People who have participated at DailyWhitosphere (still virtually no Black or Latino participants there) know that Tea Party members are not the only ones whose messages are diligently censored.
The Trusted-User writer of a the diary at DailyKos about Tea Party activists explains why Tea Party comments cannot be seen at DailyKos.
But in writing about them here, I've attracted a couple three trolls, the leader of whom believes that lots of troll comments will "shut them down."The American right wing is discovering what progressives, Blacks and Latinos have learned about DailyKos: Since the discussion there is carefully monitored and censored to exclude many topics and views, it is not possible to assemble a group of bloggers there who disagree with the Townhouse approved messages. As Chris Suellentrop explained at the New York Times,
He's evidently unaware of the hidden comments feature. (Emphasis added.)
The liberal blogosphere — which usually erupts with ad hominem attacks on the messenger whenever it is subject to the mildest, even-handed criticisms — has been eerily silent since last week’s revelation that MyDD.com founder and DailyKos ally Jerome Armstrong is the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation for allegedly taking money to promote a stock on a prominent online bulletin board. The New Republic’s Jason Zengerle, writing on his magazine’s The Plank blog, uncovers an e-mail from Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of DailyKos, that may help explain things.
“TNR obtained a missive Kos sent earlier this week to ‘Townhouse,’ a private email list comprising elite liberal bloggers, including Jane Hamsher, Matt Stoller, and Christy Hardin Smith,” Zengerle writes. “And what was Kos’s message to this group that secretly plots strategy in the digital equivalent of a smoke-filled backroom? Stay mum!”
Zengerle publishes Moulitsas’s e-mail in full. In it, Moulitsas says he is considering suing “some of the wingnut bloggers” who are speculating about the story. He also asks his fellow liberal bloggers to keep quiet: “My request to you guys is that you ignore this for now. It would make my life easier if we can confine the story. Then, once Jerome can speak and defend himself, then I’ll go on the offensive (which is when I would file any lawsuits) and anyone can pile on. If any of us blog on this right now, we fuel the story. Let’s starve it of oxygen.”