Ko$ola: TNR guilty of crimes against the people (Update: TNR responds)

posted at 4:16 pm on June 22, 2006 by Allahpundit

It’s not about him. It’s about the cause.

First as tragedy, then as farce:

[T]he New Republic betrayed, once again, that it seeks to destroy the new people-powered movement for the sake of its Lieberman-worshipping neocon owners; that it stands with the National Review and wingnutoshpere [sic] in their opposition to grassroots Democrats…

If you still hold a subscription to that magazine, it really is time to call it quits. If you see it in a magazine rack, you might as well move it behind the National Review or even NewsMax, since that’s who they want to be associated with these days.

“Neocon” is a nice touch, I’ll give him that. But since he’s talking about suing people, note this well:

Zengerle has made common cause with the wingnutosphere, using the laughable “kosola” frame they created and emailing his “scoops” to them for links. This is what the once-proud New Republic has evolved into — just another cog of the Vast RIGHT Wing Conspiracy.

Does the Chairman have any proof of that? I tipped LGF, Goldstein, Ace, and Dan Riehl to the posts at TNR; I in turn got them from a reader, who most certainly was not Jason Zengerle. So who has Zengerle allegedly been e-mailing them to? Name names, tough guy.

Update: Charles can’t resist:

I can’t help noticing how much Moulitsas’ conspiracy-oriented mindset echoes the anti-rational paranoia of radical Islam. When the New Republic actually criticizes him, and reveals some of the secret Kos Nutroots Knowledge, the only explanation possible is that they’re apostates under the spell of a massive organized conspiracy. And having been cast out of the fold by Mullah Moulitsas, they’re now legitimate targets for revenge.

Update: Crank on the hivemind:

[I]t really is revealing of the minset at work here that anyone would even try to get not only bloggers but journalists to not write on a story. Trust me, the idea that you could get, say, Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, Jeff Goldstein, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Krempasky, Ed Morrisey and John Hinderaker to agree on a single approach to a story or, more particularly, to not touch a story – the idea that you would even broach that topic across a list of the top conservative and libertarian blogs – is inconceivable. Despite the Online Left’s insistence that conservative bloggers march in unison on an agenda handed down by Karl Rove, it’s apparently the lefties who are the ones seeking to enforce message discipline behind the scenes.

Update: Jim Treacher e-mails to say he knows who Zengerle’s been e-mailing: Lucy Ramirez.

Update: Goldstein on TNR’s apostasy:

You can’t be on the left and disagree with Kos. Or rather, you can’t be on the left and disagree with Kos publicly — which suggests that the defining characteristic of progressivism is fidelity to its officially-sanctioned narratives.

Update: Classic. From our affiliate, Sanctuary:

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Update: Jon Henke e-mails with a link to a post at QandO showing that Kos’s party-line predilections extend way beyond TNR.

Update: Zengerle (who, needless to say, didn’t e-mail me the link to his post) responds by reprinting more alleged e-mails from Townhouse. They suggest a startling amount of coordination among lefty bloggers, and an equally startling willingness to maintain radio silence when the Great Man advises them to.

Update: A useful comparison from Ace:

Notice no one on the right tried to enforce a code of silence with regard to Ben “The Nech” Domenech. Charges were made that right bloggers felt they had to acknowlege and weigh in on, and so we did. Even the tenor of the earliest posts was along the lines of “I hope this comes to nothing, but it doesn’t look good.” The charges were dealt with honestly, not embargoed.


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Zengerle has made common cause with the wingnutosphere, using the laughable “kosola” frame they created and emailing his “scoops” to them for links.

It sounds to me like Markos is making spurious unsupported allegations against Zengerle in order to smear and discredit him.

If I were Zengerle, I’d be thinking about suing Markos.

Funny how a line threat that can turn around and bite you on the butt.

Pablo on June 22, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Actually the Kos KOmmies get a bit more specific than merely “neocon.” The DUmmie FUnnies has chronicled the complete ANGRY reaction of KOs himself as well as the comments by his fellow KOs KOmmies:

KOs KOverup Exposure Makes KOs Go BERSERK!!!

pjcomix on June 22, 2006 at 12:11 PM

I dislike the left wing nuts as much as anybody, but lets move on to some news. Pressing our advantage on immigration while Bush is in Europe. Covering the when and where of the townhall forums. Some strategy as to the demise of the democratic party via Republican minority candidates, etc.. This cat fighting is getting old. Exposing the hypocrisy of a left wing pencil neck geek with an effeminant voice are low on my list of priorities. Just my opinion fellow conservatives. Lob eggs gently…

Theworldisnotenough on June 22, 2006 at 12:18 PM

Sorry, Theworldisnotenough, but this is an IMPORTANT story. All we hear about is the “Culture of Corruption” rant from the Democrats when they totally ignore they are the ones who are corrupt. Also note that it was the leftists who were hot for the McCain-Feingold Campaign “Reform” act and now THEY are the ones who are circumventing it.

pjcomix on June 22, 2006 at 12:24 PM

To win the battle abroad you must first win the battle at home.

I have to agree with PJ.
We can not make progress over seas when we people like the KOS are constantly doing all they can to destroy America.
I want our troops to come home to a strong country that is proud of their achievments. Not a pathetic sniveling country begging the world to forgive and like us and spitting on our troops.

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 12:34 PM

It was interesting how this one piddly-ass story was used to try and smear Jerome, me, AND YearlyKos.

Just 1? Who do they think they are kidding? Hahaha…

Ok. So the point seems to be that they are the poor, assailled victims of their own stupidity, and they wish for people to get off of their backs until they can figure out some inane way to turn this around. Well, boo frickin hoo for those self riteous, linguini spined blatherskites. They made the bed…

The truth got out there, and they cannot take it. Typical liberal response. :o)

DannoJyd on June 22, 2006 at 12:44 PM

Who uses “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” anymore besides Shrillary? Thats so 90’s.

thegreatsatan on June 22, 2006 at 1:02 PM

Typical PAD-ing
Preventing Any Dialogue

shooter on June 22, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Is there something wrong with e-mailing your stories to bloggers? He says that like the free exchange of information is a bad thing.

Left or right, I’m glad to see Big Journalism engaging the blogosphere.

see-dubya on June 22, 2006 at 1:21 PM

You can’t be on the left and disagree with Kos. Or rather, you can’t be on the left and disagree with Kos publicly — which suggests that the defining characteristic of progressivism is fidelity to its officially-sanctioned narratives.

Has anyone called the ACLU yet?

I insist again, there is nothing progressive about the Left!

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 1:25 PM

Nothing new here. In World War One, communists at “The Masses” first called “The New Republic” a sell-out for not urging violent revolution and then were infuriated by the rag’s support of “Wilson’s War”.

Peace broke out among the comrades when TNR defended the Holodomor as a necessary fight against
counterrevolutionaries.

Essex on June 22, 2006 at 1:34 PM

Trust me, the idea that you could get, say, Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, Jeff Goldstein, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Krempasky, Ed Morrisey and John Hinderaker to agree on a single approach to a story or, more particularly, to not touch a story – the idea that you would even broach that topic across a list of the top conservative and libertarian blogs – is inconceivable.

I think it is quite conceivable. Imagine, if you will, that we’ve got something akin to the Manhattan Project going. Some weird tech bit that will, if properly deployed, allow us to pretty much tag & bag all the terrorist scum out there. Someone with a vested interest in the status quo, or just too much enthusiasm, tries to leak the story out via the right wing bloggers. I’d like to think that they would hold off on such a ‘scoop’ until after the knowledge could do our enemies good.

But something about, say, Karl Rove, a sheep, a case of schnapps and a circus clown? No way they’d shut that down. Note: Replacing ‘Karl Rove’ with ‘Ted Kennedy’ and you’re much less likely to hear about it. If it’s not unusual it’s not news.

KCSteve on June 22, 2006 at 1:40 PM

Note that the Townhouse group included partisan journalists. It would be fascinating the have the list of those; is Kos directly feeding MSM types their material and, if so, which members? It would kind of destroy the ‘non-partisan’ aspect of any journalist included, would it not?

Mike O on June 22, 2006 at 1:47 PM

Mike O–Ah, good point. It’s bad for Zengerle to e-mail partisan journalists about his findings, but it’s okay for Kos to do it to the partisan journalists on the Townhouse list.

see-dubya on June 22, 2006 at 2:12 PM

Look this is just a the latest in the long line of silencing dissidents for the left. The left has never tolerated dissent. Ever. Its just like with orthodox muslims, you’re either with them (the enlightened forces of “good”) or you’re an apostate and deserve your fate. Right now Kos thinks he is the sole arbiter of what is good.

And like all Red on Red fights, we can’t lose!

Iblis on June 22, 2006 at 2:41 PM

Have you ever noticed how it seems that those who say, “Power to the People!” so often want all the power to go to the people who are saying, “Power to the People!”?

That’s Kos for you.

Kos would’ve fit right in with Mao’s “Cultural Revolution” – just point out the party members you don’t like or disagree with, or who you paranoically think might not like you, or whom you’re jealous of, and accuse them of being “profiteers” or “enemies of the people” or “war criminals.” Then make them wear a dunce cap before inciting the Red Guards to beat them to death or something.

Or maybe more like that grainy, black-and-white video from when Saddam consolidated his grip on power: kicked back and smoking a cigar while “spies” and “traitors” got called out from the Baath party assemblage, and grinning as they’re hauled out of the room.

He should stick to Mentos commercials.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 22, 2006 at 2:45 PM

It’s looking like we may need a new color-coded freak-out meter for Ko$…

LagunaDave on June 22, 2006 at 3:15 PM

Spurious, another example is ACLU!

More freedom and liberty to the people, they proclaimed. Then they banned their own workers from speaking out against them.

I tell you, the liberals are nothing new. They are just old communists in a new dress.

They are adopting every communist trick in the book for their revolution to seize power. They even use the word “progressive”, a word Mao used to motivate the youths to fight the established systems.

easy87us on June 22, 2006 at 3:17 PM

“there is nothing progressive about the Left!”

Entelechy

Of course there is!
You realize that “progressive” is codeword for “communist”,
don’t you?

batperez on June 22, 2006 at 3:18 PM

We already know that many liberal groups will shout down those they appose. The pink ladies shouting down Hillary and any conservative they meet. The liberal kids at campus who shout down conservative speakers. Their are a lot of examples.

But how many conservatives shout down the liberals? I am trying to think of an example, but I can not remember any.
I am not talking about 2 people in a shouting match. I am talking about one speaker and 5 or more people shouting that speaker down.
Does anyone know when a conservative group kept a liberal from speaking?

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 3:45 PM

100% of progressive liberals agree: there will be no disagreement!!

NTWR on June 22, 2006 at 4:50 PM

If you see [The New Republic] in a magazine rack, you might as well move it behind the National Review or even NewsMax…

What is it about the LLL and their desire to censor writings with which they disagree?

ultraloser on June 22, 2006 at 5:12 PM

Sorry, Theworldisnotenough, but this is an IMPORTANT story. All we hear about is the “Culture of Corruption” rant from the Democrats when they totally ignore they are the ones who are corrupt. Also note that it was the leftists who were hot for the McCain-Feingold Campaign “Reform” act and now THEY are the ones who are circumventing it.

pjcomix on June 22, 2006 at 12:24 PM

To win the battle abroad you must first win the battle at home.

I have to agree with PJ.
We can not make progress over seas when we people like the KOS are constantly doing all they can to destroy America.
I want our troops to come home to a strong country that is proud of their achievments. Not a pathetic sniveling country begging the world to forgive and like us and spitting on our troops.

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 12:34 PM

You guys are kind of making my point. Kos is not an elected official or a MSM outlet. Let him be wacky and corrupt. The crazier the better. Then around election time Double M goes on television and highlights their absurdity then links them [Kos & democratic candidate] together. Make them look like two crazy peas in a pod. Kos’ backroom profiteerimg and selective reporting works to our advantage. Lets make sure we are not guilty of the same thing. When we see Bush screwing up, we call him on it.

Theworldisnotenough on June 22, 2006 at 5:44 PM

I, personally. think this Kos character is after one thing, and one thing only: money, lots of it. And, if he can fatten his bank account by creating a “paranoid” world view that the mindless will follow, so much the better.

However, I would love to know which “journalists” are being Kos-led via emails..sort of like “talking points”, no?

sharinlite on June 22, 2006 at 6:11 PM

We all wonder how anyone could believe what the good folks at KOS believe, right?

But maybe they don’t believe it. Maybe COINTELPRO is back and KOS is run by the FBI or Military intelligence. Does have that top down, command and control, structure, doesn’t it? Or maybe the New Republic is, as KOS thinks, the enemy. Maybe COINTELPRO, the NSA or an agency no-one has ever heard of runs the New Republic. Or vice versa.

Just a few thoughts to share with your liberal friends. . .

btw…the comments above are EXACTLY what COINTELPRO would want out aren’t they? . . .you liberals out there, and we know you are reading, do you need any more proof COINTELPRO is back?

Essex on June 22, 2006 at 6:42 PM

Sorry, Theworldisnotenough, but this is an IMPORTANT story. All we hear about is the “Culture of Corruption” rant from the Democrats when they totally ignore they are the ones who are corrupt. Also note that it was the leftists who were hot for the McCain-Feingold Campaign “Reform” act and now THEY are the ones who are circumventing it.

Wha? PJ commenting seriously?

I’m troubled.

I’m “Icarus” on your blog, by the way, PJ. Hearing you get all “serial” on me has me all discombobulated. My worldview is permanently altered.

By the way – has Rove been indicted yet?

Professor Blather on June 22, 2006 at 10:35 PM

The recent stories about the ACLU squelching “internal” dissent on its board is another example of…

The left has never tolerated dissent. Ever.

They and Moulitsas’ response to insiders blowing his secret are certainly typical leftwing response to what they consider to be “internal treason.” And yes, they most certainly do consider insiders spilling the beans to be treason.

I’m no federal prosecutor, but I’m wondering if being paid by politicians to shill for these same politicians in the blogs violates McCain-Feingold.

georgej on June 23, 2006 at 6:36 AM

The “VLWC theory” of this story w/TNR is just more proof. These guys are falling apart. Keep watching, they’re in for a really bad psychotic episode soon, because reality cannot be ignored forever.

tormod on June 23, 2006 at 9:02 AM

Didn’t read all the comments, but I haven’t heard this analogy yet: isn’t it telling that Kos and his whiny followers want to orchestrate a media blackout of criticism of Kos/Armstrong “until it’s good for us”, but are full-throated supporters of the NY Times exposing military and national security intelligence on their front pages?

Welcome to today’s Democrat party…

Jaibones on June 23, 2006 at 9:55 AM

pfft.

What’s the big deal? The pencil necked one and his bug buddies are no different than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.

In fact, they’re using the same mantra:

“Fleecing the masses as best we can.”

TheSev on June 23, 2006 at 6:51 PM