One of the problems with writing anything on April 1st is that it can be misconstrued. But surely everyone must realise that this cannot be when I say that Pete George was released from his ban this morning.
Something that he was clearly bracing himself for yesterday when he directly lied about this site yet again…
While Chris Trotter at Bowalley is prepared to debate, and Red Alert (the Labour Party blog) is defunct, there’s something in common with a number of the other lefty blogs – they all seem to have an intolerance of views different to their own. That’s not just a lefty blogroll, it’s also a list that contains all the blogs who have banned me (but not No Right Turn bans where all comment except from it’s author is blocked).
Whale Oil, The Standard, The Daily Blog, Dim-Post and Public Address have all had hissy fits at being challenged or having alternatives to their controlled message being expressed.
On this site he gets booted for his behaviour, not those tedious and badly thought through opinions that he put in comments. I rather suspect that this is also the case on the other high comment blogs that he gets bans from, including Whaleoil.
With Pete George, about the only thing you can absolutely rely on is that he doesn’t know why he has opinions. It is painfully clear that the ignorant fool has never thought them through.
On this site, over many many comments I have observed that, when challenged on his ‘opinions’ that the lazy and gutless wonder doesn’t try to deal with the limits of his knowledge. Instead he always seems to try to shift the topic or starts whining that people ask him to clarify or provide background. When told that he is wrong and given links to read, he seldom seems to read them.
Essentially he acts like a media parrot, repeating things that he has heard or read on media without ever bothering to understand the issues. The underlying motivation appears to garner attention. We have all run across people like him before, they are those boring knowitall gabbling chatterers that everyone avoids at parties, BBQs, and other social events.
But we don’t boot him for that, regardless how many requests we get from other commenters (and authors).
All high comment blogs have rules which you expect to follow when you are on those sites. They are there to minimize the amount of work that the moderators have to do. But Pete often doesn’t follow the rules as can be seen in this comment to an author that got him banned.
Thanks for the reminder about your deliberate dishonesty.
And thanks for the opportunities to keep demonstrating your dishonesty. So far you’ve managed to keep that out of your authoring (that’s been promising) but you’ll find it’s difficult to keep the two separate – lying at one level will end up impacting on another.
He attacked one of the new authors directly and personally, which is something that I can do but he is very limited in what he can do. That is against the policy about attacking the site or authors. That policy is in there for a particular reason. It is hard to get authors to write for nothing on a site. So we tend to protect those people who give up their time to do so because this is the authors site.
But what got him banned was not that directly. It was that he managed to make a whole long comment thread about this purported “dishonesty” and didn’t provide ANY examples. Not one link. No referenced quotes to point to it. Nothing…
While reading the comments to determine this, I saw that he’d been warned by other moderators for several things. This included pointing out the sections of the policy that I would eventually use to decide to ban, and a warning when he implied that he would ‘out’ the author.
The comment and subsequent discussion was a complete waste of moderator time including mine. His ban was almost entirely for that.
His ban had nothing to do with “…at being challenged or having alternatives to their controlled message being expressed”. If we’d wanted to do that, then he would have been banned from our site months ago.