a reply to: Southern Guardian
Having an agenda really is the main reason that these lies are pushed. The one's pushing it don't really know or care what's true or what's fiction.
They are so wrapped up into their "narrative" that they just slant everything into those square holes even if the peg's a circle or triangle.
There's a lot of interesting comparisons between my case and all other defamation cases (I of course have to study other defamation cases in order to
figure out how the case law works).
I don't know the specifics about the Chobani story, but in my particular case it was all promulgated by a vicious individual who knowingly lied as a
result of peer pressure and to protect their earlier lies and save face, and then saw a wonderful opportunity for 15 minutes of fame and couldn't
resist the temptation to go on National TV and lie even more and exaggerate even worse.
Of course a media company doesn't care about your petty selfish desires for fame and glory, their agenda is profit and politics.
So in my case, the political agenda was to pass new laws and I just happened to be the "reason why they need new laws". These people portrayed me in
the most hurtful and life destroying ways imaginable, and none of it was true.
I have people recognize me and it's in a bad way. I'm talking very bad. I won't go into the details aside of saying I get threats on my life and
refused business and it's incredibly hard to get a decent job despite the fact I'm overqualified. There were multiple TV stories done from Hawaii to
North Carolina, and the Net articles are obviously international.
The only fact they got right was my name.
There are multiple major media corporations, politicians, and lobbyist organizations involved. None of them care about me or about the truth.
You know what I do? I carry around printed documents of government sourced information PROVING that what they said was a LIE just to show people in
case they recognize me or bring it up. I will tell them the .Gov web addresses to go look at that corroborate my documentation.
Even after showing the proof, and even showing the Federal Judge's court orders in my favor in the lawsuit supporting my defamation claims --- they
will still fall back on applying those labels on me and characterizing me in these false constructs. Not everyone does of course, but the more simple
minded or immature and bigoted ones will.
The problem is that everyone wants to believe in a specific political narrative and everyone else has to fall into that narrative as a character role.
That's why AJ characterized and misrepresented the Chobani people, because he didn't even realize or care that he was wrong. He just assumed he's
right because everything fits the narrative he tells people.
He has an agenda for X (money fame political power), and so therefore everything he says must follow that agenda. Problem is he gets outta hand and
says so much stuff eventually somethings gonna come back and bite him in the rear. Those pesky courts and that pesky tort law will balance the
equation at some point.
Think twice about what you say about individuals. Always remember that they have lives, families, friends, and Feelings. Remember that your words can
destroy those lives. Marriages can be destroyed, children can be hurt deeply, jobs lost. You could say something that is so powerful it could bring
that person to suicide because they see no way out of your lies.
Now that I know first hand how this all works I'm going to be super careful about what kinda gossip might spew outta my mouth. I can only hope others
will heed my advice and learn from the mistakes of people like AJ. Journalism simply doesn't have any integrity left these days. Doing a basic fact
check is a minimum requirement that apparently isn't very important to a lot of these 'reporters' anymore.
Most of the people here on ATS will disregard your thread and continue listening to their hero unquestioningly. That is the reality here and why
defamation is so powerful and long-lasting. In my case people will still watch NBC and CBS nightly news without question and will not care about that
little retraction and apology they give me. The hurtful and completely false labels applied to me will last, truth be damned.
The Media is god in our society and the arbiter of truth. That's the painful reality.