I confess I haven't paid much attention to the "Kosola" controversy that's been making the rounds this week. Among other things, I just don't take that pack of nut jobs seriously enough to get worked up over their internal squabblings. That said, there are times when a story just jumps up and makes itself interesting and/or entertaining enough to catch your eye, whether you're "into" it or not.
This is one of those times.
Check out this post at TNR's "The Plank" blog, which features an email sent from Markos Moulitsas himself to a group of other leftoid bloggers, imploring them to ignore the story in the hopes that the "traditional media" won't pick it up:
I haven't gotten a single serious media call about it yet. Not one. So far, this story isn't making the jump to the traditional media, and we shouldn't do anything to help make that happen.
My request to you guys is that you ignore this for now. It would make my life easier if we can confine the story. Then, once Jerome can speak and defend himself, then I'll go on the offensive (which is when I would file any lawsuits) and anyone can pile on. If any of us blog on this right now, we fuel the story. Let's starve it of oxygen. And without the "he said, she said" element to the story, you know political journalists are paralyzed into inaction.
Yep, this one just crossed the entertainment threshold. Time to make some popcorn.
UPDATE: Hmm. The entire New Republic website is inaccessible this morning. DOS attack? Coincidence? Either way, the timing is certainly... entertaining.
UPDATE UPDATE: Back up now, about 20 minutes later. Most probably coincidence, but a pretty funny one.