On the front page of this morning’s Washington Post a local blogger and his efforts are detailed in a story titled, “Muscling a Web Site Into a Social Movement.” (The author is Nick Miroff.)
While it’s pretty plain that the author and his editors don’t care much for Greg Leticq I can’t help but provide some mild applause for their handling of the topic of Greg and his Blog, Black Velvet Bruce Li. For the most part, they report accurately on BVBL and the topics presented there. I did have a few items of minor complaint:
First, as Greg himself mentioned on BVBL this morning, Greg has never actually called Faisal Gill a terrorist. You can read Greg’s clarification directly, and I suggest you go do that.
Second, I just love the Post making a condescending remark about a blog “making up in passion what it lacks in proof.” That’s said as if the Post weren’t guilty of the same behavior. (Pot, meet kettle.)
Third, and most importantly, I don’t agree with or approve of the Post’s attempts to conflate the issues people have with illegal “immigrants” with “a general unease about the large influx of Hispanic residents who have moved to the region in the past decade…” I’ve said repeatedly and so have most of the rest of the conservative blogosphere that I don’t have any issue at all with legal immigrants. I have a problem with illegals – Hispanic or otherwise – who “reside” here. Those issues are not interchangeable. I’d like to see our legal aliens make more efforts at assimilating into American culture, yes. I don’t have a “general unease” about them, so long as they adhere to the law.
All of that said, I want to be sure my assessment about this article isn’t lost or overlooked. If the Post’s treatment of him seemed a little slanted, it was only a teeny bit slanted. Any bias in this article was extremely mild and I found it close enough to being completely objective that it’s hardly worth arguing over. In fact, this is some of the best objective reporting I’ve read in a long time when the subject was something the Post normally treats with disdain. Well done, Mr. Miroff.
And well done, too, to Mr. Letiecq. I’m glad you’re here doing what you do. The community needs you.