The needs of a web site like mine that would absolutely love to have someone kick in $60k a year to support me and the radio show are apparently highly different that one that has millions of dollars invested at the start.
For example for such a site like Tucker Carlson’s it is vital to stay relevant to the MSM so if things were rough and I needed a kick-start I would know that the easiest way to get MSM attention is to hit a conservative and there is no conservative the MSM lives to hit more than Sarah Palin.
Thus the Daily Caller decided to go quote Mike Tyson’s vile sexually charged attack on Palin inspired by Joe McGinnis’ book.
Alas poor Tucker, he hasn’t apparently been paying attention. McGinnis’ book has so little credibility and is so discredited even Keith Olbermann and the NYT are dissing it.
That misjudgment is bad enough but the decision to try to go after Dan Riehl, for pointing out this tactic was not so bright:
What is it with these sad little Beltway bois? Are they simply misogynistic and unable to pass up an opportunity to attempt to humiliate a successful woman with more clout and influence than the petulant little bow-tie boy, Carlson, has or will ever have? Or is it their inadequacy in the face of an attractive, accomplished woman like Palin that causes them to lash out so despicably?
1..Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller have much too thin a skin for this business
2..Sarah Palin is a lot tougher than anyone at the Daily Caller
3..The people at the Caller have no idea of how new media works.
Simple suggestion if you are a million dollar site trying to impress investors you don’t go after individual bloggers who hurt your feelings, particularly not Dan Riehl.
Also if you are going to object to Ladd Ehlinger attack ads, you have no business publishing what they did.
And do you really want to attract the attention of a film director who is known for making funny biting videos that skewer his opponents and tend to go viral? I think not.
This is a full You Fool moment!
God help the Caller if Ladd decides to parody them.
Update: Oh and #4 Sissy Willis has it all over him too.
Update 2: Stacy McCain discovers this can comments in calm and measured tones:
I talked to Dan Riehl about this and hope to have him on the show next week to discuss it further. I talked to Ladd Ehlinger who remembers well the statements of the Daily Caller against his over ca-36 and had these things to say:
“I wonder if the Concerned Blue Hairs of America will call for Matt Lewis to be blacklisted due to his association with the sexist and misogynistic Tucker Carlson and Daily Caller?”
“I find it utterly outrageous and shocking that Tucker Carlson despises women.”
“Perhaps if Tucker Carlson fired fake-conservative writers like Matt Lewis, he wouldn’t be in the money troubles he’s in today.”
None of this of course addresses the radio station itself that ran the base interview and a station actually broadcasting this kind of stuff, Stacy McCain again:
Does FCC know about this? How about AttackWatch? Now that I think of it, have we heard from Jill Filipovic, Jessica Valenti, Melissa McEwan or any of the other feminists? Because if Sarah Palin weren’t a Republican, I think they’d probably be outraged by this.
The moral of the story? I don’t know who is backing the radio station who allowed this stupidity, but if I had 3 million in backing and was looking for more I think I’d be smart enough not to repeat it.