Some of you probably read a recent article by Eclectablog titled Why I will never post another word at My.Firedoglake.com. He also posted it at Daily Kos.
Apparently Hamsher saw it because according to this post at Angry Black Lady, he got the following email from one of her employees.
The chances of you becoming a paid front pager somewhere have dropped significantly … Jane will never forget and she will bad mouth you to the major blog owners if your name comes up. She is a friend of Marcos [sic] and Josh Marshall and the guys who run the American Prospect and pretty much anyone on the liberal side of the blogs and you’ve made a major career fuck up.
I doubt he got that employee's permission to publish that email, but I'm very glad Eclectablog decided to go public with it. We've heard rumors of this kind of thing before, but this just confirms it.
Its past time for folks to wake up and smell the rancid brew this woman is creating. I doubt she has the power she thinks she has because - as just one example - Denise Oliver Velez now has a position on the front page of Daily Kos after writing one of the most damaging screeds on the internet about Hamsher.
What this email does expose is her motives and strategy. I think its high time that word got out and people started to ask proprietors at blogs like Daily Kos, Think Progress and the American Prospect to stand up and show their independence by denouncing Hamsher and any associations they might have had with her.
And as for her delusions of grandeur - lets show Ms. Hamsher just what we can do without her on the pragmatic progressive blogs. I'm with Eclectablog on this one!
If the cost of being a paid liberal blogger is kowtowing to someone who will try to destroy your career if you say something negative about her, I won’t pay that price. I probably make more money in my day job than Jane does keeping the internet safe from pragprog Obama supporters and I can blog circles around her doing it as a hobby.
UPDATE: I keep re-reading this line from the email:
Jane will never forget and she will bad mouth you to the major blog owners if your name comes up.
I hate to sound all CT and stuff, but WTF! Do the proprietors of the blogs she mentioned have to check in with Jane before they promote someone? I really think its time they answered that question. After all, its one of Jane's employees saying this. Either its scare tactics (which is bad enough) or that employee has just divulged the hand that Jane wields. Which one is it?