March 25, 2009
When two kids get into a fight at a kids’ game, that reflects badly on today’s standards of sportsmanship.
When the parents turn it into a riot, that reflects so sadly on our culture and our standards of parenting.
To see two prominent bloggers get into a disagreement and carry it way past the point where either was thinking with the big head is sad. They both lost credibility and dignity in this.
Their true friends would have tried to part them or calm things down until the hosts cooled off enough to part ways and make their cases to those who came to their sites to learn, leaving the other to do the same. Some regulars tried to do just that, to their credit. But too many preferred to join with the trolls from both sites in stirring up a riot and making any reasonable outcome impossible. The original issue is not even discussed seriously now. Each day I go to mourn the losses on both sides and I find the delinquents are still at it, trying to stir up a rumble for their own purposes or entertainment.
The enemy is laughing, a pox on both their houses.
I missed much of the PW/Patterico war, but it has turned very ugly and VERY personal. Maybe we should realize our common enemy. That's all I'm sayin'.*
*Yeah, I know. I have attacked Allah (and Ace for defending and protecting Allah), but a link whore who goes out of his way to antagonize 95% of his readership and fellow travelers just for a hit count uptick is different from a nasty, vitriolic feud between two guys who openly admit they share the common foe that leads to what has developed over the last few days.
And besides, if anybody should be acutely aware of menacing comments left at another blog that could be misconstrued as threatening, it's Goldstein.
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