I find the argument above [that the majority of DKos posters are anti-Israel] to be the kind of cherrypicking that begins with the conclusion and will not be deterred. At best, these are your impressions. But to it all, I add two notions. You are hearing the deafening volume created buy a small group of extremely loud and obnoxious true believers and imagining it is a multitude. The majority, I believe, are put off by the raw and contentious tenor of IP debate, and so either distance themselves from it, or hold less fervent positions (certainly not hate) in the absence of extensive consideration. And that is my opinion, though a real poll would be interesting.I agree a real poll would be interesting, though it should be noted that Eric S wrote what he wrote in response to the following comment I wrote:
I can understand the desire to hope that the larger community does not hate Israel, but I would have to dispute your conclusion. I believe the larger community clearly does not discuss Israel on a day to day basis, but, after the release of Jimmy Carter's book and the subsequent lauding of Jimmy Carter by the vast majority of the community, I feel the resulting comments speak for themselves. Lest we forget the diary that Meteor Blades, an admin, wrote. Lest we forgot the hundreds of responses to that diary, from individuals who normally do not post on the subject. And lest we forget the infamous Jerome a Paris, who wrote a diary recently about the Iranian Holocaust cartoons, advocating they brought up a legitimate debate, in response to which Markos himself said "worst timed diary ever - get this off the site, or at the very least, repost it after the election." Do I believe the majority of Kossacks are quite as passionately anti-Israel as the posters who regularly post on the subject? Of course not - if they were, they would be posting on the subject. But when the issue becomes mainstream and bigtime users post diaries on the subject, it becomes clear where the majority of Kossacks stand. I say this as someone who has read DKos for years prior to deciding to open an account. This is not to say that there are not a what I believe to be a minority of Kos posters who I have the utmost respect for and would even vote for, should they run for election. I want to be very clear that I do not believe the entirety of Kos is like a Borg entity that thinks alike. I won't name the posters in this comment (as I know if I name them, then there will be cyberstalkings of them), but we both know who I am talking about when I say there are some extremely intelligent and thoughtful posters on there, despite the morass of the majority.Are the majority of Kossacks anti-Israel? The only way to know is to see a poll on the subject. It is clear that a majority of Kos posters who post on the subject are extremely anti-Israel. It is my contention, based on the comments in diaries I have seen that hit the 'most recommended' list, that most Kossacks in general are also anti-Israel, but certainly Eric S is right that the only proof that this is the case would be found in a poll on the subject that somehow was answered by a majority of Kossacks. Fair point. Thanks again, Eric S, for stopping by. You can let Kossacks know that while I am amused by what happened, I do not hold a grudge and hold no anger towards DKos. Rather, I take the experience as an important lesson in the hypocrisy of those who claim to value free speech. It's yet another chapter in the same old tactics of 'anti-zionists.'