Friday, September 27, 2013

Speaking My Mind and Defending Myself at McClatchy Gets Me Banned. Shocking I know!

In a recent post I went into how certain leftists can't help exposing their inner selves.  To no ones surprise and at the intervention of the moderator/web editor at the McClatchy DC website I have been banned.  Not only was I banned, but all my comments were removed kind of like a Stalinist era airbrushing of a deposed former "Hero of the Soviet Union".  See what standing up to vile accusation gets you?  I sent her the following letter.

An open minded journalist?  Decide for yourself.

To:Tish Wells, McClatchy dc web editor:

And here I was, after reading your personal profile, thinking that perhaps this Ms. Wells is a professional person and could be someone with whom I might reason and I was going to do a polite and reasoned de-construction of your letter. But then two things happened, or was it three?

Firstly I re-read your note informing me of my having been banned (that was a first at least) and your reasons for it. I soon realized however that I had to question the hesitancy you claimed. You might note that I have been the subject of attack for nothing more than expressing an opinion contrary to the orthodoxy held by certain of the denizens of the McClatchy boards.

I came aboard to do nothing more than express an opinion on various stories. I almost immediately came under attack. Not attacks on the position or perspectives I presented but rather personal attacks upon my personality, character, judgment and intelligence.

Not a single one of these denizens (and you know of whom I speak) attempted to do anything that came close to a deconstruction or argument by counter point, but rather almost as if by reflex action the accusation of “fascist” was hurled at me as if that were some magic potion that makes offending opinion and those who dare speak it run to the hills or melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Much to their chagrin I then committed the cardinal sins of both claiming that fascism is a product of the political left and being able to back up the contention with references to original source documents and quotations from the period. Did this lead to any of our leftist friends to reconsider or engage in a reasoned debate on the subject? Of course not, all it got was further, even more vitriolic name calling and childish statements of no more substance than “that’s not what I was told in school so you must be wrong.”

I then proceeded to firstly demonstrate all the points of commonality between fascism/national socialism and communism/international socialism. I then delineated that the only significant difference between them was a philosophical one revolving around the use of or the destruction of national identity as a tool in furtherance of constructing a global socialist state. I further showed that Stalin and the Soviets quickly abandoned their position on this argument and adopted the “nationalist” positions and the methods of the Nazis as soon as the first Panzers started crossing the Russian Steeps. Again I sourced period materials.

It was at this point that the attacks against me began to broaden into the unacceptable. Certain attacks of a political nature I can take and return in kind without so much as batting an eye. But when they sink so low as to make baseless accusation such as that I must be a pedophile or attacks on my family members who have nothing to do with any of this, accusations that they must spend a lot of time under psychiatric care simple because of who his father is. At such a point then it is they, not I, who have crossed the line into the realm of uncivilized and wholly unacceptable behavior. They “declared war” on me and demonstrated it by attacking “defenseless civilians” as it were.

Perhaps before you condemned my retaliatory actions in response to this you should have asked yourself; How you would I feel if such accusations had been directed at me and my family? My responses to them certainly became more acerbic no doubt, and pointed to their own natures as fascists (gmartini’s statements that she would turn the power of the state against me in order to suppress my opinion) was particularly revealing. She followed that up by saying that she could “see a FEMA camp in my future”. That certainly sounds like a threat. Ask yourself; just who was it that was doing all the flagging and making the request to you that an individual be banned?. You know perfectly well that it wasn’t me.

But enough of that digression, let’s get back to your letter.

"Various readers have requested that I blacklist you for many of your comments over the last couple of weeks. I have resisted because you used (emphasis mine) to make good points.
Since you are upset by their comments, where I note you have often given as good or more than you have received, I will remove you.

We are moving to Facebook on Tuesday, October 1st. If you chose to comment then, under your full name, (emphasis mine) then come on back.”

Have a good day -- Moderator/McClatchy

(Before going any further you might consider the most famous, in recent history at least, of the authoritarian “blacklist”.)

 Since when then did I stop making good points? Since when did my condemnations of their vile accusations ever reach gutter level that is shown by gmartini and stingray68? Never. So what if I called gmartini a bee itch. Such euphemistic constructions are used all the time to get around embedded filters. Since when does that reach the level of the accusations of pedophilia?

I have told them both, and repeatedly so, that if they want to hurl the fascist accusation at me they had best be prepared to define the term and defend their use of it. Neither of them has dared to take up that challenge. Instead they just repeat the accusation like some Goebbels inspired "big lie," if repeated often enough, it becomes true.

So now let’s get to the point that has me truly upset, even more so than the vile nature of gmartini’s and stingray68’s underhanded and personal attacks. That being, what you have done. I’m not talking about being banned from the web pages of McClatchy’s Disqus system. I’m talking about you having gone back through the files and deleting every post I have made on a wholesale basis, even those that had nothing to do with any remarks made by me about the two aforementioned characters – everything! I also noted that their responses to me were left intact.

So I am going to ask you a very serious question. Whether you answer me or not is not of concern, it’s the answer you give yourself that is far more important. So here it goes:

Please tell me or justify to yourself your actions. How is it any different from the action of the Nazis or the Stalinists who would airbrush out the images of any former “Hero of the Soviet Union” or “Defender of the Fatherland” from public archives just as soon as they fell into disfavor with Stalin or Hitler? They had the “power” to do it and to make them disappear, and they used it. Is this the kind of action you take pride in or have received praise for? Just what in god’s name does do this have to do with any kind of stretch of the meaning of “journalistic ethics”?

I’m not asking you to reinstate my profile (kind of moot with but 3 days remaining before the change over, but I am asking you to do a little self examination and ask yourself if you really think you took the “high road” here?

Consider also that some of the finest pieces of political satire and criticism of government throughout history have been written anonymously, precisely because governments, all governments grow more centralized and tyrannical with time, and as they do so they have less and less of a sense of humor or tolerance of those critics. Nowadays government has more power than ever before to pry into our personal and secret lives and do so with impunity. Think of George III's hated “Stamp Tax” that was used as pretext to enter into people’s homes with self written warrants to search for “untaxed” documents” particularly those of a political nature.

All this makes even the preservation of even the smallest sense of anonymity that much more important. You won’t be seeing my presence on facebook or twitter under my real name or any other. Having worked inside the beltway for 10 years (TS-SCI W/SBI & PGE) I know exactly what upstream is and how it works. I won’t be so foolish as to step into those jaws.

Lastly I’d ask you to go back to the top of the McClatchy web page and read that “Truth to Power” motto they have there. Does it really mean anything, or is it just empty rhetoric and sloganeering?


FVS (Joe Martin's Ghost)

I am not going to hold my breath waiting for a response from one but it might be fun if some of my readers dropped her a line just to say hello. What pieces of your minds you decide to give her is entirely up to you. If you do please leave a copy in the comments below.


  1. I am not going to hold my breath waiting for a response

    Nope, but you gave it your best.

  2. You do understand that irony is completely lost on these morons right?

    1. Well Tish might not have much political depth but she sure can write one hell of a review on a Disneyland ride!

  3. I don't know if you are watching the goings on at McClatchy or not but just mentioning your name still sends sends your two friends into apoplexy. I called them a pair of jackals. I don't think they liked it.


    1. Jackals is an apt description for those two. Have to admit that I don't give neither of them any more consideration than I give to taking a dump. No wait I give taking a dump more consideration than I do ether of those piles of donkey dung. Let them have their little fiefdom of fools. They’re not worth the effort.

  4. FVS,

    I am who the unholy trinity of jackals over at the McClatchy Spin Zone (fishwife, stinky, and shurley) refer to as "The Original Guest." I felt the full brunt of their venomous and vile posts attacking my faith, my politics, and my family. The fascistic and hyena-pack natures of the unholy trinity came through and they flagged hundreds, maybe thousands of my posts on the MSZ when I expressed my contempt for their lies and the bile that flowed from their posts and their replies to my posts. They whined and moaned to the Tish Wells-predecessor (Gina something-or-other) and I, too, was singled out and summarily banned from the MSZ.

    So, don't take it so are in good company. You are neither the first nor will you be the last to to be driven off by the unholy trinity. The unholy trinity are cyber-bullies and, with a complicit "moderator" (censor), they clearly demonstrate that the hard-Left media and their readers "can't handle the truth."

    I have been stalked by stinky at other hard-Left sites (TPM, Raw Story, et al.) When he followed me and posted personal attacks and trash about me and I responded, he whined and moaned to the moderators and got me banned from several of those sites as well. I often posted that the hard-Left doesn't argue its ideology, rather they squash those with opinions that diverge from their own. Like blood-sucking leeches, they do hate the right and they especially "hate the light."

    But, there is life after Liberal-blog "death." There are a lot of places to go to if you seek to reach the low-information voters on the Left. Stay true to your principles. I know how the story of evil, Leftist scourge ends. Be encouraged and stay passionate and free. We will defeat these minions of darkness in the end.

    May the peace of the Lord be with you, brother!

    Twoiron (aka The Original Guest)

  5. FVS,

    In my previous post, I left out a couple things worth mentioning.

    There was a user who went by the name "Dayfish" who posted all the time at MSZ when I first started posting there. He was stinky on steroids. His posts dripped a seething hatred for anyone other than a hardcore Marxist/socialist and he used foul language a lot. He routinely flagged every post I made. More about Dayfish below.

    Like you, when I was banished from MSZ, all 9,000 of my Disqus posts on MSZ were deleted as well.

    Before I was banished, the MSZ moderator (not Tish, but her predecessor) put me in the "penalty box" at MSZ. I had to sit out for 60 or 90 days and then they let me post again.

    When I was re-instated, the Dayfish and stinky and gmartini (I called her fishwife) started in earnest. One day, Dayfish got so agitated by one of my posts, he cursed and swore at the moderator. Much to my delight, he was banned permanently. He disappeared into the darkness -- I assumed he committed suicide.

    I always had a suspicion that stinky (stingray68) was really Dayfish. Either that or his not-quite-so-evil twin.

    One final note...the unholy trinity rarely post outside the MSZ. I think 90+% of fishwife's posts (gmartini), are made on MSZ. You may also have noticed they make hundreds of posts daily, and at all hours of the day. I don't think they ever sleep. I also don't know how they hold down jobs. If the veil were ever to lift, it wouldn't surprise me at all that all three of them are professionals. "Turning tricks" for McClatchy papers, one hateful, fascistic post at a time.

    I remain "down for the struggle",

    Twoiron (The Original Guest)

  6. Joe,

    Thank you for your note about commenting on

    Despite our best efforts to moderate discussion on our stories, we have been unable to sort through the thousands of comments a month to weed out the attacks and highlight the most interesting civil debate. From your email, it sounds like you have been a casualty of some of those attacks, and I am sorry to hear that.

    The decision to ban you was based on the pattern of attacks in your own comments. I would like to read those comments to better understand the discussions that involved you, but I cannot. We were wrong to have deleted your comments. That action was unjustified and unfortunately irreversible. We regret that it happened.

    You are welcome to comment again using Facebook, starting tomorrow when we relaunch our website. We expect the volume of comments to diminish with this change and the quality of the conversation to improve. I hope you will choose to be part of this next stage.

    Julie Moos, Senior Digital Editor, McClatchyDC (

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