Any time you’d care to explain the hypocrisy of condemning me for having “sealed documents” while you just claimed to have a document that was sealed in the Peace Order hearings, please share. Think of it as a “teaching moment” for all of us.
Bill Schmalfeldt in an approved comment on this blog
This is another response to my Questions of Bill Schmalfeldt. The question was…
More important to several readers than to me is the issue of sealed documents you’ve freely printed on your various blogs in the past. They would like to know who revealed sealed court documents to you. I, however, have worked in “real journalism” and have no issue with this. For one, it is obvious who shared them with you, and two, as a journalist you should never name your anonymous source. But it does show a specific bias in your alleged reporting. YMMV.
Me on my own blog
Oh the hypocrisy. To quote Robert Stacy McCain, “All that is necessary to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt.”
But I like to write, so I’ll try to do it myself.
First, I’ll point out that I never claimed to have copies of the sealed documents. I have a primary source that has told me that documents exist, but are under seal. I also never indicated what court preceding the documents were in. I now have additional sources that have shown me documents that they obtained from means not disclosed but assumed to be screen captures of the document in the wild. In other words, documents that were not under seal.
Second, I’ll point out that since I’ve not shown behavior that is contrary to my professed beliefs, and others have. If anyone has claimed to be a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and yet fails to comport themselves to the SPJ Code of Ethics, then perhaps they should not look to me for hypocrisy.
And if anyone needs reminding, the entire SPJ Code of Ethics can be found here. I would first look to the section entitled Minimize Harm. YMMV.
Update: I just found this.
I can but laugh.
There was also this.
Anyone want to speculate on the chances of a retraction?