Thursday, July 21, 2011

Martosko Out, Coggin In

Registered dietitians Jack Norris (from Vegan Outreach) and Virginia Messina have just published a book about nutrition for vegans called "Vegan for Life," and they list "Digging Through the Dirt" in the list of resources at the end of the book!

As you've probably noticed, work and slacking have taken their toll on "Digging." But I owe it to Jack and Ginny--and to my other blog readers--to begin posting regularly again. And what better way to start than by giving you an update on the man I love to hate: David Martosko?

If you follow you should--you'll know that Martosko was either fired or quit from the deceptively named Center for Consumer Freedom, likely due to his penchant for drinking and driving. ( is opposed to and keeps tabs on the CCF's I didn't post anything about Martosko's departure because, other than, I didn't have any proof that he actually left. But now I do.

Martosko is now the executive editor for Tucker Carlson's Republican political Web site, "The Daily Caller." Asked by Media Bistro about Martosko's police record, Carlson said this:
David's not the only person in this office who's been arrested, by the way, and I've made it clear to the staff that anyone who judges him for it can leave.
I think people deserve second chances--yes, perhaps even people who risk others' lives because they drink and drive. But what about judging Martosko for his other acts? Like misinforming the public. Defending animal abusers. Combine those things with his drinking and driving, and you get one sleazy, selfish jerk.

As for who has taken Martosko's place at the CCF? says it's Will Coggin, arguably even more vile than Martosko.

A 2007 graduate of William and Mary, he was already causing controversy during his college years.
As a freshman, he co-founded the conservative student group Sons of Liberty. Among this group's claims to fame was an affirmative action bake sale held in 2004. According to news reports, prices were 50 cents for "Black/Hispanic/Native American," 75 cents for "White/Asian/Indian" and $1 for "Human (if you prefer to be judged by the content of your character, rather than by the color of your skin)."
In 2006, as editor of the libertarian student publication "The Remnant," Coggin printed the name of a rape victim and called her a "wannabe victim" and "con artist."

Public-relations guru Rick Berman, who created the CCF, was probably drooling as he read Coggin's resume.

I'll miss Martosko, but I'm sure we'll meet again online. As for Coggin, you have small shoes to fill.

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veganelder said...

The "bake sale" you write about is interesting and repugnant. Mr. Coggin is apparently a young, bright angry little sleaze that will add his dubious talents to the effort to promote cruelty, deception and profit by the ccf.

Amazing how the footsoldiers for ugliness and atrocity keep on coming.

Terry Ward said...

Martosko's first project at the Daily C will be a rendition of Gilbert&Sullivan's 'I've Got a Little List'....

Koko (Martosko)
''As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list — I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
There's the pestilential nuisances who write for autographs —And who never would be missed — who never would be missed!"

Chorus (Tucker Carlson)
"He's got 'em on the list — he's got 'em on the list;And they'll none of 'em be missed — they'll none of 'em be missed"

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Coggin will fit right in with the sleazes at CCF.