Discipline must be enforced, and Salon.com has taken up the role as ideological and partisan enforcer.
"Stop Snitching!" Salon's Joan Walsh shouts at liberal pundits who note that Obamacare's implementation is not going very well:
On the one hand, yes, it’s important for Democrats to acknowledge when government screws up, and to fix it.
On the other hand, when liberals rush conscientiously to do that, they only encourage the completely unbalanced and unhinged coverage of whatever the problem may be.
Those libertarian boys are nothing but TROUBLE! Then comes Tom Watson, who warns liberals worried about government spying on them not to talk to the boys on the other side of the tracks -- that is, the libertarians:
It is fatally compromised by the prominent leadership and participation of the Libertarian Party and other libertarian student groups; their hard-core ideology stands in direct opposition to almost everything I believe in as a social democrat.
In this same vein, a writer at Alternet warned liberal readers that libertarian writer Radley Balko was a libertarian who consistently worried about police abuse of power and overzealous prosecution, even when the defendant was unlikable.
Without Salon and Alternet, who knows what might happen — maybe trans-partisan cooperation on important issues!