Minnesota Democrats Exposed
I had mixed feelings about the news that MDE was being pursued by Inside Minnesota Politics (IMP), a local lefty blog/podcast. The basic background is that MDE used a picture (nothing that’s going to get nominated for a Pulitzer) from IMP’s website. MDE linked to IMP and credited IMP with the photograph. IMP complained, and MDE took the picture down. Now IMP is pursuing MDE through legal channels for Copyright infringement.
The merits of the case are rather weak. The picture probably falls under the “fair use” clause. Most of the lawyers in the MOB (and there are a few) agree that the case IMP is bringing against MDE is baseless, and that this is really just a ploy to get MDE’s name public.
This is where I have mixed feelings. I oppose anonymous blogging, posting, pamphleteering or any other anonymous work. That’s one of the rules for getting onto “da role” on my sidebar. In the words of Bill O’Reilly “If you’re going to sling it, sign it.” It matches my attitudes exactly.
I understand the need for anonymity at times. I myself have given stories “on background” (during a vicious and childish student government race in college). I also receive information from anonymous sources that I have in Minnesota state government. I rely on these sources a lot, mainly because I have so few of them. I defend their anonymity strongly.
I just don’t like it. “Charles Carroll of Carrollton” reads the signature of one of the men that signed the Declaration of Indepedence. Not only did Carroll sign the Declaration, but he gave the British directions to his house where they could find him. That takes guts.
But like I said, I understand the need for anonymity. Anonymity will reveal information that otherwise might not get out there. MDE doesn’t lie, MDE is not being charged with libel. MDE did not profit from IMP at all. It’s a tactic to get MDE out of the arena. I don’t know why MDE wants to be anonymous, but he must have his reason[s]. (I also do not know who MDE is, so don’t ask.)
IMP is making an assualt on MDE for political gain. It’s that simple, and because of that, I must make a stand with MDE, and encourage any of my readers who can afford it to donate to the MDE defense fund.