Friday, October 27, 2006

Jackass Of The Year: Daring Fireball's John Gruber

Three years ago, I emailed Rob Malda (Commander Taco), co founder of Slashdot. In the email I asked that he stop the moderators from posting liberally slanted Bush and Republican jab stories on his site.

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.



More examples:

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.

Philip

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.


-J.G.


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

9 comments:

THEM said...

Who cares? A Mac blogger isn't allowed to post about political topics he cares about and has opinions about?

A few notes.

Republicans control congress and set the agenda. Therefore it is their bill.

The Washington Times is owned by the Reverend Moon, it's by far a less balanced paper than the Post. Personally to me "liberal" papers are more balanced, factual reporting with less opinion in the hard news stories, while Conservative papers tow the line more, but both care more about greenery than pushing a view. And how is the Washington Post not thought of as one of the finest newspapers in the nation? You state that saying that shows bias, but its still a newspaper filled with hard working people who report other things than politics.

"That's hardly exaggerated!" it certainly sounds exaggerated to me. Nothing to back it up and all. From my reading of slashdot they are communist about software and lock in and very libertarian in their politics. Just because you dislike the man in charge doesn't make you liberal.

As for Fox not taking his medication it drives the point home. The current administration has effectively hamstrung a viable research path to alleviate certain diseases. Also not everyone has insurance or can afford the medication he takes.

"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. "

Guess what. Truth is biased, truth is slanted.

"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."

Talk about slant and bias. SO what if liberals are the ones hacking it, if they show it can be done doesn't that make you the least bit hesitant in the technology?

"In my opinion, a great author is like a great girlfriend: balanced but exciting!"

I guess that makes you not a great author as well.

Anonymous said...

Phil isn't a great author. He's just peeved that Gruber didn't get all weepy and compassionate at the open letter Phil posted last week. Yup: asks for help one week, stabs you in the back the next.

fixyourthinking said...
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fixyourthinking said...

Well, I knew I wasn't posting anything popular here.

"Who cares? A Mac blogger isn't allowed to post about political topics he cares about and has opinions about?"

Political commentary and jabs at Republicans (or Democrats for that matter) are not the same thing.

"That's hardly exaggerated!" it certainly sounds exaggerated to me. Nothing to back it up and all."

Every politically charged topic posted on Slashdot has at least 5 posts that are manifestos and about 90% with Bush hating, Republican bashing. Each title is worded specifically bias against Republicans.

"Republicans control congress and set the agenda. Therefore it is their bill."

Not all Republicans are who they say they are - ie John McCain.

"The current administration has effectively hamstrung a viable research path to alleviate certain diseases."

Actually stem cell research can be done just as effectively with the guidelines that the administration CURRENTLY endorses. It is a falsehood perpetrated by the left that a stem cell must be obtained by creating divided or fertilized eggs.

"Truth is biased, truth is slanted."

Not in my life - truth is absolute - at least the whole truth is.

"...if they show it can be done doesn't that make you the least bit hesitant in the technology?"

No, not really, like I said there would have to be a conspiracy carried out perfectly nationwide to even make a difference. I want the machines to work, but the paranoia to stop.

"I guess that makes you not a great author as well."

So be it.

"He's just peeved that Gruber didn't get all weepy and compassionate at the open letter Phil posted last week."

Yeah actually I kinda am ... he's gotten popular, now the people that have supported him aren't in his clique anymore. You can't imagine the erosion of rights that are to follow if I lose my court case.

Anonymous said...

Surely you are missing the point.
On the Limbaugh incident. Gruber is right.
and on the online gambling issue Gruber is right.
and the Diebold voting machines are a disaster. Gruber is right again.

If you think Limbaugh is cool or if you think that you should have your right to gamble online stopped - or if you think badly engineered voting machines are the bees knees....
Then perhaps you should stop reading Daring Fireball.
Personally I will not.

Anonymous said...

"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."

Yep, and it is obvious that you are a Republican (not just by this post, but by many other)*, and as such, you have chosen to alienate a portion of your audience.

*Note: I didn't say you were a conservative leaning Republican. This is because the the Republican party has abandoned it's conservative roots. The Democratic party has really sold out as well, but it can actually claim a few liberals in its ranks. As a further side note, America is a great moment, the conservatives and liberals finally have a meeting ground. The reality is they they both agree that our two parties don't represent either group.

fixyourthinking said...

Most democrats are proud to be called liberal - being such is part of the pride. So, it's not a put down.

I never ridicule democrats or republicans here. Gruber obviously thinks Republicans are sub par thinkers.

Anonymous said...

"Most democrats are proud to be called liberal - being such is part of the pride. So, it's not a put down."

I never said nor implied that you were putting anyone down by calling them liberal. I was stating a fact. Democrats are not liberal. They can proudly call themselves ducks, but it doesn't make them ducks.

"I never ridicule democrats or republicans here. Gruber obviously thinks Republicans are sub par thinkers."

I would say that given the people(the racist george allen, biggots who see homosexuals a second class citizens, the fiscally irresponsible and war happy President Bush) the Republican chose to represent them that it is pretty clear they are sub par thinkers.

Roget said...

" I had big plans for this T-Shirt."

Damn...
Still, you could still use it to polish your car.....

...or floor...

...or windows...


And while on the subject of Billy boy, his latest delusional claim -
"NANOBOOK 2.0 will serve as the de facto standard for everyone who gives or receives a new iPod nano as a gift this holiday season."

De Facto?

More like "De Crapto"...

His last offering was just a pathetic rehash of his useless reviews - what did he say?
"I've said from the start that we're not going to be content to just sit back and release the same book over and over again, with a "2.0" appended to it or whatever."

That'll be a lie then? Looks like he is sitting back and releasing the same book with a 2.0 appended to it....

"...released as a free PDF download..."

Guess he thinks that PDF means "Poorly Designed Freebie".........