What’s also interesting about Moulitsas’s response is that in the process of being open and admitting that “I want to feel stupid for being defrauded” and “I got burned, and got burned bad,” he actually cites transparency itself as one of the reasons why he was able to discover the apparent fraud. He notes that Daily Kos had as a matter of practice always released the internal numbers—the same data that formed the basis for the study by the three “statistic wizards” (Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman, and Jonathan Weissman) who informed Moulitsas of the problems with Research 2000. Here’s what Moulitsas wrote:
But ultimately, this episode validates the reason why we released the internal numbers from Research 2000 — and why every media outlet should do the same from their pollster; without full transparency of results, this fraud would not have been uncovered. As difficult as it has been to learn that we were victims of that fraud, our commitment to accuracy and the truth is far more important than shielding ourselves from cheap shots from the Right.
In the end, Moulitsas is so enamored with his commitment to transparency that he manages to use it to take a shot at his critics. It’s amazing what a cloak of radical transparency can allow you to do. The problem is so many people are quick to disrobe when the going gets tough.
Correction of the Week
“A music review on Thursday about a concert at the Nokia Theater on Tuesday night by the singer Adam Lambert referred incorrectly to kissing between Mr. Lambert and his bass player, Tommy Joe Ratliff. During the song “Fever,” they licked each other’s lips; Mr. Ratliff did not merely give Mr. Lambert a quick peck on the shoulder. (He did that later in the show.)” – The New York Times