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Brand Selvia

The newsroom can counter vitriol

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 2:38 PM
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    You are too smart to have simply missed my point on the prior blog.

    Rather, it seems you choose to obfuscate and mislead your readers.

    The issue at hand has nothing to do with "prejudice", but with your continued exaltation of a questionable journalistic integrity.

    (BTW - this "unapologetic prejudice" is found exactly where? You cite no examples...you just throw out a general accusation.)

    You (and the BG) sacrifice journalistic integrity for the sake of political correctness and your (plural) own biases.

    That is the sad truth, Brand, no matter how you try to portray it otherwise.

    This blog is yet another example of just that.

    You use phrases like "overtly hateful", "nastiness", and"unapologetic prejudice". You have indirectly referred to me and others as "trolls" and other derogatory names.

    (Strange that you don't find this behaviour in yourself as unacceptable as you do in our behaviour.)

    Yet you refuse to call us out directly - addressing what it is that we have said that bothers you, and why it bothers you, and maybe - just maybe - why we might be wrong.

    Instead you make vague accusations, pick out things to isolate and focus on (often out of context), throw your shade, and then try to claim the moral high ground. You take your shots then pivot away instead of engaging.

    Are you afraid to have the conversation? Is your world-view so fragile that it cannot stand up to the scrutiny of someone else daring to question it?

    I don't care about Veronica Pejril. He is a guy who wants to pretend to be a woman. As long as he doesnt interfere with my life he may enjoy his delusions all his days. But he is still a man. That is a simple fact.

    (BTW - twisting words and using Veronica as a human shield when he was merely a reference point for the lack of journalistic integrity isn't very professional.)

    But when a newspaper - and by extension its journalists - refuses to accept certain basic scientific facts b/c of political correctness, then you have absolutely no claim to journalistic integrity.

    From that point on, everything you do as a journalist is suspect. B/c if you cannot be honest with your readers and you choose a fantasy over facts in one small regard about a man who wears a dress, how do you expect anyone to take you serious on anything else?

    At that point you are no better than the national media outlets that you try to distance yourself from.

    You are propaganda.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Feb 5, 2020, at 5:22 PM
  • Dreadpirateroberts- Enough is enough! Obviously you have a major issue with Brand. If his blogs bother you so much, do not read them. As this seems to be such a major issue with you, please do the adult thing and go to the Banner Office and meet with Brand direct; and quit hiding behind your name. Thank you Brand for your continued blogs and your dedication to our small town newspaper.

    -- Posted by Nit on Sat, Feb 8, 2020, at 8:07 AM
  • The comment section is like a car wreck you just cannot take your eyes off of. The anonymity it provides can lead to rudeness and outlandish behavior. However I read it!! Social media has led to a lot of uncivility in our society. You just have to ignore it.

    -- Posted by Avenger1234 on Sat, Feb 8, 2020, at 1:42 PM
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    Nit - I have no personal animus towards Brand. I have made this clear. If I have ever said anything derogatory about Brand personally (other than possibly identifying him as a leftist) than please show me and I will give my mea culpas.

    If anything - I am trying to help Brand. He claims he wants to be a better journalist. I am giving him feedback and hopefully getting him to look at things from a wider view than just his own perception of things.

    If it helps you (or Brand), think of me as a foil. (That's a literary term, if you didn't know.)

    At the end of the day, I am simply a guy with an opinion. Just the same as anyone you may meet on the street.

    And yes, my opinion was asked for...hence the "comments" section.

    Now, if you would do the adult thing and actually comment on the subject at hand... the integrity of the small town newspaper as touted by the writer... that would be a nice change from this weird cyber-stalking thing you have going on with me. (You have a habit of commenting about me instead of what I say or the actual topic of discussion.)

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Feb 10, 2020, at 9:19 AM
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