Please Don’t Feed the Trolls
Noting Rosie Gray’s ridiculously smug piece in that learned journal of policy wonkdom known as Buzzfeed, our own Lucy Steigerwald reflects on the burning question of why Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash, “should-be friends to the whistleblower remained oddly quiet” on the subject of Bradley Manning’s recent conviction on espionage charges.
Yes, I wondered about that, too. From what I’ve heard, they’ve yet to comment on the campaign to free Mumia Abu Jamal. And now that you mention it — has anyone asked them about Jonathan Pollard?
As for Rosie Gray and BuzzFeed — however you’re supposed to spell it — they have a history. And here’s my own encounter with the charming Rosie, who, you can probably tell, lives and works in New York City (I’m guessing Brooklyn). I’ll take their sudden interest in the cause of liberty seriously when @BuzzfeedBen runs an outraged editorial protesting the Manning verdict and demanding Bradley’s immediate pardon.
There isn’t anything “odd” about the “silence” of Paul, Amash, Wyden, et al. What’s really odd is the idea that these political figures have some kind of moral responsibility to speak out about every issue at every point in time.