Usually, I ignore personal attacks from people of other parties. However, today, Jason Cherniak, the administrator of Liblogs, somebody who claims to want debate on the issues, somebody who claims to respect people of other parties, posted a personal attack against the majority of New Democrats on the Internet.
Now, it seems like this personal attack came from "he said, she said" arguments coming from the Ontario minimum wage debate. Personally, I don't care what the reasoning for Cherniak to begin personally attacking New Democrats was, I'm just rather angry that he did it.
Anyways, what was the personal attack that Cherniak made against most New Democrats? Well, he claims, and is trying to get the media to report this, that New Democrats on the Internet are extremist and unwilling to debate properly.
To "prove" this assertion, he provides three links. One to Bread 'N' Roses, a far left feminist forum. Another to Le Revue Gauche, an anarchist. And final one to Politics’n'Poetry, a self professed "Feminazi".
Unfortunately, these sites, with respect to them, are on the ideological margins of New Democratic thought on the Internet. Most New Democrats on the Internet are actually center-left moderates who want to debate issues and do it with common decency. Yes, there are a few exceptions, and they know who they are, but it is unfair to paint all New Democrats on the web in such a manner.
I mean, it's possible to grab three links to Liberal websites that espouse extremist views and claim that all Liberals on the Internet are like this; however, that claim would be plain wrong.
So I mentioned this to Cherinak. His reponse: "It could just be the Ontario group that are like this."
Wow, so now Ontario New Democrats are extremists. Somehow, I'd think bloggers like Devin Johnston, Dinner Table Donts, and Rambling Socialist would be surprised to find out that they are extremists all of a sudden.
It's interesting too, because Le Revue Gauche is an Albertan, and Politics’n'Poetry is from Saskatchewan.
So personally, I'd like to see an apology to Blogging Dippers from Jason Cherniak on his personal attacks. I won't speak for everybody else, but I am a moderate, centre-left New Democrat, and I don't like to told that I'm actually a far-left one, because I'm not. I'm pretty sure that other New Democrats on the Internet feel the same way.
I personally hope that Cherniak will do the right thing.