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Who Is Strumpette?
"When I looked at her bio, I thought there's some level of hyperbole or fakery in this," says Jeff Jarvis, a veteran journalist who blogs at BuzzMachine.com . "I also thought, 'Boy, this person doesn't have a life.' "
Some targets are fighting back. After Strumpette criticized Aedhmar Hynes, a public relations executive, Hynes accused her of playing a "vicious game" and making "baseless" attacks.
The site has criticized major public relations firms that use blogging in what they describe as an effort to engage in a dialogue with customers and consumers. "Blogs have already been co-opted by PR as a tool to distribute propaganda more widely."
Mike Krempasky, who works for Edelman Public Relations, wrote on his personal blog : "I don't have a particular problem with the Strumpette. It's marginally funny, and acts like a stripper in a nursing home, which is always due to stir things up. But Wonkette it's not."
Krempasky did some online sleuthing, traced the site's Internet address to Connolly and accused him of being Strumpette. Connolly denies it, saying he hosts a number of Web sites.
Strumpette also took a swipe at Jarvis, a founding editor of Entertainment Weekly. Jarvis has been arguing that a "mob" of customers patronizing companies such as Dell -- with which he has been feuding over a defective laptop -- can band together and force better service and communication. Jarvis recounts the battle on his site.
"Jeff, you've crossed a line . . . You are now sounding like some malignant corporate subversive," "Amanda" wrote. ". . . You expect me to let you and your mud-booted-torch-bearing mob into my house?!"
Jarvis argues that critics should not throw spitballs from behind a curtain of anonymity, as is the case on Strumpette.
"If it were better done," says Jarvis, "I'd almost see it as a book proposal: 'I faked out the blogosphere.' But I don't think it's sophisticated enough. I think it's someone with a grudge and no guts."
Moving right along . . . Isn't this the kind of thing that would have been called a cover-up in another administration?
"Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that President Bush had personally decided to block the Justice Department ethics unit from examining the role played by government lawyers in approving the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program," says the New York Times .
"Mr. Gonzales made the assertion in response to questioning from Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania and chairman of the committee. Mr. Specter said the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Justice Department had to call off an investigation into the conduct of department lawyers who evaluated the surveillance program because the unit was denied clearance to review classified documents. . . .