Ask Me Anything!

It’s been over a year since the King of Stuff held a Q&A session, so it was time for a second Ask Me Anything episode. Politics, Music, Religion, War, Booze — you name it, Jon answers.

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  1. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

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  2. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I may be wrong, but with 37:27 already showing on the player thing, I think it’s too late.

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  3. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I may be wrong, but with 37:27 already showing on the player thing, I think it’s too late.

    Just assuming he didn’t touch it in the podcast. 

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  4. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Yeah, I got a question.  Do you ever have a recurring dream where you’re back on your submarine?

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  5. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    Doesn’t America have enough of people demanding apologies from people who have a different point of view?  I thought that was a left-wing college student/activist thing.

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  6. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    This is so unnecessary. Jon reacted to the events of that day the way a lot of people did. 

    I respect his opinion. I disagree, but I respect him and his opinion. 

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  7. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    This is so unnecessary. Jon reacted to the events of that day the way a lot of people did.

    I respect his opinion. I disagree, but I respect him and his opinion.

    But most people don’t have such a platform to take a dive from.

    A platform which is, as far as I can tell, being paid for by other people – i.e., the membership – not himself.

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  8. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Stad (View Comment):

    Yeah, I got a question. Do you ever have a recurring dream where you’re back on your submarine?

    They were eventually replaced with dreams of missing a crucial college final.

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  9. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    I thought that was a left-wing college student/activist thing.

    It is a left-wing college student/activist thing.

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  10. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    Doesn’t America have enough of people demanding apologies from people who have a different point of view? I thought that was a left-wing college student/activist thing.

    He’s the one who said, “Ask me anything!”

    I demand nothing. It’s his choice whether or not to admit he was spectacularly wrong and earn back some of his members respect.

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  11. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    @exjon

    I’d like to hear a discussion on the balancing efforts involved in being the editor of a site like Ricochet with emerging stories that are still developing.  You want to get information out, but you want to avoid getting hit like NRO did jumping the gun on Covington Catholic story.

    Also, have you talked on the editors podcast about how determine if an article gets promoted?   Work has been savage, and I fell behind.

    If there was one piece of advice you give your 40 year old self, what would it be?

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  12. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Yeah, I got a question. Do you ever have a recurring dream where you’re back on your submarine?

    They were eventually replaced with dreams of missing a crucial college final.

    Oh my gosh, I still have this dream at least once per week.

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  13. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    Did I miss something? Are we asking you anything now, or did we already ask you anything pre-podcast? I’m confused.

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  14. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    Doesn’t America have enough of people demanding apologies from people who have a different point of view? I thought that was a left-wing college student/activist thing.

    He’s the one who said, “Ask me anything!”

    I demand nothing. It’s his choice whether or not to admit he was spectacularly wrong and earn back some of his members respect.

    There are politicians I like who have been trashed in posts on Ricochet.  Typically they’ve been denounced as RINOs, traitors, etc for not being supportive of Donald Trump.  It would never occur to me to ask the authors of those posts to apologize.  I’ve been told by a member that I am his enemy because I said that I thought Kevin D. Williamson is a good writer and I like his style of writing.  OK.  I just find it childish that people find it intolerable that other people – even those who draw a paycheck from Ricochet – have a different opinion.  We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.  But any opposition to Donald Trump is treated by some as absolute heresy. 

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  15. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Sure. When are you going to apologize for this garbage post?

    Doesn’t America have enough of people demanding apologies from people who have a different point of view? I thought that was a left-wing college student/activist thing.

    He’s the one who said, “Ask me anything!”

    I demand nothing. It’s his choice whether or not to admit he was spectacularly wrong and earn back some of his members respect.

    There are politicians I like who have been trashed in posts on Ricochet. Typically they’ve been denounced as RINOs, traitors, etc for not being supportive of Donald Trump. It would never occur to me to ask the authors of those posts to apologize. I’ve been told by a member that I am his enemy because I said that I thought Kevin D. Williamson is a good writer and I like his style of writing. OK. I just find it childish that people find it intolerable that other people – even those who draw a paycheck from Ricochet – have a different opinion. We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool. But any opposition to Donald Trump is treated by some as absolute heresy.

    I wouldn’t characterize Jon’s… typing-fingers-diarrhea?… that day, as “any opposition.”  “Screed” isn’t strong enough.

    • #15
  16. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet. 

    • #16
  17. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet.

    If he had put it on the Member Feed, and waited for “likes” etc like anyone else, that would have been a different story.  Although frankly, I think if any regular “member” had posted what he did, it would have been redacted or something, by mods/editors.  Perhaps even by Jon himself, especially if it had been done on any other subject, at any other time.

    • #17
  18. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet.

    If he had put it on the Member Feed, and waited for “likes” etc like anyone else, that would have been a different story. Although frankly, I think if any regular “member” had posted what he did, it would have been redacted or something, by mods/editors. Perhaps even by Jon himself, especially if it had been done on any other subject, at any other time.

    How does it violate the CoC?  Listen, I could not disagree more with Jon’s take, and I did consider just leaving Ricochet at that point.   (For the record, Jon later stated that he stopped supporting impeachment once Trump left office,  since it turned out he was not going to try and hold to power at all costs.   In my opinion, that is evidence for waiting longer to respond to a developing situation or being more tentative in your conclusions.) However, it was a statement of opinion and did not break the rules.  The CoC acts like enumerated powers in the Constitution (or how they should work)  We only redact stuff that violates the CoC.

    • #18
  19. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Yeah, I got a question. Do you ever have a recurring dream where you’re back on your submarine?

    They were eventually replaced with dreams of missing a crucial college final.

    Oh, I get those too.  It’s usually because I can’t find where the test is, or I panic because I thought I dropped the course.  But they didn’t replace the sub . . .

    • #19
  20. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet.

    If he had put it on the Member Feed, and waited for “likes” etc like anyone else, that would have been a different story. Although frankly, I think if any regular “member” had posted what he did, it would have been redacted or something, by mods/editors. Perhaps even by Jon himself, especially if it had been done on any other subject, at any other time.

    How does it violate the CoC? Listen, I could not disagree more with Jon’s take, and I did consider just leaving Ricochet at that point. (For the record, Jon later stated that he stopped supporting impeachment once Trump left office, since it turned out he was not going to try and hold to power at all costs. In my opinion, that is evidence for waiting longer to respond to a developing situation or being more tentative in your conclusions.) However, it was a statement of opinion and did not break the rules. The CoC acts like enumerated powers in the Constitution (or how they should work) We only redact stuff that violates the CoC.

    I’ve never argued it violates the CoC but one could make the argument:

    Anytime you rush to judgement and take the Nancy Pelosi position you make the Ricochet Community look like a bunch of radical fruitcakes. And when that uniformed rant serves to fuel defamatory rhetoric, echoing the talking points of radical liberals it legitimizes misinformation, and furthers a narrative, which unless corrected, must be concluded to have been intentional and is now a recurring problem.

    It’s not about retractions and stifling opposing viewpoints. It’s about respecting the people in your community enough to admit when you were famously wrong about something incredibly important and terribly destructive that continues to breed divisions among the people you should care about. 

    • #20
  21. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet.

    If he had put it on the Member Feed, and waited for “likes” etc like anyone else, that would have been a different story. Although frankly, I think if any regular “member” had posted what he did, it would have been redacted or something, by mods/editors. Perhaps even by Jon himself, especially if it had been done on any other subject, at any other time.

    How does it violate the CoC? Listen, I could not disagree more with Jon’s take, and I did consider just leaving Ricochet at that point. (For the record, Jon later stated that he stopped supporting impeachment once Trump left office, since it turned out he was not going to try and hold to power at all costs. In my opinion, that is evidence for waiting longer to respond to a developing situation or being more tentative in your conclusions.) However, it was a statement of opinion and did not break the rules. The CoC acts like enumerated powers in the Constitution (or how they should work) We only redact stuff that violates the CoC.

    Isn’t stuff like “he’s never going to give up power/leave office voluntarily!” one of the most extreme conspiracy theories?  That would seem to be just the first CoC violation.

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  22. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    We can debate war, capital punishment, real life-and-death issues on Ricochet without people losing their cool.

    Agreed, which is exactly why his post was disgusting, because he did exactly that. If it was a rant on the member feed it wouldn’t have been so bad, but coming from a top dog on the Main page was shameful. Leaders need to lead, not fly of handles.

    That it was echoed by James and defended (still) by all of them continues to make me question my association with Ricochet.

    If he had put it on the Member Feed, and waited for “likes” etc like anyone else, that would have been a different story. Although frankly, I think if any regular “member” had posted what he did, it would have been redacted or something, by mods/editors. Perhaps even by Jon himself, especially if it had been done on any other subject, at any other time.

    How does it violate the CoC? Listen, I could not disagree more with Jon’s take, and I did consider just leaving Ricochet at that point. (For the record, Jon later stated that he stopped supporting impeachment once Trump left office, since it turned out he was not going to try and hold to power at all costs. In my opinion, that is evidence for waiting longer to respond to a developing situation or being more tentative in your conclusions.) However, it was a statement of opinion and did not break the rules. The CoC acts like enumerated powers in the Constitution (or how they should work) We only redact stuff that violates the CoC.

    I’ve never argued it violates the CoC but one could make the argument:

    Anytime you rush to judgement and take the Nancy Pelosi position you make the Ricochet Community look like a bunch of radical fruitcakes. And when that uniformed rant serves to fuel defamatory rhetoric, echoing the talking points of radical liberals it legitimizes misinformation, and furthers a narrative, which unless corrected, must be concluded to have been intentional and is now a recurring problem.

    It’s not about retractions and stifling opposing viewpoints. It’s about respecting the people in your community enough to admit when you were famously wrong about something incredibly important and terribly destructive that continues to breed divisions among the people you should care about.

    Another good way to put it.

    • #22