RNC and Republicans in general, leaving some members of the Conservative blogosphere scratching their heads in disbelief. Well, for those who have looked up Carlson’s background with MSNBC, the truth was known, and NewsBusters said it best; ‘Carlson is clearly the kind of Conservative MSNBC would love’.” — Jumping in Pools
“If the Right keeps up with this circular firing squad crap and loses sight of the real enemy, we aren’t going to have the November we need to have to start making things right. And the price of that for America and conservatives will be a hell of a lot more than a lap dance from some hot looking babe in a G-string at some Hollywood faux bondage bar.” — Dan Riehl again
“It almost seems as if the right-leaning Webzine is trying to gain credibility with liberal news outlets and is willing to do so on the backs of their own ideological brethren. Or maybe they’re in the hip pocket of a conservative who doesn’t like Chairman Steele. Either way, this story may be another example of the right carelessly destroying their own.” — Melissa Clouthier
“Unfortunately, honest conservatives who think there’s anything like principle behind the current GOP insider war against Chairman Steele had better think, again. So, just whose lap dog is Tucker Carlson, given his new found willingness to push garbage like this today?” — Would you believe: Dan Riehl?
So, the message I’m getting is that our reporters are just supposed to look the other way if they find something that might embarrass a political party? Or else we’re not “team players”? Isn’t that exactly the kind of “journalism” that so many people on the right have justly complained about?
If you’re disgusted by the way the media have turned a blind eye to so many legitimate stories — Rielle Hunter, Bill Ayers, Van Jones, Climategate, the early days of the Tea Party movement, etc. — why do you want us to emulate them? Shouldn’t we lead by example?
We don’t work for a political party. We’re not the New York Times.
Oh wait, I forgot: There’s a conspiracy. Never mind.
P.S. Our own Jon Ward has the last word.