The New York Times and Associated Press have both reported criticism by Catholic League president Bill Donohue of two bloggers hired by John Edwards' presidential campaign; Donohue contends that the bloggers are "anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots."
But neither the Times article, by reporter John M. Broder, nor the AP article, by writer Nedra Pickler, included any mention of Donohue's own history of vulgar, trash-talking bigotry -- or of Donohue's decision to dismiss anti-Catholic bigotry on the part of a key anti-Kerry operative in 2004.
I hope the Edwards campaign reviews all of Media Matters' work on Donohue, and for that matter Glenn Greenwald on this issue. Do you see anywhere in the traditional media questions about John McCain's blogger, Patrick Hynes? Greenwald's been following him:
Let's begin with Patrick Hynes, the paid consultant for John McCain's presidential campaign. Hynes continuously blogged about political matters, including ones involving McCain and the GOP field, while concealing that he was on McCain's paid staff. That was not the first time Hynes has been caught using deceitful tricks to manipulate the blogosphere into writing content on behalf of his undisclosed clients....
Hynes' public writing is devoted to pure religious divisiveness -- he focuses almost exclusively on the claim that Christianity is superior and that those who attend church live better lives, and specifically to the belief that the Republican Party is the true party of those who believe in God and that Democrats are "anti-Christian." He wrote a book entitled In Defense of the Religious Right, and in an interview about that book in July, 2006, this is what he said:
Miner: Is it fair to call America a "Christian nation"?
Hynes: Yes. America is a Christian nation. As I write in my book, "Is America a Christian nation? Of course it is. Don’t be ridiculous. What a stupid question.
Ah, the civility of the far right. Why aren't intrepid New York Times reporters dogging Patrick Hynes? Maybe the story is just too complicated for them. It is Nedra, after all, on this beat.
But the ultimate point is that bowing to the kind of bigotry of Bill Donohue and Michelle Malkin (Donohue's assistant in this little research project), would be a serious mistake, both in terms of Edwards and his netroots outreach (which has been terrific thus far) but more in letting these haters have any more sway in national politics than they've already got. Weather this minor storm and stop letting the hypocritical bigots on the right dictate the terms.