I have been banned from the Standard blog for two weeks.
For a while I had high hopes for the blog because after threatening to ban me when I first started writing about 9/11 in the comments they allowed me to stay because other visitors reasoned that I was always giving links to information and I did not troll other visitors and removing me was intervening with my free speech.
That was four years ago and well before Eddy and Michael Valley two of the more recent writers on the Standard.
Here are some samples of their posts. Michael Valley fancies himself a bit of a geopolitical middle-east specialist which is sad because he seems to get all his information straight form the mud stream media. Here is his opinion on Iran, Syria and Homs. (Feel free to go there and do some commenting for yourself)
In a previous post I pointed out that with the mud stream promotion of the situation in Syria without any critical research and backup for the story the Standard was on a slippery slope and should we start looking to the Standard as a possible main stream media Shill.
Eddy who judging by his subject matter has never read a news paper outside of New Zealand and tends to write from a very limited “left wing” activist point of view with subjects only ranging from within New Zealand accused my responses to Michael Valley’s to be just conspiracy theories even though I give plenty of back ground information and links to support my assertions. It seems there are two sets of standards at the Standard. Michael Valley can just regurgitate what is written in the mainstream media without having to do any research to see if there is more information refuting his assertions but if I give these links refuting his assertions I can be dismissed as a conspiracy theorist.
One possible reason for the use of this argument is that it is the result of a Shill infection.
Michael Valley writes his crap and when people (not just me) point out the error of his way he will use the he/she is a conspiracy theorist manipulation which an ignoramus like Eddy will pick up because he doesn’t want to be associated with a “conspiracy theorist”.
If the Standardistas have any sense they should have a serious look at who Michael Valley is and if he already asserts an inordinate amount of control manipulating the less smart of the team behind the scenes.
People like Michael Valley can kill a blog in a matter of months by destroying the broadness of the base of the commentators by targeting outspoken and therefore interest attracting individuals and the less intelligent of the team into banning these individuals.
The Standard had a high standard and until Michael Valley appeared a wide variety of commentators and I honoured that with as much back ground as possible.
And while they banned troublesome commentators they allowed a high degree of varying opinions generating a high quality debate and for Eddy to ban me over a comment linked with plenty of resources for people to check, on the bases that pointing out obvious lies and disinformation is anti US conspiracy theory is a sure sign of someone wielding that manipulation tool to destroy the Standard and let’s face it, it was until now one of the few blogs were robust debate was not punished but encouraged and the only real political outlet able to compete with Kiwi blog and it is therefore without a doubt in the current political environment a prime target for destruction by the powers that be.