Why are you surprised? In August 2008, "The sorry John Edwards spectacle" went up at Third with this byline: "This piece is written by Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Betty, Kat, Mike, Cedric, Ruth, Marcia and Wally." Those who did not want to work on that piece did not. Some, like Ava, C.I., Elaine, and Rebecca (that may be everyone that did not work on it) did so because they had inside information and could not comment. For example, the article includes this:
A question that both husband and wife [John and Elizabeth Edwards] need to be asked is what they intended to say if John got the nomination or even made it into the White House? Ava and C.I. heard it in DC from a male senator in August who, in the course of a conversation, attempted to get them to donate to Barack's campaign. (We know that from Kat who was also present.) He assumed, wrongly, that they were Edwards supporters and that was all that was standing between them and Barack. So he shared that it wasn't just whispers, it was true (and other details).
Among the other details the four of them knew was that John Edwards was the father and he was lying publicly when he said (a) he wasn't the father or (b) implied he wasn't sure if he could be (he actually said there was no way he could be). They knew John Edwards was the father and they knew John Edwards knew he was the father. They also knew about John Edwards other affairs. For that reason, they avoided the topic in a group setting and, had Elizabeth Edwards not shown her true colors by attacking the child, Ava and C.I. probably would have never said a word on the topic. But when Elizabeth Edwards paraded her phony poor-me act in public on the Oprah Winfrey show, Ava and C.I. had had enough.
(Elizabeth Edwards knew her husband was cheating on her going back to at least 2002.)
The Department of Justice thinks a crime may have taken place. If it has, I say charge him, try him, convict him, and put him in prison.
By contrast, another Ruth (Ruth Marcus), feels differently. Strange though, reading her column, I am left with the impression that she has access to evidence. But she does not work for the Justice Department. So she does not have access to evidence. So she is using her 'all knowing' tone in an attempt to shut down discussion, debate, and an ongoing investigation.
I would suggest that in the future Ms. Marcus stick to writing about topics she knows something about; however, having seen her expound on The NewsHour, I fear that would leave her with nothing at all to write about.
Jan Crawford (CBS News) reports:
In order to do all the above, they both attacked the candidate who wanted to work for Americans, Hillary Clinton. From November 4, 2007, this is Isaiah's "When Front Runners Attack."
Long before Saturday Night Live found the guts to call out the sexism in the debates, Isaiah was on it.
I mentioned a number of people in this and instead of doing links on each name, I will just swipe these credits from Third:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: