I’m so old, I remember when journalists were still generally called reporters and the good ones at least pretended to take a “just the facts” approach to the news. OTOH, I’m older than any of the alleged journalists associated with Team Kimberlin, so it may be they never really were exposed to good reporting. That may explain the situation discussed in the Prevarication Du Jour from seven years ago today.
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Here’s what Schmalfeldt actually wrote to the woman.Schmalfeldt 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.
— 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.
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The alleged desire of Cabin Boy™ (Schmalfeldt) and Bunny Boy (aka Matt Osborne) to have access to sealed documents was the reason that Brett Kimberlin cited to a court filing seeking to unseal discovery in the Kimberlin v. Frey RICO Remnant LOLsuit. The court didn’t relax its protective order, so Kimberlin’s fishing expedition failed.
BTW, when Brett Kimberlin tried to use sealed discovery from Frey during the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. trial, Judge Hecker said that the federal court’s order wasn’t his to enforce and that Kimberlin could try to introduce the documents. Then, the judge also noted Kimberlin should consider the possible consequences of disobeying the federal court. Kimberlin chickened out.