Apologies all around
So I killed that last post because, honestly, that was an emotionally driven, snarky, stupid thing to write (except the part about how I love you guys, that’s all true). It was something I should have addressed at Balloon Juice – and something I now have addressed there. This is one of those lessons you learn when you write publicly and on-the-fly. Sometimes, when you’re really tired, in a bad mood, and feeling defensive for whatever reason, you shouldn’t open your big fat mouth. Or at least that’s what my wife tells me, and if it’s true for marriage it’s true also for blogging. Or something.
Anyways, consider this a retraction. I made a mistake. I do that from time to time. I’m human and full of human frailties including pride. I’m sorry.
Will suggested I post what I wrote. Here goes:
So, after blogging at True/Slant, The Washington Examiner, and recently at Balloon Juice, I just have to say – my love for this place, and for you all has only grown. True/Slant was cool – a good place to earn some scratch. The comment system was abysmal and despite a number of ideas I ran past the team there, they had statistics which proved that a comment system like that made for much better comments. I beg to differ, but my evidence is anecdotal. Or rather, it is the League’s combox. But that’s nothing like having numbers handy.
The Washington Examiner is likewise a nice place to earn some extra cash, gain some exposure, etc. It’s a veryconservative publication, if you haven’t noticed, and so I do feel a bit awkward at times writing there. I’m simply not very conservative myself (depending, naturally, on who you talk to). But it’s been an interesting ride so far.
Of course, Balloon Juice takes us to the other end of the spectrum. I never really considered that the whole epistemic closure thing (or the managed ignorance which Jason has written about in these pages) was something which plagued the left, but I was wrong. One thing I have learned is that if you don’t have any good argument all you need to do is call someone a glibertarian and be done with them. Problem solved. It’s almost as handy as the term ‘statist’. Oh – but wait – I just said that both sides had their own stupid tropes. High Broderism alert!
See, there is a straw man for every situation. I guess what surprised me about this was I was quite used to this sort of reaction from conservatives. Guess I wasn’t expecting it from liberals.
In any case, what has made the League great is not merely the fact that we have a wonderful group of writers here but that somehow this place has become its own little community, as open-minded and open to discussion and the batting about of ideas as any other dive on the intertubes. I feel very lucky to write here, and only more so after writing elsewhere as well. So, thanks.
It’s a great honor.
P.S. I wrote this last night after feeling quite frustrated with the Balloon Juice commentariat and I think DMD and mistermix are correct: I’m being unduly harsh to the Juicers. I suppose it’s still just a difficult transition and unlike the rest of the front pagers there, I’m basically told in every comment thread to go to hell, that I’m a glibertarian, that I know nothing and what the hell was John thinking for bringing me on? This gets old, wears you down somewhat. I’m venting here, and I probably shouldn’t be. I don’t mean it to come off as bad taste but it does. My apologies. Plenty of the comments at Balloon Juice are thoughtful, challenging, etc. But sometimes the negativity can be a little depressing. Hence this post.
Also – just to clarify, I really liked True/Slant. I thought it was a great project. I just really didn’t like their comment system.