I used to read AMERICAblog
every day until the author, John Aravosis, started to bash several democratic senators. At first I thought it was funny, but the tenor of the vitriolic seemed to increase with every post. His comments often had little to with any of the political subjects of the day.
He would talk about a candidates lack of hair, their physique, or their use of the English language in a particular phrase. He would do this to build up the person in congress that he liked that day, or in some cases he just seemed to like to hear himself talk. I began to find it annoying. If he is so smart (and he does tell you point blank
his opinion of himself), why was he bothering to discuss such trivial and pointless issues? (And why does
he sound like such a dick on television?)
In the comments section of the blog Aravosis' words and agenda would be echoed with little room for a dissenting voice. The form of Aravosis' message and the ensuing echoes would go something like this, "Such-and-such a democratic congressperson is a (insert insult here), pass it on!"
I finally took his link off of my main blog roll, and placed him in the Attack of the Crab People
section. (That's right above the Lektroids from planet 10
section.) His blog may have improved in tone since the moment in time I describe... I don't really know, I don't read it anymore. I enjoy reading opinions that differ from mine, but I don't enjoy reading vitriolic and useless information.
In a recent comment I left on a blog about the recent decision by Democratic Congressional leadership to fund the Iraq war because they are unable to override Bush's veto, I got merely this link
as a response. Any personal message or illumination that the author of the comment might of made was turned over entirely to the opinion and agenda of John Aravosis. And what did Aravosis say?