The Cabin Boy™ is a lousy liar and an even worse forger. His incompetence invariably leads to his being caught—as this post from a couple of years ago today pointing out that A Retraction is in Order demonstrates—
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The Cabin Boy™ published this tweet roughly 24 hours ago—This tweet states as a fact that I created the “flaw” in the version of the email header used in my reporting, that I altered what Schmalfeldt had originally published. Over the past day, it has been demonstrated that the image I published was a true and correct copy of the image attached to the Cabin Boy’s™ original tweet. Further, it has been established that the images on his blog were changed shortly after my TKPOTD published yesterday. He tried to fix his problem but failed, and he got caught.
It is now abundantly clear that my reporting was accurate. It is also clear that Bill Schmalfeldt lied. He knowingly misrepresented the facts concerning the provenance of the email header and shamelessly attempted to alter the files on his blog to try to cover up his malfeasance. And he lied by claiming that I had manipulated evidence.
I don’t believe that the Cabin Boy™ is ashamed of what he did. If he feels any sorrow, it is for being caught and not for having lied. It is, therefore, unreasonable to expect an apology. However, it is not unreasonable to demand a retraction. Bill Schmalfeldt should prominently post a statement on the home page of his blog admitting that he lied about my report. He should also post a sticky tweet at the top of his timeline making the same admission. Also, on both the blog home page and the sticky tweet he should admit to altering the email header.
Do I believe that Bill Schmalfeldt will do the right thing? No. I don’t. That would require a level of honor and honesty that I do not believe he possesses.
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Damon Runyon once noted, “The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.” If he were alive to day, he could safely bet against the Cabin Boy™ doing the right thing.