Self-professed gun nut Alan Gottlieb didn't like our profile of him and his forthcoming Supreme Court case, nor did Seattle Times editorial writer Bruce Ramsey. Gottlieb advises us by e-mail to make sure we read Ramsey's comments on SW's story: "This Seattle Times piece makes the point that I expressed to you when you called me. This is why I and so many others have a problem with your journalist ethics... or lack of them."
Ramsey's story, headlined "Shock! Alan Gottlieb makes a living!" informs me I'm a liberal journalist who doesn't pick on liberals the same way I pick on conservatives such as Gottlieb or Tim Eyman. "Journalists who disagree with these guys think it's deeply wrong and unfair that they feed their families by what they do," Ramsey tells us. "By harping on this, these journalists insinuate in their stories that these guys are just in it for the money."
Oddly, Ramsey doesn't link to our story so his readers can see for themselves how Gottlieb admits to drumming up false fears (using "boogiemen") to raise money for his tax-skirting non-profit that ends up in his own pockets. Nor does Ramsey link to or mention the similar reporting I've done on liberals who feed their families by what they do, among them Greg Nickels, Ron Sims, and Gary Locke. They are, by the way, stories Ramsey's paper hasn't reported, and the Locke piece is cited and used as fodder by neoconservative Michelle Malkin to bash Locke and Barack Obama on her web site and in her new book.
But one of Ramsey's commentors miraculously found his way to our pages anyway. "I enjoyed the Seattle Weekly article," wrote Steve M. "I learned more from it than from Bruce's post. I don't begrudge anyone the right to make money. It is useful to understand the motivations of people in public life, on the right and the left." Emphasis mine.