I can’t help but notice that since Bill Schmalfeldt left the blogging world he has been far more active than before he left the blogging world. I’ve also noticed a trend where Bill Schmalfeldt doesn’t answer direct questions, continually tells others how they must post, threatens people who don’t post appropriately according to the rules of Bill Schmalfeldt, and constantly insults people.
But it’s the doesn’t answer direct questions that has me a bit upset. See, Bill Schmalfeldt has a habit of demanding answers to his own questions, and taking action if his questions are ignored. He will post threats about what he will do if he doesn’t get the answers. He does this, he claims, because he is a journalist. That’s a claim that is down right laughable, but we can go into it at another time. Real journalist would never treat a source like this.
Here’s what we need. We need proof… something more that the liar Hoge’s say so… that you “sold” your rights to that blog to him. Monday morning, May 5, 10am ET will suffice.
Threats and deadlines are not how one would get answers. And if you didn’t get your answers, you published your story with their pointed out lack of comment. That’s what journalist do. But not Schmalfeldt, no he threatens. He calls the cops. He files peace orders. He doxes you. He calls your wife’s employers. He denies that your child who just died even exists. Yes, Schmalfeldt has done all these in an effort to “aggressively follow a story.”
I won’t do any of those things. I’ll do what real journalists do when a source won’t answer questions. Make it obvious that they won’t answer questions. So here is a list of direct questions asked of Schmalfeldt that he has ignored, dodged, or otherwise refused to answer. Much like some other blogs, this may become a regular feature here. In other words, I’ll be posting the list again and again until he answers.
On to the list:
On the issue of Pornography
Bill Schmalfeldt one called the cops and accused a photographer of using underage models in the production of pornography. He did so because the photographer didn’t provide Schmalfeldt with age verification information on his models, something that the photographer couldn’t give Schmalfeldt under penalty of federal law. Schmalfeldt argued that he was required to give him the information.
It turns out that Schmalfeldt is also a producer of pornography. Specifically, he produced a photograph of two men in either simulated or actual anal sex. The picture had four models in it, since the faces of the body models where replaced by other faces. Schmalfeldt then disseminated the pictures via Twitter. By doing so, he came under the same record keeping requirements that he attempted to claim gave him the right to look at the records of the aforementioned photographer.
That said, Schmalfeldt was asked if he had the proper record keeping files of the four people in his pornography production. Schmalfeldt has yet to answer this question.
On the issue of bragging
Schmalfeldt has repeatedly claimed that people bragged about getting him fired from various “jobs” at online publishing places. A specific claim is that people brag about getting him fired from the Examiner, but other sites are implied in his writings. Schmalfeldt has been asked, repeatedly, about who these braggarts are and what they said. He has yet to provide that information.
On the issue of conspiracy
Over at Blubber Sues Bloggers, Schmalfeldt accused the host, Flynn, of conspiracy to do all sorts of nefarious things not specified. It was enough for Flynn to write an entire blog post about it. Schmalfeldt has commented on that post, as of this writing, five times. Not once has he addressed the post itself, explaining exactly what Flynn has done that was anything like what Schmalfeldt claimed it was.
Schmalfeldt has a bad habit of demanding answers and refusing to give them. I’m sure this list could be much longer, and feel free to leave a comment with a somewhat detailed example of what questions Schmalfeldt is dodging. I’ll at it to the list next week.