Prevarication Du Jour

Bill Schmalfeldt tweeted this in the context of comments about his using a threat to cause a woman to lose her children unless she gave him him information.ffr201310021523Z

Here’s what Schmalfeldt actually wrote to the woman.BSthreatOBNSchmalfeldt maintains that he was behaving in an ethical manner as a journalist when he sent that message. The Cabin Boy also touts the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Let’s examine how the tactic he used with this potential source fits within that Code. This item seem applicable.

Journalists should:

— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.

As near as I can tell, nothing in the story he was “investigating” had anything to do with the woman’s children or whether or not they should be taken from her. It seems that he was simply using the threat as a bludgeon to get her to “play smart” and give him the information he wanted. It’s unclear that she was even a direct part of the story. IANAL, but that message seems very close to blackmail or extortion, and since it was sent via interstate communications, a violation of federal law.

And what compassion was he showing the children who would have been affected by his threats?

But the Cabin Boy says he’s ethical … because JOURNALIST!

UPDATE—Stacy McCain appears to question Schmalfeldt’s journalistic ethics also.

15 thoughts on “Prevarication Du Jour


  1. Narcissists are not known for their ethical behavior. Narcissists don’t have any issue using any means necessary for getting whatever it is they want.

    How dare you draw attention to his behavior?! You’re killing him!

    He’s a real peach. A hell of a guy. And a drama queen.


    • Yes, his argument is this: “I had a great story so I am exempt from abiding by the code.” See that? He gets to decide when he’s exempt from rules, laws, etc.


  2. What we have here is Bill Schmalfeldt doubling down and justifying his threats/bullying of others in an attempt to acquire information he feeeeeels he is owed.

    Bill Schmalfeldt has zero boundaries as evidenced by the fact he has no issue attacking even children if it serves his selfish and deluded desires. One needs to look no further than to the treatment Lee and Lauren Stranahan were forced to endure from CBBS concerning the death of their newborn daughter. *SPIT*

    Again… evil. Bill Schmalfeldt is just evil, evil, evil, evil, evil.


  3. I guess BS is not hastening to an untimely death due to stress. He tweeted this evening that he is happy and at peace. Good to know!

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