He certainly started a wide-ranging online discussion today with an editorial on anonymous bloggers:
But too much of the conversation going on in the "blogosphere" is anonymous, and we want to do our part to put an end to that.
The fact is that the best blogs in Springfield and Missouri have names attached to them.
That certainly got the ball rolling, with everyone from Fired Up Missouri, much of which is written anonymously, to Ron Davis' Chatter, which obviously is not, to Rhetorica, and several others.
Jason Rosenbaum's offers a wide-ranging summary of the bloggers' opinions on his Columbia Tribune Political Blog.
So I might as well throw in my own two cents' worth. While I definitely appreciate the kind words Tony Messenger wrote about The Turner Report in the editorial, I do not have a problem with an anonymously-written blog. It does not take long to determine if a blog is worth reading. If the writer is unreliable or has nothing to say, odds are he or she will not develop a following in the blogosphere.
What does bother me are anonymous blogs and comments that do nothing but attack and belittle people and add nothing to the discussion. Some of the best bloggers are anonymous and some of the best comments on blogs are anonymous. At the same time, anonymity has a tendency to bring out snakes who attack anyone whose opinion differs from their own. Anonymity grants a false courage to namecallers, bigots, and people whose greatest pleasure in life comes from tearing down others.
Unfortunately, those kind of people,whether they are blogging or commenting, are the people who give blogs a bad name.