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tledford Donating Member (633 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:15 AM
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What the hell is "the professional left" anyway?
Did Gibbs name any names?

I have never seen any sign that such a thing as a "professional left" exists; if it does, I'd like to know more, as I would be inclined to send it my resume and see if I could get a job with it.

:-)
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cottonseed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:18 AM
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1. See how 80% of the postings here are those whining? That's the answer you seek.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:01 PM
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8. Oh, so its 80% of the traffic on DU. Hey, if that makes us pros, when does DU start paying us?
And do you suppose that encompasses 80% of DU posters -- or do we just post more.

In any case, I will now undertake the primary function we professional leftists perform on here: WHINE, WHINE, WHINE!

There, that's enough -- I'm too much of a lazy sectarian elitist to put more effort into my whining.

;-)
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spiritual_gunfighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:09 PM
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9. 80% I think it is even more than that
Which begs the question if you dont respect the feelings of the overwhelming majority of this board, why are you here?
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:05 PM
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16. I haven't seen any whining... at least from thE 80%
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:18 AM
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2. If you have to ask, it's not you.
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killbotfactory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:19 AM
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3. It doesn't matter what Gibbs meant. The professional left is whoever you want it to be
That way there's room for everyone to be offended!

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tledford Donating Member (633 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:07 PM
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10. I'm not certain that even Gibbs had any idea what he meant. eom
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:55 PM
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14. Gibbs was talking about my German Shepard, she's offended
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 06:56 PM by uponit7771
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Powdered Toast Man Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:27 AM
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4. Apparently anyone who comments DU n/t
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:37 AM
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5. Opposite of the amateur right ?
:shrug:
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:47 AM
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6. I'm applying for a federal grant to study that.

Wish me luck.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:52 AM
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7. Dunno
search me?

:shrug:
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:59 PM
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11. Sounds like a right-wing talking point
like "liberal elite". That is what bothers me about the phrase. It doesn't really mean anything, but sounds negative to the uninformed.
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Hansel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:51 PM
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12. Since he mentioned he watches too much cable news
I suspect he's talking about people like Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, and probably some of the pundits they have on. Arianna Huffington and James Carville come to mind, although Carville did a mea culpa recently. And just about every so called "progressive journalist" that goes on Morning Schmoo is only allowed on there if they are going to criticize the administration.

I'm amazed at the number of people on this board who think criticizing media personnel, whether on the left or right, is the same as insulting your base. I could give a flying crap what he says about any of them, except maybe Rachel Maddow because she has earned my respect. Most of them are sensationalists peddling gossip and have egos as big as Texas.

Rachel has her times, but she makes solid arguments based on principle and backs them up with facts. And she has no problem correcting herself when she is wrong on the facts.

These folks have finally clawed themselves into prime time air that has been dominated by the right and as far as I'm concerned, all but Rachel have wasted the opportunity they could be using to provide real leadership and give progressives a genuine fact based voice and a call to action. They waste nearly every minute whining and exaggerating the flaws of this administration and anyone that doesn't operate in lock step with what they want done.

They aren't holding anyone's feet to the fire because they haven't earned the respect necessary to make anyone in power listen to them. You don't peddle gossip, insult people and accused them of operating in bad faith--without having all the facts--and expect them to listen you. They are wasting theirs and our time.

They are not the moral equivalent of Fox but the quality of their programming is nearly as useless.

The professional left are paid political journalists, talk show hosts and pundits, and commentators. They aren't us.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:59 PM
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15. Thank you! Are so many people so obtuse as to not know this?
It's obvious to me (not to mention he SAID who he meant in his press briefing).
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Hansel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:09 PM
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17. Alas, it appears so. nt
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:55 PM
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13. Those who complain about what Obama has NOT done and wont work to get him congressional resources...
...to move further left?

TIA
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