Mr. Black, currently of Las Vegas, recently referred to something called a Byron York. Unfortunately, my curiosity was piqued, and I went to visit the source.
I'd like to use words like disingenuous, or ill informed, but I can't. What he writes is so unquestionably a dishonest lie that I have no choice. Happily, the piece is of such limited import that I hesitate to mention it. Still, it is typical of the distortions by those on the right, and must be dealt with.
York is in Las Vegas "reporting" on the YearlyKos convention. He attended a panel in which reporters were asked not to use the name of participants. York lies and feigns outrage.
He wrote that "Normally, bloggers both left and right believe the more freedom - and the more information - the better."
But the fact is that on both the right and the left side of the blogosphere anonymity is frequently sought, and is generally respected. There are of course exceptions - people on the right who viciously reveal the identity of those with whom they disagree in order to do them harm - MichelleMalkin, Some at NRO, and of course the Paste Eater 's attempt to hurt the honorable Thers. But even most on the right condemn such despicable behavior. Some of the biggest bloggers on the right have names like Confederate Yankee, The Anchoress, Wretchard. On the left, an example might be Atrios, now known to be Duncan Black, formerly anonymous. Personally, this bustard can think of other examples.
The idea that bloggers on the right are advocates of free information is equally untrue. Probably the two most popular blogs on the right, Michelle Malkin and Powerline, do not allow comments. There is no free flow of information at these sites. On the left, the best known blogs, like Daily Kos, Atrios, and FireDogLake - all encourage very active commenting.
Reaching new lows of distorted reporting York said that "Echoing Vice President Dick Cheney and others who have defended Bush administration secrecy policies, the trainers said they wanted to be able to give candid advice without being quoted by name."
The people at YearlyKos are individuals who are not paid by the public, whose offices are not being supplied by the public, and are not spending public dollars to write public policy. These are private citizens having private conversations, and York's failure to make this distinction simply reinforces and clarifies his intention to deceive.