Thursday, July 27, 2006
Having revealed so much of it on Indymedia, this site features prominently.
A comment on that forum refers to me and notes:
Indymedia: Rather than listing the problem with each one let me be the first to point out Indymedia sites pointed to are open content publishing systems. Anyone can publish on these types of Indymedia sites and they do not represent the views of Indymedia at all. The author of the blog with a hard on for Indymedia is just too stupid to realize this point.I've heard this excuse before and dealt with it then. Merely saying "we're not responsible" for something you set up, doesn't actually mean you aren't responsible. As for calling me stupid, he critiques the third item on the list noting:
Indymediawatch. This is a blog entry to an article that doesn't exist.Uhh... It does. Look again. Feeling stupid?
Speaking of stupid, some of the other comments on the site are typical:
Complete shyte. Any time someone disagrees with Israeli policy people cry "Anti-Semite!"Okay, but before we do, can we refer you to one of the articles on the list where Alan Dershowitz writes:
You can all fuck off.
The newest form of bigotry is to claim that I and others who generally support Israel argue that "anyone who criticizes Israel is an anti-Semite." This is a bald-faced lie.I doubt that the bald-faced lie is likely to disappear.
I always criticize specific Israeli policies, Israeli leaders, and Israeli actions. Most Israelis criticize specific policies. Israel is among the most self-critical countries in the world. Several years ago, I offered a large monetary award (payable to the PLO) for anyone who could actually come up with a quote by a prominent pro-Israeli writer who equated mere criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. No one came to collect the reward, because no respectable person has ever made this absurd claim.
nessie is also well documented as posting his hate for Jews on indymedias around the world, so Shep S is just a leftist with a hard-on for stupidity.
I became frustrated because I still remain commited to the idea that the world needs a true independent media service but Indymedia certainly isn't it.