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The wingers have a boner for Glenn Greenwald

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That has to be one of the explanations for the right-wing blogosphere’s fixation on the ace blogger and author, with all the attempts to sling mud and investigate Glenn’s private and professional life. Perhaps it’s because Glenn has continually reported and analyzed, in great detail, the malfeasance going on in the Bush Administration — enabled by the political establishment and MSM — that has resulted in the shredding of the Constitution. The obsessive level of the attacks suggests the former, IMHO. 😉

Glenn decided to take on the charges (good for you!), which involved addressing the swirling, incorrect speculation and accusations about his law practice, where he lives, where and how he comments on other blogs — even his sexual orientation (they accuse him of being closeted, when in fact he’s out).

I’ve read repeatedly that I’m a closeted homosexual and even that I sued to keep my sexual orientation a secret. And needless to say, a central part of the ad hominem attacks from pro-Bush bloggers has now become a homophobic concentration on such matters.

I’ve been openly gay for 20 years. Despite the claims that I have tried to hide this and even sued to keep it a secret, the way the investigative geniuses of the right-wing blogosphere “discovered” that I was gay was that my partner and I commenced a lawsuit in 1996 which, among other things, sought a ruling that the “spousal communication” privilege statute in New York — which bars compelled disclosure of the marital communications between spouses in litigation — applied equally to gay spousal couples, on the ground that the plain language of the statute compelled that meaning and, alternatively, that it is unconstitutional to deny gay couples the same right heterosexual couples have to not disclose their marital communications in lawsuits. As a result, there are online judicial decisions from that case detailing that we commenced the litigation based upon claims of equivalency between our spousal relationship and those recognized by law.

I just did my multiple-city book tour with my partner on every stop and there are newspaper stories about the book which reference that. I don’t believe the state has the right to use its coercive power to promote heterosexual relationships over homosexual ones, and I’ve consequently done substantial gay rights work in the past, primarily in law school, and there was ample media coverage of some of that work. I don’t write much about gay issues because I don’t really have a lot to say that I think is particularly unique — although I have written about gay issues on my blog several times before — but the last thing I have done is tried to conceal my sexual orientation.

Having said all of that, I have been surprised — although I probably shouldn’t be — at how quick and pervasive is the attempt to make all sorts of gay slurs when responding to my posts now that they “discovered” these facts. Despite all the lip service that is paid by Bush supporters to not subscribing to anti-gay bigotry, it is striking how widely acceptable those sorts of attacks are.

I get all kinds of mail from bible beaters, wingers and right-wing nutcases all the time, certainly the Blend doesn’t generate blogosphere back talk at the level or “quality” Glenn experiences (for good reason — his work is really hitting the political nervous system). It all makes you wonder about the psychological stability of the right wing blogosphere.

What’s frightening is that too many people of the LGF/Red State/Powerline mindset are actually running the damn government.

Check out these other recent posts of Glenn’s:
* Journalists: It’s time for some articles on the pro-Bush blogosphere
* Extremism in the right-wing blogosphere – con’t

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