I was very disturbed to read yesterday that Alaska Rep. Mike Doogan had taken it upon himself to “out” the anonymous blogger, AK Muckraker, publishing the formerly anonymous blogger’s name in his legislative newsletter.
So I guess this is what elected officials do in Alaska, run down vindictive personal vendettas against anyone who opposes them. How Boss Tweed of him. AKM has only ever posted personal opinion and facts. But it seems this is a bad thing to do, in Mike Doogan’s eyes. He didn’t sue for slander, or libel, or defamation of character, or anything else. No, this was just to try to hurt AKM because apparently that’s the kind of guy he is. Forget freedom of the press, forget freedom of expression. Many, if not most, of the bloggers I’ve read are anonymous, and for good reason. Apart from cyber-stalking, there is real-world stalking. Let’s hope Rep. Doogan is still above anything like that, but frankly any integrity he may have had is demolished in my eyes.
By shining a light on the political machinations up there, AKM garnered a whole lot of attention for what has been the wittiest, best-written political blog I’ve ever read. Let us hope this is not an end to it.