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The Silence of the Scams

TNR’s Jason Zengerle has published an e-mail in which Markos Moulitsas urged his fellow liberal bloggers not to write about the burgeoning scandal involving his Crashing the Gate co-author Jerome Armstrong:

Why the strange silence in the face of such damning allegations? Well, I think we now know the answer. It’s a deliberate strategy orchestrated by Kos. TNR obtained a missive Kos sent earlier this week to “Townhouse,” a private email list comprising elite liberal bloggers, including Jane Hamsher, Matt Stoller, and Christy Hardin Smith. And what was Kos’s message to this group that secretly plots strategy in the digital equivalent of a smoke-filled backroom? Stay mum! He wrote (emphasis added below): […]

My request to you guys is that you ignore this for now. It would make my life easier if we can confine the story. Then, once Jerome can speak and defend himself, then I’ll go on the offensive (which is when I would file any lawsuits) and anyone can pile on. If any of us blog on this right now, we fuel the story. Let’s starve it of oxygen. And without the “he said, she said” element to the story, you know political journalists are paralyzed into inaction.

He also has a theory about why the liberal bloggers on the listserv are complying. If you need to get caught up on the scandal, check out Jim Geraghty’s post on the subject.

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