There’s been lots of smoke out in the blogosphere recently about Marc Dann. And while Dann’s performance hasn’t been quite at the level I might have hoped, that doesn’t really excuse the kind of personal mudslinging that’s been going on sans evidence. I don’t want to link to the RABid post in question, partially because it prints all kinds of rumor without any facts to back any of it up, but it should be easy enough to find yourself if you are interested.

Matty, however, makes an interesting statement in the comments:

This story is true, but just like much of what is talked about in blogs, it is unsourced.

I have a serious problem with that. No, bloggers aren’t journalists, but it is my belief that we have a responsibility to remain factual. I, personally, have been the subject of completely untrue speculation, which has impacted me in “real life”. I have little doubt that the poster of those rumors thought he was correct, but I know he did so without any actual evidence because none of it was true.

Now, Matty has a history of posting all kinds of crazy, wild, untrue stuff. He propagated the “Strickland is gay” meme sans any kind of evidence whatsoever. His reputation as a trustworthy source is tarnished. It’s one thing to make reasonable speculation, particularly in policy areas. It’s another entirely to smear someone personally for political gain.

Even if what Matty claims is true – and I’ve seen absolutely zero evidence of it – what relevance is it to Dann’s performance as AG? This is gutter politics at its worst. And depending on how pissed off I was, I might refuse to dignify a question with an answer, if I found the question insulting enough. That’s not proof of anything.

And just to prove I’m not being partisan about this, I found Jerid’s “Trent Lott is gay” stuff silly at best. There is a perfectly legitimate thing to attack his resignation about, and that’s the new lobbying rules.

Can’t we please try to stick to factual stuff that is relevant? I know Matty is a partisan hack, so that might be a bit much to expect, but…

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  • I guess people are finally figuring out that Jerid and Matt’s unsourced ‘truths’ are just silly, childish techniques for driving traffic to their blogs.

    I guess people are starting to look for blogs with a little more substance.

    NO WONDER Plunderbund is BNN’s #1 rated blog this week.

  • It’s not that I’m unwilling to criticize Dann, either. It’s that I want evidence, not unsourced rumormongering.

  • Being #1 is why he is called … “God of Plunder” – Leader of the Plunder Monkey’s

  • #3: You forgot Rock ‘n Roll.

  • sorry – I thought after your slick dance moves I heard about, it was a given about the Rock-n-Roll.

    Sorry!

  • Heh, more than welcome to have a different take on the Lott stuff. Lord knows I was just passing on what was emailed to me from Bighead DC. However, y’all might want to reconsider before you start limping my “unsourced truths” in with Matt’s. More often than not, my unsourced tips are true. Another one yesterday…my tip about O’Grady announcing on Thursday. That was printed a full day before the Cleveland Plain Dealer put it out there.

    Y’all can have a disagreement with how I blog, but you’re going to have serious contentions from me next time you try to lump me in with Naug Dawg.

    And for the record, I had a lot of the same stuff Naugle did on this “tip” with Dann. I didn’t run with it because of BSB’s standards (or should I say my standards). Trying to find a comparison so you don’t sound partisan when critiquing Matt is all fine and good, but try to stay realistic.

    My favorite substantive PB post thus far has been Hickman’s book tour. That one was a hoot. Still chuckle thinking of it.

  • Obviously, I was teasing Jerid.

    There are many, many differences between you and Matt.

    For example, I heard an unsubstatiated but highly believable rumor that you DON’T leave your white underwear laying around your dorm room.

  • I do not leave my white underwear (with streak marks) laying around my dorm room. My underwear is gray.

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