Error Of Omission
If you follow netroot politics, you've heard a bit about Joe Anthony lately. He started a Myspace page for Barack Obama, reaching 160,000 friends on the page. He worked with the Obama campaign, as a volunteer, to maintain the page. And all was good in the universe.
Then something went horribly wrong. Anthony, a volunteer up until that point, asked for compensation for his work. He wanted $39,000 for setting up the page, with another possible $10,000 from ad revenues, bringing his total compensation to $49,000. The Obama campaign balked, and through Myspace, wrested the page away from Anthony and now has full control of the page, while Anthony has nothing.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times writes up L'Affaire Anthony today. For whatever reason, Sweet seems to relish thumbing the Obama campaign in the eye, and her column did not disappoint. It was sympathetic towards Anthony, but the most glaring thing about the column - it never mentions Anthony's attempt to get $49,000.
Now matter how you feel about the issue (full disclosure, while I feel the Obama campaign was a bit ham-handed in their handling of this issue, volunteers should not request payment, never mind trying to squeeze a campaign for $49,000), Anthony's efforts to get paid were the catalyst for this kerfuffle. To omit that from this story is either negligence or incompetence. I'll let you all decide.