David Markland is an Idiot
The latest bomb thrower is a guy named David Markland from a blog called Metroblogging LA. I don’t know David from Adam and only first heard his name a few days ago when he started posting some screeds in our comments section. Judging from his recent post on Metroblogging, David has read my blog far more than I’ve read his (which I actually can’t remember when or if I ever have).
To be fair, David correctly pointed out some statistical inaccuracies in a piece by Walter Moore. Walter to his credit revised his piece and admitted his error. When was the last time you heard Sherry (Shirley) Bebitch or Jack “Industrial Design” Kyser do that?
However Markland was out for more blood apparently and began a litany of mis-truths about the Sister City.
Markland is wet in his drawers that we posted a reader comment from State Bar President Shelly Sloane critical of Zuma Dogg. Apparently he thinks email is sacrosanct and that we shouldn’t have published this. However Sloan signed his name to the post and did not request anonymity. If you’re going to write to a media source and be critical of it, you can be sure the property is going to respond. Have you ever watched Bill O’Reilly or even 60 Minutes?
Markland attempts to do further damage to our blog (and it makes you wonder what powerful interest in city hall he is either in bed with, partial to, or supportive of) by claiming that my publication of Sloane’s critique means that any phone calls or emails we receive via our whistleblower hotline would not receive the anonymity required or requested by the tipster. Markland has absolutely no knowledge or evidence to claim this and I don’t think you will find one anonymous source that we have used in our 2.5 year history that could claim we “outed” them. Quite the contrary it was a combination of local print reporters, other bloggers and city hall sources that sought to out myself and my previous blogging partners at the time we were anonymous. In fact one blogger who claims to rule the roost went as far to publish where I work.
Back to the story at hand. Markland also takes aim at me for participating in the “Pay Per Post” program, a blog advertising program that seeks to make a few dollars for those of us who toil away writing for these sites for no recompense. He also tries to slam the blogs advertorial policy which evolved along with that of Pay Per Post itself and upon the advice of our readers and advisors. It should be pointed out and Markland is not intellectually honest enough to do this that I only posted four stories under the Pay Per Post program (for the grand total of about $34) and I have given far more space on this blog to charitable and other community efforts for free.
Lastly Markland whines that Walter did not acknowledge him for pointing out the error (anyone who read the article and Markland’s comments would know it was Markland) and that we do not feature his blog in our blog roll. Boo hoo. The blog roll policy is simple (and yes changes to some of the blogs we link to are in order and I will get to that as soon as I have a free moment). I list blogs that I feel have a major impact in LA – that would be Martini Republic, LA Observed, Franklin Avenue, Don Garza, even the WWG’s blog. I also list blogs I find to be interesting community blogs such as In The Oaks and Here In Van Nuys (both excellent). I will link blogs I find interesting that the blog owner has asked for a reciprocal link. I will link goofy blogs primarily those run by semi-obscure celebrities. And finally as a member of the Bear Flag Republic network, we run their blogroll of members.
I had reservations about even acknowledging Markland’s rant and sending him any traffic. Hence, I am not linking to him in this post. However I could not let some nitwit with what appears to be some sort of agenda to harm our blog post a bunch of crap. Of course its always fun to stir up some of what Doug McIntyre has accused me of in the past, “delicious troublemaking.”
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.