Official statement from Edwards: Amanda and Shakes not fired!
The Edwards campaign has issued its official statement: Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan are not fired!
Statement on Campaign BloggersThe Edwards camp showed real courage today. They stuck by their bloggers in the face of a targeting attack by right wing extremists. In so doing they demonstrated many admirable qualities that will serve them well in the months ahead: Loyalty to their own staff, responsiveness to the progressive blogosphere as a whole, and a solid understanding of how blogging works as a medium. The netroots scored a big victory today as well. The right wing blogosphere can be neutralized through coordinated action. The era of intimidation is over.
John Edwards in News
2/08/2007 at 11:36 AM EST
The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.
[HT: Liza Sabater.]