After it was made clear that "Gryphen" (his handle on the blog) was in fact Jesse Griffin, the blogger abruptly resigned from his job as a kindergarten aide at a local Anchorage school. . . .Note the passive construction, "it was made clear." By whom was it made clear? Carter gives no indication, and the unwary reader might be excused for supposing that Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck were responsible.
Since the story broke, some commentators have chosen to add their thoughts. Fox News has been the most prominent channel to televise news of rumors so far, with Bill O'Reilly referring to it as "nasty" and a "vicious attack;" Glenn Beck introduced the story as "Americans ignoring common sense." Fox News is watched by a more conservative audience than CNN or MSNBC. Could this have something to do with why the network is choosing to cover it while others are choosing to turn the other way? (Emphasis added.)
Given that Dan Riehl and I spent six days sweating blood to get this story, Mr. Carter's failure to acknowledge our work constitutes an attempt to deprive us of proper credit. He should rectify this oversight because, while I am tolerant and forgiving, Dan Riehl is from New Jersey -- IYKWIMAITYD -- and his umbrage is something no one should incur even by well-intentioned oversight, much less by purposeful insult.
Just in case anyone has arrived late at this news, here are links to major items, arranged in chronological order, in the development of the "Gryphen"/Griffin story:
- Aug. 1: "Palin Divorce Gossip 'Completely False'" -- American Spectator
- Aug. 1: "Quote From Sarah Palin" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 1: "If Your Mother Says She Loves You, Check It Out" -- American Spectator
- Aug. 2: 'Mommy, Why Does My Kindergarten Teacher Lie About Sarah Palin?' -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 2: "Is This Sarah Palin's Gryphen?" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 3: "Don't Threaten Dan, Griffin" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 4: "E-Mail to Jesse Griffin" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 4: "Jesse Griffin: Troubling Revelations" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 5: "Jesse Griffin's Been Lying to His Friends, Too?" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 5: "Jesse Griffin Explained" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 5: "Jesse Griffin Just Keeps Lying" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 5: "Give Jesse Enough Rope" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 5: "Jesse Griffin: Latest Developments" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 5: "Real Facts, Riehl Theory" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 6: "Exit, Lying: School's Out for Anti-Palin Blogger Jesse Griffin" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 6: "Of Moonbats and 'Minions'" -- The Other McCain
- Aug. 6: "What Is Jesse Griffin Telling Us?" -- Riehl World View
- Aug. 7: "Why Did Jesse Quit the Kindergarten?" -- Riehl World View
BTW, Dan and I have had the help of various Web scavengers who have not sought credit for their contributions to this investigation. Yet I freely acknowledge, as I am sure Dan also would do, that we could not have done this without the assistance of many unnamed others.
Because I've got other work to do, I'm content to let Dan handle things from here on out. Be sure to check Riehl World View for any further developments. And now, the unofficial Dan Riehl theme song: "Cheap" I wish. It's a labor of love.