At last the truth comes out…
Each and every blog and blogger you read in the liberal blogosphere is written by the one and only Steve Benen (except for Skippy):
Steve Benen, the liberal blogger who runs The Carpetbagger Report, has recently been discovered to be the sole author of almost every liberal blog dealing with U.S. politics on the internet, blog readers recently discovered.
At first Benen was writing The Carpetbagger Report and allegedly guest blogging on sites such as TalkingPointsMemo, the Washington Monthly’s blog, Political Animal, and Crooks and Liars. However, a visitor to TalkingPointsMemo, who saw a video of the alleged author and blog founder “Josh Marshall,” immediately recognized him to be actor Marshall Mappschteen, with whom he had performed “Guys and Dolls” in college. A phone call to Mappschteen resulted in revelations that eventually uncovered Benen as the author of more than 260 liberal blogs. Subsequent investigation revealed that popular “bloggers” Atrios and Political Animal’s Kevin Drum are actually fellow league bowlers whom Benen recruited to be fictitious front men.
The revelations caused Salon to put an end to their Blog Report, a supposed roundup of items of interest on liberal and conservative political blogs compiled by Benen. “All the liberal blogs were him,” said “Skippy,” one of the few liberal bloggers who appears to really exist. “He was just linking to himself all over the place. It was unsanitary.”
Benen admitted that he had orchestrated and created the liberal blogosphere in order to create the impression that more people have liberal values than actually do. “I wanted the liberal presence on the web — and in the U.S. — to appear to be very, very big, much larger than it actually is,” admitted Benen, who welcomed the end of his deception as a chance to rest his hands. “I’ve been suffering from carpal tunnel something awful,” he said.
Now that the truth is out, who’ll run the blogs?
On a more serious note, I’m sorry to see that The Blog Report is no more:
The Blog Report closes its doors: Three years and 12,000 blog posts later, the Blog Report is no more – Regrettably, Salon.com has decided to close down the Blog Report, which I’ve been editing for more than two years, after inheriting the site from my friend Peter Daou. It’s been a pleasure highlighting content from the left, right, and center, from blogs with 15 readers or 150,000 readers, and everyone in between. Thanks to the Blog Report’s readers for all the support.
When Peter Daou (who now serves as HRC’s Internet Director) started The Daou Report, which morphed into the The Blog Report, it was one of the first websites to track internet discussion. Alas… All good things come to an end.
On a final note… To set the record straight: I am not and never have been Steve Benen.