"Look, when it was just civilians being attacked, that's one thing. But now these a-holes are attacking bloggers. Including a blogger who's friends with Tim O'Reilly. This is where we draw the line, folks. You want to call your neighbor a child molester, or claim some politician is taking bribes, or leak trade secrets from Apple so that every cloner in Asia can make a knock-off of our products, hey, that's "protected speech," and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will fight to their last breath to defend you. But don't you dare start making fun of A-list bloggers! These are the heroes who are toppling the mainstream media and bringing truth and sunshine to the world. These are the defenders of free speech. If you're going to make fun of them, well, you're gonna get your pee-pee slapped, and you're gonna get shut down. Simple as that."
I'm a big fan of Kathy Sierra's work, and the kind of abuse she suffered is deplorable, but Fake Steve is dead on in highlighting how the blogosphere only lurched into action when the target of slander and abuse was one of its own, rather than politicians, major media companies, or corporations.
Bottom line, wrong is wrong, no matter how you feel about the victim, be they suspected terrorists, Fortune 500 corporations, or even A-list bloggers.