Mike Elk shines a light on the vicious, narcissistic, lying bully that is Firedoglake’s founder. He reveals that Jane Hamsher, far from being a tireless defender of the little man, is actually anti-union. This kerfuffle began when Elk objected to Hamsher going to bat for Arianna Huffington against bloggers who organised a boycott against the Huffington Post after Huffington sold the HuffPo to AOL without them seeing a penny of the money.
Now, I’d like to make it clear that while I support the idea of a HuffPo boycott, it’s for their disgraceful journalistic standards – such as writing ‘health’ articles promoting the long-since debunked vaccine scares – and not for profiting from her tacky website while the bloggers received nothing. Elk and the other bloggers willingly gave their services free of charge when asked, and so Huffington did not exploit their labour or cheat them out of money they were due, as they claim. But it nevertheless shows that Jane Hamsher isn’t the staunch supporter of the little man against privileged elites she likes to pretend she is.
As for the exchange Elk has with her, well, it’s classic Jane Hamsher: for starters, she is deliberately dishonest about what he writes and distorts it to cast herself as the victim:
On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM, Mike Elk wrote:
Wow Jane you’re the name caller and I’m the one with no ability to conduct analysis.
You just have no shame Jane and I defended you when people in the labor movement called you a Botox liberal
On May 12, 2011, at 6:22 PM, Jane Hamsher wrote:
So now you’re making mysoginistic [sic] slurs on top of it all: “botox liberal.”
It’s embarrassing when people like you try to call yourself “liberals.”
Of course, anyone with a 5 year old’s level of literacy can see Elk did nothing of the sort, in fact talked about defending her from other people who called her that. She proceeds to attack him with slurs about mental illness, knowing full well Elk has Asperger’s syndrome, which he calls her out on. To which he gets this response:
On May 12, 2011, at 5:39 PM, Jane Hamsher wrote:
You don’t have “analysis,” you’re either a liar or you have no ability to discern the truth.
You can’t blame either on asperger’s syndrome. That’s not a symptom. Your reflexive crouch into tribalism and “poor me” to excuse reprehensible behavior is really feeble.
This may be due to the fact that you’re incredibly sick, and unable to discern reality. In that case I wish you the best, and hope you’ll seek help. Failing that, you’re just a liar and a bad faith artist. But this list is not a place for you to be working through either of those issues.
Self-awareness is not Hamsher’s strong point. It’s she who ‘crouches into tribalism’ and self-pity to excuse her own appalling behaviour, as she is doing in the very same email that she accuses Elk of this. Elk attempts to be civil, and never actually insults her – he merely says he wouldn’t want her to be his shop steward, an opinion fully justified by Hamsher’s anti-union activities which are the subject of Elk’s post – and she reveals herself to be an extremely nasty human being. Afterwards, Hamsher sends one of her cult members to send Elk a “You’ll Never Work In This Town Again” email. I have friends on Twitter who have reported receiving this threatening treatment from Hamsher subordinates after daring to call her out loudly and boldly, so this too can be chalked up to typical Hamsher behaviour.
It goes without saying that “it’s embarrassing when people like” this pathetic excuse for a human being “try to call themselves liberals”, not Elk.