It is not really a small world overall, but the “world” inhabited by the rich, the powerful and their lackeys can be very small indeed.
Take, for instance, two articles I posted yesterday: one on the continuing problem of Republican plagiarism, and one on the fake-populist claims made by Unity08 about the nature of their donors.
I spent a bit of time trying to find out who was running the Republican websites back in 2005, when this now-two-year-old surge of letter to the editor fraud began. And I found out that the eCampaign Director for the Republican National Committee and the engineer behind the development of GOP.com was one Michael Turk. Turk is responsible for developing the website that began spreading fraudulent letters to the editor.
I thought I’d heard that name before, and I checked my e-mail. Michael Turk promised to call me two weeks ago to clear up the whole suing-the-FEC-to-be-able-to-take-unlimited-donations thing. He never did call. Why was Michael Turk promising to give me a call to make the whole we-want-big-money-donations-more-more-more debacle clear? Oh, that’s right: Turk is now a member of the Unity 08 Rules Committee, when he’s done with his day job as the Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. His job description there is to “oversee NCTA’s efforts to generate support for public policy issues at the federal and state levels.”
Two stories converged in yellow wood, and I, I was awfully surprised. But I shouldn’t have been.