I Guess This Is Goodbye

It’s not you, it’s me. I’m just not cut out for this gig. I was honored and thrilled to be asked to front a blog for a local t.v. station two or so years ago after having written my own for so long. I’d desperately tried to think of ways to parlay my love for self-publishing online into a paying job when one landed in my lap. I have Mike Sechrist, Steve Sabato and Terry Heaton to thank for that. The four of us forged ahead into a wild and woolly internet in the only way we knew how: with transparency, with gusto and with good intentions. I wouldn’t have signed on for the job if I thought NIT wouldn’t be true to what I thought blogging on the internet was, which is different from anything else that has come before it.

In taking on this position I was asked to maintain the voice I had established at Sparkwood & 21. That voice is irreverent, brash, sarcastic and opinionated. I was asked to highlight other bloggers in the Nashville area and to praise them, debate them, engage them, just the same as you would on any blog. WKRN really wanted to immerse themselves in the blogging community in a genuine and authentic way that would not scare smart bloggers into thinking we were out to make money off their content. I mean, in the end we wanted to, but not without the explicit consent of those involved. We wanted to reach out and create a real online community populated by real Nashvillians. I think we succeeded.

But by being me, by putting myself out there–with the ABC logo adorned to my sweater at all times–I became the target of some really hateful people. Being a professional blogger paid by a local news affiliate put me in a different category than everyone else. I became “the MSM.” It became okay to ask for my job. And hey, maybe that’s how it should be. Perhaps by being the beneficiary of a full-time blogging gig that a lot of people would love to have it means that I am a “pseudo-quasi-celebrity” who has to take the insults and criticisms and constant job threatening with the territory. But, I’m not cut out for it. I thought I was, but I’m not.

The internet is a mean place. I know, because I’ve contributed to the mean plenty. I think it’s even safe to say that some of the hatred displayed toward me was brought on by me. I readily admit to being snarky when I should have been thoughtful. I was dismissive and sarcastic, when I should have been more open-minded. But, posting all day, every day will do that to you. Blogging isn’t meant to be done that way, on the clock, 9-6. Feeling pressure to constantly update will make you do stupid, careless things, like link to a screed I find abhorrent without making it abundantly clear to anyone who passed by what I meant. It was a lazy post, and it’s my own fault that people misunderstood me. It’s because I’m burned out. It sounds lame, but blogging all day every day can wear you down pretty quick. Especially when you have thin skin, as I do.

See, I thought it would get thicker. And, in a way, I guess it did some. But it seemed as though people just got more and more vicious. For instance, in the past 24 hours alone the following things have been said about me:

And there you have it, the reason I turned in my resignation this morning. I do not want to be seen as a victim here, I only want to honestly tell you why I will no longer be authoring NIT. Your host is simply not cut from strong enough cloth. This is the internet. People are vicious. They are even more vicious when they fail to make any distinction between you and a feelingless, faceless media company. It’s easier to justify the venom that way. And while some people may get off on feeding those frenzies of hate, I do not. I tried to not let it affect me but it does. Every day. The tears and the stress are just not worth it.

I’ve been thinking about this decision for a long, long time, so don’t go thinking that anyone in particular won here. Nobody specifically pushed me out. This decision is the culmination of lots of long hours of pondering, checking myself, and wondering if I’ve got what it takes. I decided I don’t.

I cannot adequately express how much I’ve learned and loved and been inspired by the bloggers featured here at NIT. Much of what you gave me–in terms of support, laughter and wisdom–is invaluable. I am a better person for having taken on this job, and I’ll be forever grateful. It’s jut time for me to move on.

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  1. jag said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Oh no.

  2. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Not cool. Not cool at all.

    What are the odds that this would have happened after a left-wing pogrom?


  3. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    […] Brittney Gilbert resigned her position as blog producer at WKRN earlier this morning. I’m sure I’ll have a more extensive post about this some day, but not today. I am fully and completely at a loss for words. […]

  4. Kate O' said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Brittney, I’m really surprised, but I’m not unsympathetic to how hard this role must be for you for the very reasons you articulate. It’s a confusing role for the public to process: someone who has the platform of a news station, but the freedom of a citizen journalist. I think that’s been a tremendous strength here, but I can well understand how it may have cost you personally in terms of your being a lightning rod for the stuff you link to.

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and from what I do know of you, I know you will do well in your next adventure. I don’t doubt for a moment that you can take the tremendous professional experience and exposure you’ve gained from this job and parlay that into something even bigger and better for yourself. That is my fervent hope for you.

    All the best.


  5. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    I’m really sorry to see you leave. However, if you’re not happy…you’re not happy.

    Most of us work to live, not live to work, so I hope you find something you enjoy.

    In the mean time, I hope to see you around town with a smile on your face.

  6. Kathy T. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Brittney, This post just took the my breath away. It is a devastating announcement for bloggers in middle Tennessee. I only hope that the new GM will talk you into staying. Meanwhile, please know that you’re dearly loved and respected by the people who read NiT REGULARLY. Always a fan, Kathy T.

  7. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Oh, no. This sucks so unbelievably bad. *hugs* Anything I can do to help, my friend, I’m there for you.

  8. Tman said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    This sucks Brittney. You are bigger than this. I know I speak for a lot of Nashville bloggers when I say that you are making a mistake.

    Take a week off, go to a beach and drink some margaritas or something, but don’t let some internet trolls take away what you yourself considered a dream job years ago.

    But don’t let these idiots win. This is what they want, don’t give it to them.

  9. William said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Brittney, you must hang in if you can. See my blog:
    http://loosetncanon.blogspot.com/
    I realize the type of people you are up against. You are not alone and are much appreciated. Don’t let them get to you.

  10. megaphonic said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    aw, crap! this is very upsetting. i understand, i do… but i’m still sad that it’s come to this. i hope you will continue to keep up your blog over at sparkwood and 21 and not dissappear from us entirely.

    we’ll miss your voice, words, and perspectives.

  11. JDH said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I am sorry to hear this. I dont really comment often, but I follow the posts throughout out the day. It would be hard to do what you do and I certainly would not be able to handle all the faceless threats and viciousness. Good luck - you are an awesome writer. I’d like to see a book about your restaurant chronicles! I loved reading that on your personal blog. I am sure something bigger and better will become of this for you!


  12. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    This is awful, I’m sorry this has been so stressful for you. I wish you’d reconsider, but I respect that not everyone is built to take abuse and ridicule. I hope you find success elsewhere, and this doesn’t discourage you from blogging.


  13. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Ain’t right at all. :(
    .


  14. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    […] hope it’s a gag. But Brittney has apparently turned in her resignation at NIT due to some pants-shitting hysterics by a prominent moonbat blogger. Sad to see ya […]


  15. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Damn!

    From this side of the computer screen, you seem to be very good at your job.

    Here’s to hoping this is a bad dream.


  16. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Damn. I’m pissed off beyond measure.

  17. CeeElCee said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Above all, you have to do what makes you happy. If NiT isn’t it, then I’ll see you at Sparkwood.

    It’s not fair the way you have been treated (not by WKRN), but I learned a long timthe sooner you stop waiting for life to be fair, the sooner you can get on with living. I think you already knew that.

    I hope you find peace in this decision and a lot of us will always respect and treasure what you did to bring and hold this community together.

    Frowney

  18. chez bez said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I hate to read about why you are leaving, but I have to say that I always felt that your abilities and talents as a writer were quite limited in the NiT role.

    Whatever you do, I hope you find more time for your personal writing. Remember, Sparkwood & 21 is the reason I started Chez Bez. Kick back and relax for a bit, and I hope you find what you love soon.

    your friend,

    Mike

  19. holly said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Sigh. I would probably do the exact same thing, but the difference would be that I could never have done your job with your confidence, competence, intelligence, and openness in the first place. My best to you, and you will be missed.

  20. LeBlanc said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    I am shocked…and speechless.

  21. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    And Uncle knows this how, exactly?

  22. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I could cry. But I understand. You know I wish you only the best in wherever you go from here, and I hope we will still be seeing you not only around the blogosphere with your personal writing but at the usual get togethers and stuff.

    But still I am going to miss you here terribly and wish someone or something could change your mind, but I do understand.

  23. Emily said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    :(

  24. Paddy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Why didn’t you just apologize for saying nasty things about a man who cannot defend himself and leave it at that?

    Hysterics don’t become you, no matter what the anon emailers say.


  25. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    […] was very shocked and saddened to read this news.  Some of the things Britney said rang true for me.  When I started blogging, I thought […]


  26. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I hate to see you go. You have provided such a great community here that has introduced me to many people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’ve noticed from your personal blog that you have been stressed out for some time about this, and you’re right. There’s only so many personal attacks that you can let roll off your back before they start to sink in and affect your emotionally. You have to do what’s best for you, and if this is it, then I’m so happy for you. But I hate to see you go. You are irreplaceable.

    Thank you for everything.
    Grace


  27. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I’m so terribly sorry about all this.

    I guess I missed that last straw, not being online yesterday.

  28. Joe said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Brittney, I’m sorry to hear this. I must have missed what led up to this, but whatever it was, I hope your decision to resign is one you honestly feel will be beneficial to you and not merely a reaction. Your post reads like you’ve thought about it for awhile, so I hope that’s truly the case and you’re at peace with it. When we took the leap into blogging at NPT, you and NiT were the first place we went to, to learn about blogging and become part of the community. Your guidance led that way, and I’m exremely grateful.

    Best wishes, and good luck,
    Joe


  29. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Actually, now that I think about it, you’ve been trying to tell us this for a while, haven’t you?

    I just wish it didn’t have to come because some jerks acted like jerks.

    But you’ve made this grown man cry. I owe you so much, I can’t fully express it.

  30. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    The more I think about this, the more depressing this is…to think that someone can can feel compelled to quit her job because because of other folks’ shitty reading comprehension skills.

    The world really is run by C students.

  31. Les Jones said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Brittney, this sucks. I really don’t want to see you leave.

  32. Number9 said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    The sad part is that you were doing what you were hired to do and you did it well. I felt you had as much balance as anyone in the blogoshpere. Yet the greatest attack on you was for having balance.

    I know we don’t have a vote on this, but I hope Channel 2 will not accept your resignation. If I were your boss I would take you to a Tex-Mex lunch, buy a pitcher of Margaritas, and tell you why it was important to get through this tough patch.

    You write it is not about them but about you.

    But it really is about them. An unseen electronic forum of people that can reach a mass hysteria. This was mob rule. What is needed is a way to address that type of anarchy.

    Go have that lunch. And come back and teach these heartless bastards a lesson. You are the right person for the job. You have more support than you would ever imagine.

  33. David Oatney said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Brittney;
    Even though I rarely agreed with you on-well, on much of anything, I believe the blogosphere in Tennessee suffers a terrible loss by your decision today. I believe the work you were doing at WKRN is vital to the mainstream media and the blogosphere working together.

    I am terribly sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you’ll keep all of us in mind whenever you start your next blogging venture.

  34. Truman Bean said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Brittney,
    I was so sorry to read this news.
    Godspeed and Best wishes.

  35. WonderDawg said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I’m highly dismayed at this outcome Brittney. As we have talked before, we don’t agree on a lot of things, but I have the utmost respect for you and the path you have blazed to pull us together as a community. Friendships have been forged and I know by your efforts and encouragement, you are very much responsible for motivating us to perfect our craft, our writing, our photography and to pursue relationships… to share and discuss with great freedom and passion.

    Yes, you called to our attention when each of us had a time of need, yet you were there to quickly celebrate us when good things were happening in our lives! So my encouragement to you is to focus on all the good you’ve done – grab hold of those moments, embrace them, hold those memories in your heart, rather than the nameless who choose to judge, kick and belittle. “Go with those who’ll go with you and bless the rest” is still my wisdom nugget to you. Forgive them and move on. You don’t need to be dishonored in such a vile way.

    I celebrate you Brittney; this is truly a sad day for Nashville Is Talking.

    - Kerry Woo

  36. Stella said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    From 2,000 miles away this is so sad to hear. I completely understand, though…doing anything like this for so long would wear on anyone. Don’t underestimate yourself…your skin is thicker than you think. Thanks for all your support over the past couple of years!!

    And now…on to bigger and better!

    XOXO

  37. Lewis said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Sorry to see you go Brittney you have always been very pleasant to deal with at the station. I wish I had been around this morning to say goodbye in person. See ya good luck and I’ll miss seeing you around here.

  38. Joe P. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Just as there are professionals such as yourself who work to elevate the discourse on the internet, there are those who work relentlessly (likely for much money) to spread hatred, to threaten, and to pull down each and every web site that adds to that discourse. Especially against those sites maintained by women - an abhorent, vile trend.

    The mindlessness threats and derision have been utterly unwarranted on every single level, and display a deep lack of awareness of NiT and you, Brit. And, no, I could not endure such hatred very long either.

    I remain a constant supporter, devoted reader and admirer.


  39. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Wow… I agree with Number 9 (words I never thought I’d say). :-) (Comment #32)

    See Brittney, you can bring the world TOGETHER in harmony! :-)

    You deserve a giant pitcher of margaritas.

  40. Phil Ayres said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Brittney, best of luck! You have done a great job.

    Phil Ayres

  41. Catherine said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Especially against those sites maintained by women - an abhorent, vile trend.The mindlessness threats and derision have been utterly unwarranted on every single level… I could not endure such hatred very long either.

    I completely agree. I’ll miss you, sister. You’re not throwing in the towel. You’re turning your attention to a different mountain.

  42. amy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    wow…this is certainly the last thing I expected to see today. I’m truly sorry to hear this news–and sorry that you have had to hear the kind of outrageous criticisms you listed above. understandable how that would wear on you. I hope you are at least encouraged by all the people who stood up for you in yesterday’s brouhaha–and, know that for every one who commented to defend you, there are at least ten more (like me) who felt the same way but didn’t bother because the others were making the arguments effectively enough :)

    you’ve done a great job here and I am grateful for the Nashville blogging community you’ve been instrumental in creating. NiT won’t be the same without you. I especially will miss your witty headlines. even if that is what caused such a mess yesterday. wishing you all the best…

  43. Megan said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Oh NO!!! Please don’t let them drive you away like that, Brittney!! :(

  44. Jamie said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Brittney:

    Best of luck with whatever you decide to do. Yours hasn’t been an “easy” task.

    Take care and don’t let the trolls get you down.

  45. Dayngr said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Why would you let someone else’s opinions bother you? Why would you allow someone else to drive you away? Brittney leaving is even more ridiculous than the people bashing her for what was merely a repost. Talk about feeding the fire.

  46. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Is anyone else reminded of Joe Bob Briggs right about now?

  47. Drake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    See you at your Sparkwood place, Hotney. More pictures there anyways and more civility.


  48. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    […] Captain, My Captain June 6th, 2007 — Slartibartfast I feel like someone has punched me in the stomach.  They always, always, ALWAYS go after the good […]

  49. Tom W. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Why not just apologize, take down the post or update it, and move on?

    This bit of drama is silly - the link was offensive, it’s a sick-o blog she’s linked to before, so just cut it out and keep moving. Lesson learned, we learn ‘em every day.

  50. ian said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    You botched a post badly and given the subject, a mis-perceived racist attack on a dead man before he’s buried, you were roundly criticized. So, just clarify and make apologies for what was by any measure a thoughtless post. And move on. Don’t quit. If you want to let your fans call your critics bastards, etc. without comment, so be it. As you said, blogging isn’t for the thin-skinned. But this hole only gets deeper if you stand behind fans who can’t make a reasonable argument for accusing particular critics for being misogynist — no amount of mental acrobatics can soundly justify it.

    Anyway, just move on from here. Quitting is being a victim. 1000 words of how you’re being a victim with 5 words saying you don’t want to be continues to make this all about you. Funny, I thought this whole thing was about Steve Gilliard and what’s the decent thing to do when you have been an idealogical opponent of someone who has just died. It’s all about you now.

  51. MussyPants said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    I admire your stength and understand your decision. I have 100% faith that you’ll find something that makes you happy. You are way to talented and passionate to stay in a position that makes you so desperately unhappy. I love you with all my heart! As long as YOU know who YOU are, then what others think doesn’t matter.

  52. idiotboy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Sorry to see you go. I wouldn’t have been able to do what you did. It isn’t how strong you are, it is more what makes you happy. You deserve to be happy, and if moving on from NIT gets you closer to that, then it is a good thing.

    I can’t imagine trying to be creative and blog with that huge ABC hat on. After two years of that, I think any creative thing I did would suffer from hat-head.

  53. MussyPants said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    LOL @ Hotney! Grrrrrrrrr

  54. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    […] wickedness has been unleashed. Brittney was driven to quit her job because of the relentless attacks of…left-wing readers. (Irony […]

  55. Brittney said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I cannot emphasize enough that this is a decision long in the making. The timing is unfortunate, because those who are inclined to will now pin this on the most recent controversy. Trust me, it wasn’t this, it was all the crap leading up to it. Today was just a perfect illustration.

  56. Preston said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Don’t quit Brittney. You made no secret about your left-leanings, but you’ve never been hateful or un-necessarily unfair. Besides, that’s our job as evil conservatives. Don’t let the nastiness get to you.

  57. newscoma said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Brittney,
    I hate to see you go. I know things are probably quite emotional right now, but you did right by all of us.
    I hate to see you leave. You were good at this but I hope you find something that can give you peace,
    Much love to you,
    Trace aka newscoma

  58. joisy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Welcome to Web 2.0 - The cult of the amateur.

    Come on over to the Tennessean comments section and really watch the fur fly.

    What the web 2.0 has done to culture:
    http://andrewkeen.typepad.com

    Who will maintain this quasi-aggregator in your absence?

    Godspeed

  59. "John Galt" said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    There may be more to this.

    What if the new SM/ND is more liability conscious and wants less controversy and statement of position than has been the rule here. Many have questioned the wisdom of such an opinionated weblog’s being sponsored by a corporate MSM outlet.


  60. on June 6th, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    I am so sad to see you go, Brittney. You’ve created a community for so many of us in the past couple years. Best wishes for wherever life takes you next.


  61. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    […] first staff bloggers hired by a traditional media company, has just posted a resignation message on Nashville is Talking, the “hyperlocal” blog and “aggregator” site she hosts for Nashville ABC […]


  62. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Ian,

    I admire your ability to kick someone in the teeth during what may be one of the hardest days of her life.

    Charming.

  63. Mermaid said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Brittney, I had never heard of you or this blog until I logged into the General’s site this am. I’ve been watching this enormous shit implosion unfold throughout the better part of my day.

    Here’s my two cents: I grew up in a family of five daughters and our father taught us one important lesson: Don’t take shit off no man. Oh, and we’re East TN-eans, too, born and raised. I live in an even redder state now, and I know exactly what sort of bullshit you’ve encountered.

    I have always liked the General’s site, but I don’t understand why he’s so entrenched on this one. You did something thoughtless, and you’ve apologized. Why quit?

    Of course his attack on you is misogynous. Ian would like proof of this, but sometimes, honey, there’s just the way you feel when you’ve had the shit kicked out of you by a man who isn’t even aware of his basest impulses. Misogyny isn’t a conscious behavior. Many good smart men take advantage of women whom they percieve to be vulnerable in some way. They don’t mean to, and when called on it they ALWAYS deny it. I googled your picture, and girl, you’re raw meat. The only remedy for this is age–it’s blissful.

    I think you should take others’ advice here and go on vacation.

  64. sistasmiff said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    This is why I don’t want to be a paid writer. You’ve done a splendid job.

  65. Vol Abroad said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    i’m typing one handed - with baby in other - but wanted to say this really saddens me - esp. way it’s happening - i hope you find a great new gig soon.

    i think you’ve done a wonderful job

    on bright side - now i have no excuses not to link to yer personal blog as i’ve been meaning to do for ages

  66. Rob Robinson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Brittney, I hope you will consider, but I suspect that you won’t. In my opinion you’ve done a fabulous job in a position where you have an audience (even if it is digital) watching your every move. I know it can’t be easy to take the criticism, much of it antagonistic and inappropriate even when warranted, and I can understand wanting relief from that pressure.

    Was it a mistake to link to that post? Probably so, but not one worthy of leaving a job over. I’ve done far worse, and so have those who are pointing their fingers with the most wrath.

    You will be sorely missed here. If you must go, please do not abandon your personal posting. Best wishes to you wherever you may head from here.

    I’m pretty sure I am echoing the majority of readers here in saying that we love you and can’t imagine this place without you.

  67. grandefille said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Brittney,

    I’ve already e-mailed you and won’t take up more bandwidth here. Except to say that, in the long list of good works you’ve done at NIT, always remember that you spoke for the voiceless — the animals. You helped find homes for animals.

    To some that’s very small compared to your other good works, but as I said before, I still think that saving one life saves the world entire.

    Kisses and hugs, Miss Brittney. Onward and upward.

  68. Rob Robinson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Err, that should be reconsider in my first sentence. Silly keyboard (and its operator).

  69. klyde said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    People are vicious? Britney links w/out comment or condemnation to a vile racist piece of trash aimed at a recently deceased progressive blogger and then she is shocked just shocked that people who read the Gilliard’s blog or considered him a friend might react angrily.

  70. MussyPants said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    klyde,

    She isn’t “shocked, just shocked”, on the contrary, she’s “sick and tired”.

    Fortunately for her she’s leaving and she’ll be able to stand up to ignorant people such as yourself.

  71. R. Neal said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    (Hoping things calm down and you reconsider…)

    Very sorry to hear this Brittney. You did a hell of a job for WKRN and for Nashville and Tennessee bloggers. Thanks for everything, and good luck in whatever you decide to pursue next.


  72. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Britney links w/out comment or condemnation to a vile racist piece of trash aimed at a recently deceased progressive blogger

    How many times have you seen the news do a story on Fred Phelps? Did you just assume, because CNN aired a story on the Phelps church, that CNN were big believers in the God Hates F–s theory? No. You accept, because CNN is a news outlet, that they were bringing you the news.

    Why not just do the same here? I know those of you close to this man (of whom I’ve never heard) need to vent your grief somewhere. But to do it in such a venomous way is wholly immature and cruel.

  73. john h said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    To all those who think yesterday was the sole reason Brittney is leaving, I know for a certainty that yesterday was perhaps a cliche-d last straw.

    Brittney - you’ve done a wonderful job here and performed a great service to our community. I’ve always thought that being an asshole doesn’t need to be labelled rightwing or leftwing or moonbat or wingnut..assholes are assholes are assholes. Yesterday was a perfect example of ‘ass-hol-ery. You’ve dealt well with your share of them, and I understand that it’s now time to not have to deal with them.

    Thank you for your kindness to me and to all of us. I wish you the very best.

  74. ian said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent defense of labeling someone misogynist! Don’t point to any facts just say it’s a feeling. I have a “feeling” Mermaid is projecting some well-deserved frustration over ingrained cultural misogyny onto a criticism that had nothing to do with gender (if so, point to the facts please) and everything to do with a voice as part of a TV news station (that’s the important part here since that carries weight and credibility that the jerk she origianlly linked to doesn’t have) making a poorly thought out post. And since the bar for proof is just a “feeling” I can’t be wrong. Somehow I imagine that rule only applies to Mermaid and I just hate women.

  75. Drake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I say again: Hotney.

  76. Lindsey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Brittney, this sucks. I hate to see you go.

    Just remember, though: Fuck tha haters.


  77. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    […] 1:00 PM - Brittney says no mas.  I totally understand her reasoning, but this news makes me very sad.  Brittney is a big part of […]

  78. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    It was neither just a link, nor was it “without comment.”

    First, it was a rancid excerpt followed by a link. Second, the post had a headline, “Teaching the libs a lesson,” which has been retroactively defined as sarcasm. Nice try, but no. In fact the headline is just incoherent. We still don’t know what the “lesson” was, which “libs” were its target, or who was doing the “teaching.”

    To delete the posts, take a couple weeks’ sabbatical and move on is all I was asking. Not this melodramatic “goodbye cruel world” lovefest. Too much. Much too much.

  79. Casey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Wow, I come back from lunch and… wow.

    I’ve watched (off and on) the community form around NiT for a couple of years now. It’s been a huge asset for the local blogging community in Nashville and drawn so many diverse and interesting personalities together. So sad to see it end this way. But NiT is Brittney and all the others that have contributed to the conversation over the years and I hope this doesn’t signal the beginning of the end of that community.

    Very sorry to see it come to this, but I hope you find happiness and I wish nothing but the best for you.

  80. MGal said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Brittney - I have enjoyed reading NIT over the last year or so…its what pulled me into the blogosphere. You will be missed and if they can find someone who can do half as good a job as you have done we will be lucky indeed.

    As for all of you who for some reason still feel the need to throw insults and bashes Brittney’s way even after her deciding to step down…back the f*ck off. There is no reason to bring other topics to this thread that have nothing to do with it. Allow those of use who enjoy this blog, and Brittney express our regrets and well wishes without having to read your now pointless comments.

  81. Rachel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Brittney,
    I am so sorry to hear this. I think you have grown a lot in this job, and done a fantastic service for other area bloggers. I’m especially sorry that it came because of external forces. We need to have a celebration for you, lady.


  82. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    To delete the posts, take a couple weeks’ sabbatical and move on is all I was asking.

    This is the WRONG community to demand post deletion from.

    We do not respond well to that request. Generally speaking.

  83. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Britney links w/out comment or condemnation to a vile racist piece of trash aimed at a recently deceased progressive blogger and then she is shocked just shocked that people who read the Gilliard’s blog or considered him a friend might react angrily.

    I read Gilliard regularly, and corresponded with him from time to time, and I think he would have appreciated the difference — unlike you and you lot. I suspect some of y’all never actually read Gilliard, because he’d think you were a bunch of thin-skinned little anklebiters wasting your breath.

    After reading Six Bleat Buffoon for five minutes and NiT for same, I would have easily gotten that Brittney was offering a sardonic comment on the former’s nonsense opinion.

    The shame here is yours, not hers.

    And a special heterosexual middle finger extended to Jesus General.

    Brittney, this is absurd. I can certainly appreciate feeling the need to make a career change, and if you’re at peace with this decision, then I wish you nothing but well. Count me among those asking that you reconsider.

  84. MussyPants said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Lets burn this motherfucker down POOKIE

  85. Linda said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    That sucks.

    You’ll be missed.

  86. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    “To delete the posts, take a couple weeks’ sabbatical and move on is all I was asking.”

    I must have missed it: who died and left you in charge of NiT postings?

  87. Ginger said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Brittney, I wish you the best of luck, happiness, and all of those good things.

    To all of you who cannot have the decency to leave her alone w/ your criticisms now, I send a big fuck you.

  88. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Well said, Andy. Well said.

  89. Kristina said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Brittney,

    I’m very sorry to see you go. Your job was a difficult one, but you performed it with class, humor, compassion, and humility. I sincerely thank you for helping open my eyes to a number of things of which I was completely unaware, and not for nothing, there’s a little cat at my house who was homeless until you helped Kathy T. call attention to her. Maybe that’s not much to some people, but I think THAT IS HUGE!!!

    I honestly cannot understand why people don’t seem to understand that your job was to distribute, not to judge. It’s called Nashville Is Talking, not Nashville Is Full Of People Who Are 100% Right All The Damn Time. But whatever… you’re on to bigger and better things and I look forward to seeing what you do next. Best of luck, and again, thank you for all your hard work.

    Kristina

  90. burrito said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    I’m sorry to see you go, B. Thanks again (and eternally) for finding my pup for me. He has grown into a great dog and my best friend.

    People Suck, and this is a truth that none of us can escape. You did a fine job and entertained me for years with your posts. I hope you’re not too upset right now, and I know you’ll move on to far greater things.


  91. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    したものをを本当にありがとう。


  92. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Not only is professionally blogging a tough job, it’s cutting edge. Brittney has been a trail blazer - certainly going where no man or woman has gone before. And that takes a lot of guts.

    Given a couple days to think about it, and with the encouragement of 99% of nashville bloggers, I think she would take the job back. I hope so anyway.

  93. Jilly said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Well I’m sad to read this & I hope you find peace and renewal forthcoming.

  94. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    To Poor Poor Pitiful Me & Ian,

    F*ck off. You have no involvement here except to come in and be indignant.

    Brittney, even if you were planning on cashing in your chips for a while. You cannot let it end on this note. You’ll forever kick yourself if you see this phase of your life as a loss.

    The losers will move on to the next outrage. Take some time off and resume your liberal ways.

    Gordon/Cranky

  95. Cheryl said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    This is certainly a sad day for Nashville area bloggers. I’m sorry that you feel you need to go, Brittney. You’ve created such a good blogging community through NIT, and as grandefille said, you’ve done great works for the animals. It just won’t be the same without you. You’ll be missed……


  96. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    […] it to WKRN’s Nashville is Talking. But the anonymous haters simply became too much, and Brittney has resigned: I do not want to be seen as a victim here, I only want to honestly tell you why I will no longer […]

  97. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Did I say I requested this of YOU, Rog? Here’s a bulletin just handed me: It’s not all about you.


  98. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    […] June 6th, 2007 in Blogging Brittney Gilbert at NiT has announced that she is leaving the blog. I literally cannot imagine anyone else running the site, and although I have never met Brittney, […]

  99. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    And about that straw man: Who are these “anonymous haters”?

  100. Lesley said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Brittney, I’m sorry to see you go, but I can’t blame you for wanting to move on. Just a weekend of guest-blogging showed me how exhausting and mentally taxing it can be to cull the wheat from the chaff around the area. And then be able to offer it up in a digestible morsel for the others. It’s hard work. And two years is a long time. I just hope you can recover from the burnout and get going with some gusto again soon.

  101. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    PPPM –

    Are you really this much of a blockhead or is this just an act? Where did I suggest that you were talking about me?

  102. John Carney said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I am really sad at this. Brittney, you have accomplished a lot more than you realize in this position. You have walked a tightrope between being who you are and yet trying to reflect the diversity of the people who blog in Middle Tennessee, and have done so brilliantly. I hope that you’ll reconsider, but if not know that you will be missed.

  103. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Post 86, Rog. Thanks for your concern.

  104. Steve Safran said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    The irony, of course, is that the people who are the first to yell “Censorship! The MSM is censoring!” wanted to censor you.

    You’ve been a pioneer, Brittney. When you explore new territory, you never know what you’ll find. You found a ton of wonderful people, and a handful of nutjobs. Unfortunately, the get-a-lifers can get to be too much. I sympathize. 100%.

    It’s a shame. People complain that the mainstream media is out of touch. So KRN got in touch. And people bitched anyway.

    I hope you will recognize in time that this was not about you. It was about people and their anger and the power of the internet to make small people feel big and important. It’s about how the web gives an undeserved sense of satisfaction to people who don’t have the courage to put their names behind their words.

    You did.

    And as you can see, your real audience is damn proud of you.

  105. Jon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Brittney all I can say is I hope you know how very much you are loved by everyone here.


  106. on June 6th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

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  107. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Well, that certainly answers the blockhead question. You’re probably the only person on Earth who could read that and assume that I’m somehow talking about me. That explains a lot.

    And cut it with the “Rog” crap. It assumes a familiarity that you don’t have.

  108. mr turnbow said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Britney I wish you the best!

  109. Pink Kitty said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    :(

    Now who’s going to link to my posts about dancing? Dammit.

    Brittney, I’ll miss you around here and hopefully they will keep NiT running but like a favorite bar that changes bartenders even if all the regulars are still there… it just won’t quite be the same. Love ya!


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  111. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Awwww, Brittney! *hugs* This sucks. I really hope you feel better soon.

    It’s a great loss for us, but you doing what’s right for you is more important. Your physical and emotional health (and ability to write what and how you want) come first, and I support your decision. And hey, if you’re ever in my neck of the woods, I’ll buy you that drink everyone’s talking about myself.

  112. Chris Thomas said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I’m not saying all of these comments aren’t real, but I do think they’re a bit on the fluffy side for a medium that prides itself on being real.

    What I’m really thinking goes like this:
    1) Everyone who reads NiT regularly knows you shouldn’t have taken heat for that post, myself included.
    2) I believe you when you say it was your decision to leave, but just in case it really wasn’t, I’ll offer the support of “There’s no way this should have cost you your job.”
    3) I don’t hate you at all, but I’m glad you’re leaving.
    4) I sincerely wish you good luck in whatever you decide to do.

  113. Paul Chenoweth said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Brittney, I am saddened to read of your choice to leave. NiT is an extraordinary experiment in an industry that needs a swift kick…and what you accomplished is notable for the unchartered waters of blogging in this setting. I hope sometime that you will realize just how much you know about the two worlds (blogs and MSM) that few people could fathom.

    My very best to you in whatever you choose to pursue!

  114. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    “I don’t hate you at all, but I’m glad you’re leaving”

    Was that entirely necessary?


  115. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Wow. It goes without saying that you will be missed.

  116. Eli MF Cash said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Bummer 2007

  117. nm said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Brittney, I just got back from lunch and saw this post. I’m truly sorry you’re going.

  118. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Gordon (post #94) - Wow. All I can say is wow. That was pretty cool of you to post.

  119. Disgusted said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Cry me a freaking river.

    There are all kinds of ways to respond to a bad situation wholly of one’s own making. You can apologize and move on with your life, maybe with a little more sensitivity. Or you can defend the thing that’s making you look bad, which sometimes ends off in a wild, convoluted explanation for what everybody can plainly see not being what it looks like. Brittney chose the latter.

    The problem here, possibly not the the whole reason Brittney resigned but if we are to accept her statement at face value the tipping event, was that she copied a passage of straight-up racist bile about a recently deceased African-American blogger, with the title of her blog “Teaching Libs a lesson,” and no other commentary. It gave every impression that she, and by proxy the ABC affiliate she works for, approve of or at least tolerate this kind of horrible defamation. This had the effect of drawing unfriendly responses, which grew in intensity as it became clear that people on this blog were defending what she did.

    The $0.02 bigot who originally wrote the post is irrelevant, he can’t be held accountable for his free personal speech. A commercial outlet who uncritically reprints his bile, on the other hand, can be, and should be. I made numerous posts yesterday reflecting my view that this kind of speech is tolerated, even by self-professed “liberals” working for major media outlets, because of the pervasively racist majority culture in the South.

    Guess what? I still think so.

    Brittney, your departure is in no way on my conscience. If you felt this latest episode was enough to finalize a decision you had already made, great for you. If you decided that maybe your particular brand of “aggregation” isn’t appropriate for an ABC station with obligations to the community, that’s fine too. Either way, your claim to martyrdom is a little threadbare.

  120. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    On another note, I just wrote something I fully believe:

    “And although I fully understand her decision, I have to disagree with her and beg to differ on her statement today that she just wasn’t cut out for the position or that she wasn’t the one for the job, because that’s just not true. She has done a fantastic job of building and encouraging the Nashville blogging community, and I continue to be in shock and awe of just what a cool thing it is.”

    It never should have come today, but all the insulting and literal threats aside that I know you’ve had to endure, Brittney, I can understand the burnout. I’m suffering a bit of that in some other areas of my life myself.

    Again, even though I wish you’d change your mind, I wish you only the best and know you will be topnotch and totally successful at whatever the next chapter in your life is gonna be.

    For such a gorgeous day outside, it’s a sad, crap day in Tennessee as far as I’m concerned. But I still feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and this community is 99.99% the great thing it is thanks to Brittney. Period.


  121. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    […] Brittney Gilbert, Thank you for all you have done for all of us. I’m sorry that you had to take a daily beating but you did create a community that means a great deal to a lot of people. […]


  122. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    […] it to WKRN’s Nashville is Talking. But the anonymous haters simply became too much, and Brittney has resigned: I do not want to be seen as a victim here, I only want to honestly tell you why I will no longer […]

  123. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Disgusted, if you bothered to READ the post and READ many of the comments - and, in fact, go back and read OLD posts both here and on Brittney’s personal blog - you’d know this has been coming for a long time.

    Not to mention the fact that she said that in exactly so many words in the POST ITSELF today.

    I tolerated you last night but you’ve worn out your welcome here. F*ck off, loser.

  124. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    ““Teaching Libs a lesson,” and no other commentary. It gave every impression that she, and by proxy the ABC affiliate she works for, approve of or at least tolerate this kind of horrible defamation.”

    Outrage-seeking idiots such as yourself contorted reason to conclude that this was an endorsement.

    You also may want to seek help for that Confederacy sized chip on your shoulder.

    Lynnster, thanks. I’m just sickened by the thought of anyone being run out of town by a pack of mental third-graders (or “C” students as Roger says).

  125. Chris Thomas said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Rog, are you like the comment police or something? What in the crap is blogging good for if you can’t damn well say what you’re thinking? Was it necessary? Absolutely not. Neither were your half-dozen or so comments on the matter. “Well said, Andy. Well said.” How insightful. You’re like a freaking spoon the way you like to stir things up! Let people say what they want and leave it at that. Wait, are you already lobbying for Brittney’s job? Good grief man, have you no morals???

  126. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Disgusted, go on, run on out of here. Of course it’s not on your conscience, Brittney quit for many other reasons than just y’all.

  127. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Gordon/Cranky –

    Yep, that’s exactly what bugs me the most too.

  128. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    And by the way, Disgusted, I challenge you to find a job to stick it out for two years in the quasi-public eye and take a daily beating of insults and, often, verbal and literal threats - sometimes threats of physical violence - where nameless and faceless people apparently think it’s OKAY to do that just because you have a high-profile media job and sometimes are on TV, and not get burned out after two years of it.

    Honestly. Do that, and come back in two years and report to us all about how it all goes. We’ll be waiting.

    Go walk in her shoes a couple of years, or shut the f*** up.

  129. Glen Dean said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Brittney, I believe you when you say that yesterday was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have worried about you for a while. You had a tough job, one that can wear on you emotionally. I really felt a lot of compassion for you last night when you wrote the words “I can’t win for losing.” Those words told me that you had had enough and that you just needed a little peace. I had hoped that you would maybe take a vacation or a leave of absence. I had hoped that it wouldn’t come to this. Still though, I understand.

    Over the last couple of years, I have called you a lot of things. Some of those names weren’t very nice. But today, the only thing I want to call you is friend. May you find the peace that you deserve.

  130. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Chris –

    Yup, damned straight. I’m the freaking comment police and you’re being cited for being a general ass. $100 please.

    It is interesting to note that someone who works for Dave Ramsey seems pleased that someone has lost–even voluntarily–a source of income.

    And, if you think I’m lobbying for this job, well, trust me, you couldn’t pay me enough to do what she did.

  131. melusina said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    I’m sorry to see you go, Brittney. I think you have done an amazing job here at NiT. Now it is time to write for yourself again!

    I wish you the very best in all you do.

  132. Tim Morgan said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    NIT w/o Gilbert.

  133. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Smatter, Rog, did I hit a nerve? Sorry!


  134. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    […] for itself. Brittney is pilloried by lemmings who think she wrote it or was endorsing it. Brittney resigns, partly because of this, partly probably because she was tired of […]

  135. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    PPPM –

    Still awfully brave hiding behind your handle aren’t you? Why don’t you come out and join the rest of us?

  136. john h said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Disgusted - Don’t go away mad..just go the fuck away.


  137. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    […] I just want to chime in the discussion here. […]

  138. Chris Thomas said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Roger, how simple-minded can one man be? The answer to the question is “Quite” in your case. I’m not happy that Brittney has lost a source of income. Find where I say that and I’ll pay that fine you’re imposing. Otherwise I’ll charge you the same amount for “Inserting words into another person’s mouth.” I’m happy she’s moving on to something other than NiT, simple as that.

  139. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Rog, this is an Internet discussion. What does identity, let along “bravery,” have to do with anything.

  140. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    for “along” please read “alone”

  141. Moira said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Not awesome.

    Good luck with everything, wherever you happen to go.

  142. Frank said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Goodbye (for now) Brittney. You rock. NiT rocked.


  143. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    I’m happy she’s moving on to something other than NiT, simple as that.

    I personally took that as your meaning…that you were saying you were happy that she’d found a path to freedom from underneath all the bullsh–t.

    But I can see where it maybe didn’t come out that way on first read-through.

    I can see where maybe Roger thought you were sayin g that you were glad Brittney lost her job. He’s not the comment police. He’s just being kind.


  144. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I’m sorry to see this news, Brittney. The blogosphere IS a mean place, and the only way to deal with it is to remember that none of it is meant personally, because few of us know you personally. But, I hope you continue to write. Time to let someone else take the heat for a while, eh? Good luck.

  145. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Roger, if I may…

    Because PPPM, one assumes you wouldn’t be such an a*hole if you were forced to reveal who you are.

    But that is a bad assumption in itself.

  146. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Chris –

    “I don’t hate you at all, but I’m glad you’re leaving”

    Now either you mean by this “look, don’t take this personally or anything, but I’m glad you’re not going to be the person at NiT anymore,” in which I think that’s very unnecessary under the circumstances.

    Or,

    reading it yet again, perhaps you mean something like, “hey, don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m glad you’re taking the chance to seek other opportunities,” in which case, I’ll fully retract.

    But, frankly, you’ll have to admit it’s not written very clearly.

  147. Fen said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    “The $0.02 bigot who originally wrote the post is irrelevant, he can’t be held accountable for his free personal speech. A commercial outlet who uncritically reprints his bile, on the other hand, can be, and should be.”

    Ironic. The Brownshirts on the Left tease Brittney for not having thicker skin, but are the first to throw a temper tantrum over free speech that offends them.

  148. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Um, Chris? You were the one shoving words into people’s mouths. Talking like Roger wants Brittney’s job? I read your comment and was totally like “Where the hell did that come from?”

  149. Josh Tinley said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Brittney,

    I’m sad to see you go, but I respect your decision. The Internet can be an ugly place.


  150. on June 6th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    this is an Internet discussion. What does identity, let along “bravery,” have to do with anything.

    To you, PPPM, this is “an Internet discussion”. To many of the rest of us, this is a friend and a community of friends receiving untoward abuse from outsiders who aren’t aware of our folkways.

    You can shut off your computer, go home and watch “America’s Got Talent”, laughing yourself silly at dogs juggling plates.

    There are others of us who realise that tonight someone has to go out drinking to forget the jerks like you and how they made her life hell. Then tomorrow she has to shop her resume.

    That’s the difference here.

  151. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Gordo, Rog, you two need to turn off Hannity. There’s more to discussion than gratuitous name-calling and other elements of eliminationist rhetoric.

  152. Kay Brooks said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    What a shock to you and the Nashville blogging community. Hang in there girl. You’ve got a lot of life left to live and this will be a faded memory in the rear view mirror of life. Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Let me know if I can ever be of help.

  153. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    eliminationist rhetoric

    Roger, did you hear that? He’s got a thesaurus!

    Atta boy!

  154. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Gordon –

    It’s partly that, but it’s also an issue of respect for others. Calling out other people on the Internet behind a pseudonym is the functional equivalent of sending anonymous letters in the mail, passing out unsigned flyers, planting gossip and so forth. You got somethign to saym, come out and say it–put your name on it so ytou have to defend it.

    I don’t have a problem with anonymity generally, but I don’t like when people abuse it. Want to protect yourself, fine. But use it as a shield, not a safe place from which to take sniper shots at people who do have the guts to be out in the open.

  155. Jimmy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Geezzz Brittany… why would you worry about this little firestorm?

    It was a good blog post to another good one by Smantix.

    Don’t be daunted by the infinitely-offended-and-easily-outraged-on-behalf-of-others crowd. It’s a mental disorder. Wear their criticisms like a badge of honor.

  156. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    I can use smaller words if you’d like, Gordo. I did not mean to make you feel inadequate. Sorry!

  157. Chris Thomas said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my gosh this is insane. This is the part of blogging I hate. The part where every single word of every single comment is scoured by some wannabe CSI investigator for intent and motive. I literally meant that I was glad she wasn’t going to be running NiT. If Brittney LOST her job then I am absolutely not happy about that as I don’t think she did a single thing to warrant losing her job. If she is CHOOSING to leave then yes, I am happy someone else will be running NiT. What’s so freaking wrong with that???? Ivy, it was a freaking joke about Rog wanting Brittney’s job. Umm, let’s see, is there anything else I need to explain here?

  158. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    OK, I think I see what Chris was trying to say. It was option two. I’ll retract. My fault, although, again, one could read that two different ways.

    Apologies to Chris.

    (Note: See? It’s not hard to admit you may have misinterpreted something. Give it a try. It won’t hurt.)

  159. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    PPPM –

    Have never listened to Hannity for more than five minutes in my life. But thanks for playing!

  160. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Yes, Chris, could you please explain how to find the square root of pi? ;)

    I get what you’re saying now. Sorry, dude.

  161. Mermaid said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Oh, Ian, get over yourself. Did I say you hate women? Oh, and of course, the woman who calls the man on his bullshit is just “frustrated.” La,la. Why don’t you let me write your script for you?

    The facts in this particular scenario are all here in everyone’s view. She fucked up, she apologized, and the General and his tiny little army are still kicking the shit out of her. Why?

    Meanwhile, the fatass who wrote the original post is sitting in a bar somewhere with his friends drinking longnecks and laughing his ass off. This is not a fact–pure conjecture–but I’d put money on it.

  162. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    My pleasure! Best to you and your friend.

  163. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    PPPM –

    Dunno. Last I checked, I wasn’t exactly Mr. Popularity at 6MB.

  164. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Mermaid,

    I cannot speak for Smantix (the author), he is great at doing that for himself. But I assure you, he is not getting a laugh out of this.

    Second, Brittney owes no one an apology. She did nothing wrong. Some self-appointed people are now dictating what the rules are for posting without comment.

  165. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    I’ll second Gordon on that one. Brittney didn’t do anything wrong. She didn’t “fuck up” at all.

  166. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Roger, I don’t know how our friend can type with only one hand, but he is definitely getting off on this. I suggest leaving him alone to his amusements.

    You’re always welcome to the Buffet even to disagree.

  167. Rae said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re leaving, but I can’t blame you a bit. It would really suck to have to read all this political, hateful drivel that people spit out all day. It’s ridiculous that your resignation, for your own reasons (that’s been pretty evident in coming from your spark & 21 posts lately) would set them off on more debates. Honestly, a lot of these people need a hobby or something to make them a bit happier in life and fill their days. I’m sure you must feel SO relieved to be moving on!! Best wishes sweetie and I hope we see you and the dogs around the ‘hood soon!! =)

  168. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Gordon –

    Yeah, he’s enjoying himself…I’ll beg off and make it the solo fantasy he wants.

    Actually, as whacked-out as you guys can be, 6MB is still darned entertaining. :)

  169. Martin said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I am sorry for your situation. The world has become a more and more brutal place and folks who feel helpless in the face of their fears and anxieties get relief by blasting folks like you. It makes them feel less helpless but in truth, it is just their fears and terrors coming top the surface and looking for a scapegoat. Its not fair, its not honest, its not equitable but it is America in the 21st Century.

  170. megaphonic said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    This is the WRONG community to demand post deletion from.

    We do not respond well to that request. Generally speaking.

    fuckin’ A! that’s the damn truth!

  171. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Wow. This was completely unexpected. What kind of non-thinking, radical insanity leads to this type of thing?

    A friend of mine on the left once told me that they had never imagined that left-minded people could ever be so vindictive until they themselves took an opposing view that fell in line with someone on the right (of course, this wasn’t the case here which makes it even more idiotic of those here attacking Brittney). The person in question was overwhelmed by the fanatical hatred of people on the left who blindly piled on without putting any thought into what they were doing.

    Now…I have plenty of friends from the left and none of them are this way (that I know of), but if you look at the things that have happened locally (TCPR with Gore’s NES bill and now Brittney), when the left attacks, it’s much more full of hate and fanaticism than any other group…things that those same people claim to fight against. Yet, they themselves are the complete embodiment of it in their actions. This just goes to show you what hatred leads to. However, this time their blind bigotry took out one of their own here.

    Brittney…I do wish that you would reconsider. But either way, I wish you all the best of luck.

  172. malia said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    This is going to be a really sappy comment but I just have to say that I credit Brittney and NiT for “opening up” Nashville to me. I had been living here for about 8 years when I first started reading NiT and I knew very few people in Nashville/Mid-TN other than those I went to church with and my family. In the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of and ultimately becoming friends with so many amazing people…all because of NiT! Thank you Brittney! You’ll be missed but I know we’ll still “see” you on the ‘net!

    God Bless and Godspeed for your next adventure!

  173. Jimmy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Smantix has been popping off excellent script like this since the Nashville Digest days.

  174. Casey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Yes, Chris, could you please explain how to find the square root of pi? ;)

    I got that one Ivy: square root of pi

    And now back to the troll feeding frenzy.

  175. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Casey: Many thanks, now I know everything I ever wanted to know. ;)

  176. Mermaid said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Gordon, Brittney already apologized. If she didn’t feel that she owed anyone an apology, then why did she offer one? She said that she behaved thoughtlessly out of exhaustion.

    Look, I’m defending her. I linked here from JG’s site, I had never HEARD of her, and I did NOT see a racist attack on a recently deceased blogger. I saw sarcasm. But many others didn’t, and as a few have already pointed out, this is the blogosphere, populated by anonynous hateful morons, who attacked her for a perceived slight against someone they “admire.” She apologized and she’s still getting reamed in the ass.

    And if “smantrix” feels bad about what’s happened, let him say so himself.

  177. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I suspect she apologized out of exhaustion too. “Apologies” that are more or less beaten out of you aren’t really apologies. They’re sort like taking a plea bargain even if you truly didn’t feel as though you did anything wrong–fighting isn’t worth the effort.

  178. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    When a “mermaid” complains about “anonymous hateful morons,” I just have to chuckle.

  179. Gordon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Mermaid, no offense intended. I was just asserting my belief that she didn’t do anything wrong.

    And believe me, I was not speaking for Smantix.

    Be well.

    (BTW, thanks Roger)

  180. dsmith said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Good God! And here I thought the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy was a hateful group! I would have NEVER thought the ones using this vile rhetoric would do so upon one of their own!

    Brittney, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you feel you have to leave on account of everyone being such complete and utter jerks. I know I haven’t always been nice to you (well, I don’t think I’ve ever been nice to you) but I’m going to be right now.

    Of all our disagreements, I can honestly say that you are a good hearted person and you certainly don’t deserve all this.

    There are some mean people in this world, and you know that. You have succeeded in a major way by not becoming like them. You have remained above it all, and for that, I have quite a bit of respect for you.

    Find peace in your life, and know that this is merely a bump in the road. There is a very bright silver lining to all this: It is obvious that you are very loved in this world and there are people here who are your true friends. It might not seem like it right now, but you are a very lucky girl. Appreciate the good and dismiss the bad.

  181. Tman said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Who are these idiots popping up out of nowhere to feign indifference to Brittneys plight?

    I hope you idiots realize that this Nashville blogging community will defend each other regardless of background or political leanings, as is displayed in this comment section.

    That’s how people with class behave, unlike you morons.

    I hate that it had to come to this, but it is refreshing to see those who typically disagree with Brittney (myself included) come to her defense without pause.

    Brittney, this should demonstrate what you’ve built here on these internets. You built a community that didn’t exist before, filled with relationships and real people who were able to expand their horizons. Whatever you decide to do, don’t ever forget that you made this. And you should be damn proud of it.

  182. jmsloop said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    brittney,

    as an hourly reader of NIT, let me add to the tears. i’m sorry to see you go.

    sigh. the day just got a lot suckier.

    jms

  183. amy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    LOL at Kat’s #82:

    This is the WRONG community to demand post deletion from.

    We do not respond well to that request. Generally speaking.

    …and at Kristina’s #89–maybe we SHOULD change the title of this blog to:

    Nashville Is Full Of People Who Are 100% Right All The Damn Time.

  184. jmsloop said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    and brittney, here’s hoping that you move on to the white lodge, with a steaming cup of coffee and a hot piece of pie.

    good luck. :)

  185. Mary Mancini said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    >>Raises glass


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  187. Mary Mancini said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Here’s to you, Brittney, and the bigger and better things you will achieve.

  188. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    (If this gets a double post because of a moderation lag, feel free to delete this one.)

    The $0.02 bigot who originally wrote the post is irrelevant, he can’t be held accountable for his free personal speech. A commercial outlet who uncritically reprints his bile, on the other hand, can be, and should be. I made numerous posts yesterday reflecting my view that this kind of speech is tolerated, even by self-professed “liberals” working for major media outlets, because of the pervasively racist majority culture in the South.

    Guess what? I still think so.

    Great. Your scalp is claimed. Now take that flickering “conscience” you claim to possess, and feel free to wander back to your Tom Schaller books, continue to write off all the people of the South, continue blithely to claim that you were 100% in the right, smugly to assign blame to victims, and know that you didn’t make a damned bit of difference to help drain the swamp of pervasive racism in the South. You just pissed on the margin of it.

    You want to take on someone who needs to lose their day job? Take on Phil Valentine, Jimmy Naifeh, Marsha Blackburn, or Governor Bredesen, for that matter. (Naifeh is pronounced “NAY-fee,” by the way. He’s Speaker of the Tennessee House, he’s a Democrat, and he’s one of the biggest barriers to progressive institutional reforms in this state. Read up. Looks like you could use to.)

    So, Mr. or Ms. Grave Concern: If you really want to help, do something that makes an actual difference, why doncha? Pick on someone with actual power, rather than a mid-level staffer with a circle of influence this (indicating tiny gap between thumb and forefinger) wide, were it not for some crapflood of misunderstanding owing to some stupid snark from much higher up the Technorati totem.

    Do you really think that taking down a staffer at a down-market ABC affiliate advances your cause? Hate to tell ya, but grips must be gotten, and you can’t even see the handle. But whatever. Meanwhile, you and the Hetero Honcho can be proud, with mixed blessings from Music City, home of James Lawson, Robert Penn Warren, John R. Cash, and (lest you forget) the last duly elected president of the United States.

    Gee, do you really think we need a bunch of Internet drop-ins to save us from WKRN’s evil blog division? Do you honestly believe us to be that irretrievably stupid? Remember that grip? Get one. Next time, get Steve Gill fired, m’kay?

    What exactly did you accomplish again? All you did was talk. It’s just too bad anyone listened.

  189. Mermaid said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    P3M,

    So glad I’ve added a little levity to your day. What a bunch of serious, self-serving, navel-gazing ass-feeders you and your friends are. All this hand-wringing over racism and slander and indecency!! How do you find time in your busy day– no doubt caring for dehydrated orphans in some third-world hospital– to post on these blogs?

    Without the anonymity afforded me by my obviously-made-up user name, I wouldn’t be able to do things like call you an ass-feeder. Garshk! Someone might inform my boss!

  190. na said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    so long you dumb bitch! enjoy the unemployment line!

  191. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Geez, everyone just stand back and watch Andy Axel. Speaking of scalps…he’s just bagged a ton of his own in two kick-ass posts.

  192. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    No one needed to resign over this. This would have blown over with a little patience and some better advice. Where were those FOB’s who could have advised their friend not to play the victim card?

    As any rational person could tell, once that happened, the probability of things not ending well shot way up. And really, it’s a shame because it was so, so unnecessary.

  193. newscoma said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Andy A.
    My applause from the west side of the state.

  194. Lindsay said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Brittney, you really made history here and I’ve enjoyed seeing so many people connect and form real-life friendships through this site. You should feel good about contributing to that.

    I hate to see you go, but agree that you’re too talented of a writer to be spending all your time running this thing, anyway. See you at Sparkwood.

  195. Tman said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Hey PPPm,

    You’ve already displayed your ignorance about the south. Now you’re doing the same thing about Brittney. Why don’t you just quit while you’re behind?

  196. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for your concern, my friend.

  197. chip said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    My heart sank as I read the title. I first thought it was a joke. She was just taking a few days off. The more I read, the more real it is.

    I am really sad to see you go Brittney. Although I understand your reasons, I thank you for being a hub, a central place for this community to gather. I only hope that it doesn’t fall apart.

    Best wishes!


  198. on June 6th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Where were those FOB’s who could have advised their friend not to play the victim card?

    The FOBs are the ones who realise that she’s put up with a lot and has every right to make whatever choice she needs to make for her sanity and wellbeing.

    The FOBs would love to have her stick around but realise saying “Stay! And Take this Abuse from all comers!” is not friendship.

  199. na said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I love how everyone ignores the role brittney gleefully played in bill hobbs’ firing.

    what goes around comes around bitch!

  200. Mermaid said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Roger and Gordon,

    We’re not in disagreement. AFAIC, Brittney did the much bigger thing by “apologizing”–whether it was necessary or not. Apologizing is hard and it takes a big person to do it publically, using her real name.

    JG hides his identity carefully, and uses his popularity in the liberal blogosphere to take potshots at dopes and cretins. He’s funny most of the time. Today he wasn’t. When she apologized, it should have stopped. It hasn’t. Then, he might have said something like, What you did really offended me but I see that you are sorry etc. Nah. “Let’s keep piling on the ’stupid’ blonde girl who used a Major Media Outlet [*stifling the vomit rising in my throat*] to spread racist invective.” That’s what’s happening. It’s some of the most hateful shit I’ve ever seen.

  201. Jon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    >because it was so, so unnecessary.

    You’re right. It *was* unnecessary for a group of asshats with sub 2nd grade reading comprehension to get pissy over a post whose context flew a few hundred feet above their tiny little heads.

  202. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Mermaid –

    Fair enough. All good points. Still kills me that this had to happen just because soem people can’t admit to honest mistakes, and then have the audacity to make her admit a “mistake” that didn’t even happen.


  203. on June 6th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    See ya Brittney. You’re still one of my favorite liberals =)

  204. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    NA –

    Thanks for implicitly endorsing the same sort of blind lefty manufactured outrage that did Bill in. Much appreciated.

  205. egalia said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I wish you’d reconsider Brittney. No one wants to see you go. I know it must have been hell some times, but you did such an outstanding job. We are going to miss you like hell.

  206. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    NA –

    Thanks for implicitly endorsing the same sort of blind lefty manufactured outrage that also did Bill in. Much appreciated.


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  208. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Pointy-headed asshat? That’s some image. But, Jon, I’d be careful about accusing others of “sub 2nd grade reading comprehension.”

  209. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Whoops, my error. Heads were described as “tiny,” not “pointy.” So much for my reading comprehension.

  210. Pink Kitty said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t recall Brittney being all gleeful over Bill’s resignation… but maybe that’s just me.

  211. Disgusted said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Mermaid: “Gordon, Brittney already apologized. If she didn’t feel that she owed anyone an apology, then why did she offer one? She said that she behaved thoughtlessly out of exhaustion.”

    Roger Abramson: “I suspect she apologized out of exhaustion too. “Apologies” that are more or less beaten out of you aren’t really apologies. They’re sort like taking a plea bargain even if you truly didn’t feel as though you did anything wrong–fighting isn’t worth the effort.”

    I’m hopeful that Mermaid’s statement is the correct one. Brittney’s words today:

    “Blogging isn’t meant to be done that way, on the clock, 9-6. Feeling pressure to constantly update will make you do stupid, careless things, like link to a screed I find abhorrent without making it abundantly clear to anyone who passed by what I meant. It was a lazy post, and it’s my own fault that people misunderstood me. It’s because I’m burned out.”

    This statement might have ended my comments if it had been offered yesterday afternoon. The fact that it didn’t come until today makes it an apology well after the fact, and though better than nothing, not absolving of accountability. And because of all the defensive posturing in the last 24 hours, I’m still not fully convinced she means it. This should have been her immediate response, not huffily and repeatedly defending what she did, goading you all into defending it as well.

    I never asked for Brittney’s job. I never contacted station management or any sponsors. That’s not what I do. I believe that certain things, both within Brittney’s control and beyond it, contributed to a bigotry-tolerant climate that enabled her “careless” post. Many things said to/about Brittney yesterday were indeed over the top. I never called her a Nazi, or used the ‘F’ word with her (though it certainly got used on me). My comments were intended to provoke conscience, illustrate the historical roots of the problem I saw, and upbraid you all into more responsible behavior next time. Instead, she chose this moment to quit her job so you can all wring your hands about us outsiders who ‘don’t understand our folkways’ and employ ‘left-wing Gestapo tactics.’

    I don’t, for the record, consider this a happy outcome, but that’s not really my problem.

  212. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    “My comments were intended to provoke conscience, illustrate the historical roots of the problem I saw, and upbraid you all into more responsible behavior next time.”

    How do you think that’s worked out so far?

  213. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Hey, Disgusted, Poor You, Patriot Boy, whatever other corprophages are still lurking here — do you now have any comment on the misogynist culture in the South?

    Or do you just not care that Brittney’s being repeatedly called a “bitch” by a commenter (190, 199) because you think that she deserves it, and you therefore think that leeway should be granted for, y’know, actual hate speech?

    “Accountability” for thee, none for poor poor pitiful me?

    Or have you just moved along already, satisfied with your prize?

    If you haven’t, call off the dogs already. You have what you sought.

  214. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Instead, she chose this moment to quit her job so you can all wring your hands about us outsiders who ‘don’t understand our folkways’ and employ ‘left-wing Gestapo tactics.’

    Finally! A reference to the Nazis.

    GODWIN.

    Goddamnit. Now who wants a drink?

  215. brittney said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I’d like a drink.

  216. Disgusted said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    You do realize I was quoting one of you, don’t you?

  217. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Name the venue.

  218. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    “I don’t, for the record, consider this a happy outcome, but that’s not really my problem.”

    How convenient.

  219. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    You do realize I was quoting one of you, don’t you?

    Not in this thread, you weren’t. My Ctrl-F key sequence works just fine.

  220. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    I’d buy ya a drink, Brittney!

  221. Rachel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Ditto on drinks. Let’s go. Brittney, pick ‘em.

  222. Christy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Brittney — Good luck in your future endeavors. Sorry there was such a rough ending for this gig.

  223. Pink Kitty said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Same here. I can’t tonight because I already have plans but what about another time? Should this be an excuse for another blogger get together?

  224. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I’d buy you a dozen if I could get to Nashville tonight, Brittney.

    PS to Andy Axel - Dinner or Gurus tickets are on me this fall, I am proud to know you today, friend!

  225. Terry Heaton said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t drink, but I’ll join everybody.

  226. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Brittneypalooza!

    Slogan: She’s unemployed, yet Terry Frank still has a job. Arguments for the existence of God take a major beating.

  227. Phil Ayres said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Shut it down. This is the end of this blog.


  228. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Should this be an excuse for another blogger get together?

    I’m game. Definitely.

    My Ctrl-F key sequence works just fine.

    Windows user. *Pfffbt*

  229. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    No! Not until we get to 250 comments.

  230. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Andy Axel could have wirtten that on an IBM Selectric…doesn’t matter–it was gold.

  231. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Windows user. *Pfffbt*

    At work, yes. At home, feel the surge of my quad core Mac Pro photoediting workstation OpenApple-F sequence!

  232. brittney said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    No drinking tonight, I’m afraid, as I’m headed out of town for a 4 day vacation. The offers will be banked, however, and cashed in upon my arrival back to Hicktown, er, Nashville.

  233. Kate O' said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Brittney, you’ve definitely got a drink coming from me. Name the place and the time.

  234. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    The fact that it didn’t come until today makes it an apology well after the fact, and though better than nothing, not absolving of accountability.

    Oh, good god.

    Yeah, she should have stayed ON THE JOB overtime just to make you happy. (She was here late past her time last night, but obviously not long enough for you.)

    Do you work overtime regularly in order to satisfy people that are hurling insults at you? No? Okay, thanks for playing.

  235. Brian said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Gilliard was a vile piece of dung. Good riddance.


  236. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    The offers will be banked, however, and cashed in upon my arrival back to Hicktown, er, Nashville.

    Looking forward to it.

  237. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Yo, Andrew, polysyllabic insults kinda backfire if you MISSPELL THE WORD, which in this case is “coprophages,” not “corprophages.” (grin)

    I don’t speak for anyone but myself, and I will not play the parlor game of “if you won’t condemn this third party then you’re a hypocrite.” Please switch Hannity off. He’s no one to copy.

    But thank you for your concern.

  238. megaphonic said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    drinks for brittney! name the time and place, i’m there.


  239. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    […] The pressure from all of the hateful words that have been spoken of Brittney throughout her tenure has finally broken her.  She has resigned her position as the moderator of Nashville is Talking.  […]

  240. Terry Heaton said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    While I’m here, let me add that efforts to tie this blog to the output of WKRN’s news department benefit only those who seek to use the affiliation as a hammer in making their position come out on top. This is not a mainstream media outlet, and it never has been. It doesn’t operate by the same rules, and it doesn’t have to.

    Members of both sides of the public debate have manipulated the “rules and traditions” of the mainstream press to give our country a bad case of irritable bowel syndrome. Walter Lippmann’s social engineering of a century ago has produced a culture void of argument, and this is what the personal media revolution is bringing back.

    Those who wish to hide behind the “press isn’t supposed to be that way,” wish to have their cake and eat it, too. We can either argue or we can’t, but you don’t have a right to say only you can argue.

    This website was an experiment in not only social media but also in shining a light on the many voices that make up the Nashville blogosphere. Brittney was required to walk a fine line here — to fully engage ALL voices, which she certainly seems to have done and at the same time maintain a certain distance. That some are unable to tolerate certain voices is sad not only for this experiment but also for the First Amendment.

    I’ll finish by adding that Brittney Gilbert is one of the finest young people I’ve ever met. She’s got a set of balls, alright, but she’s also one of the sweetest people I know.

    Thank you for your service to the community, Brit. We’ll miss you for sure.


  241. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Brian, go play in the sandbox with the other freepers, you’re not ready to play with the grownups yet.

  242. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t speak for anyone but myself, and I will not play the parlor game of “if you won’t condemn this third party then you’re a hypocrite.”

    Oh, so if you asked a Blogger A to disavow something written by Blogger B… that’d be a parlor game you wouldn’t play?

    Unless, of course, Blogger A is Brittney Gilbert.

    Quit while you’re ahead.

  243. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    If Andy Axel listens to Sean Hannity for anything other than personal amusement, I’m twenty-five feet tall.

  244. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Please pay attention, Andrew. I haven’t asked anyone to denounce anything and don’t intend to start now. Sean Hannity at least has the skill to set traps that occasionally catch people. But you’re no Sean Hannity.

  245. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    PPPM –

    Whats with the Hannity obsession? This is like the third time you’ve mentioned him…in all cases to people who don’t even listen to the guy.

  246. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    And you would know this how, Rog? Are those sockpuppets I smell?

  247. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Poor You, your nose is broken. Bless your heart.

    Don’t make it any more obvious that you don’t follow the local blogging scene, m’kay?

  248. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Well, the first reference was to me, and I’m pretty aware of what I listen to, and Andy Axel’s a lefty, so I seriously doubt he bows at the altar of Sean Hannity.

    Sockpuppets? Huh? Look, dude, I don;t know what you do withyour hands at your computer, but that’s your business. Leave the rest of us out of it.

  249. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    And you would know this how, Rog? Are those sockpuppets I smell?

    ROFL, sockpuppets. This is rich, a guy who doesn’t hang out here, accusing Roger A and Andy Axel of being each other’s sockpuppets.

  250. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    And you would know this how, Rog? Are those sockpuppets I smell?

    ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………

  251. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Great, so now the left has people who do it Hannity-style. Regardless of the affiliation, it’s dirty pool.

    It should be possible to challenge and beat the rightwingers in the marketplace of ideas without sinking to their level. But you have to be willing to raise your game beyond Hannity levels. How about it?


  252. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Blogwars make strange bedfellows, indeed.

  253. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Ok…we’ve reached 250. Time to drink for real.

  254. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    You’re going to have a hard time “challenging and beating the right-wingers in the marketplace of ideas” if you begin to make a habit of shooting your own best allies.

  255. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    You’re going to have a hard time “challenging and beating the right-wingers in the marketplace of ideas” if you begin to make a habit of shooting your own best allies.

    Heh. So true.

  256. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Rog, you’re not my ally. You’re a thug and a character assassin. I need “allies” like you like a hole in the head. And you’re not doing Brittney any favors posting the way you do.


  257. on June 6th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    […] crazy.  Brittney at Nashville is Talking was the focus of the crazy nutjobs’ ire and has decided to quit rather than continue putting up with them.  I hope that at worst it’s a short […]

  258. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    I’m with Blake. Let’s end it. I’m sure that Steve Gilliard (his spirit, at least) and his family will be delighted to know that justice was served here, because, you know, I’m sure Brittney’s mere existence has really been bothering them these last 24 hours. I can only imagine the deep gratitude they will have for all of the ideologues out there who knifed one of their own in his name.

  259. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    PPPM –

    My God you really are an blockhead, aren’t you? I wasn’t talking about me, moron, I was talking about Brittney. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.

  260. Mac said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Jesus’ General can eat a bag of hell.

  261. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    As I said elsewhere, it’s time like this I remember why I’m conservative. God knows it’s easy to forget.

  262. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Rog, you’re not my ally. You’re a thug and a character assassin.

    Hahahah!!! Wow! This guy is clueless.

  263. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    What’s wrong with you, Rog? Can’t take disagreement?

  264. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Can’t take it anymore. I hate when stupidity — or at least willful ignorance — wins. Ugh.

  265. Ivy said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Roger’s a thug. Hahahaha. Come join my gang, Roger, I’ve been needing some thugs.

  266. megaphonic said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    children… hasn’t this petty flame war gone on long enough? is there anything more to be accomplished? what is the purpose of continuing to spew invective at each other? we get it.. you each think the other is stupid…

    don’t get me wrong, you are well within your rights to do so for as long as you’d like… free speech and all that…

    i just don’t see the point of continuing, you know?

  267. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    I hate when stupidity — or at least willful ignorance — wins.

    Or doesn’t realize when it’s made a complete idiot of itself and its ideology.

  268. Lindsey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Oh, *Rog*, don’t say that! There are batshit insane morons on both sides of the aisle. :)

  269. Lindsey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Oops — my comment refers to 261.

  270. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    If the Doc Martens fit, wear them. Proudly, if you must. I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. But I haven’t called anyone stupid.

  271. Slartibartfast said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Brittney, when you get back, I’ll have a drink with you - and I’ll sing for you, too!

    You are primed for big, big things, and I’m afraid this place is about to get a lot more bland.

    Godspeed.

  272. Jon said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    >I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em.

    Which is a poor tactic for the blind to take.

  273. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    After this, does Chris Wage still hold the title for the most comments? I can’t remember.

  274. Liz said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    This is a shame, I can understand why you’re leaving but I really wish you wouldn’t, I like you!

    I also believe that any anger people had towards you in light of recent controversy could have been displayed without the need of such blatant hatred and name calling.

    And that’s coming from a high school kid, it’s well known that high schoolers know a lot about bitterness and namecalling, it’s what we do best.

    So how ’bout acting like adults and not petty fifteen year olds, Nashville is Talking commenters?

  275. Casey said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    i just don’t see the point of continuing, you know?

    Oh come on, I’ve been waiting all day for someone to come back with “I know you are but what am I… Infinity!”.


  276. on June 6th, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    The one with the last word is not the winner.

  277. Rachel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Waiting on something from WKRN on NiT’s future other than the weird video and “Change Is Coming - Welcome to Nashville’s top spot for local blogs. Change is coming. Keep your eye on the sky!” ??

  278. Kathy T. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    A toast for Brittney: May the wind always be at your back (especially the hot wind a’blowing here), may you always walk into good fortune, and if the people surrounding you don’t love you, may they at least respect you. CLINK! And I’ll by gosh buy us both a drink to make this toast in person! Liver be damned!

  279. nm said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Yeah, Brittney, I’ll buy you a drink when you get back. At least if you don’t go thinking I’m from Kansas this time.

  280. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    You’re going to have a hard time “challenging and beating the right-wingers in the marketplace of ideas” if you begin to make a habit of shooting your own best allies.

    Underline, italic, bold. Ex-fuckin’-actly.

    Dammit, Roger, you’re winning my respect.

    Poor You doesn’t even know that some of the biggest right-wing enablers in this state are Democrats, I’ll wager.


  281. on June 6th, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    So, just how many bloggers have already submitted or are preparing their resumes in the hopes of replacing Brittney?

  282. Rachel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Kevin, really. I suspect most of us are just hoping the site stays around and Brittney finds satisfying, gainful employment.


  283. on June 6th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I agree, and actually hope she changes her mind. All the same, it would be interesting information.


  284. on June 6th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    […] I Guess This Is GoodbyeSee CommentsGoin’ Ahead With His Bloggy SelfSuspension UnnecessaryPlaying for tips, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, 1974.TN Tax Hike for Cigarettes: A Round-Up“Courting Disaster”Step, Shuffle, StepA Moustache Does Not a Match MakeIn Fact, I’d Enjoy the Challenge […]

  285. Jim Treacher said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    So, Gilliard fans react poorly to Gilliardian rhetoric. That might prove instructive, if they didn’t know everything already.

  286. Lynnster said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Andy, how do you do that? Your quotes, I mean?

  287. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    [blockquote]text[/blockquote]

    …but use angle brackets.


  288. on June 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, I’ve been reading a lot of comments. Ugh. Politics, racism, hatred aside NiT (and Sparkwood) is the reason I spend some time blogging occasionally.

    Best of luck! Thanks for the inspiration.

  289. valentine said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Brittney,
    I have read NiT since the beginning and i have always loved the diversity of topics and people that you chose to spotlight. Although I am a daily reader of NiT I’ve never commented or made myself known, I’ve just enjoyed the community, the camraderie and the occasional bento box porn :-)
    I started this comment to say “No, don’t go, no one will ever be able to fill your shoes, we need you!” Because you weren’t wrong, you were doing your job exactly as it was intended. But as I read through the comments (283ish) I now understand completely. I wouldn’t be able to do it either.

    You will be missed more than you know.


  290. on June 6th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    […] complains (in regard to the Brittney Gilbert resignation): You may want to (I know you probably won’t) note that a lot of the vitriol got directed at […]

  291. Nicole Sauce said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Don’t go - hire/get someone to read your comments and email for you… (never look at your own blog again.) I have known many successful bloggers who do this.

  292. Kurt Davis said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    NOOOO….. DONT’ GO!!!! We all love what is truly unique and dynamic, and hard to find elsewhere on the Internet. It’s just sad a few idiots can tear something this great down.

  293. News2ActionDog said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWL


  294. on June 6th, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    […] What’s important is that Brittney won’t be there any more. […]

  295. Jim C. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    You mean the left doesn’t allow dissent? I’m shocked, shocked!

  296. Debbie P said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve spent several hours reading the comments from Brittney’s supporters. Thank you. Brittney is very dedicated to what she believes regardless if you agree or not. It saddens me also that she feels she needs to leave something she was extremely proud to do. I respect her decision. She is talented and will excel in whatever she decides to do with her life. The responses she has received is overwhelming and Brittney think only of the gratitude you have received from your readers. She will rise above this and be better for it. WKRN I wish you had been able to see your pot of gold and what asset you had and tried to convince her stay (even though this would not make her happy). She is not a quitter. She is a soul who is not willing to compromise for anything she believes in. I am proud of her more than she will ever know. My heart aches for her as she has to endure this moment. This will only make her stronger. How do I know? She is mine and will always have a special place in my heart. Brittney, I am proud of you and go for it sweetheart make this world a better place. Mom

  297. Meat and Three said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Dissent, yes; disrespect, no. If you can’t tell the difference, my heart bleeds for you.

  298. Blake said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Debbie,

    You are a good mom. :)

  299. JeremyR said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Even though sarcasm isn’t as obvious on the internet or written word as in speaking, any reasonable, sane person would have realized your comments were sarcastic and not an endorsement of the views of the post you were linking to. Unfortunately, there aren’t many sane, reasonable people on the left, as you’ve found out. (Not that the right is exactly full of them either, but most of them understand sarcasm)

  300. Andy Axel said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    300. And going strong.

  301. Smantix said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Do I get to be #300? My response is up.

  302. teresa said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    That stinks, B. You’re right about the Internet though. When you don’t have to face people and be accountable things get out of control…and you got to be the brunt of the disgruntled many…

    For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed stopping by. I hope better things are in store for you. Take care…

  303. Nate said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Truely… I’m devestated.


  304. on June 6th, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    […] out her fare-well post at NiT and her post about it on her personal blog, which she says will become even more […]

  305. Acephalous said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I Hate Niggers With All My Heart

    Some background: for two years, a woman named Brittney Gilbert ran a blog called Nashville Is Talking for local news affiliateWKRN. The stated goal of the site:As the name suggests, Nashville Is Talking is a blog devoted to the daily


  306. on June 6th, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    […] i just made a lolcat… i think that relegates me to some lower level of internet-hell… at least it’s a few levels above trolls that drive people from their jobs… […]


  307. on June 6th, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    […] Gilbert gambled on a career as a professional blogger.  She cashed in her chips today.  More’s the pity.  Or she got tired of fighting the Lilliputian dumbasses that are legion […]

  308. B-Dub said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    I am extremely sorry to see you go, Brittney. I have often not agreed with you, but I have always respected you.

    I hope you will find a place that makes you happy.

    As for the rest of you who want to make this post NIT Pissing Contest # 1,243,546 go fuck yourself.

  309. Julie R. said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Wanted to say the link in #305 looks totally racist, but is really really really a fine explanation of why this all happened.


  310. on June 6th, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    […] I’m saddened by the news that Britt has quit the NiT. (And it sucked to learn about it via Twit(ter.) It’s a horribly selfish sadness, […]

  311. Serr8d said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Ahhh, Brittney, sorry to see you go. You didn’t do a thing wrong in this mess; your job was to reach out and bring in area bloggers, however distasteful they might be. Hey, you found me, didn’t you?

    And I’ll tell you this: there is a certain 6-Meat Buffet I’ll never belly up to. That post was in poor form, and no matter how much tenderizer’s been hammered into it, it’s still gristle best flushed.

    Here’s how a Classy blogger, on the Right, shows some respect

  312. Donna Locke said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I’m just now reading the blogs today; I have no idea what this is about. My advice, for what it’s worth: Do not make major decisions in the passion and emotion of the moment. If you realize you have done that, rethink and rewind.

  313. Lu said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Brittney, I’m so sorry to see you go!! You have been a regular part of my life since NiT first began. I will miss you very much. I completely understand your reasons, though. Yours is a job I could never do.

    I add my voice to all the other praises of your work here. As with others, I didn’t agree with on much, but I always loved reading your point of view, your snarky remarks and the gem posts you highlighted. You introduced me to all manner of new, wonderful blogs (and thus the people who write them) in middle Tennessee, as well as an incredible variety of viewpoints, ideas and discussions. You have done a marvelous job in a position that VERY few could ever do. Be very proud of the work you did here; it is worthy of very high praise. WKRN will have a very difficult time replacing you.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you rest and recouperate; I hope you find much refreshment on your vacation and come back to Nashville ready for the next chapter of your life.

    Much love — and I will buy you a drink too. :) Just let me know where and when.


  314. on June 6th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Do I get to be #300? My response is up.

    Oh, I do wish I could give a fuck.

    .

  315. Chris Lyman said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Brittney, Steve Gilliard was on death’s door in ICU for months and a lot of people who read his blog cared about him and were touched deeply by his untimely death. (He was only 42.)

    Don’t play the passive victim here. You didn’t “become a target” of hateful people. You screwed up. And then you compounded your screw-up by not apologizing.

    Things will work out for you eventually, but they will work out even better if you take away a sense of accountability from this experience.

  316. john h said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    To Chris L: For the love of God, please shut up. People who don’t understand this blog or Brittney descend like locusts, chew the wallpaper, wax righteous and don’t have a clue. I understand you are hurting, but please tell me how some apology by someone you don’t know who did nothing wrong is going to make things any better.

    Brittney has been getting shit pretty much since she started the gig - from right and left. She stood it for far longer than I dare say most would without gunplay.

    I’m sure we don’t understand your grief, but you are clueless about our community. Can we please end this NOW??

  317. Tatter said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    “Dissent, yes; disrespect, no. If you can’t tell the difference, my heart bleeds for you.”

    OOO, I know this one! Dissent means photoshopping black people so it looks like they’re wearing whiteface, while disrespect means linking to a conservative blogpost for any reason at all, because pure minds must never be exposed to Zionist badthink!


  318. on June 6th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Wow. I am relatively new to NiT (just a couple of months) but i have to wonder if Brittney quitting isn’t going to kill the site…but the fact that we’re on 300+ vitriolic comments will.


  319. on June 6th, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    […] was sickened yesterday and today as I watched the attack on Brittney of Nashville is Talking unfold.  Brittney’s job was to link to what Nashville is talking about (title about says it […]


  320. on June 6th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    […] fact, all public Internet communities are doomed. I have seen it a million times. My personal theory is that, despite the conventional wisdom to the […]


  321. on June 6th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Serr8d, after all this, it is heartwarming to see what you wrote.

    We’ve gone at each other heavily in the past, but on this we can agree…

  322. newscoma said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Serr8d, good link and well done.

  323. Jen said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Wow.

    I’m so disappointed by this, both in terms of what this means for this site and for what you’ve had to put up with, but I definitely can’t blame you for making this decision, Brittney. I will definitely miss “your” NiT, regardless of whether or not NiT continues in its current form. During the last school year, I would always check the site for updates after getting back from class, and it was sort of an extra bit of education for my day, as corny as that sounds. I’ll miss the occasional Ben Folds-related posts (yeah, sort of random, but I was always pleased to come upon any of those), but more than that, I’ll miss the mix of current events, politics, and just all-around slice-of-life writings that you collected and added your insight to daily. And I have to say, I admire your toughness when it comes to how you’ve dealt with various losers here; you have way more tenacity than I could ever muster. I am so so so grossed out by the hasty reactions to this latest situation from some people. I don’t really have anything to add to that; I’m just disappointed by how this has unfolded.

    And I second (or third) what grandefille said (#67) about the animals who’ve gotten homes thanks to NiT. Out of all the good things that NiT has brought to this area, that is probably the most heartwarming to me. Anyway, I basically just wanted to add my thanks for all the work that you’ve done here.


  324. on June 7th, 2007 at 6:22 am

    […] (or people I would like to befriend) go through troubles, even watching in real time as one of them became unemployed, (partly because of bullies), having my own stresses, and knowing that insomnia is starting to […]

  325. Captain Bringdown said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Never fear the bully with a fist,be wary of the bully with a pen.There is a constant struggle for the hearts and minds of the people.Those who control information have the advantage in power.

    Could it be that you may have been sorta “swiftboated”?Not by those who wish you ill,but by those who may see NIT is a means to an end.

    The position is a target for abuse by those who disagree with your perceived “slant” on the issues.On the net,there seems to be a decided lack of civility in debate on social and political issues,and there are those “keyboard komandos” who enjoy heaping insults on their percieved opponents.
    Never take your job personnal (easy to say,hard to do).

    Go forth in your life knowing you did your best (and by all indications you did your job well) and it is time to move on to other adventures.
    I have been a soldier,a boxer,a professional wrestler,and a musician.Trust me,at some time I was booed in every endeavor.It hurt because I was giving my all,but it comes with the paycheck.

    Take solace in the regrets of your friends,and the glee of your enemies.That is an indication of a job well done!

  326. democommie said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Lynnster:

    The reason that this is all of over the internet is at least as much to do with you folks wanting to excoriate us for our stupidity and nastiness. The odd thing is that I’m seeing lots of f-bombs from your side and tons of surrogate self-justification for Brittney’s bone headed original posting of that dreck, without any qualification, and her refusal to offer the slightest evidence that she realized it had been a mistake to do so. Apparently she was fully aware of the passions it had stirred up as early as 6:45 PM on the evening of the original post and, instead of making an attempt to defuse the situation by simply saying that her attempt at humor had obviously back-fired she linked back to the post and its “comments” section. Not a very bright thing to do, if she truly wanted people to understand her “slant” on Smantix’ original post.

    You and several other folks on this thread and others have stated that Brittney was under increasing pressure; one commenter here said the station was looking for an excuse to get rid of NiT as it was the pet project of a former station manager. It sounds to me that the proximate cause of Brittney’s decision to resign was not what occurred over L’affaire Smanitx. I can’t (nor can anyone, unless she’s confided in them) know exactly why she tendered her resignation. She states, in her lat post, that she’s been doing this 9-6 for a long time. That sounds to me like someone who is feeling put upon by management. Perhaps they wanted to dump her and were looking for an excuse. Perhaps she wanted to leave (due to pressure from management to re-conform the blog, who knows?) and didn’t have a real exit strategy. In any event, she states that she knows the internet is a mean place and that she has contributed to that meanness–that sounds honest–so she should understand the up and downsides of running a blog.

    I, for one, did write an e-mail asking the station and it’s owners as well as a Vanderbilt U. administrator to explain to me whether the piece was a parody or genuinely indicative. That e-mail was written in a fairly sarcastic and I believe, fairly transparent way. I’m still waiting for an answer from all but one of the persons I addressed it to. I did not ask for any sanction against Brittney. I don’t know that anyone who is a regular on the JG blog did. So, I’m not sure whether she was leaving because of the criticism she received or, because she thought she might be doing so ahead of a “pink slip” from Corporate HR or what.

    If Brittney is anywhere near as good and “liberal” (a term I really don’t have much use for as it is as amorphous–and often inaccurately applied–as “conservative”) as all of you folks claim her to be then she should get snapped up by another news outlet, a political campaign–or start her own blog up, again, where she can do AND say, whatever she likes without any fear of repercussion. She can be a blogger like the General and hundreds if not thousands of others who run blogs that are not beholden to anyone (and also constantly struggle to have enough bandwidth and other resources to continue doing what they obviously love).

    You folks really need to have a clearing house, apparently, for Nashville area blogs. So start one. Be grassroots. Try getting into some other things like “Billionaires for Bush” which is a group of folks that are ardently neither of those things. If you need more “progressives” and “liberals” in Nashville and the state of TN– go make them. Hound your legislators, hound the evil doers and afflict the comfortable.

    One last point.

    Stop expanding the forum of people like Smantix. If the piece that Brittney linked to is indicative of his talents he’s not worth the time it would take to go to whatever rock he hides under. Folks like him will always exist and one of the things that they feed on is the rage they generate. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to reason with such a moron, just deny him a wider audience than the one he already has. Or, if you feel he need’s to be exposed to the light of day, do so but not without taking him to task for his idiocy and racism.

    democommie

  327. Roger Abramson said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 8:38 am

    “The reason that this is all of over the internet is at least as much to do with you folks wanting to excoriate us for our stupidity and nastiness.”

    Hmm, stupid and nasty.

    Well, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Took you guys 326 posts to get there, but, hey, whatever it takes.

  328. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Here’s a bulletin just handed me: It’s not “all of over the internet.” It’s not all of over Nashville. Though if one’s entire world is in one’s head, it must certainly see that way.


  329. on June 7th, 2007 at 9:08 am

    […] far as I’m concerned, you shrieking liberal asswads all deserve each other. As is the case here*, you pussies can dish it out, but you can’t take it. “Big lies and smear […]


  330. on June 7th, 2007 at 9:15 am

    […] fallout from the episode claimed a Tennessee woman – a liberal – who blogged at WKRN. She made the mistake of pasting an excerpt from the Six Meat Buffet piece and not condemning it. […]

  331. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:17 am

    No, she made the mistake of trying to portray herself as some kind of victim. That’s what brought things to a head, not the original post.

  332. Becky said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:36 am

    I’m thinking many, many minorities, including blacks, try to portray themselves as some kind of victim at least 95% of the time. Especially when they know they did something wrong. Give it a bleeping rest already.

  333. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    “Everyone else does it” and “he started it” do not excuse bad behavior. Most of us learned this in kindergarten.

  334. Kurt Davis said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Brittney,

    Are you sure that this isn’t in some way related to your womanly issues, and that waiting a few days until it passes might be a better decision? I know a lot of women find it hard to make rational decisions during their time, and I’d hate to lose you over something as silly as a period.

  335. Coco said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Sad news. I always enjoyed your witty and intelligent posts here at NiT. For every heartless critic you had, I’m sure there were far more who enjoyed your work.

    Best wishes!

  336. Dana said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Kurt, are you sure that your possession of a penis isn’t causing you to make the decision to be an inappropriate jerk?

    FYI, I worked with Brittney at WKRN, and few people are better at what they do. I’m so sad that her tenure there is ending on such a sour note, and I hope she lands somewhere fabulous.

  337. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 10:26 am

    I took “womanly issues” to be an attempt at humor. It illustrates why sarcasm really doesn’t work in a text-only medium.

    The only “issue” I discern is burnout. Brittney herself wrote about it a month and a half ago. She even had part of the solution already in place: a few days away. I see no reason she can’t return to the position after a quick sabbatical, and I hope she does.


  338. on June 7th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    […] especially in light of recent news, I should mention that losobo wasn’t created with the idea of supplanting established local […]

  339. Gordon said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 10:34 am

    The reason that this is all of over the internet is at least as much to do with you folks wanting to excoriate us for our stupidity and nastiness.

    You’ve done a fine job of it yourself. Now please spare us the preachy stuff.

    I still contend that Brittney needn’t have apologized for her posting without comment.

    You seem like an activist in search of a cause - like the suburban kid who goes to the inner city to protests the new Wal Mart thereby preventing thousands of poor people from saving money.

  340. Gordon said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    The only “issue” I discern is burnout. Brittney herself wrote about it a month and a half ago. She even had part of the solution already in place: a few days away. I see no reason she can’t return to the position after a quick sabbatical, and I hope she does.

    PPPM, that is the first thing you’ve said that I agree with. I might even apologize to you for being nasty.

  341. Lynnster said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    democommie,

    I really do not have time nor inclination to have to teach you all about Google and other search engine issues and how the web works, since you obviously don’t understand, but I’ll try one more time.

    One of the main things you guys were all up in arms over was that Steve’s widow or another loved one might run across Smantix’s post.

    If people from over there would have just listened to people over here about the damned caption being sarcasm and none of this drama would have ensued, then the number of links on the Internet to Six Meat Buffet and Smantix’s post would have been whatever the number of links were before JG’s people descended over here and started with the drama. Let’s just call that number Y. Eventually, that result would have dropped further and further in search results to have become almost nonexistent and a search for Steve’s name would have not likely brought that post up very high in search engine results.

    But now there has been SO much drama and SO much discussion - and I’m not talking about even here nor over at JG’s, I’m talking about elsewhere, non-involved people commenting on what happened today (or now that there’s been more publicity for Smantix’s post, possibly more links cropped up to people outraged about Smantix’s post itself, as well they should be, with nothing to do about NIT or what happened here) - anyway, NOW the number of links to Smantix’s post is more like YYY or YYYY, and growing. So now a search for Steve’s name is going to be much more likely to bring up Smantix’s post as well as any good or positive links.

    Not only that, but someone who may or may not be one of the regular participants on your site is making the boneheaded move of dive bombing the comments sections of blogs that have come out in support of Brittney, and are REPOSTING THE LINK AGAIN. Someone who claims to be outraged over Smantix’s posts. Posting the link in dozens MORE places on the Internet, thereby propagating it even MORE and giving it MORE weight and publicity.

    If you guys from JG’s site just want to keep shifting blame on apparently anyone and everyone but yourselves or JG, fine. I would expect a group of folks interested in the things you are to be a bit more in the real world and a bit more logical than some of you seem to be, but if nothing is ever the fault of JG or his participants, then hey, far be it from me to ask you to wake up from that dream. I’m seeing some of your own participants coming out strongly now against JG’s/JG’s sites actions, but I suppose y’all probably consider those folks heretics.

    But to anyone with any sense and logic and any rudimentary knowledge of the Web, everyone else sees that before JG and his minions descended over here and started with all the drama and refused to listen to participants over here telling them that what they were pissed about was frickin’ sarcasm, the number of links on the Internet that linked Smantix’s post to Steve’s name was Y.

    And had it not been for you guys’ big campaign against Brittney, the number of links that existed would still be Y.

    And eventually the publicity for Smantix’s post would have evaporated and all but disappeared.

    But now, thanks to you people refusing to listen and your big campaign, so many even non-involved parties have been talking about it and reposting the link that the number of links to the post is now YYY or YYYY, and will continue to grow.

    That’s something even someone with a fourth-grade math education can understand, but oh, I forget - this is all our/Brittney’s fault. Whatever.

    In any case, it’s over now and Brittney’s resigned so why don’t you guys just take your “win” and drop it? I’m not coming back over there anyway - it’s not my thing and besides, I don’t think too many people here are very interested in interacting with participants of your site anyway - so you know, let’s agree to disagree and stop beating a now-dead horse.

  342. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    You give the “non-involved people” way too much credit, blame, responsibility or whatever you call it. And please note: I don’t call this a “win.”

    But if you choose to define the problem as the presence of “non-involved people,” the way to fix that is through registration and moderation. Limit participation to those you deem “involved,” and the problem goes away. If indeed that’s the real problem to begin with.


  343. on June 7th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    […] weeks Pot and Kettle award goes to Al Sharpton. Runner up Jesus General, aka Patriot Boy, was unavailable for comment. Al Sharpton said, “Though I have nothing but […]

  344. Lynnster said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    PPPM - there are fifty million online communities and message boards of all kinds and types and flavors all over the Internet, should each and every one of them be closed to only participating members?

    That’s just silly.

    Dead horse. Beaten. Isn’t it about time to let it go? Stick around in this thread if you want, but I’m pretty sure soon you’ll only be talking to yourself. Ciao.

  345. Gordon said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Well said, Lynnster. Time to be done.

  346. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    It is silly. Good thing I didn’t suggest such a thing.

    Look, Lynnie, you’re the one, not me, who blamed the outside agitators for all the trouble. Assuming that’s true, no outsiders means no trouble, right?

    So look: If you don’t seek the participation of “non-involved people,” whatever that means, then the logical response is to limit participation to “involved people.” Build the moat and raise the drawbridges, and the “problem” is solved, right?


  347. on June 7th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    It was just a post, like so many posts - but because it wasn’t delivered on a plater to people who think they need to be catered to, these people went bat-shyt, and have become an unruly mob casting stones and attempting to destroy a human being.

    What a bunch of f-wads.

  348. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Straw man, K-Bar. Who are these people you speak of?

  349. Brian said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    #
    “LeftWingCracker said,
    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Brian, go play in the sandbox with the other freepers, you’re not ready to play with the grownups yet.”

    Stop your whining, loser. I’m just channeling that (thankfully) dead slimewad, Gilliard. What’s wrong with that, butt pirate?


  350. on June 7th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    […] If anything, Brittney’s greatest fault here is lazy blogging–something I see all the damn time. Sure, she could have titled her post “Teaching Libs a Lesson–the Right Wing Way” or prefaced her link with something along the lines of “This is disgusting,” so that every single person that stumbled upon her site would get it. She didn’t. A mistake on her part? Maybe. But was it bad enough to force her to resign from her job? […]

  351. Robert Tankersley said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Everything gets blown out of porportion to much on the internet. The racism issue is different depending on where you live in America, so passing judgement on this stuff varies.I’m not familiar with the racial orientation in Nashville,but if it’s like in most those bible belt cities, segregation and jpb discrimination is not much different than it was in the early sixties.
    Brittney was probably burned out, tired of the shoes she was wearing.
    Now she’s doing something a lot of bloggers and lurkers, and netizens need to do,she’s moving on, she’s evolving.
    While I do approve of boycotting and calling out MSM figures, I don’t agree with that of local bloggers, and I do not agree (with)JG for doing that. But he seems to be quick with a pen for things that upset him personlly,such is the price of freedom.
    btw,,we are all victims

  352. democommie said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Lynnster

  353. democommie said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Lynnster:

    You do condescension really well!

    Yeah, I don’t know a whole lot about the internets tubes and all that newfangled stuff.

    I know this: After nearly two days and who knows how many comments by all you supporters of Brittney I still haven’t heard that Brittney or anyone else over here at NiT is the least bit concerned about what sort of callousness it takes to simply put a piece of dreck like that posted by Smantix on a blog that might be read by anyone at all–and then providing a link for it–with no explanation whatsoever as to the “aggregators” intent in doing so.

    For you and your fellow commenters here at NiT to assert that we are too stupid, too quick to anger or any of a number of other “too’s” that were attributed to us just plain silly.

    No matter how you try to explain it away, Brittney’s original act was idiotic and her subsequent actions (largely a matter of conjecture) did not seem aimed at fostering understanding.

    I noticed a comment a few notches up that says something very unkind about Steve Gilliard. I think that whoever wrote it is an idiot, and I wonder if there are any standards re: comments here? There really aren’t over at the General’s place: but, then, his blog is supported financially by the blogging community and some advertisers. His blog is also a political satire and is labeled as such.

    Brittney should not have been fired (it’s unclear to me how she left the job), unless she had violated corporate policies. I did not ask that she be fired, nor did the General–I can’t speak for anyone else. You see, it is all about people not understanding. I don’t understand why Brittney, out of laziness, forgetfullnes or hubris chose to think that it was okay to do something that was such an egregious violation of her journalistic ethics (many of you folks have stated that she is a journalist) and you don’t understand why the General got upset over something horribly ugly being allowed, and by the “aggregators” actions, tacitly endorsed on this blog.

    You can continue to think that I don’t know much about Google or anything else (in truth, I’m a crusty old bastard and I DON’T a lot about computers in general). If that salves your hurt go for it. You can be as pissed as you want to be at me. I come from a large fractious family and if I had a dime for every person who told me I was a jerk in this life I’d have, well, a lot of dimes. But, at some point in time, you and your fellow bloggers over here are going to have to wonder why nobody, and I mean nobody, over at Jesus General thought Brittney’s actions were “ironic”, or why they should have gotten the
    “context” or spent some time in the archives. Please.

  354. Mantari Damacy said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Waiting for brittneyistalking.com …. or is that BrittneyIstalking.com? DISTURBING!

    I’ll miss ‘ya.

  355. Moe said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    I see its official.
    Americans. They’re all nuts!
    Nuttin’ better to do, huh?
    PS NOW

  356. Moe said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    As I was saying, NOW its official. It is all over the world. You must all be sooo proud.


  357. on June 7th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    […] start. That said, nobody deserves the vile abuse heaped upon the left’s latest targets (like this one). But you know, that’s the power of anonymity and being a not-so-anonymous nobody–you […]


  358. on June 7th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Democommie says “No matter how you try to explain it away, Brittney’s original act was idiotic”

    Curiously, those who, like the General and his followers, find themselves criticized, and perhaps justly so, for failing to detect what would be obvious to anyone with either normal abilities, or even to anyone who, lacking those abilities had at least the drive to investigate matters unclear to them, find it necessary to return the criticism with such kind words as Democommie’s own.

    In doing so, however, they fail to note that it can only be true that Brittney’s “original act” was idiotic if you include yourself among the blogreading halt and lame who might somehow be susceptible to thinking, on encountering the offending “original act,” that Brittney is a neo-Nazi or a member of the Ku Klux Klan, which, when you think about it, _if_ you think about it, would be a necessary logical requirement to construe her link as approval.

    Personally, I think the (growing!) vehemence of their reproaches bespeaks a guilty conscience (these _are_ liberals, after all) at having pushed an admittedly thin skinned and beleaguered liberal blogger over the edge, such that she said screw it and hung it up. That’s gotta make you feel bad, unless you can find a way to make her such a bad person that you are absolved of all blame.

  359. Elizabeth said,

    on June 7th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    I am so sorry that this has happened to you, but you can only take what you can before you have to leave it alone.

    Good luck and best wishes from the Middle Tennessee Podcasters Group. YOU are alway welcome.


  360. on June 7th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    […] all seems appropriate as we also lack the words to capture how our heart goes out to Brittney — not for the joblessness, but for the pain I know she has felt which brought her to this […]

  361. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 6:11 am

    As I understand it, Jimbo, your rage is directed at people who somehow weren’t supposed to be reading NiT.

    Since you seem to be new to this Inter-Net thing, let me spell it out for you: What happens in Nashville, Jimbo, goes everywhere. That’s why sarcasm and satire generally don’t work.

    So look: If you don’t want your conversation to carry, Jimbo, then for pete’s sake lower your voice so that those of us who don’t have a privileged seat at your table can’t hear what you’re saying. Because right now your voice is carrying all across the lunchroom. If I were, and thankfully I’m not, I’d be all over WKRN to make NiT subscription based. Will that limit the audience? Sure. But it does mean you’ll get to be as nasty as you wanna. Which is more important? That’s up to you. I’m not that hung up on control, so I really don’t care. In fact, it’s my experience that people who need to control the audience really don’t have any place on the web anyway. Stick to e-mail, Jimbo; for people like you it’s safer.


  362. on June 8th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    […] who by the way, I read perhaps weekly. In any event, Glenn says: BRITTNEY GILBERT hangs up her keyboard in response to reader abuse. “I do not want to be seen as a victim here, I only want to […]

  363. Number9 said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I went to Jesus General, aka Patriot Boy, and asked him directly why he did not confront Smantix. He has chosen not to reply.

    Mr. General and his pack attacked Brittney because she got a paycheck. They wanted to show they could censor someone with their pack attack cowardice. Wolves have better upbringing than these sad people.

    The other reason they attacked Brittney was that Steve Gilliard was wrong in the beginning when he photoshopped a picture of Michael Steele and then viciously attacked him. They could not confront Smantix without admitting Steve Gilliard was wrong.

    This was a supremely cowardly attack and it shows the true substance of Mr. General and his followers.

  364. zadig said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I’ve visited Eschaton and have seen Atrios post links that were vague and unclear. When he received comments saying “what the f*ck?” he then posted updates, saying words to the effect of “In case it’s not clear, here’s what I meant.”

    That’s a professional, mature blogging path Brittney could have taken when she posted the original, stupidly-titled excerpt/link without further explanation.

    Or she could have tried to defend her mistake and quit in a huff.

    She chose.

  365. Poor Poor Pitiful Me said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Sounds potent, Nürnberg, but can you back up any of that bluster? I’ll save you the trouble: No.

    Brittney told us she was feeling burnout on April 30 and wrote of quitting the blog on May 24. Who wore her down? Could it be . . . “Nashville”?

  366. Joe P. said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    the JG trolls here prefer ripping Nashville Is Talking and Brittney. few such comments exist at 6MB where post of was written. speaks to a level of misguided rage, or rage guided at a woman and the generalized “South”.

    and where is WKRN’s staff? they say nothing of all this. and to continue to allow endless, and ill-informed hatefulness aimed at a former employee points to something akin to approval for such to exist. i would have thought the management would have closed comments on this post, if only to exert their dominion over them.

    more than once Brit noted that the job here was not meeting up with expectations and her exit was pending. still, its as if the anti-NiT crowd feels compelled to stand about saying “lookee at what good we did the world!” despite not taking their voices to one blog (6MB) where the screed on Steve began.

  367. DWF said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Blogging all day, every day. Yes, what a hard, hard life it must be. Puh-leez.

  368. Dennis Savage said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Any chance 6MB simply deletes any critical comments? That would fit their MO.


  369. on June 8th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    […] 8th, 2007 by aegh On June 6, Brittney Gilbert resigned as reigning Queen of the WKRN-operated “Nashville is Talking” blog. I’d hoped she […]


  370. on June 8th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    […] General, a popular liberal satirist, wrote a sarcastic letter to Brittney’s employer. She was fired. A few feminist bloggers pointed out JG’s error to him, and said that it was sexist of him to […]

  371. democommie said,

    on June 9th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Jim McCulloch:

    “In doing so, however, they fail to note that it can only be true that Brittney’s “original act” was idiotic if you include yourself among the blogreading halt and lame who might somehow be susceptible to thinking, on encountering the offending “original act,” that Brittney is a neo-Nazi or a member of the Ku Klux Klan, which, when you think about it, _if_ you think about it, would be a necessary logical requirement to construe her link as approval.”

    Uh, Jimbo, I said a lot of things about Brittney but comparing her to a Nazi was not one of them. That fiction is on your plate, pal. You are familiar with the concept of a “straw man”, yes?

    As for feeling guilt over “having pushed an admittedly thin skinned and beleaguered liberal blogger over the edge, such that she said screw it and hung it up. That’s gotta make you feel bad, unless you can find a way to make her such a bad person that you are absolved of all blame.” I feel no guilt, perhaps because I’m a true sociopath, no wait, I remember now. It’s because I didn’t push her anywhere. She chose her path, in and out.

    You folks who support her have consistently portrayed her as a person of great integrity with liberal leanings and yet, at the same time, you claim she was “pushed” out of her comfort zone and just threw in the towel. WTF, is she an adult, committed journalist or some intern who was dropped into the job of editor-in-chief at NiT or what? YOU, and I do mean you, seem to think that I am being unfair, stupid and thin-skinned–well, that’s your privilege. I think your darling blogmaster was unprofessional and yes, idiotic, to behave as she did. Put all the lipstick you want to on it. It won’t change. Whoops, now I’ve done it, now the conflation will be that having used the term “put all the lipstick… that I’ve compared that dear, hard working woman to a barnyard mammal–damn I just can’t win for losing–now where have I heard that before.

    Jimbo, please, find someone else to spar with. I gotta go work on my car in the morning and I’m looking forward to the peace and quiet of only having to listen to myself swearing.



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All due respect to David Oatney, who wrote a great post, but this bill is a ruse. When a bill is h...
06/09/2007  (05:18:13)
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Volunteer Voters
Jerry Cooper Donated Cash Money To Bob C...
Sean Braisted’s got a breaker. State Senator Jerry Cooper, a Democrat, donated to Bob Corker...
06/09/2007  (04:52:00)
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Presto Change-o!
The Cats Are Not Amused
My landlord, starting the teardown. Hopefully no later than Tuesday, Curly and LarryElvis will have ...
06/09/2007  (04:48:00)
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Volunteer Voters
Unblogged Tabs
“My thought at the time was, “well, it couldn’t be any worse than this.” The...
06/09/2007  (04:46:35)
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sthguoht peed
our team nashville
Katherine's right. I do dig it...The new initiative rolled out (they rolled initiative...ha!) by the...
06/09/2007  (04:42:00)
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Liberadio(!)
Williamson County: The Home of the Brave
In general, liberals and Democrats are smart and fun to be around (see Drinking Liberally). But the...
06/09/2007  (04:37:49)
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Volunteer Voters
The Frederalist Position On Abortion
Glen Dean takes issue with my implication that Fred Thompson is not pro-life simply by virtue of a...
06/09/2007  (04:14:02)
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Cows and Graveyards
Disappeared
Andrew’s site is down temporarily, but he passed this on to me.  From the Philadelphia Inquir...
06/09/2007  (04:11:32)
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Blue Collar Muse
Short and Sweet ?
Is it just me or has anyone else wanted to vomit listening to or reading a transcript of Harry Reid&...
06/09/2007  (04:02:48)
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Nashville for the 21st Century
The Coop
In relation to new that Sen. Cooper was found not guilty on the charges, Tom in the comments at Volu...
06/09/2007  (03:50:00)
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live. laugh. love.
Bubble Ballet
A boy and his dog and a bubble machine.
06/09/2007  (03:29:59)
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sthguoht peed
marketing playoff beards
I have frequently complained here about how the NHL's marketing is weak. The brand just doesn't attr...
06/09/2007  (03:27:00)
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Presto Change-o!
Might Be All The Cats You Get This Weeke...
My back hurts, my landlord's re-habbing the balcony, and I'm going to spend some time in a horizonta...
06/09/2007  (03:26:00)
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Volunteer Voters
Hoping For A 13th Grade
Sarah Moore doesn’t think we need to lower the standards for the HOPE scholarship. Why? I...
06/09/2007  (03:23:52)
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Graceless in Love
I?m A Little ?Short Bus?
I don’t know how to manipulate wordpress very well. I want to support the Preds more than anyt...
06/09/2007  (03:21:17)
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Volunteer Voters
Shadow Boxing The War On Terror
John Edwards presents his ideas to fight global terrorism. How he resolves these ideas with his be...
06/09/2007  (03:09:08)
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Bear Creek Ledger
Inside Story of Amnesty Bill Failure
John Hawkins at Right Wing News has the dirt.PS: I asked my source if his boss has been hearing from...
06/09/2007  (02:59:05)
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katieallisongranju
the best (only) reason to go in another ...
New mama The Vol Abroad says breastfeeding is offering an excellent ESCAPE HATCH for avoiding her in...
06/09/2007  (02:52:03)
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Cappuccino Soul
Poem: A Flutter
A Flutter (Praise Dance)by Alicia BenjaminFirst, a flutter.Then I felt her shake and roll.She shimmi...
06/09/2007  (02:52:00)
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Cup of Joe Powell
Camera Obscura - Extended Tom Hanks Pop-...
Two movies fresh to DVD are very much worth the time (and money), one a new indie feature and the ot...
06/09/2007  (02:50:00)
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Fun Times Guide
Fun Vanity Tags: European License Plates...
I did a little research on these, so I thought I'd share my findings with everyone here. In case oth...
06/09/2007  (02:48:33)
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Lavender *Sparkles*
Response #5: Have Generous Compassion On...
(The following is part of a series of "responses to the persecuted church" based on a sermon by Eric...
06/09/2007  (02:48:00)
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Volunteer Voters
Business Community Turns To The Web To S...
After the Nashville Predators were sold to a Canadian billionaire who certainly seems agnostic abo...
06/09/2007  (02:47:47)
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Dork Nation
Yeah. Boyee.
My first shot on Ron Wynn’s radio show Freestyles is this Monday. And the special guest? Chuck...
06/09/2007  (02:25:40)
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Volunteer Voters
The Campaign For Conservative Elite Cons...
The Washington Post has an excellent article about how Fred Thompson is gaining support at the exp...
06/09/2007  (02:25:34)
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Newton Dominey
truffle shuffle - 6.8.07
after a few weeks in hiding, the truffle shuffle’s back!!background for this week, just to see...
06/09/2007  (02:24:39)
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Music City TV
Seen in the City: Reba and Kelly
So by now, you know that original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was the surprise guest at ...
06/09/2007  (02:15:07)
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Nobody Asked
It?s Raining, It?s Pouring, The Old Man ...
After weeks of parching drought, we’re getting a bit of a shower this afternoon. I’m so...
06/09/2007  (02:15:05)
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MicroExplosion
Video of the Week: Photosynth, interacti...
What if all the pictures of any location or landmark on a site like Flickr were pulled together to f...
06/09/2007  (02:00:00)
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katieallisongranju
the end is near(er)
I have now officially entered the last trimester of pregnancy, and for the first time, I am beginnin...
06/09/2007  (01:57:33)
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Lavender *Sparkles*
Great Eight: Blah Blah Amy Blah
Shauna posted a meme recently and invited anyone to play along. Why not? Eight Quick Random Habits O...
06/09/2007  (01:54:00)
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NashvilleWx.com
So Far, Benefits Of The Rain Outweigh Se...
As of 2:30pm, the line of storms is east and south of Nashville from about Byrdstown to Murfreesbo...
06/09/2007  (01:44:45)
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Knit Happens
?And it?s Back to the Clink with YOU, Mi...
Wow, just when I thought things couldn’t get better…….  Ok, so they released Pari...
06/09/2007  (01:37:20)
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Bear Creek Ledger
Michael Yon?s part II - Death or Glory
Yon’s part 2 of his embed in the desert with the Queen’s Royal LancersPart I is here.Dea...
06/09/2007  (01:35:24)
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aren't you sorry you asked?
regrets, i?ve had a few
repentancepenitencecontritioncompunctionremorsei was thinking about the subtlties of these words tod...
06/09/2007  (01:33:36)
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Nashville for the 21st Century
I'll Be Damned
Didn't see this coming: Jerry Cooper, "Not Guilty on all counts," in relation to his fraud charges.....
06/09/2007  (01:32:00)
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Volunteer Voters
Knoxville Is Talking Rubbish
Katie Allison Granju points to some pictures she thinks indicate President Bush is hitting the sau...
06/09/2007  (01:25:52)
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Volunteer Voters
The Coop Beats The Charges
State Sen. Jerry Cooper was found not guilty this afternoon of all charges in a federal land fraud...
06/09/2007  (01:25:44)
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Trying to Follow
Coming Up: A Week of Links (or Two)
I’ve been future posting the majority of posts on here, mainly cause I’m to busy with ...
06/09/2007  (01:14:38)
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An American Front Porch
A few views for your weekend
Lunch with Ron Paul (GREAT piece)War...Illegal Immigration...Church and State...Subsidies....
06/09/2007  (01:10:00)
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Nashville for the 21st Century
Schadenfreude
That about sums up my feelings after seeing this:Look, here's the deal. I'm not a huge fan of impri...
06/09/2007  (01:06:00)
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Moore Thoughts
Don?t Lower the GPA!
Our state legislature is considering a bill to lower the GPA needed to earn a HOPE Scholarship from ...
06/09/2007  (01:02:11)
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Jonathan Hickman
This is why I love the internets
link
06/09/2007  (00:46:29)
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Theology & Geometry
Sex advice tripe o' the day
Shorter Globe and Mail column: Who cares if you don't want to do it; STFU and spread 'em to hang ont...
06/09/2007  (00:39:00)
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Moore Thoughts
Finally
I LOVE this weather. I have been anxiously awaiting the fulfillment of the promised thunderstorm fo...
06/09/2007  (00:33:24)
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The Daigle Coblog
Walk Hard
Cast:John C. ReillyJenna FischerTim MeadowsJack White as Elvis PresleyPaul Rudd as John LennonJack B...
06/09/2007  (00:28:21)
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a possible venue for brilliance
stormy skies
We’ve got some really cool looking skies in Brentwood.The rain has arrived. I can’t thi...
06/09/2007  (00:19:38)
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Made of Trash
Trashey Illustrates a Current Event!
Idiot Travels With TB
06/09/2007  (00:19:00)
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friedAppleBlurbs
unlucky for him
I just sold one of our bookcases to a classmate of mine. He loaded it into the back of a pickup tru...
06/09/2007  (00:15:20)
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Mother Tongue Annoyances
Kitty Catty Corner
The other day one of my students and I were chatting during a break. And one point in the conversati...
06/09/2007  (00:02:50)
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Mother Tongue Annoyances
Kitty Catty Corner
The other day one of my students and I were chatting during a break. And one point in the conversati...
06/09/2007  (00:02:50)
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iHajj
From my phone
This is my first ever blog post from my NEW blackberry. I am so cool.Sent from my BlackBerry® ...
06/09/2007  (00:01:00)
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SayUncle
NY Times perpetuates gun violence err ow...
I noticed since the NYT ran their piece on black rifles, that I’m getting quite a few google h...
06/08/2007  (23:54:51)
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SayUncle
Well, I won?t be buying anything from Am...
They have a no CCW policy. Robb sent them a letter. And gets a response.
06/08/2007  (23:54:19)
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Bob Krumm
Overexposed
Exposing a CIA employee who may or may not be clandestine:  bad.Exposing a CIA program which may or...
06/08/2007  (23:48:42)
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Theology & Geometry
Day 159 — Rain!
Finally. Project 365
06/08/2007  (23:48:00)
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Kay Dacus' Write Place, Write Time
Fun Friday?Literary Theme Parks
I can’t believe I only managed two posts this week on grammar/punctuation! They took me a whil...
06/08/2007  (23:43:39)
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NashvilleWx.com
12:30pm Update: Rain Entering Davidson C...
We continue to watch a line of storms pushing eastward across Middle Tennessee. As of 12:20pm, t...
06/08/2007  (23:30:30)
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Tiny Cat Pants
I Shall Move to California and Set Mysel...
Y’all, via Say Uncle, news so stupid I only hope it turns out to be a hoax.  The California H...
06/08/2007  (23:27:03)
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Grand Palace
If You Love Neil, Then Click The Pic?

06/08/2007  (23:23:50)
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Volunteer Voters
Competition For Campfield
Via Adam Groves we learn that Stacey Campfield, everyone’s favorite blogging representative,...
06/08/2007  (23:23:37)
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Tennessee Talk
Another Disaster for Bush
Yet another setback for a President who is now the longest serving lame duck President in American h...
06/08/2007  (23:18:03)
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Volunteer Voters
Fred On Tort Reform

06/08/2007  (23:16:43)
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Music City Miracles
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila Might Be Released
This morning on 104.5 they had a writer from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on.  He said that i...
06/08/2007  (23:14:47)
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Volunteer Voters
Briley Battles Bob In A Bid Against Bein...
David Briley went after the frontrunner at a Mayoral forum over on the West side last night. Go se...
06/08/2007  (23:00:27)
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katieallisongranju
Return of J.
Yeah! J. returns tomorrow from her week with a friend’s family at THIS RESORT.I have missed he...
06/08/2007  (22:59:34)
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Volunteer Voters
Hope Debate
There has been a debate in the legislature over whether to increase Hope Lottery scholarships from...
06/08/2007  (22:55:46)
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Enclave
NashBizJ Feels Salemtown's Heat, But Fro...
I guess we "could be" a hot spot if we were actually in East Nashville. Here in North Nashville, we'...
06/08/2007  (22:54:00)
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Bill Hobbs
New State Budget Offsets Major Tax Incre...
The Tennessee legislature is close to an agreement on a $28 billion state budget that includes a min...
06/08/2007  (22:49:11)
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