The dangers of being a non entity- Checking facts and who is who
Back in the days of Wom I got caught out in my own guessing game – a comment came on WoM with regard to me. I had been accused by the “debby -webby”, on Lorain County dot-com of being a Democrat and writing for a blog that was made up of Democrats.
How she got that idea I will never know, although I was taking a series of pops at Mayor Foltin, the Republican. There was a really diverse cross-section of political beliefs on that blog and I was the resident INDEPENDENT. I will sign anyone’s petition who wants to run for office though and that has set the cat among the pigeons on more than one occasion including recently.It is amazing how threatened people are by something called the “tea party” – gosh you would think they were the Brits 😉
However, I really got up this ” debby webby” woman’s nose and I was subject to all sorts of comments under various “nom de plumes”. Yes, unfortunately the “no names” tend to have more than one and have been known to post under all and sundry.
So when I put up some documentation on WoM with regard to a candidate’s claim( funnily enough a Democrat), an ensuing insulting comment came across the comments section directed at me and stating I had felony convictions etc. I made the mistake of connecting it to the Debby Webby personna from Lorain County dot-com. I was wrong and had to eat crow and apologize to the non entity and it soon turned out it was the “candidates girlfriend” who then publicly apologized, although I doubt that would have happened if she hadn’t been totally caught in the act 🙂
I made a promise to myself never to play that game again. Yes, I am aware of who some of the nom de plumes are on various sites and I understand their reasoning. You will find a few writing under a pen name here on this blog BUT! I know why they have to do so and I know who they are and they provide me with documentation to support their opinions.
I have been brought into various conversations on the Morning Journal site in recent days, even insulted by a couple.
Just a note here if you haven’t the guts to insult me under your own name “why the hell do you think I would be bothered with your opinion as nutty nutso or ticked off tarantula or whatever monika fits you at the moment-.
However, my lesson learned:
it is dangerous to play the guessing game BUT it is also irresponsible for the crazy daisy contingent to be involved in the “gotcha commenting” on these blogs.
For instance there are one or two regular comment makers on various sites including the Morning journal and Lorain County dot-com who are consistent in their platform – Fact Checker ( Lorain City Schools and the BOE) and Zebulon- ( Lorain City Schools, Lorain and politics) .
Of course they have their right to defend their platform and tell their side of the argument BUT as they know their on-screen persona is being attributed to others in real life, is it fair to those being “named” to have to bear the brunt of their writings?
Fact Checker is being outed frequently on boards as the new “media ” person at Lorain City Schools and also sharing the screen name with another administrator – so the cutesy little quote
” I am not XX – I am much better looking
could be seen as telling the truth if that is the case. Problem is the “we are so clever” wink, wink, nod, nod in our little game showing through. SIGH especially since the subject matter merits a seriousnessnot found in the touche retorts.
Zebulon , of course has been attributed to a local attorney who is “involved” in most things Lorain. The attorney stirs up his own “confluence of air and waters to beat against the bastions”( Mary Queen of Scots) under his own name 🙂 doesn’t need anymore from a Zebby Webby .
Now I ask you Fact Checker or “checker(s) is that fair to the media person at Lorain City Schools? After all this young man is earning $65,720.00 for the 2011-2012 school year from Educational Service Center from the Title 1 21st Century – Gear Up and Carl D Perkins Grant.
I am sure that a “professional media person”would know from Marketing 101 the aim is to take a negative and an unknown and turn it into a positive and known. NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND! I am sure Title 1 monies aren’t meant to promote a negative. Lorain City Schools needs to put paid to the rumour mill of who is who checking the facts- “credibility” is being lost ????? If indeed Lorain City Schools are aware of an employee or in-house supporter writing as Fact Checker – I would suggest they rethink their strategy this situation is not worthy of an educational system striving for transparency and excellence.
When you write under your own name, people who read your writings “KNOW FROM WHENCE YOU CAME” – IF YOU INDEED HAVE AN AGENDA OR A PERSONAL REASON OR ARE PAID SO TO DO – in putting forth your opinions.
However, FACT CHECKER AND ZEBULON ( whomever they maybe ) and no matter how much you are trying to give a positive position with Lorain City Schools you are doing them a disservice– Why hide behind such names? if you are proud of your opinion and LCS then speak out .
Unfortunately, what you are managing to do is to take the away the focus on what you are saying as to who is saying it and I am sure that is not a good marketing technique. Yesterday as part of the ongoing “conversation of the covert” FC said :
I suspect you want to put down this Superintendent because the current Board picked him, and you are pushing the Tea Party challengers to this Board.
Perhaps you should go tell the Board where you live what they should bee doing.
ED note – pot calling the kettle black and speaking of kettles -there is that “tea party” again I am going to have to explore the tea party- they must be dreadful bunch to be cast as an insult time and time again.
I would think that would make the new “media person” for Lorain City Schools very concerned – his paid position for promoting a positive image being negated by a nom de plume.
So Fact Checker when the facts are in –you are losing credibility for the very system you so admire – no longer the focus of what you say but who is saying it. This community has had enough of game playing – they are distrustful- they are tired of word games and the name game you are playing is costing votes and credibility at a time when Lorain City Schools needs both .
It is very simple really when people disagree with a real person they focus their disagreement, or in some cases anger on THAT person , what is happening here, in my opinion, is the Lorain City Schools is now becoming the target of the frustration and angst , as LCS is the focus of writing – I am sure that is not your intent BUT that is what is happening .
As for Zebulon – sorry same goes and another maybe taking the blame as well and the target is becoming once again Lorain and her schools.
The name game is one fraught with pitfalls but I stand behind my thoughts on this under my own name . Oh and as an aside to the Lorain Board of Education I DO NOT WRITE FOR loraindirt dot-com – if I have something to say – I say it and stand behind it or apologize for it- it is much easier that way!