Pots and Kettles: The Merc goes all "Blogtown"
I'm crushed! I've been roundly chastised for not "following SOP" and citing the Merc as the source of Lt. Wyatt's statement re: the police brutality protest this past Sunday.
What I'd like to know though is this: where did the intrepid Merc reporters learn about the protest in the first place??
Yes indeed, I surely am just crushed! Or maybe I'm flattered. Imagine me: small town, unedumacated, single mom and hysterical Indy ranter, being "called out" by the "professional" journalists at the Merc. What a joke.
But since the Merc seems to have censored my first reply over there, (but not others - go figure) I'll post my response here.
Posted on BlogTown, where my "comment was received and held for approval by the blog owner":
Well, ya know, I was going to credit the Merc on this (as I always have cited my sources on IndyMedia and elsewhere - but you guys don't mention THAT little fact, do you?), but after all the dismissive and derogatory comments made here about Indy, I figured, "why bother"?
My bad. Looks like you're going to have to take away my press pass.
Oh. That's right. I DON'T HAVE ONE!
And that would be because I'm just some "unhinged" mom up here on the mountain doing this for free, in whatever spare time I can steal. As opposed to you "big-city professional" journalists, who get paid full-time to belittle citizens who dare to speak their minds.
You "pros" do get that, don't you? Apparently not, since you obviously feel the need to tout and defend your alleged journalistic superiority over that of a bunch of ordinary, average people. If "Indymedia ranks so low on [your] credibility meter," it makes YOUR egotistic critiques essentially meaningless.
As for the pot calling the kettle black, a quick search of your website reveals that, on at least one occasion each, neither Ms. Jenniges (see here @: link to 188.8.131.52)
nor Mr. Moore (see here @: link to www.portlandmercury.com) felt the need to cite or give credit to their sources. I'm sure I could find more if I had all day, every day, to look. But again, unlike you, I don't.
And, gee, looks like Indy (see here @: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/331328.shtml?discuss) had something on the subject of Amy's above referenced blog post a day before she did. Did she "steal" it from Juan Seguin? Did Juan "steal" it from somewhere else? Who knows? Who cares? At least we know Amy (or anyone else at the Merc) didn't care at the time.
FYI - Indy didn't, um, "call you out" [shit, what a bunch of PUNKS, what is this high school?] simply "for using the word Indymedia" as you so virtuously claim. I wouldn't presume to speak for the entire group there, but I, for one, find your childish taunts ("Indymediasters," "going all Indymedia on you... ") boorish and petty.
So, it's Monday afternoon—deadline crunch time—and the last thing you say you should be doing is starting a flame war by pointing out hypocrisy from Indymedia. But somehow, you managed. What better way to jack up the hits on your site, huh? Nothin like slingin shit to boost your ad prices, right?
Why people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw pots and kettles:
Amy sez - with an unmistaken air of superiority:
"Others ["Indymediasters"] responded in kind, with similarly articulate and smart things to say, like..."
And, to prove her point, her smart, articulate colleague, Matt Davis, writes:
"I repeat: 'Indymedia are a bunch of wankers.' They are total, complete, utter idiots, imbeciles, wallies, wackos and dolts."
(Source: Merc BlogTown) LMFAO
So hey BlogTown! Inquiring minds want to know: Where DID you learn about the protest that you so "scooped" Indy on?
And if you discount the radicals over here on Indy, it's only ethical to stop using us for "YOUR" news. Without us, you'd be at least four blog posts short today. See these at http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/:
"Indymedia Pot, Meet Indymedia Kettle"
"We Are Killers"
"Chasse case: officer's photo posted saying 'STOP ME BEFORE I KILL AGAIN'"
"50 anti police brutality protestors picket Chief Rosie Sizer's House"
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