Monday, June 29, 2020

Why they name names

I once asked a reporter known for writing hit pieces why journalists always write "X, real name Y," when writing about people they don't like while simply using the pen and stage names of those of whom they approve. She explained that it was for the same reason every statement by the target of the hit piece "claims" something even when it is a statement confirmed to be factual, to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the targeted individual.

Apparently the New York Times is now taking a similarly one-sided approach to the anonymity of sources:
A prominent pseudonymous blogger has shut down his site after a New York Times reporter refused to conceal his identity in a forthcoming piece, putting his livelihood and life in danger.

Psychiatrist Scott Alexander (his first and middle, but not last, name) has worked for years to cultivate a small but thriving intellectual community through his blog Slate Star Codex. That came to a halt Monday evening, however, when Alexander deleted the blog, replacing it with a post entitled "NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog."

The deletion was the culmination of a week of buzz that a Times reporter, Cade Metz, was reporting a story on Alexander's site and the community it spawned, prompting widespread fears that Alexander would be the next figure "canceled" by a media exposé, possibly as retribution for his criticisms of modern progressivism.

Neither Metz nor his editor Pui-Wing Tam responded to a request for comment. Times vice president for communications Danielle Rhoades Ha told the Washington Free Beacon, "we do not comment on what we may or may not publish in the future. But when we report on newsworthy or influential figures, our goal is always to give readers all the accurate and relevant information we can."

Alexander and others interviewed by Metz told the Free Beacon that they do not believe Metz wanted to write a "hit piece." But Metz did insist that Times guidelines compelled him to disclose Alexander's real name, derailing an interview with the blogger.

There is little evidence that such a policy exists at the Times, which has granted anonymity or pseudonymity to an Apple news executive, a left-wing podcaster, and even other subjects of Metz's story.
The media is now wholly weaponized against America and against Western civilization, the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. And there is no excuse for still falling for the same lies reporters have been telling people for decades.

When Metz reached out, Alexander says, he wanted to discuss not these controversies, but the community SSC had built, in a largely positive way.

Sure he did. They use the same set of tricks every time. "I just want to let you tell you side of the story. I just want to understand this new thing that you're the expert on. I just want to discuss this success that you've had." First the bait, then the switch.

Most people are like toddlers being offered candy when it comes to the prospect of media attention. Perhaps it may help to keep this in mind: if it was going to benefit you, they would charge you for it.



Blogger furor kek tonicus ( Joe Biden is the president Glenn Reynolds wants and the Chinese Owned Pedophile is the president Glenn Reynolds deserves ) June 29, 2020 7:54 AM  

Demonrat mayor of St Louis, Lyda Krewson read the names of people advocating for police "reform" in a Faceborg video
the ACLU and CNN characterizes it as "intimidation"

Blogger Robert Browning June 29, 2020 7:56 AM  

If you speak the truth then you should be willing to defend every last word you say. The truth rules when people are willing to fight and die for it.

Blogger camcleat June 29, 2020 8:41 AM  

Pui-Wing Tam and Danielle Rhoades Wa sound like such good old fashioned NY names.

Blogger Uncle Maffoo June 29, 2020 8:45 AM  

Perhaps it may help to keep this in mind: if it was going to benefit you, they would charge you for it.

Like social media?

Blogger Stilicho June 29, 2020 8:57 AM  

Ok fkt, your new handle made me laugh.

Blogger Stilicho June 29, 2020 9:06 AM  

The media are unintentionally creating a situation where people, e ven the usually oblivious masses, will ignore their "news" and turn to samizdat for facts.

The globohomo left think they are creating a brave new techno-socialist dictatorship from which there can be no escape. They have severely over-rated their own importance in the real world. Moreover, they do not understand that there is likely to be a butlerian jihad against the greatest over-reaches of their tools like the "internet of things" and other surveillance/control mechanisms. Electronic/computer technology is fragile. Any system which is overly reliant on such tech is also fragile.

Blogger Brett baker June 29, 2020 9:09 AM  

Time to start doxing reporters?

Blogger Macs June 29, 2020 9:11 AM  

NYT is doxxing bloggers eh? They are always leading the way I suppose.

Blogger Grandpa Lampshade June 29, 2020 9:20 AM  

I don't understand why people don't pay attention when these sorts of things happen to others,whether they agree with those others or not. The same playbook is used over and over again, you would think that people might judge it relevant to see what comes next.
If they're going to dox you, they're going to dox you
Deleting his blog accomplishes nothing except to add fuel to the fire in the same manner as issuing an apology
When they do these attacks, one of their primary goals is to isolate you. Once you are isolated, it's easier to tear you apart. It's not just about getting you fired from your job, they seek to mentally break you and isolating you from any would be support is key in accomplishing this. All he accomplished in deleting the online community was cutting off his own line of support in the storm that is no doubt coming his way, whether he likes it or not.
While it's definitely a crappy situation to go through, one is well served in keeping some perspective. Men in history such as the battle at the Alamo, faced certain death head on and stood anyway. In this context, losing your job and being called names by the dregs of society isn't the end of the world.

Blogger Nostromo June 29, 2020 9:45 AM  

Never get into a media war when the other side has unlimited human shields, and hours of time to fill.

Blogger Maniac June 29, 2020 9:57 AM  

"Time to start doxing reporters?"

Lex Talionis indeed.

Blogger Jeroth June 29, 2020 9:59 AM  

The media is now wholly weaponized against America and against Western civilization, the Good, the Beautiful, and the True.

Forceful takeover and tribunals for media traitors. There is no other way.

Blogger Joe Smith June 29, 2020 10:03 AM  

Everyone always thinks they can outsmart the reporter, apparently not understanding that it has nothing to do with smarts. The guy pointing a gun at your head doesn't have to be smarter than you to win the ensuing fight.

Blogger ikew June 29, 2020 10:15 AM  

I am (was?) a long time reader of his blog. He is a mentally ill gamma liberal, but apart from that a good man. Took a stand against SJWs years ago and never backed away from it. Believed the ideal state of mankind is a patchwork of cultures where everybody stays with his own kind.
He always aimed to be rational and civil first and foremost. This is his undoing. He deleted the blog because he expected to be harassed for his negative portrayal of jihadist feminism and his refusal to denounce wrongthinkers he disagreed with.
Having said that, he truly is jewish a mentally ill gamma liberal. I never expected to see him mentioned in non-negative light here.
The media is truly the enemy of everyone.

Blogger Honingbij June 29, 2020 10:36 AM  

@14 ikew

He sure doesn't seem to have learned anything from his encounter with the NYT:

"If you are a journalist who is willing to respect my desire for pseudonymity, I’m interested in talking to you about this situation (though I prefer communicating through text, not phone." "

Blogger Didas Kalos June 29, 2020 10:41 AM  

@jeroth. Something to ponder. Develop strategies.

Blogger Noah B. June 29, 2020 10:42 AM  

Surround yourself with those who will still have your back when the enemy attacks. Those are true friends, everyone else is just a disposable acquaintance.

Blogger ikew June 29, 2020 12:04 PM  

@15 Honingbij Hey, I said he's a good man at heart, not a wise one.
When bad things happen, in the absence of further information people can be separated into those who assume unfortunate events are caused by mistakes and others, who assume some sort of hostility was involved. His philosophy is to remain in the first group for as long as possible on every possible subject, while taking measures to protect himself on a case by case basis (such as deleting his blog preemptively but still not assuming he is under direct attack).

Blogger pyrrhus June 29, 2020 12:33 PM  

Scott Alexander is a lefty, but one who believes in fair play...His "friends" were of the same ilk as The Friends of Eddy Coyle...

Blogger Kingly Gift June 29, 2020 1:25 PM  

A little off topic, but how come whenever I write "progressivism," the software thinks I'm misspelling a word, and yet that word in this article?

They can't even keep the software up to date with the name of their own religion. More indication that the Singularity is not happening anytime soon.

Blogger Akulkis June 29, 2020 2:41 PM  

>> If you speak the truth then you should be willing to defend every last word you say. The truth rules when people are willing to fight and die for it.

Dude, you realize that the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers were ALL written under pseudonyms?

The public knew that the authors were men of note, but didn't know who. BOTH sides wanted the arguments evaluated on nothing but their merit, not by association with whoever wrote them.

The sad part is, both authors of the Federalist papers AND the authors of the Anti-Federalist papers were correct. The Constitution has done exactly what the Federalists claimed it would do, and the government has deteriorated in exactly the ways the Anti-Federalists said it would.

Blogger Akulkis June 29, 2020 2:43 PM  

>> NYT is doxxing bloggers eh? They are always leading the way I suppose.

People who work in glass office buildings shouldn't throw stones.

Blogger Alcuin June 29, 2020 3:06 PM  

This reminds me of the Establishment's vicious attacks on so-called isolationists in the run-up to our involvement in World War II.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants June 29, 2020 3:41 PM  

*media outlet sends moderately attractive 5-6 out to interview young white man*

"Anon, I have been soooo interested in talking to you about your out of the box/dissident/alt-right comments/tweets/blog)YaT channel. It's just sooo sooo interestinnnng. Tell me everything, I'll keep you anonymous."

*Couple weeks later*

"John Johns is the evil dangerous Nazi you've never heard of, UNTIL NOW!"



Blogger johndoe03526 June 29, 2020 8:25 PM  

Don't talk to the enemies of the people.

Blogger soflalife June 29, 2020 8:49 PM  

his blog is archived and viewable on the wayback machine.. if the NYT goes forward hes screwed

Blogger soflalife June 29, 2020 8:50 PM  

his blog is fully archived and viewable on the wayback internet archive. If the NYT goes forward he's through

Blogger Colonel Blimp June 29, 2020 10:48 PM  

We need to pay visits to media corps or get our "friends protesting" there over some micro agression. Start playing actual chess.

Blogger Boaty Bear June 30, 2020 2:12 AM  

Mark Thompson former DG of the BBC that covered up for Jimmy "N word" Saville...

Mark Thompson current CEO of the NYT.


Blogger Unknown June 30, 2020 7:11 AM  

Jim's blog is gone as well.

Blogger Gettimothy June 30, 2020 1:13 PM  

Perhaps it may help to keep this in mind: if it was going to benefit you, they would charge you for it.

That is a keeper.

Blogger Reziac June 30, 2020 1:32 PM  

With bitter irony, Scott Alexander is a leftist. Not hard left, and still willing to be critical (or rather, uncertain), but very much in the liberal camp.

Blogger Daniel July 05, 2020 11:38 AM  

Tails or whonix people.

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