It takes a big man to admit he made a mistake and apologize for it.  It takes a much smaller man to not apologize for but to try to cover up the mistake.  But it takes a much more disturbed individual to not only not apologize and correct the mistake, but to continue down the wrong path and willfully make the same mistake again and again.

Apparently there is still more than one Doug Graham in the world, and the local Fiction ‘Riter is determined to out them all.  One has a connection to Anadarko.  Can you believe that?  He actually works for an oil company!  And to make matters worse, he probably has opinions!  Oh the humanity!

But it doesn’t end there.  Another Doug Graham lives in…..a decent sized house!   Can you believe there are people out there who have the audacity to live above what someone else may be able to afford?  Obviously this house was acquired in some shady way rather than be claimed underhandedly through assisted housing.  It is truly sad to see that there are people with homes when everyone else doesn’t have one.  I hope to hell this particular Doug Graham keeps his opinions to himself, because obviously he is a member of the extreme right or maybe even works for an oil company.

Truly sleazy actions going on at our friendly neighborhood watchdog site.  It is laughable that they continue to think that anyone with a negative opinion about them or their tactics or their beliefs owes them a biography explaining why their opinions should be discarded because of some remote connection.  You complain about how things could be “much simpler if only…”.  This should be as simple as it gets then:  Many people don’t like you because of how you treat people and how you carry yourself.  We don’t have connections to the city, we don’t have connections to oil.  We just think things like stalking everybody with the same name as someone who writes the truth about you is, well, sleazy, and makes you look like an insecure and vengeful person.  And your obsession with posting pictures of everyone and their kids is just not normal.  You really still wonder why some of us want to stay anonymous?  Again, it is quite simple (as you need it to be) if you’d just open your eyes.

In closing, just one suggestion.  Why not just admit you made a mistake and apologize to the wrong Doug GrahamS (plural now), remove the offending material from your site, and continue on with more important things?  That’s what a REAL man would do, my friend.  Let’s make the world a better place, shall we? 🙂


Solving the Conundrum

The author of the Doug Graham story must be eating some serious crow right about now.  After stalking the Doug Graham who recently wrote a scathingly accurate portrayal of the Fiction ‘Riters of Longmont blog, he has suddenly come to the uncomfortable conclusion that…he found the wrong Doug Graham.  Oops.  So I guess all the disgust and claims of bias towards the TC for their “omission” of Mr. Graham’s background was uncalled for, as there apparently really was no background.  Yet another FRL conspiracy epicly debunked.  A big man would apologize for such incorrect accusations, but to use one of his favorite phrases….*crickets*.

His original article and many comments were completely hacked apart once this new information came to light and effectively “nuked” his entire motivation for the article.  He still tries to salvage a shred of dignity, though, by claiming that the Doug Graham he found, who is an ex exec for MediaNews Group, has never read the TC, and thus the reader is left to solve this “conundrum”.  I wonder if the author ever considered that MediaNews Group oversees dozens of newspapers, so is the fact that an exec doesn’t read one of the smaller ones in the group really that much of a stretch?  Not really.

Again, the Fiction ‘Riters of Longmont lives up to its name in spades.  Traffic has spiked on your site b/c you are a curious joke, not because anyone is taking you seriously.  While you may consider yourself to be associated with progressives, thank God you don’t represent the mainstream progressive movement, but are more useful for your entertainment value.  Again, you’ve failed.  Are you man enough to admit it?  *crickets*

Doug Graham Connects the Dots Brilliantly

I was happy to see a letter to the editor in today’s Times Call from Doug Graham.  The obvious reaction from the group being called out was both swift and, as usual, just as distorted as always.

The author of the Fiction ‘Riters attack piece on Doug Graham probably broke his arm from patting himself on the back at how quickly he was able to stalk, er, research the background of Mr. Graham.  His ace in the hole was that Mr. Graham USED to work for the IT group of the PARENT company of the TC.  Kevin Bacon had more degrees of separation than that.  An accusation was all but made that accuses the TC of putting this ex-executive up to writing this “attack piece” against the local progressive community.  I’m sure the proof of this exists and will be published shortly by the same accuser.  Regardless, does it matter who he worked for?  His past connection means he has no right to speak up about a group that he feels is misguided, and for the reasons he claims?  Using your own argument and the connections of at least a couple of your main players, none of your opinions would be valid either.  Let’s stop being hypocritical, shall we?

This part gets good, though.  Mr. Graham writes “They “nuke” what they don’t like but otherwise reuse, edit and republish your comments as they please”.  As someone who attempted a respectful rebuttal in the past that was in fact “nuked”, and after seeing others suffer the same fate, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Graham’s observations.  Ah, but that isn’t really what is happening, is it?  To quote Mr. Wray, they “don’t nuke things we don’t like, we delete comments that come from fake email addresses, attack our authors or use hate speech of any kind”.* Ummm…although twisted quite a bit, the actions are exactly the same.  I’ve mentioned before…the “hate speech” they claim to be so against on their site from the “wingnuts” is just fine when it comes from them.  I guess your vague definition of the term lets you “nuke” what you don’t like with a guilt free conscience, all in the name of ridding the world of hate speech.  Hey, it’s your site, so whatever floats your boat.

The anonymity that is so evil when it comes from an opposing viewpoint is conveniently overlooked when the “anonymous coward” agrees with the Fiction ‘Riters.  Seriously, besides Mr. Wray and Ms. Fissinger, who else announces their real identity on the TC?  Oh I guess Paul Tiger does, but anyone else?  No.  Because they aren’t commenting on the TC?  No.  They prefer to remain anonymous, which is their right and doesn’t make their opinions any less valid.  We all know who “FreeRangeLongmont” and “takenote” are, yet no one takes their opinions as seriously as most of the anonymous users there.

Mr. Graham “nailed it”, as the Fiction ‘Riters are so fond of saying when the attacks come from their corner.  Well said, sir.  Well said.


*This quote is the property of M. Douglas Wray at Free Range Longmont.  All due rights and respect are sent his way for fair use of said quote to illustrate a point.