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NT2 Pussies

April 13, 2015

“The U.S. Attorney, while castigating politicians in Albany for playing fast and loose with the ethical rules that govern their conduct, strayed so close to the edge of the rules governing his own conduct …” – Federal Judge Valerie Caproni.

We write this little political blog. We put our views out there and invite people to comment knowing that not everyone will agree with us. In fact, we know that some people are going disagree vehemently.

That said, we can still be sensitive to criticism. For example, a while back, we were pretty assertive in suggesting a counterpoint to the Preet narrative.

Even though we rather liked what he was doing in shining a light on Albany, we adopted a “let’s take the other side for a moment” posture.

We kept raising questions about Preet. We were pressing the cause of skepticism, for the sake of it.

Part of the rationale was that everybody in the media seemed to be jumping on the Preet bandwagon, especially the New York Times.

But what happened in response to our blog posts was that a lot of people wrote notes to us that were… well… unkind.

It was said that we were shills for Shelly. It was suggested that we must be on the Assembly payroll. We were called hacks and worse. The language got a little… ahem… salty.

What bothered us the most was that the criticism bothered us.

Our group sessions ran over in a kind of internal crisis of confidence.  We’re we off base with what we were saying?

And then came a comment from one of our more seasoned members: “Aren’t we being a little thin-skilled?!”

Think about that one: We’re anonymous writers of an obscure blog and we were getting jazzed up over some anonymous hate mail.

How could we ever hack it in the real world with the big boys and girls who get criticized daily by name in the media?

And a new respect came to us for all those public figures we and others feel so incredibly free to criticize. (Notwithstanding our previous post.)

But back to Judge Caproni. She has made the point that occurred to us months ago, which is that Preet should cut the grandstanding. He shouldn’t be opining on three-men-in-a-room or making sweeping statements about the political process in Albany or the integrity of public officials.  She said much of what we were saying – including questioning why a federal prosecutor in New York City is making speeches and giving media interviews across the state.

So now we feel a little better about ourselves, thanks to her comments. But, damn, we must really be pussies to react the way we did to a small amount of criticism.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 13, 2015 12:07 PM

    Don’t know who you guys are but I have an incredible amount of respect for you because you say what the mainstream media refuses to. Thanks.

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