Yesterday, I posted the text of a diary I wrote over at the Daily Kos which generated a ton of attention in that net community. Well, it seems we had an effect.
Timothy Noah of Slate's Chatterbox column posts this beautiful story.
After summarizing Gobbel's situation, and quoting the original article (in much the same way I did), Noah adds this bit to the story.
The story was picked up by Daily Kos, a political Web log, and spread quickly around the Web. By this morning, Geddes, who has declined to comment publicly on the matter, had apparently had enough of the bad publicity. Through an intermediary, he offered Gobbell an apology and said she could have her old job back. But Gobbell said she wouldn't return without some written guarantee that Geddes wouldn't turn around and fire her once he was out of the spotlight. Then, late this afternoon, Kerry himself phoned Gobbell. "He was telling me how proud he was that I stood up," Gobbell told me. "He'd read the part where Phil said I could either work for him or work for John Kerry. He said, 'you let him know you're working for me as of today.' I was just so shocked."
I only just found out about this--I've been at work and at the dental school all day. There is no better way to come out of a root canal than to find out that you had a hand in correcting an injustice and helping a person in need.
I'm not taking any credit for this. Even if I had never written about this on the Daily Kos, someone else would have--I feel certain of that. It was the combined efforts of that community, as well as the other net people who got involved and gave these people hell that made the difference. I'm proud to be a part of that community.