Oh, yeah? As Digby says about making hay of the Manchurian Beefcake:
"Paraphrasing a comment I read somewhere yesterday (apologies to the author) "pay no attention to the naked gay conservative male prostitute sitting in the middle of the family values white house living room." Goldberg affects a jocular dismissiveness for a reason. He knows what a real story is and he knows how they work. And he is trivializing this one because it is actually quite dangerous.
Meanwhile, on the left we have much handwringing by commenters over this not being a "gay" story and how we should concentrate on the national security angle and how it's really about access etc, etc. We too are ignoring the naked, gay conservative prostitute in the midde of the family values white house living room. And this is where they get us."
He's right, of course. It's been amusing to see the pundits get all shy about the Guckert/Gannon-connected websites and ads that have been uncovered in the last few days - nothing particularly shocking to your garden-variety gay man, anyway, and a lot less weird than the str8 porn spam that crreps into my Inbox from time to time. Where's the prurient interest angle gone, anyway, especially regarding such an honest, dignified, upright and moral White House like this one? Someone sponsored this guy into his Press Room Day Passes, someone with White House connections, outside and/or inside - otherwise, it's the most porous gateway we have, excepting maybe the Canadian. It's Journalism 101 to ask the obvious questions, and I see nothing wrong with pressing the professional Press to complete the assignment.
The Potato (Rice, Pasta, Bean, &c.) Eaters
Fine post by David Neiwert at Orcinus (via Atrios) on the Immigrant Threat. Too bad he left out the Irish in his examples - there's a cartoon here that Michelle Malkin would love, if the guy perched on the edge of the pot was just wearing a different head covering.