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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

An Internal Response - Help for the Sick and Dying

posted by Jazz at 12/29/2004 10:52:00 AM


Last night (well after this old man headed off to bed) it appears that Mike posted a bit of a rant here concerning bloggers helping out the tsunami victims in Asia. This post obviously created a bit of a stir. There were answers (none too happy I might add) in the comments section, and I received a number of e-mails from people, including the blogger who was linked and targeted in that rant. I have tried to answer all of the e-mails I received and the comments as well, but feel that it deserves a bit more of an answer here.

Let me first state that I don't censor the guest bloggers here. That's a deal we made on day one. I may not agree with everything they write, but they are free to bloviate on their own opinions so long as there is no hate speech, hard core pornography, or a few other items I don't want represented here. I don't plan to ask him, nor would I expect him, to edit or remove his post.

With that said, I'll admit that I was rather puzzled by it myself. Mike apparently launched a missile over the transoms at Waiter Rant. (A blog which, frankly, I hadn't heard of before but will check out now.) The basic substance of the complaint seemed to be that bloggers were posting links to places where people could donate to help out the refugees, but he didn't feel that people were going to contribute and were just stealing "feel good" links from the MSM.

Well, I don't know what to say. I steal things from the MSM all the time, as do most bloggers. I couldn't generate much content without them. I will also freely admit that I have, in the past, posted links to places where people could make donations when I had not donated myself. That might have been because I simply didn't have a lot of extra cash at the time, or it was something that I didn't personally believe in strongly enough to donate to, but knew that some readers might. (e.g. I once posted a link to donate to the Dean campaign, even though I was supporting Edwards or Wes Clark at the time.)

Apparently the specific accusation against Waiter Rant about donating was incorrect, as he apparently did donate... he simply didn't post about that fact. For this, I apologize since it appeared on my blog.

I will leave it to the rest of you to decide how this will all wash out. I simply wanted to make my position clear. I didn't post that rant, and I really don't agree with it, but I respect Mike's right to rant about it here if he feels that strongly about the status of donations in America.