Silence Is GoldenKnoxville News-Sentinel political and blog reporter Michael Silence took it upon himself to personally insult yours truly in print this week. After pondering the matter at no small amount of depth, I have decided that I simply cannot be angry with Silence. After all, this is a man who I once praised to Tennessee House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower and most of the House Republican Caucus as "the best political reporter in the State," despite the fact that I frequently disagreed with his angle.
So rather than be angry, I'd like to personally thank Silence. Because he has run this column which twisted my intent, if not my words, I am quite sure that traffic on this weblog will increase. I am also certain that this latest salvo into the realm of personal character assassination may be some small attempt to increase the ever-lagging readership of the News-Sentinel, which is mercifully losing ground to the blogosphere on a daily basis. Hence, I really can't blame the man for trying to save his job, since anyone who has read my work with regularity knows that despite my criticism of certain newspapers, I have always had a fondness for what Jack Lail calls "newspapering."
Further, I can't help but wonder if this week's Silence column may be the result of some temporary dysfunction of Michael's otherwise-capable cranium. As Rob Huddleston points out, Silence is known to have these airy removals from reality from time to time, such as when he predicted that Barack Obama was going to carry Knox County (not even close).
No one has to agree with what I write in order for me to befriend them, so it might shock Silence to know that I even have friends who are Democrats, and some of those voted for Obama.
Oh well, at least Silence is a Cubs fan-unless he also abandoned the Blue in another temporary cranial dysfunction.