George Rebane is listed as a “community leader” by incoming assessor Sue Horne. (He gave her money in her campaign for the “nonpartisan” seat). The publisher of The Union also hand selected him as a monthly columnist. George also provides a radio commentary for KNCO. The county Republican Party and Tea Party link to his blog.
George likes to tout his Ph.D. and wisdom. But you ought to read George’s blog to get a load of what he’s really about:
“Gentleman, your blogs are all no doubt bigger,” he wrote in a comment this weekend. “This has been a grateful surprise since I write on topics and ideas that are understood by only a very small population, and are of interest to one even smaller. On this I have no desire to get into a dick measuring exercise with anyone.”
That’s quite a choice of words for a so-called academic. George was reacting to a web traffic challenge that began with a post by his blogging pal Russ Steele, as I reported previously.
“Gosh Steve (Frisch), you are right, we are only averaging about 675 page views per day, that is probably a lot less than some of the local liberal/middle of the road blogs,” Russ wrote sarcastically.
I merely responded that the traffic on my blog was double that of Russ, and suggested that Rebane and Barry Pruett’s figures were even less than Russ. I suspect that’s a fact too.
I also had pointed out that commentators such as George are held to ethical standards of disclosure (including his own myriad political donations). I cited the New York Times ethic policy. It’s a fact.
And how did they respond? With the “d” word. It gets repeated throughout George’s blog.
Russ begun moderating his blog this weekend, meaning he is now previewing the comments before they are posted.
The “potty mouth” talk on Russ’ blog is also outlandish.
Many of the objectionable comments come from people who share George and Russ’ political views and comment regularly, including ones with anonymous names like “papertiger.” Russ also has chastised Todd Juvinall for his comments.
In short, the supposedly intellectual right-wing blogs in our county (whose authors are touted by The Union, county Republican Party and Tea Party) have turned into the Jerry Springer show.
My observation: Some of the people who represent the right in our community are coming unglued. It’s time for their compadres to rein them in.
BTW, we don’t use the “d” word here; just thoughtful, signed commentary. Thanks for that.