Who’s obsessed with what?

Bill Schmalfeldt decided to accuse your host of something rather vile and disgusting on this blog earlier this morning.  So I thought I’d take the time to run the numbers and just see who was obsessed with what.  Here’s what Schmalfeldt had to say.

I don’t understand your obsession with anal rape.

– Bill Schmalfeldt in an approved comment on this blog

Since, outside of this blog post, anal rape has been brought up three times, once about Schmalfeldt, once by Schmalfeldt and once by the anonymous target of What they really meant to say.. I don’t think obsession is really the correct word here.  So I thought I’d broaden the search a bit, and figure out exactly how many times the word “rape” was used on this blog, and who used it.  I limited the search to actual blog posts and approved comments.

Here are the results by who used the word “rape” and how many times it was used.

Me:  8 times, or 28.6%
Bill:   5 times, or 17.9%
Quotes:   9 times, or 32.1%
Commenters:  6 times, or 21.4%

So, by far, the most frequent single user of the word “rape” on this blog is me.  But am I obsessed?  I wrote an article about date rape on college campuses, and how it has gotten out of hand how easy it is for women to accuse men of rape, regardless of the situation (at least to the college administration if not to the police).  So including a post, much like this one, that is actually about rape doesn’t seem exactly accurate.  I’ll note that I not once described a rape in that article, I just referred to a specific case of a rape accusation.

If we remove that post from consideration, the numbers change to this.

Me: 3 times, or 17.6%
Bill: 5 times, or 29.4%
Quotes: 5 times, or 29.4%
Commenters: 4 times, or 23.5%

I’ll note that in both cases, Quotes and Commenters represent multiple people.

Now personally, I don’t find any evidence of obsession with anyone.  To date, I’ve written over 320 posts, and outside of the one (now two) posts specifically about rape, I’ve used the word 3 times.  (once about TSA “pat down rape”, once about rape shaming, and once about Schmalfeldt’s own writings)  Even Schmalfeldt, who’s anus/ass/butt references are legendary, only mentioned anal rape once, and that was when he was accusing me of being obsessed with it.  (Which is humorous on it’s own)

Using the logic of Bill Schmalfeldt, if it is defamatory and untrue then it is libel.  Since the data doesn’t support the accusation, and since I don’t resort to meaningless threats of litigation, I respectfully ask Schmalfeldt to retract the statement for the reasons of his own logic.  I will stipulate that the hypothetical reasonable person who is mildly familiar with the situation would not think Schmalfeldt statement could reasonably be true, so I don’t think it is libel and is, instead, a typical example of Schmalfeldt unsuccessful attempt at humor, which falls short of humorous statements about the intended target and instead puts him squarely in the center as the object of ridicule.

Hey @wmsbroadcasting! Still waiting!

I had hoped after his moment of clarity yesterday, following the complete humiliation he suffered on Hogewash over the contacting copyright holders issue… up to calling Hoge a liar (something he hasn’t apologized for or retracted)… that perhaps I could finally get my retraction from Bill Schmalfeldt for calling me a hypocrite for having documents I never said I had over things he did that I never said was bad.

To date, that hasn’t happened.  Today he seems all butthurt over the comments on Hogewash.  If he’d just stop reading Hogewash, he wouldn’t get all caught up in such an elaborate lie like he did and have to correct himself.  But hey, that’s not his style.  Apparently it’s not his style to offer retractions when he’s wrong, either.

A Reasonable Request Extended

Since Bill Schmalfeldt was in such a corrective mode today, at least according to these twits:

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I decided to remind him of my retraction request.

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This is about the reasonable request I made of him yesterday.

I still await his reply.

And just in case anyone thinks a day isn’t enough time, I clarified this in comments on this blog long before I made the request.  The request was made because he didn’t have the journalistic integrity to do the retraction on his own.  Now, I’ve specifically asked for a retraction.  I will continue to wait and see what becomes of my request.

Since Bill likes to brag about being a real journalist, and he loves to talk about being a member of the Society of Professional Journalist, I’ll remind him of a very important part of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Conduct.

Journalists should:

— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
— Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

-Code of Ethics, Society of Professional Journalists.  Emphasis is from your host.

I shall await Bill to abide by his professed code of ethics.


I must offer a retraction.  Earlier on this blog I referred to someone in a way that was mistaken, and this is my official retraction.

In this post, I claimed that I believed Bill Schmalfeldt went to get a peace order to kick a man while he was down.  That man was a certain IT specialist in Illinois that had lost his job.  I must correct a mistake in the following sentences.

So why did BS get this peace order against Grady?  I believe it was to kick a man while he was down.

So here is my official apology.  Mr. Grady has already lined up employment and watched his son graduate this weekend, the same weekend Schmalfeldt got his peace order.  I still believe that Schmalfeldt only got the peace order to kick a man while he was down, but it is now clear that Mr. Grady was hardly a man down.

My apology, Mr. Grady.