Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Banning of Sean

Adolf is a gentle tolerant person who strives to avoid conflict. However, when confronted with deliberate lies and misinformation, particularly when intended to smear or besmirch, he becomes aggressive and unyielding. Such is the case with commenter Sean who is banned forever from Adolf's blog here at No Minister.

Here's why.

In a comment stream on the choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as Republican candidate for vice president, Sean offered the following quote.

"Nevertheless, she [Palin] is under investigation for her firing of a state official, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. She has been instructed to hand over documents and recordings of telephone conversations as part of the inquiry, which grew out of allegations that she sacked Monegan for refusing to fire her former brother-in-law from the state police...Palin has admitted that the call could be interpreted as pressure to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was locked in a child-custody battle with Palin's sister."


Here is the original quote which Sean deliberately doctored to make it seem that Mrs Palin herself had phoned Monegan and instructed him to sack her sister's estranged husband. Spot the difference, highlighted in red.

" Nevertheless, she is under investigation for her firing of a state official, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. She has been instructed to hand over documents and recordings of telephone conversations as part of the inquiry, which grew out of allegations that she sacked Monegan for refusing to fire her former brother-in-law from the state police.

She has denied wrongdoing.

But Palin acknowledged that a member of her staff made a call to a trooper in which the staffer suggested that he was speaking for the governor.

Palin has admitted that the call could be interpreted as pressure to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was locked in a child-custody battle with Palin's sister. She suspended the staffer who made the call."

8 comments:

OECD rank 22 kiwi said...

Good on ya Adolf.

Psycho Milt said...

I seem to recall that in similar situations involving NZ Labour Ministers, No Minister bloggers have adopted a default assumption that the staff member involved would be acting on the Minister's instructions.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

That's not the point Milt. It's the deliberate distortion of the quote to give a false impression which is the point. Unfortunately it is a too common practice among those of the left. And of course we righties are lilly white. Just thought I'd get in first.

dad4justice said...

To be fair to Donny Osmond Sean he was taught to lie at the Aunty Helen School of dirty tricks and successful lies. He graduated with first class honours and a STD.

Bryan Spondre said...

So I guess on that basis Winston Peters is automatically banned ?

Gooner said...

I say we Bring Back Sean.

I am opposed to banning most things except the most serious and the remedy for poor speech is better speech.

Socrates said...

With respect, I would have to say that this is rather excessive. I saw this post and began to wonder if Adolf was adopting the tactics of the Standard. I mean banning someone for a comment on another blog? You may as well jump a shark.

Certainly illustrate how false their post is, in fact invite them over and see if they can actually defend their tactics…

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Socrates, Gooner et al. Sean is not banned from No Minister. He is banned from Adolf's posts on No Minister, as will be anyone else who tries on the same nonsense.