Thursday, July 25, 2002

STOP THE GOSSIP
Over at Amy Wellborn's comments, readers are taking Rod Dreher and others to task for propagating the "gay cardinal" rumor.

I'm glad. If there's something there, expose it. If not, shut up. And I don't care "how journalism works." If the presence of a gay cardinal is the disaster Dreher says it is, then that shouldn't prevent him from going public. In case he hasn't noticed, there's these things called "web logs" and other media that allow one to make writings public without having to go through an editor.

Well, that might cost him his job. So what? If exposing the gay cardinal is the moral imperative Dreher is saying it is, then why should that stop him. Is that too great a sacrifice to make?

But Dreher wants to have it both ways. He wants to get the "benefit" of exposing the gay cardinal while not sacrificing anything himself. But when someone is saying something is really important, but is not willing to put his own neck on the line to expose it, I get suspicous.
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