Not only did he not listen, but my moderation priveleges were suspended indefinitely. Previously I was getting 2 story submissions a month on the front page. After this email exchange, none of my stories were accepted from that point on.
He did respond to my email. He said (contradictory to his action):
"I agree, but it's sometimes hard to catch." ~ Rob Malda
Over the next few months before the Kerry/Bush election Taco himself posted stupid stories inciting the reader base (which is very communistic and liberal) to the point it looked like a forum for the Unibomber or support forum for Osama Bin Laden. That's hardly exaggerated!
Then Slashdot was pretty much responsible for this story getting popular about Bush:
This is a stupid conspiracy theory that the extreme left was putting out as propoganda that Bush had a box on his back and was essentially cheating during the debate. Several websites are now dedicated to the controversy, when it has been explained time and again that the box is simply a secret service communications device and the particular night in question (the Presidential debate) was allowed to be monitored for transmission by the Democratic party. However, the Slashdot story really made this insane theory popular. I tried to submit a story to Slashdot that countered showing that Kerry pulled out a pen and placed it onto the podium. The rules of the debate were very clear that one could not bring anything with them - they must use the pen and notecards on the podium. My story submission took the angle of "home video editors helping with election conspiracies by doing frame by frame analysis and multiple camera angle comparison".
Now, on to the subject at hand. At the beginning of the year, the well respected, often quoted John Gruber decided to take his blog full time - to actually make money. He sells ads, T-Shirts, and memberships that give you a "woohoo whoop-ti-doo" RSS feed. For months I have been following his site and been enjoying the read. For months I have been quoting him often.
Well now he joins the ranks of Slashdot - it's obvious Gruber is a liberal leaning Democrat and so as such, he choses to alienate a portion of his audience that is Republican or Conservative. In the past week, he did a story called: "Jackass Of The Week: Rush Limbaugh" - lambasting Limbaugh for questioning Micheal J. Fox speaking about Parkinson's Disease. When the truth is that Fox himself said that he doesn't take his medication before speeches.
Gruber takes a jab at Republicans every few weeks or so. He lumps Republicans in the "extreme right" of Limbaugh. While not defending anything Limbaugh said, he isn't politically correct. That's his niche. For Gruber, who calls people without 100% complete knowledge of the full story - Jackass Of The Week - I think that's being a bit hypocritical. Calling someone a jackass isn't a politically correct thing to do. I thought Gruber prides himself in being much as this site is; "Not PC about Mac news". In the case of this story, if you don't agree ... don't agree amongst your friends. Leave it at that.
I don't watch CNN News because I know I'm not getting the whole truth, or the truth I'm getting is slanted or bias.
Gruber links to evidence to back up his political stories with websites like THINKPROGRESS.COM
* At last check, Congress is made up of Democrats too!
Furthermore, Gruber has jumped on the bandwagon of absurdity over Diebold voting machines. So the theory goes; evoting is problematic due to the ability for the voting machines to be hacked. The truth behind this story is that it is much easier for cheating in a paper election. The truth is that there would have to be a mass conspiracy to hack voting machines nationwide. And the truth is, no one would have to be caught for it to work on a mass scale. Such an organization of crime couldn't possibly affect more than a percentage point. Besides, it seems like the only people hacking these machines are liberal hackers so they can get press and have some claim in the upcoming elections that the democrat lost because of voting machine fraud.
Gruber quotes the Washington Post a lot more often than The Washington Times - so it's obvious which news he reads
* I'll let you Google to see which paper is considered Liberal and which is considered Conservative
Here's a quote from Gruber's latest Jackass Of The Week column:
"...the Sunday Washington Post has a circulation hovering around 1 million, and The Post is widely regarded as one of the nation’s finest newspapers."
Next, for your consideration for making John Gruber; Jackass Of The Year:
I ordered a damn DF T-Shirt in August. I paid 30 FREAKIN DOLLARS! I still haven't received it! I had big plans for this T-Shirt. I was going to take a picture of me wearing it and waxing a Pinto with my iProng T-Shirt. So ... readers who've asked me about a follow up on my iProng T Shirt - this is it! Gruber ruined my gag!
Next, I emailed Gruber about the problem I am having over some litigation concerning this blog. I received no response. It's not that I didn't receive a response, it's that I've actually had responses from Gruber before about small quips about his articles that he's posted on Daring Fireball.
Exchanges such as this:
Philip Smith wrote on 9/19/06 at 8:35 AM:
No other MP3 player manufacturer has to worry as much as Apple about
clones, copyright infringers, and legal issues surrounding the two.
Maybe a tad bit of that 100 million to Creative is built in to iPod
pricing. For the consumer this has actually been a matter of prestige
that Apple has done a pretty good job of handling.
John Gruber wrote on 9/19/06 at 9:40 AM:
And don't forget the TV commercials! I don't see any other MP3
players spending that kind of money on marketing.
So, I say John Gruber is Jackass Of The Year. He has successfully become unreadable in my eye for politicizing his blog to the point of alienation and ridicule. (Not to mention an obvious bias and disrespect for a good portion of his audience who respects him.) Funny, I thought Jackass Of The Year was going to be dual honors for Maynor & Ellch.
I'll put him under the bookmark folder called "Sometimes", and remove Daring Fireball from my "Must Read" bookmarks folder.
I made a new logo for the site:
In my opinion, a great author is like a great girlfriend: balanced but exciting! Therefore, John Gruber is a jackass for ruining his blog.
[UPDATE] I got my TShirt - postmarked the day following the post date of this article.
* Ends up that I'm not the only one that pokes fun at Gruber's hypocritical "jackass blog entries"
* Grammar corrected, link added
* Ends up that I'm not the only one that pokes fun at Gruber's