I just received the following via email:
I would have appreciated it if you would have asked me about the “delisting” of Howling Latina from LeftyBlogs.com – before you assumed it had anything to do with her views on the presidential race.
LeftyBlogs.com is an aggregator of local progressive political blogs. The emphasis is on LOCAL.
Lately, we’ve working overtime to get LeftyBlogs running in a more stable and consistent way. To that end, we recently removed about one thousand blogs from the aggregator. The vast majority were dead blogs. But a few dozen were blogs that weren’t doing local content anymore.
Among those was Howling Latina, whose focus has become almost entirely the presidential race.
Personally, I don’t care what her views are. I understand that her position is controversial in the Virginia blogosphere, but you can rest assured that I’m WAY too busy to be personally tracking every twist and turn in the various slapfights that bloggers engage in from time to time around the country.
It’s my goal to ensure that LeftyBlogs is a big tent for progressives. Now and then I hear from folks who are upset by my broad definition. After all, what’s considered “lefty” or “progressive” in Oklahoma is a far cry from the way that people in San Francisco define those terms. So, I keep it a very big tent. The whole “PUMA” thing is silly, but it certainly fits inside my big tent.
As your blog tagline notes, all politics is local. And on LeftyBlogs.com, that’s about the only thing that matters.
President, Mandate Media
p.s. Feel free to quote this message on your blog. I just didn’t want it to get lost down there at comment #93.
And here is my response that I sent to Kari:
I apologize for not contacting you directly on this issue and making the assumption that the delisting was related to Howling Latina’s content. The leap I made was based on the series of posts in the Virginia blogosphere saying it. I was quite aware that Lefty Blogs has been working on the backend of things; in fact, I saw the notice up on the site about it. I just didn’t connect the two. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
More than anything, I appreciate that Lefty Blogs is the “big tent” that I thought it was. You reinforce my hope for Democrats.