January 1, 2015 10:36 am -

aattp-scalise--1024x512[su_r_sky_ad]We would not be hearing about probably-soon-to-be-ex-House-majority-whip-designate Rep. Steve Scalise’s appearance with an avowed white supremacist group from the “legitimate” media if it weren’t for a blogger acting on a tip from a staffer for Scalise’s Democratic opponent and knowing when to move the story:

The campaign manager of a Democrat who challenged [Scalise] tipped off a blogger that the Republican lawmaker had spoken to a white supremacist group in 2002.

And remember, timing is everything:

Democrat Gilda Reed did not expose the meeting during the 2008 special election for the House seat because she believed it would not sway the district’s conservative electorate.

“I felt strongly that it would not have walked,” Reed told Reuters on Wednesday. “I was running in a district with a lot of bigots.”

Reed’s son and 2008 campaign manager, Robert Reed, alerted left-leaning blogger, Lamar White Jr., who broke the story that has caused turmoil for Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As Congress prepares to reconvene next week, Scalise, 49, has riled civil rights groups who demand he step aside for addressing the 2002 event hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

House Speaker John Boehner and other party leaders have supported Scalise.

So next time someone says bloggers aren’t real journalists, have this page bookmarked. Boo-yah![su_left_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.