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  •  I don't know the answer, but you omit (11+ / 0-)

    a separate motivation than money.  It is possible that the motivation to drive up clicks is a desire to extend influence.  This seems a much more likely reason.

    I am disturbed by the quickness with which members of the left are ready to attack those whose opinions they don't agree with, using personal attacks and accusations of egotism and money-grubbing.  It's fratricide.  I'm not sure if the diarist is doing this, and I don't know the subtleties of the interaction he is referencing.  But I have certainly seen plenty of it against the likes of Jane Hamsher, Cenk, and Greenwald.

    This criticism resonates with Gibbs' insidious "professional left" remark.  The whole meme is sickeningly Rovian.  While the craven likes of Beck and O'Reilly rake in millions a year, we find people on the left attacking liberal pundits who are trying to scrape by with a fraction of the audience--it's self-destructive.  Those most likely to have the conviction of their beliefs, meaning progressives, agree with them or not, are attacked for having ulterior motives.  I find it sickening.

    I don't know if you have done that here, but this seems in the same family.  If we indeed share goals, but disagree sometimes on how to achieve them, then I ask that we refrain from attacking the character of one another, or from accusing one another of ulterior motives.  It is enough to disagree on issues.

    Many of the nations billionaires are on the warpath. They want more more more. -Sen. Sanders

    by geomoo on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 06:44:55 PM PST

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