Mike Thayer of the Coralville Courier is a chickenshit.

Monday, September 13th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm | Clueless Conservatives

All comments are moderated? The last one I left didn’t make it. (UPDATE: Most recent one actually got 80% chopped off!!! Subsequent complaining comment has yet to appear…)

Now I’ll always hand it to Dana over at CSPT that he damn near won’t block anybody, even though blubonnet deserves it (we can’t quite bring ourselves to do it either, but I’m considering striking a deal with Dana that we both do it in bipartisan fashion). Most rightwingers can only function in propaganda mode, and will quickly squelch a liberal who comes in kicking ass. Of course, when their revered leader Rush Limbaugh has built his career on preventing anybody from truly challenging him, it’s hard to expect the bottom-feeders to do much better.

My experience is that ten times out of ten a ranting rightwinger can be cornered and demolished via intellectually honest reasoning, so it’s kind of a knee-jerk self-defense mechanism for them to essentially function in propaganda mode. They’re usually there to just talk at you and repeat their soundbites over and over again like a mating call. They’re not trying to debate, they’re trying to find other believers so they can get together and cry over how mean liberals are with their elitist facts-and-logic stuff.

A guy like Thayer, a true bottom-feeder if there ever was one, regularly gets humiliated here at Iowa Liberal, where he can’t turn us off (as most any cocky rightwinger finds out soon enough). We, on the other hand, feel no threat whatsoever. In fact, our biggest problem is that while we know we have a lot of readers, we make it so excruciatingly difficult for wingers that they usually scamper off and don’t come around again. This is not a place where they can freely disseminate propaganda, so it offers little attraction for them. Why stay here and get beat up when they can congregate with like minds elsewhere?

Hell, even when we do waltz over to CPST and start drilling into pontificating fools like DNW, one starts seeing comments of shock and alarm that liberals are ruining the party.

Well, yeah. Sorry, guys, but you’re doing your best to ruin the country spouting piles of bullshit, and it’s got to be reckoned with sometimes. I know it makes righties extra angry when a liberal fights back, but that’s only because a fighting liberal is a huge threat to them. And a coward like Thayer knows it.

-hw

6 Responses to “Mike Thayer of the Coralville Courier is a chickenshit.”

  1. Dana Says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    Now I’ll always hand it to Dana over at CSPT that he damn near won’t block anybody

    Damn near? Not damn near, but just plain won’t block anybody!

    we can’t quite bring ourselves to do it either, but I’m considering striking a deal with Dana that we both do it in bipartisan fashion

    Sometimes it gets tempting, but I just can’t: it’s a commitment I made not to do it.

    Freedom of speech and freedom of the press mean three things, really: you have an absolute right to speak and you have an absolute right to publish (or have someone else publish for you, at his discretion), but you have no right to demand that anybody else listen or read. I will admit to not having read every word of every comment posted by blubonnet!

    And when you consider that I even have a picture of blu . . . . 🙂

  2. ladk Says:

    A couple of my comments don’t even register apparently.

  3. ladk Says:

    Well now they do. Huh.

  4. Henry Whistler Says:

    We don’t block anybody. Even Thayer, who has regularly bombed our site with cut-and-pastes and then scampers off when we try to get him to take a stand. If you feel a comment is trapped in spam, which we can be very lazy about checking, let us know.

    Though I do reserve the right to decide against carpet-bombers. What blubonnet does over at CPST dwarfs her brief stint here, and flooding his site with 9/11 truther stuff on 9/11 was pretty fucking shitty.

  5. Dana Says:

    Mr Whistler wrote:

    Though I do reserve the right to decide against carpet-bombers. What blubonnet does over at CPST dwarfs her brief stint here, and flooding his site with 9/11 truther stuff on 9/11 was pretty fucking shitty.

    Though my site, being private property, is not bound by the First Amendment, I choose to apply the First Amendment to it, and that means I have chosen to tolerate things I really don’t like. But, then again, that’s what freedom of speech is all about: acknowledging that it’s better to have to tolerate the things we don’t like than it is to repress speech.

  6. Henry Whistler Says:

    Ha! Thayer actually lets me get in a few comments, then when I post a long smackdown he actually deletes most of it and posts just the first few lines.

    I’d be happy to see him correct the record here and I’ll retract my claim. But from a guy who moderates each and every comment before it sees the light of day, who could believe an excuse?