Kevin’s meltdown

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Since Kevin Kosar has blocked me on twitter, and posted just one snapshot from our conversation today, I feel obligated to publish the rest:

Kevin’s most recent bout of name-calling and blocking apparently came in response to my referring to his employer as a “lobbying organization”. The dictionary defines lobbying as seeking to “influence (a politician or public official) on an issue”, which is what the RStreet Institute does. It says so right on its website: “We engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government.” Last time I checked, you can’t do anything to limit government in this country without getting “a politician or public official” to do something, like say, pass legislation. Sure sounds like lobbying to me! But then, I don’t work in DC. R Street is also somewhat honest about its partisan slant- another thing Kosar is touchy about. He claims the Institute is completely non-partisan. But the web site proclaims “it’s fair to say that we’re on the political right”. The Institute’s “Legislative Advisory Board” is made up exclusively of Republicans. It’s all there in black and white, so I’m not sure why Kosar is so ashamed of it. Go figure!

Sadly, before I could reply, Kevin posted this very professional statement:

… and then blocked me.

I especially like the way Kevin claimed that I had been proven “factually wrong”, when the entire conversation started when he posted blatantly phony numbers. I guess it’s the professional lobbyist’s researcher’s way of saying “I know you are but what am I?”

Now I have to get the dictionary out and see if “correcting a lobbyist when he makes up numbers and misinterprets his own charts” really is one of the definitions of “Yellow Journalism”!

Stay #classy Kevin!