I’m #JustABlogger, but Bill Schmalfeldt has claimed to be a responsible journalist. As the DKPOTD from two years ago today shows, he was lying.
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Bill Schmalfeldt claims to be a responsible journalist, but he apparently does not subscribe to these points from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics—
• Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.
• Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent.
• Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast.
• Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.
Let’s look at these in relation to his writings about the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit and the Kimberlins’ motion for a deposition subpoena for Mrs. Walker. Any decent person who reads the unredacted version of the that motion will see that it contains an allegation against Mrs. Walker that is impertinent, immaterial, and scandalous. (And as an eyewitness to the conversation upon which it is based, I’ll add that it’s a lie.) It is inconceivable (and that word means what I think it means) that there could be any other motivation for publishing that lie other than to cause harm and discomfort to Mrs. Walker.
Of course, the Cabin Boy™ is not known for his compassion toward juveniles or victims of sex crimes. He is currently subject to a restraining order that protects a three-year-old child. The article published by Breitbart Unmasked when he was editor alleging that Tetyana Kimberlin was mentally ill when she accused Brett Kimberlin of what would commonly be called statutory rape certainly showed no compassion for her as the victim of a sex crime.
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Boy Unread has taken that post down, but it has been preserved in multiple locations on the Internet.
(OTOH, Hogewash! has tried to redact children’s names to the greatest extent possible. This blog has also redacted the names of third parties mentioned in court filings such as the name of a young woman mentioned in the Walker interrogatories to the Kimberlins.)
In its most general sense, the word ethics means a system of systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The Cabin Boy™ is behaving ethically based on his understanding of right and wrong when he publishes these hurtful tweets and posts. What I find most appalling about his behavior is not the acts themselves but his apparent belief that they are virtuous.
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To refer to the members of Team Kimberlin as scum would be defamatory—to the algae that make up pond scum.