A couple of weeks ago Lynn Prentice, editor of the Labour Party blog, ‘The Standard’ bitterly attacked editor of The Daily Blog, Martyn Bradbury for not publishing a comment from Alistair Thompson, Editor of Scoop, The Standard’s main source of income.
In terms of the essence of your latest criticism that I didn’t bother with Alistair’s reply 1)- his reply is just nonsense and 2)because people always have the ability to go post whatever they want about me elsewhere. If people want to take their own meanings with their own bias on my blogs, well they can go stamp their feet somewhere else. I appreciate the Standard’s business model is endless discussions on pointless chat boards that are ego stroking for the regulars, but content is the focus here.
So while Lynn is criticising TDB for not publishing comments, how about mine? Below is a forward of a letter of complaint to The Standard asking them to correct an inference made by a commenter that I personally abused one of their authors in a hidden comment, and that is why I am banned. I would normally ignore such comments, but in a follow up comment Lynn Prentice leaves an inference that this might be the case.
Unlike most of his commenters and authors I go under my own name and to accuse me even by inference that I have indulging in hidden verbal abuse personal abuse is damaging to my reputation and relationships with the online community.
Lynn Prentice has banned me, yes, but not for dishing out personal abuse to one of his authors. (In fact it was the other way around). Essentially Lyn has banned me for daring to suggest that the Left should work together in the Northland by-election.
Lynn Prentice has compounded this by agreeing with a commenter in a manner, that infers, that I personally abused one of his authors and that the only reason this comment can’t be seen by the public is that he blocked it.
All of this is a complete and total fabrication. I did not abuse his Author Stephanie Rodgers on his website, or for that matter on any other forum, or blog, or email, facebook message, or in any other written form, blanked or unblanked, or even in a private conversation.
For Lynn Prentice to back such a claim is a complete lie.
But of course, I can’t defend myself on his site from this sort of abuse because I am banned.
The weird thing is he doesn’t dish this sort of treatment out to some of the extreme Right Wingers who comment on his site.
To stoop to such tactics signals to me is that the Labour Party see the wider Left as a greater threat than the Nats and ACT. I think that this is what underwrote their strategy in the last general election and underwrites their proposed strategy for the Northland by-election.
It is interesting that in banning me that Lynn Prentice complains of having trouble of attracting authors to his site. The daily blog doesn’t seem to have that trouble. As the gate keeper of the Party line, I imagine that it would be very hard for Lynn Prentice to find even anonymous writers that agree with the narrow sectarian views he is looking for in an author.
I am giving Lynn Prentice the benefit of the doubt that when he gave the impression that I have personally abused Stephanie Rodgers on line in a hidden comment, which is not evident because he has blanked that abuse out, that he did so unintentionally.
So I am allowing him a period of grace to correct and apologise for his error.
Let’s see if he does.