Don Davis of the Republican Eagle devoted, one of his targets being Hammer of Truth:
Then there is “Hammer of Truth, common sense shoved up your … .” It reprinted, without added comment, a news release from Sue Jeffers, a long-shot former Libertarian candidate challenging Pawlenty.
Sure, we rebroadcasted a press release, but were we deceptive? Not in the slightest. And I’d wager that the “added comment” was more than ample in the 18 comments left by our readers.
I really feel no need to justify us posting things like press releases in full, so long as we offer full disclosure (we did). What I do take umbrage to is journalists attacking blogs because, god forbid, we’re becoming more efficient at spreading news (especially about third parties) than the traditional media.
And it’s not like Hammer of Truth is a clearing house for Libertarian press releases, as anyone who reads this site with any regularity knows that we have plenty of opinion to go around on the content we cover. Journalists like Davis need to stop whining about how blogs are partisan and start competing with them on the content they are missing. Anyone with half a brain didn’t need to read his article to know this, and if he had taken two seconds to read our “About” page, you would have seen this:
In an attempt to be a modern-day provocateur in the political realm, this blog exists in order to expose the lies and corruption of both major parties. And while we are admittedly libertarian-leaning and openly advocate Libertarian Party candidates and policies, we are also introspective and take our own party to task from time to time.
Perhaps if Davis were actually writing about politics instead of trying to thrash bloggers, he might have seen fit to not only “bring readers both sides of a story” as he puts it… but to start bringing them all sides.
Until journalists start doing that for third parties and libertarians, we’re not going anywhere. And Davis is free to shove his “warning” on blogs up his…