Catholic league president Bill Donohue probably hates you. Unless, of course, you are Bill Donohue.
The Catholic League, despite the name, doesn’t particularly reflect the views of the catholic church in general due to the barking lunacy of this Donohue character. He’s vicious, angry and more or less anti-everything, aside from his own dogma, which makes him a turd in a lot of peoples laundry.
I first became aware of this vacuous chode a while back when he called for the firing of University of Minnesota-Morris Prof. PZ Myers for throwing away a eucharist cracker. As a source of amusement I now keep up to date with the CL’s press releases and I’ve come to the conclusion that this man could only ever love or respect himself.
In this weeks release we find Billy calling for Democrats to “nix offensive bloggers”, whom have been given press credentials, from the DNC. You can read the full text there if you like but more or less he’s whining because he doesn’t like what some of the bloggers have to say. He picks three, from the 120-some odd bloggers that have been credentialed as members of the media, to pick on: Daily KOS, Bitch Ph.D and Towleroad. I couldn’t imagine these sites were as bad as Donohue seems to think…
Daily KOS: State of the Nation – Donohue calls this a “radical site”. If this entry from the sites ‘about’ page is true, a lot of people are pretty “radical” as well.
Daily Kos has grown in those five years to the premier political community in the United States, with traffic of about 600,000 daily visits. (Click on the rainbow box at the bottom of the page for up-to-date stats.) Among luminaries posting diaries on the site are President Jimmy Carter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other senators, congressmen, and governors. But, even more exciting than that, tens of thousands of regular Americans have used Daily Kos to lend their voice to a political world once the domain of the rich, connected, and powerful.
Take a look for yourself but as far as I’m concerned either (if not both) of the head editors should be granted press access to the DNC. I’d love to get straight news out of the event without some major networks’ political spin all over it. The next two “are blogs that feature anti-Catholic and obscene material. The two most offensive are Bitch Ph.D. and Towleroad.”
Bitch Ph.D – The titular blogger and contributors are doing exactly what most bloggers do; giving personal insights into life and the daily goings on within. Sorry Billy, in America people can speak their mind, even if you don’t agree with it. It’s not the same sort of blog as Daily KOS but if you like a more personal view of the world I’d highly recommend it. I especially enjoyed contributor M. LeBlanc’s thoughts on the book “Towelhead”.
Towleroad – This news site’s tag-line reads “A site with homosexual tendencies”. Based on that I’d be willing to bet a few bucks that Donohue has never actually read any of the content. The only reference to the catholic church I was able to find (besides one in regard to Donohue’s comments) was about the popes hypocrisy in the wearing of a fur cape…and it wasn’t anti-catholic. Obscene content? Nope, none, nada, zeeeero. There’s a lot of news and social commentary (which is professional and damned well written) and a handful of ads like most other news/blog websites. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call Donohue a bigot for judging this site obscene.
The editor, Andy Towle, is BEYOND qualified to be carrying press credentials.
Andy Towle’s experience in media and entertainment spans several industries. He currently writes and runs the widely-read gay news blog Towleroad. Before Towleroad, he was Editor in Chief of Genre magazine, a nationally distributed gay men’s lifestyle publication, and Editor at Large for The Out Traveler, a national quarterly publication produced by LPI Media. Prior to that he was a Music Editor for Tribe Online USA, where he produced and edited a content-heavy website for an Australia-based media company…
And then some.
As the news media en large continues to fail in delivering legitmate and honest news and we need people like these bloggers, with press credentials in hand, at poticial events to give us an honest story. I urge the reader to check these sites out and pass the URLs along to others. Their coverage of the DNC promises to be better then anything we’ll be spoon fed by the major networks.