Dissent Of The Day

A reader writes:

Several years ago I would the read The Corner 4-5 times a day. But then it got boring and repetitive with repeating the same old arguments over and over again. Gradually I lost interest and now rarely read it. I am afraid that I am coming close to the same decision about The Daily Dish. Please, please, please drop your obsessive coverage of the Palin/Johnston non-story. It's nothing but trailer trash gossip. It seems to matter only to you, and no matter how much you try to spin it as you-are-looking-into-something-important-while-the-MSM -ignores-it meme, it doesn't convince me of anything but your over the top obsession with it. Palin is a pathological liar and I don't believe her story of when she went into labor etc...but she said it just to dramatize her life and to give a story to the conservative press. I hope you have someone sane around you who can talk you out of this coverage before you start losing readers--and yes I am close to being done with you.

Sane, responsible people have been trying to talk me out of asking questions about Palin for more than a year. Ha! The one thing I have never cared about, I should add, is losing readers over my positions.

If I worried about such things, I would have stayed in the MSM. I've churned through a lot of readers over the years, and lost countless of them because of their dismay at my evolution or thinking out loud. I don't care. My job is to get things right as best I can and to follow my own nose, even if it occasionally ends up bloody. Checking to see what is the respectable thing to say or think and worrying about one's reputation is not my thing.

But you can go elsewhere for this in spades. God knows the Washington media is full of it. So go away if you don't like it. My defense is simply that it interests me, and that Palin is the de facto leader of the right, alongside Glenn Beck, right now. She is about to embark on a massive p.r. offensive. At the same time, the father of her grandson is threatening to sue her for blocking his access to his child and offering any number of tantalizing clues about what he regards as a potential scandal. And we're all supposed to ignore this ... because it's too tacky?

To repeat: screw that. This is the blogosphere. And please, please, please read someone else if you don't like it.