In my response to my post about Maureen Dowd’s brief relapse into sanity, PhysioProf writes:
Dowd’s been on the list of the top ten mainstream shitbag media enablers of the depraved right-wing Democrat-feminizing-gayifying shell game for twenty fucking years. As far as I’m concerned, she can go fuck herself, and take her fake-ass new-found Dirty Fucking Liberal Hippie Commie Islamofacist schtick and shove it up her fucking ass.
The only reason she’s doing this is because she has finally figured out that the right-wing scumbags she’s been tongue-bathing for the last two decades are losing their grip on power, and she’s readying herself to start toadying up to the the new power center.
I don’t disagree, because I was not arguing that Dowd has reassessed what she thinks. Dowd, like a fair number of pundits, is not only an opportunist, but a narcissicist to boot*. Of course, she hasn’t changed what she fundamentally believes (to the extent that she actually believes in anything); those with massive personality disorders rarely do. But she can change what she writes, even if it’s for the ‘wrong’ reasons.
The reason I mention creationism in the title is because the same thing happened with the pushback against creationism: after enough members of the Coalition of the Sane, including credentialed scientists, badgered enough reporters–and their editors–reporters cut way back on the ‘he-said, she-said’ stories that portrayed creationism as an equivalent idea to evolution. I’m sure some did this because, after they reassessed and rethought what they knew about creationism and evolution, they had changed their minds. Others more, erm, sociopathic-leaning reporters, however, were probably discouraged because they didn’t like getting called fucking morons by those with the intellectual credibility to do so.
In other words, the incentives to find a ‘controversy’ or a story about conflict or a bunch of ‘iconoclasts’ were greatly diminished.
Back to Dowd. Do I think that Dowd has suddenly become a good (or even just mediocre) person? Of course not (if nothing else, she seems intent on psychobabbling inanities about Republicans, which is, at best, a marginal improvement).
But she has changed her behavior, and I think when a lot of bloggers–and their quiet readers–keep hitting on the same themes, it ultimately filters back to someone like Clark Hoyt. It’s not that there was one post that did the trick, but having a lot of bloggers criticizing Dowd (and their ‘meat world echoes’) is both a cause and a result of the growing dislike of her writing.
And we can use that.
*When a blogger can rightfully call someone a narcissicist, you know that person is really screwed up.