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This started as a comment, in reply to a commenter.

Yesterday, I wrote an article,   My Take on Covering Potentially Taboo Topics Like Bristol Palin's Baby on OEN

One writer commented;

To the quiters who threaten to take their ball and bat ...(some commenters had irately threatened to stop writing for the site)

...and go home. Such quiters join the PUMAs, Lieberman and McKinney in the Hall of Quit.  Stop whining, don't quit and keep writing your opinions. We know your threats to quit are mostly idle anyway--kind of like Kall does on occasions when we don't respond to one of his daily pledge breaks. But that doesn't excuse him and his first-ammendment-detracting 'editors' from practicing fox style journalism. Real progressives and real journalists don't go after a 17 year old unmarried pregnant girl for political purposes. We democrats don't need to resort to sleaze like OEN and the McCain campaign does. Kalls rationalizations are simply that: rationalizations. He seems to get real defensive anytime he's criticized. Bet he doesn't have a 17 year old daughter. Comrades, we can defeat the war criminals and take back your country without destroying a young tirl who didn't get to choose who would be her mother. Can't we? As always, vote early and vote often.

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I replied:

Pull your head out of whatever you've stuck it up and smell, after proper cleaning, the coffee, my friend.

 Read the first six words of the OEN ABOUT page. 

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OpEdNews.com is a tough progressive website

If Palin was a Democrat, how would this be handled? She would be getting ten times the coverage on the mainstream media that she's now getting. 

Why? Because these things DO mean something. She either lied about her pregnancy or she just about tried to kill her baby by doing all the wrong things when her water broke in Texas. Either way, it speaks to her character and judgment. 

YOUR Democrats are the Al Gore who didn't fight back Democrats, the  Dukakis--  play the good guy Democrats-- the Kerry, don't challenge the crooked vote count Democrats-- and they are hypocrites and/or naive fools who don't deserve to win when they play in a political game that is  and always has been tough, ugly and dirty.

Call me names, but your value system is out of touch with reality. From now on, National Enquirer stories are fair game. This is one progressive who puts truth and winning ahead of niceness and propriety. GOT IT YET?  You heard me. The national enquirer.  This site was founded to further the progressive cause, not to place doilies and pretty place settings in  gentle, friendly colloquies and forums. 

They say watching politics being made is like watching sausage being made. You watch it and it makes you sick. So... you watch, you get sick.  Maybe you throw up. Tough sh*t Sherlock. You can cast your smarmy, better than thou judgment upon me and all the others on this site who are not going to fall into the losers path that you have, of being very nice and proper. 

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Meanwhile, we're going to attempt to dig up all we can to expose the character and integrity flaws of the candidates proposed by the right wing corporatist vermin that have infested the whitehouse for the past eight years.  Read the MSM if you want nice, pretty, proper reporting. 

And I say that any progressive site that is not covering the Palin family's vulnerabilities is not doing its job. 

Some commenters say we need to cover the other things going on, like the criminal acts by the police in the Twin Cities at the RNC. We ARE covering that and doing a damn good job. We're covering Georgia and Russia, the hurricanes... the ongoing problems with election integrity, and it's really a miracle that this all happens through the wisdom and the passion of the crowds, because we're not paying anyone to do it. 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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