Rep Mike Doogan (D-AK) exposes the true identity of Mudflats blogger

Mudflats

As most of us know, the Mudflats blog shot to instant fame when John McCain chose the Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, as his VP running mate.  Mudflats was the “go to” source for an Alaskan perspective on the Governor and the political climate in Alaska.

A really creepy thing has happened to AKMuckraker, the founder of Mudflats:  Alaska Representative, Mike Doogan (D-AK), exposed her true name on his legislative newsletter.

Anonymous Blogger Anonymous No More

The identity of the person who writes the liberal Democratic Mudflats blog has been secret since the blog began, protected by the Anchorage Daily News, among others. My own theory about the public process is you can say what you want, as long as you are willing to stand behind it using your real name. So I was interested to learn that the woman who writes the blog is Anchorage resident Jeanne _____.*

Best wishes,

[signed]

What the hell is this about?  Well, apparently Rep Doogan got a little testy when AKMuckraker took him to task for his boorish lack of email etiquette, and in revenge, set out to find and expose her true name.  Which he did.

Here’s AKMuckraker:

It said in my “About” page that I choose to remain anonymous.  I didn’t tell anyone why.  I might be a state employee.  I might not want my children to get grief at school.  I might be fleeing from an ex-partner who was abusive and would rather he not know where I am.  My family might not want to talk to me anymore.  I might alienate my best friend.  Maybe I don’t feel like having a brick thrown through my window.  My spouse might work for the Palin administration.  Maybe I’d just rather people not know where I live or where I work.  Or none of those things may be true.  None of my readers, nor Mike Doogan had any idea what my personal circumstances might be.  But that didn’t seem to matter.

What appears to matter to Rep. Doogan is that either 1) he feels that if he “outs” me, he’ll change what I have to say, or keep me from saying anything. 2) he gets to play mystery detective (like in his books) and believes people will think he’s really cool for figuring it out, or 3) he feels like getting revenge.  He knows I want to remain anonymous, so he’s going to take it away.  In any of those three scenarios, he didn’t think it was important to get the bigger picture.

I’m guessing Rep Doogan feels like he has somehow vindicated himself for his idiotic email faux pas — by exposing one of his constituents (and her family) to further possible harrassment and/or revenge.

Many bloggers, myself included, choose to remain anonymous, not because we don’t stand behind our blog posts and ideas, but because there are a lot of truly nutzoid people in this country. I don’t work from an office building with an assistant outside my closed door, and don’t have immediate access to security.

On the other hand, most bloggers are harrassed and stalked by weirdos who are very “brave” behind their keyboards — not by their State Representative.

AKMuckraker sums it up well:

Rep. Doogan thinks he has exposed me, but in reality he has done nothing but expose himself.

Rep Mike Doogan, futue te et ipsum caballum.

AKMuckraker, keep up the good work.

ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM

Read AKMuckraker’s whole post here.

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5 thoughts on “Rep Mike Doogan (D-AK) exposes the true identity of Mudflats blogger

  1. Mike Doogan should be ashamed of himself. This is no way for an elected official to treat a constituent. There is absolutely no excuse for this, and I would hope the Alaska Legislature condemns him and his actions.

    I respect the right of those who wish to remain anonymous in their blogging. For all the reasons AKMuckraker gave, and more, there are perfectly valid times when not revealing who you are is necessary. Suppose you have kids that your ex wants to take back, legally or otherwise? How can you protect them if you tell everyone who you are and where you are?

    We have a constitutional right to free speech, and nowhere in the First Amendment does it say you can’t do it anonymously? If it weren’t for the anonymous writings of some of our nation’s founders, we might still be the property of the British Empire.

    Mike Doogan violated AKMuckraker’s First Amendment rights, and for that he should be impeached and removed from public office, never to be elected to anything again. If he were my representative, I don’t think I could ever trust him. And how can you hold an office of public trust, when the public has no reason to trust you?

  2. What’s more, I choose to post here and at other places under my real name. But I fully recognize that it was just that, for me and for every other person who posts on the internet, a right to a choice. I do not think myself braver than those who post anonymously, nor do I think any less of those who do.

    The point is to put forth ideas and opinions for the purpose of discussion. And that discussion should be about the issues, not the real identities of the people making the comments. As long as the allegations against someone are true, then the blogger has every right in the world to post them anonymously. We are supposed to discuss ideas, not the people putting them out there.

  3. This Doogan, claiming the title of Democrat, sickens me. Attacking the messenger is a Rot-Wing standard M.O.

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