Doug Ireland has an informative piece in this week’s LA Weekly on California Rep. David Dreier and the mainstream media’s ignorance of the real reason he wasn’t given the opportunity to replace Tom Delay:
“Within minutes after Hastert’s selection of Dreier, Blogactive.com — the D.C.-based Web site that first outed Dreier — posted online and widely e-mailed an alert. “Call Dennis Hastert and thank him for standing up to the Radical Right by recommending a gay man as Majority Leader,” Blogactive’s Mike Rogers wryly wrote, giving Hastert’s phone number. Within hours, according to a low-ranking Hastert staffer who requested anonymity, the speaker’s office received more than 400 phone calls about Dreier’s being gay.
Many of those calls were from right-wingers.”
What Doomed Dreier’s Rise to the Top [la weekly]