Saving Those Targeted by Outrage Mobs

 

My bar for media malfeasance is pretty low, but this from an ABC affiliate in Utah cleared the bar this week:

A lowly paramedic (who has just worked the last year in a pandemic) made a $10 donation to a legal defense fund, and as a result, faced a news crew at his front door, spreading his name and a rough outline of where he lives to their viewers. I cannot think of anything more despicable than this, and as always, there are no consequences for the reporter, the producer, or the anchors who aired this assault. There is the predictable Twitter backlash, but little in the way of actionable steps for the paramedic or those horrified by what the station did. I’ve publicized their contact form and I encourage anyone and everyone to share thoughts with the station management, but there has to be something more we can do about what is essentially an assault on free speech and freedom of association.

I’ve often tossed around the idea of an organization where the sole purpose is defending ordinary citizens with legal and PR assistance when they come under assault by the “mob,” usually led by members of the mainstream media (think: St. Louis gun couple, Covington Catholic students, etc). Where do they turn to for expertise in these assaults when they are thrust into the limelight overnight?

With the emergence and success of similar organizations fighting for a return to sanity when it comes to “anti-racism” dogma, I think it’s time for those of us on the side of sanity need to step up to the plate and find a way to defend those who find themselves on the wrong side of the outrage mob.

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  1. RufusRJones Member
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    The System is terribly skewed towards people that can afford lawyers and lobbyists. If you can cough up $15,000 for a lawyer bills anytime you want, you are way better off in this country.

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  2. David Foster Member
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    I see the station is an ABC affiliate.  ABC is owned by Disney.

    Just sayin’

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  3. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
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    Later the same media will ask, “But why do the people treat us like the Enemy?” without any ability for self-examination.

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Later the same media will ask, “But why do the people treat us like the Enemy?” without any ability for self-examination.

    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9tcmN0di5wb2RvbWF0aWMuY29tL3JzczIueG1s/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9tcmN0di5wb2RvbWF0aWMuY29tL2VudHJ5LzIwMjEtMDQtMTZUMTNfMjFfNTQtMDdfMDA?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwjIhsX6hYvwAhWRWc0KHbtgD_MQjrkEegQIChAL&ep=6

     

    In a recent column, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote about five core journalistic values, and how it’s “disturbing” most Americans don’t share them. What happens if we pull a Saul Alinsky and hold the media accountable to their own core principles? It’s not a good look.

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  5. Stina Member
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    I donated 10x that. It’s feeling personal.

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  6. Kozak Member
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    I’d like to see Mr Nguyen doxxed to see how he likes it.

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  7. thelonious Member
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    How is this news? People donate small amounts to controversial causes all the time. 

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  8. navyjag Coolidge
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    Good idea Beth. First thought is ti sue the Guardian, which I thought was the recipient of the leak, for intentional interference with contractual rights (employment). No doubt some First Amendment issues but litigation might slow the crazies down. 

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  9. EJHill Podcaster
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    David Foster: I see the station is an ABC affiliate. ABC is owned by Disney.

    Just sayin’

    As despicable as Disney is, the station is owned by Nexstar Media Group.

    545 E John Carpenter Freeway
    Suite 700
    Irving, TX 75062

    PHONE (972) 373-8800
    FAX (972) 373-8888

    The Board of Directors is here. Their General Manager is here.

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  10. Cal Lawton Member
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    Oh this gets better: Twitter didn’t take down the stations Tweet about the piece. Included a picture of the reporting standing on the front porch of the residence.

    Twitter banned Project Veritas for doing the same thing.

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  11. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Here is what needs to happen.  If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head.  Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more.  The problem is that nobody has any repercussions.  We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness.  Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything.   The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD.  You destroy my life, I destroy yours.  You kill my people, I kill yours.  Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.  

     

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  12. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Cal Lawton (View Comment):

    Oh this gets better: Twitter didn’t take down the stations Tweet about the piece. Included a picture of the reporting standing on the front porch of the residence.

    Twitter banned Project Veritas for doing the same thing.

    Didn’t they just use another pretext?

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  13. navyjag Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Here is what needs to happen. If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head. Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more. The problem is that nobody has any repercussions. We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness. Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything. The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD. You destroy my life, I destroy yours. You kill my people, I kill yours. Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.

     

    Fake John.  Litigation might be safer.  But probably  not cheaper.

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  14. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Here is what needs to happen. If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head. Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more. The problem is that nobody has any repercussions. We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness. Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything. The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD. You destroy my life, I destroy yours. You kill my people, I kill yours. Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.

    I don’t agree with killing, but I absolutely agree with taking the tit for tat approach. Stop being “nice” because you think you’ll shame our enemies into being nice in return. You won’t. You’ll just mark yourself as a sucker.

    Until they feel pain for this kind of garbage, they won’t stop.

    Make them feel pain.

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  15. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Here is what needs to happen. If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head. Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more. The problem is that nobody has any repercussions. We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness. Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything. The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD. You destroy my life, I destroy yours. You kill my people, I kill yours. Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.

     

    Fake John. Litigation might be safer. But probably not cheaper.

    No, litigation takes to long and frankly our system is so corrupt you can’t trust it.  

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  16. navyjag Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Here is what needs to happen. If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head. Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more. The problem is that nobody has any repercussions. We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness. Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything. The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD. You destroy my life, I destroy yours. You kill my people, I kill yours. Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.

     

    Fake John. Litigation might be safer. But probably not cheaper.

    No, litigation takes to long and frankly our system is so corrupt you can’t trust it.

    Agree it takes a long time. From a guy who litigated a case against a condo HOA for 15 years through 2 trials and 4 appeals.  But won in the end.  Would trust 12 men  (or women) on the street, like jurors,  more than anyone from the government.  What was it William Buckley said?  He would take the word of the first 200 people in the Boston phone book than the Harvard faculty. And that was what? sixty years ago?

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  17. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Here is what needs to happen. If you are doxxed, find the people that dox you and put a bullet in their head. Do that a few times and people will reconsider their position more. The problem is that nobody has any repercussions. We have allowed the mean girls and the insane to have all the power out of some sort of risk averse politeness. Suing CNN or ABC for years to maybe get a few million dollars that causes them to increase their advertising by 1% is not going to do anything. The only thing that truly works in the world is MAD. You destroy my life, I destroy yours. You kill my people, I kill yours. Until people get fed up with this junk, grow some balls and start hurting back then nothing is going to change.

    Fake John. Litigation might be safer. But probably not cheaper.

    No, litigation takes to long and frankly our system is so corrupt you can’t trust it.

    Agree it takes a long time. From a guy who litigated a case against a condo HOA for 15 years through 2 trials and 4 appeals. But won in the end. Would trust 12 men (or women) on the street, like jurors, more than anyone from the government. What was it William Buckley said? He would take the word of the first 200 people in the Boston phone book than the Harvard faculty. And that was what? sixty years ago?

    “I would rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the combined faculties of Harvard and MIT.”

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