You'd think there was no news out there if you were a Daily Caller reader. Because the Really Big News on the Daily Caller concerns a Heritage Foundation guy by the name of Rob Bluey. Rob is upset, and claims that Jesse Lee, the White House new media guy, is 'bullying' people on Twitter. Note: that link goes to Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson's whine cellar.
One such example happened last week in a dispute over the budget.
Eder posted this tweet: “Hmm…it can’t be true that @SenateDems haven’t passed a budget in 790 days and the only plan Obama has is a speech. Right, @jesseclee44?”
To which Lee responded: “@keder @SenateDems Plan is keep negotiating w/ Rs & Ds, not default & trash economy, not voucherize Medicare to fund more tax cuts for rich.”
Give me a break. If this is bullying, I'm writing this upside down while hanging from a tree in upside-down land, where everything right side up is upside down. Compare and contrast Jesse Lee's response with this one from Andrew Breitbart:
Well, maybe not bullying. Maybe more like flaming someone. But whatever. I debated even writing about this, except that the point of Mr. Bluey's whine is so disingenuous. First, he whines about Jesse Lee, and then likens that to White House bullying of the press. Only, the three examples he gives of this alleged bullying have nothing to do with Jesse Lee or Twitter or the White House. Maybe he could actually take aim at the guy responsible for two of them -- Jay Carney, and then tell the truth about the White House response to Mark Halperin's stupidity on the air last week.
Bullying online is real and it's scary when it happens. Trivializing it this way for political whine points is yet another cynical effort to pin the tail on the white house donkey when it's still stuck to the elephant. While I expect little more from the likes of Tucker Carlson, I thought the esteemed Heritage Foundation was above such idiocy.
Oh, wait. Here's why, via Jason Linkins on the Huffington Post:
"The Heritage Foundation was on the receiving end last week from both Lee and White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, both of whom maintain official White House accounts on Twitter that are subject to archival under the Presidential Records Act," writes the article's author, Rob Bluey, who is also the director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. So, basically, this whole article is just a complicated way of asking Lee to please stop criticizing the Heritage Foundation on Twitter. What a world!
Aw, Tuckie. Get the bad bully for Rob Bluey, pretty please?