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From time to time I've seen people here mentioning that these high-profile writers and journalists ran afoul of Daily Kos standards, and that some of them may have been run off the site by concerned kosacks.

I'm really not familiar at all with the history behind this issue.  Could those with "institutional" knowledge about how this place works fill me in?

The reason I ask is because it seems to me that these guys tend to focus on unearthing the truth about important issues.  My impression is that they are principled progressives and that as such, they deal in the "reality-based" world.  And that if that's the case, wouldn't they be a perfect fit for a self-proclaimed reality-based online community like Daily Kos?

But again, maybe I'm missing something and those in the know could share their insights and knowledge about whether it is true that these folks were run off of the site.

It would be great to get some background on it that may shed some light on the situation because otherwise, if someone is not familiar with the Daily Kos history of these high-profile progressive writers and journalists, to the uninitiated it may look like real progressives may not be welcome here.

Just for the sake of discussion, let me elaborate a bit about what I mean by "real progressives."  To start with, a real progressive tends to have a life-long passion for social justice; it is what animates and motivates him or her.  And because historically, conditions that lead to injustice include deception, corruption, oppression, and exploitation, progressives tend to first, call attention to injustice (wherever it may exist), and second, act in opposition to those perpetrating the injustices, whoever they may be.

Now, when it comes to the issue of politics and partisanship, I'm aware that things may be a little trickier, but be that as it may, I don't believe anybody here would argue that things that are clearly illegal, immoral, abusive, criminal, corrupt, exploitative, deceptive, should be somehow overlooked if those things are done by "our guy" or "our political party."  Right?  I would hope so, because if so, then what we would be talking about would be dishonest political hacks, and I would hope we don't have any of those here.

Anyways, hopefully this inquiry will lead to an interesting discussion.  And for me, personally, maybe I'll learn a little more about the circumstances that led to these well-known writers and journalists to leave this site, if that's what happened.

UPDATE: MON DEC 02, 2013 AT 11:16 AM PST: If I were to choose one post, one quote out of the hundreds that have been posted as the best one, it would have to be this one by Jim P.

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