First the backers of the Chihuly “museum” tried sneaking their proposal under the radar. Then they instinctively tried throwing money at the problem via an expensive, ham-fisted PR campaign. But now that it’s starting to look like their for-profit land-grab may face some serious political opposition, well, it was only a matter of time before the knives started coming out.
For example, over at Slog, commenter justdandy takes issue with Stranger writer Cienna Madrid daring to speak at Thursday’s hearing without mentioning it in her own post covering the event, calling her actions “entirely inappropriate and unethical.” But he doesn’t stop there:
You are a liability to the Stranger. Keep up this kind of reporting and someone is going to take a financial swipe at your paper. It would be well deserved IMHO.
Forget for a moment the sheer absurdity of an anonymous troll pronouncing ethical judgment on anybody else’s lack of transparency, or the fact that, like me, The Stranger routinely practices a brand of advocacy journalism that only an idiot would fail to read in the appropriate context. For whether justdandy’s comment was meant as a veiled threat or mere wishful thinking, it’s still the kinda I-don’t-like-what-you’re-saying-so-I’m-gonna-threaten-your-livelihood bullying that, I warn you, almost always achieves the opposite of its intended effect.
Especially when coming from a well-known baby-killer like justdandy.
There. I said it. Somebody had to. Justdandy is a baby-killer. He kills and mutilates babies.
He’s also, likely, despite his denials, if not a paid shill for the project, then somebody who hopes to profit in some way from it. And if, justdandy, you are offended by my unsupported allegations — if you find my reporting “inappropriate and unethical,” if not downright reckless — if you feel that I have unfairly and maliciously defamed the good reputation of your fake screen name… then I urge you to make yourself a martyr to fake screen names everywhere, and boldly attempt to set the legal standard for fake screen name libel.
I await the process server. Either that, or shut the fuck up. Or, maybe — and here’s a novel suggestion — maybe you could use your real name in a public forum when challenging the transparency of others.
But whatever you do, stop killing babies.