John McIntire has been fighting the good fight against the Rush Limbaugh / Fox News / Drudge Report machine for over a decade, and it appears he has finally been corrupted by it.
His latest post includes an open plea for more Ravenstahl dirt from his readers, with the vague suggestion that he’s heard something juicy. He is not asking for criticism of the Ravenstahl budget, of city services, or of development projects. He wants evidence of frat boy behavior, an overload of testosterone, and immaturity.
Also, since he is done misrepresenting the original Ravenstahl incident — remember, his claim that Regan was involved? — he has gone on to misrepresent Ravenstahl’s clear misjudgement in denying that incident, once again backed by just enough “truthiness” to inflate the issue. We believe, as most do, that McIntire’s account of the denial is shamelessly exaggerated and inaccurate.
McIntire has come to the conclusion that in order for the best candidate to win, that candidate needs to have media surrogates doing the campaign’s dirty work: promoting poorly sourced and exaggerated rumors, smearing character, and low name-calling.
He may tell us he’s just engaging in “snarkery,” but that’s what all the Limbaughs and Hannities and Savages of our world do: excuse themselves from fair and civil discourse when it serves their needs.
We believe candidate Bill Peduto when he denies any connection to McIntire’s odious campaign. Johnny Mac’s not doing his man any favors. If he keeps this up, people will have to start asking Mr. Peduto if he condemns McIntire’s ugly, classist rhetoric.
Mr. McIntire, righteous statesmen don’t win the way the charlatans do, by taking the Rush / Fox / Drudge path of dirt and distortion. Real statesmen, like the first President Clinton, win by elevating the debate, while making the issues personally relevant to the voters.
I can sense the good left in you, John McIntire. Let go your anger.