Harpers blogger snaps back at Coleman
After Ken Silverstein published a blog post questioning if Sen. Norm Coleman received his Neiman Marcus suits as a gift, Coleman defensively responded to a Pioneer Press reporter, blaming bloggers for trash reporting during the campaign season:
"First of all, every gift I've ever received has been reported, OK. But the idea of responding to the things bloggers throw out is something I'm not going to get into. There are very awful things that are said about people on the blogs," he said.
Now Silverstein is fighting back with comments on the post directed at Coleman's behavior.
In his post, Silverstein discusses the Coleman story as well as another that has received some buzz in the political world:
In other words, neither Coleman nor Keller wants to discuss the issues raised by the stories; both prefer instead to shift the topic and rail against “bloggers.” What’s particularly striking is that I gave both Coleman and Keller ample opportunity to comment before the stories were published. Both posts were based on interviews, public documents, and published accounts, and were reviewed by an editor before publication. Keller’s office refused to comment at all, whereas Coleman’s office refused to provide a simple “yes” or “no” answer to the question about his clothing purchases.
Politicians do this all the time: instead of answering questions, no matter how specific and direct, they hope a “no comment” or dissembling will kill a story. And it often works. I spent significant time on both the Coleman and Keller stories, and I reported what I knew to be true. I made clear in the specific case of Coleman’s wardrobe that I did not have all the details confirmed, but that the accounts I had were highly detailed and credible. And instead of replying, Coleman was, and remains, evasive. If he ever gives a straight answer, I’ll be happy to report it. But blaming “bloggers” should not be a substitute for elected officials replying to specific, detailed questions.
Coleman's argument is probably defunct at this point. Bashing bloggers won't get you very far these days, particularly when it causes enough buzz that the papers jump on the ship. This will be a long four weeks of excitement for his poor campaign employees.
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