‘Carthage must be destroyed’




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The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.27 12:39. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2014/08/27/2002ftrain2014/



Esteemed colleague Michael Erard wrote way too many words about the tremendous obstacles he faced fact-checking an article with deaf and hearing informants:

Reading back the piece to Kate and Hilaria would be easy enough. But what was it going to mean to “read it back” to Lynn? The obvious option: Send her the text of the story.

The actual obvious option: Use the relay service.

The only way this could work is because Lynn had arranged for a real-time captioner named Rabin´ Monroe, who is contracted through the university

There is no way in the world Rabin’s name ends with an acute accent. Even if it allegedly ends with an apostrophe, we don’t have to abide by that orthography. (Quick: Make it possessive.)

I’m not going to say that our execution was perfectly frictionless, but it’s worth noting that 20 years ago this conversation would have been cumbersome to the point of impossibility. Even if the telecommunications had been cheap, we didn’t have accessible, quality keyboard and screen technologies. The real-time text channel wouldn’t have been so easily available, either. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, people didn’t have the leverage to get institutions to pay for accommodations like real-time captioning. Without captioning, the article would have been translated into ASL by an interpreter.

As Erard knows, this is complete bullshit. I was using the relay service in 1987. The ADA required relay services everywhere in the United States, and they were available before that anyway. “20 years ago” Erard could straightforwardly have used the relay service. Today he still could: In Maine, dial 711 or (800) 457‑1220 (better for voice-to-TTY – I called and asked).

Going to all that trouble and being hyper-aware of how much trouble you’re going through makes, I guess, a good story. It does not prove you ever had to go to all that trouble. (I wrote to Erard twice pointing out his error about the relay service and did not hear back.)

Further, his method of fact-checking the article is improper, even ethically. You can’t read back quotes to sources, and you can’t show sources your actual copy. Sources then attempt to rewrite their own words and rewrite your copy. Where did I learn that? Well, in part by getting fact-checked by the Atlantic for the article Erard wrote about me.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.27 12:37. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2014/08/27/erard-tty/

Islam is as dangerous as you think it is. Especially to us, for many definitions of that word. When journalists are “us,” we confront the trend of Muslim radicals, sometimes Western and British-accented, barbarically sawing our heads off. It happened to Daniel Pearl and it has now happened again to James Foley.

What do Toronto’s downtown-progressive journalists think of these outrages? Let’s look at our Brangelina manquée of ultra-leftist journalism: “Mostly straight” Jonathan Goldsbie, a staff writer at Now, and his Honoured Dyke heterosexualist girlfriend, Andrea Houston, now a freelance journalist of some description.

Houston will not shut up about trannies, QuAIA, how fascist the democratic state of Israel is, Gaza, Palestinians, and prostitutes. (Wrong on all counts.) She agitates tirelessly for the repeal of anti-gay legislation in Third World (“developing”/“Global South”) countries – and more power to her. Perhaps there were other factors involved, but Xtra fired Andrea Houston not long after I complained that she published someone else’s defamatory comments about me.

Houston at least acknowledges that James Foley was murdered, if only by retwitting others’ work (first ¶ second ¶ third). It’s something. Not remotely enough and not in the same league as her sympathetic coverage of Palestinian Muslims, but I credit her for it without reservation.

What about her cherubic bf unit? Nothing. I even asked him about it:

Of course you write mostly about Toronto, though I see that hasn’t stopped you from using Twitter to discuss Missouri. What I don’t understand is why you are not up in arms, as a Jewish journalist, that Muslims beheaded another of our own kind. (This of course follows the beheading of Daniel Pearl, who was, additionally, Jewish, hence one of your kind in another way.)

Racist cops and Israel are deplorable, but Muslims ruling by the sword are not? I fail to understand your lack of a position here. Who would be next to suffer that fate? A Jewish captive, a mostly-straight one, a former Honoured Dyke, or a gay male?

No response.

The Brangelina comparison was not gratuitous. A Mighty Heart, the feature film about the life and death of Daniel Pearl, in fact starred Angelina Jolie, with Dan Futterman as Pearl. (The movie is even available for Goldsbie’s Android “phone.”) This brave journalist was hacked to death because he was a Western Jewish infidel. Were Goldsbie captured, he’d be viewed the same way, Goldsbie’s pro-Palestinian sentiment be damned.

I ask yet again: When sword-wielding Muslims attack, even without a Koran in the other hand, who gets murdered first – the Jew or the homosexual? You can see why I take this personally. I fail to see why Goldsbie does not.

It is shocking that liberal journalists, who, as ever, cannot tell you how they feel even if you pay them to, pretend there is no right and wrong when Muslims assassinate journalists. Journalists cannot pretend to be objective, to hold no opinion, when Muslims behead one of our number, Jewish non-straight journos with formerly lesbian girlfriends least of all.

Take a side now. (There’s only one.)

Update

These Mohammedan savages have done it again – to Steven Sotloff. I expect no acknowledgement whatsoever from Goldsbie or Houston and sub rosa defence of same from Jesse Brown.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2014.08.24 11:59. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2014/08/24/foley-pearl/

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