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Monday, July 22, 2019

Incoming

Looks like Wired is going to take yet another shot or two at me for the fourth time since the Sad Puppies first blew up the Hugos. Although it is possible that it is only doing so in the process of taking one at Google, since I am notoriously - and rather inexplicably - banned from setting foot on Google's Mountain View headquarters.
I am fact-checking a story on Google for the coming issue of WIRED. Can you confirm the following details?

1. Your name is Theodore Beale.
2. You run the blog Vox Populi.
3. Would you consider yourself a member or proponent of the alt-right?
And no, of course I did not respond to the email. FFS, you'd think they would try simply, I don't know, looking at the blog for the answers to those questions. Now, given the basic nature of the questions, it probably wouldn't be any more harmful to answer them than not... but in the interest of setting a good example for those more tempted by seeing their name in print than me, I will not cooperate even to that extent.

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62 Comments:

Blogger A rebel without a General July 22, 2019 8:59 PM  

That's just lazy on their part. I honestly except more out of my fake news.

Blogger Geir Balderson July 22, 2019 9:07 PM  

Here, hold these cartridges while we get lined up here for your firing squad.

Blogger C-Speaks July 22, 2019 9:09 PM  

At least they're fact checking the hit pieces now

Blogger Lovekraft July 22, 2019 9:10 PM  

Sounds like something a lawyer scrambled together to fulfill certain legal requirements in the hit piece.

The questions do sound dubious.

Blogger Ska_Boss July 22, 2019 9:10 PM  

Fact checkers who can't even be bothered to spell check? The absolute state of journalism...

Blogger David The Good July 22, 2019 9:11 PM  

"Do you believe in composting your enemies?"

Blogger David The Good July 22, 2019 9:11 PM  

"Did you write Space Raptor Butt Invasion?"

Blogger David The Good July 22, 2019 9:12 PM  

"Is your chair made from real skulls?"

Blogger camcleat July 22, 2019 9:12 PM  

C-Speaks wrote:At least they're fact checking the hit pieces now

Do you think any facts he'd provide would actually appear correctly in the article?

The "fact checking" is CYA.

Blogger David The Good July 22, 2019 9:12 PM  

"Is the dwarf really for the cookpot - and do you endorse this hurtful stereotype?"

Blogger Nation-Deprived July 22, 2019 9:12 PM  

Lol that twat had to make himself feel like he was being a big boy journalist, directly reaching out to the SOURCE ...for stuff I could’ve found on Infogalactic.

Blogger KBuff July 22, 2019 9:19 PM  

I'm apparently old-fashioned. The first thing that came to mind was how rude the request is. He sounds like you owe him that information.

Blogger camcleat July 22, 2019 9:19 PM  

Dear All Wired Editors and Writers,

I am fact checking an article for my blog, blog.jounalistsareidiots.com. Please submit your answers to the following both electronically and in writing.

1. Are you an unabashedly drooling moron or just a dithering idiot?

2. How many times in the last three weeks have you used, in writing or in casual speech to friends, the phrase "Orange Man Bad" or stated "Trump should be impeached for that Tweet?"

3. Does your Mom charge you for the electricity you use writing for your online "magazine" from her basement?

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 22, 2019 9:35 PM  

Modern journalism is about getting quotes and then using those to support or attack someone. They don't write about baseball games anymore; they ask coaches and players how they felt about the game and then write about that. I guess it makes sense to them that a statement you might send them in email is more quote-worthy than one you published on your own blog.

Blogger Grime Knight July 22, 2019 9:36 PM  

"Do your followers like the pink tutu or the fire sword more?"

Blogger Bob Loblaw July 22, 2019 9:38 PM  

FFS, you'd think they would try simply, I don't know, looking at the blog for the answers to those questions.

That would require some reading and thinking. Journalists don't have the time or inclination for this kind of thing.

Blogger Drew July 22, 2019 9:40 PM  

Are you going to re-word the 16 points of the Alt Right and replace Alt Right with Nationalist Right?

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 22, 2019 9:44 PM  

"Can you confirm the following details?
3. Would you consider yourself a member or proponent of the alt-right?"


How do you confirm a question? Doesn't say much for the emailer's writing prowess.

Blogger Crew July 22, 2019 9:54 PM  

We can all be Theodore Beale ... for a day, and we are not the leaders of the Alt-Right.

Blogger Sologamer July 22, 2019 9:56 PM  

Now they can write "[outrageous smear]. When contacted, Vox Day had no comment."

Blogger The Deuce July 22, 2019 10:08 PM  

My guess is that they're going to ask Google, purely out of journalistic interest of course, if they consider hosting an "alt-right" blog to be within their policies regarding hate speech.

Blogger Watcher of the skies July 22, 2019 10:23 PM  

This another case of “have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Blogger Doktor Jeep July 22, 2019 10:23 PM  

For a moment I though it would be snarky to just reply with something like "I like ice cream" but then the next day you'll see an article titled "Is Ice Cream White Supremacist?" written by Grimma McSheckelsteinberg

Who was it that totally gave some jour no list a complete runaround and then stood him up? Some computer guy I recall from Twitter years ago who got screwed early on in the SJW wars.

Blogger sammibandit July 22, 2019 10:31 PM  

To be fair to the dim-witted I confused you with Dalrymple for about a decade.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia July 22, 2019 10:39 PM  

The Deuce wrote:My guess is that they're going to ask Google, purely out of journalistic interest of course, if they consider hosting an "alt-right" blog to be within their policies regarding hate speech.

A very very VERY good guess.

Our estimable blog proprietor is of course prepared for the inevitable when google/blogspot shuts him down. This idiotic missive may be a prepare-the-battlespace activity.

Blogger Jack Ward July 22, 2019 10:52 PM  

You are a cold Dark Lord. I like that.

Blogger Patrick Kelly July 22, 2019 10:59 PM  

Almost spewed good whisky all over my keyboard. Vox and the Ilk are in top form tonight. Golden.

"To be fair to the dim-witted I confused you with Dalrymple for about a decade."

There were similarities. Maybe there still are, I haven't read anything new from him in a while, but I don't really keep up much lately.

Blogger sammibandit July 22, 2019 11:06 PM  

@Patrick Kelly, it was a happy mistake. Haven't kept up with the good Doctor too much lately, either.

Blogger anorganicbear July 22, 2019 11:13 PM  

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Blogger anorganicbear July 22, 2019 11:16 PM  

@15: Por que no los dos? Nothing strikes fear into the heart of your enemy like a flaming sword in the hands of someone with a dancer's balance and form!

Blogger Archimedes2017 July 22, 2019 11:24 PM  

Here is one good answer.
1) Yes I am Theodore Beale. My father Robert Beale is attending the 2019 Bohemian Grove festivities.

Blogger State Estimation July 22, 2019 11:24 PM  

"Is it true you are crowdfunding a Dark Lord of the Dance musical?"

Blogger Noah B. July 22, 2019 11:46 PM  

They get paid to write, not to think.

Blogger Wolfman July 22, 2019 11:52 PM  

What are your ties to the MEDUSA organization?

Is it true that Arkhaven Comics is just a front for laundering Nazi gold?

Is Alex Jones a reptilian? Has he been playing both sides this whole time?

Do you know anything about recent large purchases of helicopter parts in various parts of the world?

Is Chuck Dixon Q? Why does that explain everything?

Blogger Arthur Isaac July 23, 2019 12:13 AM  

Are you now or have you ever been a member of the alt-right?

Blogger Arthur Isaac July 23, 2019 12:15 AM  

4. Are you learning to code?

Blogger JovianStorm July 23, 2019 12:24 AM  

Kathy Zhu is reveling in all the attention she's getting and I've warned her about engaging with the news media but she's on Cloud 9.

When the SDL says don't talk to the media, it's "don't even acknowledge their messages."

Look for Zhu to be targeted soon.

Blogger Sam Sutherland July 23, 2019 12:24 AM  

Pffffft! Who has time to read blogs?!

Blogger Lance E July 23, 2019 12:35 AM  

Knowing the kind of agitprop Wired has been putting out since 2015 or so, I'm guessing it has nothing to do with you being banned from the physical premises and everything to do with you hosting your evil and hateful blog of evil hateful hate on Google's platform, and how in general Google is "platforming the alt-right". Count on it.

Blogger John Bradley July 23, 2019 1:09 AM  

Who was it that totally gave some jour no list a complete runaround and then stood him up? Some computer guy I recall from Twitter years ago who got screwed early on in the SJW wars.

That was Pax Dickinson, trolling Rolling Stone's Amanda Robb.

The original story was posted at socialmatter.net, which has since disappeared (and is blocked from archive.org), but I found a copy of it here.

Blogger Markku July 23, 2019 1:41 AM  

If at any time this site stops loading, then just check all the other channels you know of. If you are subscribed to any of our newsletters, you'll get the new URL that way. Or unauthorized.tv, or Darkstream, or pretty much anything of ours. I already have a complete copy of the site running, it's just not optimized yet for the kind of traffic it will receive. All I have to do is to point the DNS entry to an optimized server, and all the 21,309 posts will be back online. For a little while we'll probably need to adjust database settings and such things because it will be the first time the server sees that kind of traffic. So, there will be an amount of slowness and downtime initially.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei July 23, 2019 2:31 AM  

The questions do sound dubious.

A minimal amount of "confirmed true" info to try and hide the stink of all "alleged" bullshit they're gonna toss into the story. A ploy known to novice lawyers the world over.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( all aboard the Askren hype train ) July 23, 2019 2:36 AM  

VD
FFS, you'd think they would try simply, I don't know, looking at the blog for the answers to those questions.



but there's nothing preventing you from overtly lying on your blog or with any statements that you make therein.

this is, of course, entirely different from email responses to queries from rando incompetent journalism majors, which are enforced as if they were sworn depositions TO THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION.

Blogger Shimshon July 23, 2019 2:45 AM  

"Wikipedia calls you a racist. Do you disagree?"

Blogger SciVo July 23, 2019 3:41 AM  

1a. Are you the Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil?
1b. What does that involve?
2a. Do you have Vile Faceless Minions?
2b. What are they, and what do they do?
3a. What is the difference between the VFM, Dread Ilk, Bears, and what the heck whatever?
3b. No really, what makes Ilk Dread?
4. Please feel free to say anything else that may possibly be used to make you look bad, but will probably just be "cut for time" or whatever.

Blogger SciVo July 23, 2019 3:56 AM  

sammibandit wrote:To be fair to the dim-witted I confused you with Dalrymple for about a decade.

To be fair to the dim-witted, I have repeatedly confused several celebrities with each other, such as Phil Knight and Richard Branson. Two devil-may-care flamboyant heterosexual entrepreneurs.

It was more about their feeling than anything.

Blogger wahr01 July 23, 2019 4:42 AM  

should have asked for a correspondence address so you could send a sack of skulls.

Blogger Mackus July 23, 2019 4:48 AM  

Really?
"What is your name, what is your quest, what is your favorite color?"

Blogger God Emperor Memes July 23, 2019 5:20 AM  

I'M Spartacus!

Blogger God Emperor Memes July 23, 2019 5:22 AM  

So, Vice is preparing a story "on Google" but doesn't trust Google to provide accurate results through the Google search engine? Interesting.

Blogger Sillon July 23, 2019 5:26 AM  

Wired: VD are you the baddie?

Blogger Jack Ward July 23, 2019 5:55 AM  

@ 41. Markku

Thanks Markku; that was interesting. Now I know a bit more about how this 'protect the Dark Lord' goes. It really helps having a major league programming genus around. Seems super competent people gather around Vox a lot.
And, we all know what to do if it all hits the fan...I think I have all those links you mentioned on my desktop as icons but will check to see if any are missing, and, correct.

Blogger Stilicho July 23, 2019 6:03 AM  

I suspect the "fact check" was just a cold opener to establish q conversation. The real questions would follow if any response was given. If no response, then there will likely be a few follow up attempts at an opener, eventually culminated by a last ditch effort to ask the questions Wired really wants to ask and will be asked in a fashion that "the (insert pejorative) known as Vox Day refused to answer when asked (insert trick question designed to make him look bad and fit the narrative).

Blogger God Emperor Memes July 23, 2019 6:22 AM  

Some insight into how Vice works:
https://m.imgur.com/gallery/G4t4qwb

Blogger Brett baker July 23, 2019 6:31 AM  

He posts Saturdays at Taki's.

Blogger Mark Stoval July 23, 2019 6:32 AM  

A long time ago in a place not so very far away, there were journalists and news operations that knew the difference between editorial opinion pieces and news articles. Now? Not so much.

I would like to see many "journalists" sued over factually incorrect hit pieces.

Blogger Stilicho July 23, 2019 6:51 AM  

"major league programming genus"

Finnus programatus exceptionalus. Among the various subspecies, the plumed variety is popular with observers, but the vodka-infused variety is considered more dangerous, particularly by Russians. In winter at least.

Blogger Avalanche July 23, 2019 7:49 AM  

@41 Markku!!!

You're back! Missed you on the blog! Wondered if you were okay! Should've guessed you were busy supervising minions and managing the Dark Lords desmenses! Hail!

Blogger CarpeOro July 23, 2019 8:07 AM  

"Have you ever been stung by a dead bee?"

Blogger Lazarus July 23, 2019 8:27 AM  

Mark Stoval wrote:A long time ago in a place not so very far away, there were journalists and news operations that knew the difference between editorial opinion pieces and news articles. Now? Not so much.

I would like to see many "journalists" sued over factually incorrect hit pieces.


They still do, but they have convinced themselves that it is "accountability journalism":

Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It’s Their Duty to Lie to You

Blogger binks webelf July 23, 2019 9:07 AM  

@20 "Now they can write "[outrageous smear]"...

Even worse, they can not-exactly-lie and say "When contacted, Thedore Beals refused to answer any of our reasonable questions. You can draw your own conclusions as to his guilt or innocence from that."

Super-easy smear. Barely an inconvenience. This is to serve evil & commit lies, and to do the will of the father of lies, who twists & poisons words and truth and people in a way to hide the truth, not reveal it. This is not the way of the Logos, God incarnate, man divine.

Rather, Jesus says: "37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." [Matthew 5:37, NKJV]

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@8. David The Good -- "Is your chair made from real skulls?"

Hit piece take: "In several video comments, Mr. Baelle-- who cultishly refers to himself as the 'Supreme Dark Lord'-- has stated that he wants the literal skulls of so-called SJWs piled in his backyard in pyramids. This is beyond the pale: extremist 'joking' about proposed mass murder & decapitation over mere differences of opinion. This is the kind of person responsible for the supremacist blog Socks Puppoli."

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Blogger Brian Peterson July 23, 2019 9:55 AM  

Well, you have to make sure you hit them accurately

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