We’re now into our fourth different calendar year of MLBlogs, and I remember a lot of the skeptics who blogged in various places in April 2005 about how there never could be a business model for premium blogs. It’s growing strong!
Add up the number of blogs and do the math and it is pretty obvious this business model isn’t working. Even homeboy J.W. notes that fact. And independent web traffic analysis certainly doesn’t support the assertion that “It’s going strong!”, which is why you don’t see a whole lot of advertising around here–another part of the “business model” that isn’t working. Of course there’s always Alyssa Milano.
That isn’t quite working out so well, either. Ask youself the question: if Alyssa Milano were really attracting traffic to MLBlogs, why does MLBlogs need to promote her so heavily? So heavily they are alienating many, many legitimate bloggers?
Whistling past the graveyard won’t keep the Grim Reaper away. Censorship won’t work, either. Why not try fixing the problem? Why not try growing a vibrant blogging community?
Why is that such a novel idea?
— Michael Norton
For many people, the most convincing evidence of Roger Clemen’s guilt is not what is contained in The Mitchell Report, but his failure to immediately express personal outrage and deny the allegations. Particularly considering he was aware of at least the strong possibility he would be included in the report, it is inexplicable that he did not schedule a press conference that afternoon and vent his outrage at being falsely accused. We all know how angry Clemens can get. This is the man that got thrown out of a critical playoff game for rampaging on an umpire for an unfavorable strikezone. Are you telling me he felt any less unjustifiably treated by The Mitchell Report?
Moral outrage at false accusation is such an ubiquitous human reaction the particularly guileful attempt to leverage it to their advantage. Consider Bill Clinton wagging his finger and decrying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. Or, closer to home, Raphael Palmiero’s finger pointing denial of steroid use in front of Congress.
I notice the Clemens public relations firm even recognizes the severity of the problem his lack of an immediate, forceful denial has caused in the battle for public opinion. The latest headlines read Clemens was just “numb” over the Mitchell Report. I doubt it will work. Once that moment is gone, it can never be recaptured. Like innocence lost.
Speaking of, you might notice that my good friend “J.W.” has yet to respond to my calling him out as a fraud. Oh, J.W. has read it. A couple of times. My site access logs reveal that fact. So why hasn’t he defended his reputation with the same fervor he defended censorship by MLBlogs? Like Clemens he’ll make a fool of himself over balls and strikes but not honor? I know personally I would rampage on someone if I spent an hour of my time to engage in the dialog on their site and they called me a fraud: “Are you off your meds? I am not affiliated with MLB in any way. You’re paranoid, man. Get some help.”
But then, I sign my name.
I’m sure J.W. is trying to come up with a plausible explanation. The problem is, it is too late. The moment for moral outrage at being falsely accused has passed, a couple of times now. I interpret that as evidence of what is called in the legal profession “consciousness of guilt”.
— Michael Norton
It seems Mr. Mystery Guest, jworthy, that staunch defender of MLBlogs on my last post, has never commented before on any MLBlog; or anywhere else for that matter. A Google search of the email address only locates the comments made right here. Considering the obvious intimate knowledge of the business and nature of MLBlogs, I find that almost inexplicable–unless, of course, it is a fraudulent address designed to conceal the author’s true identity. Now why would anyone be trying to hide their identity?
Could give new meaning to the phrase “Official affiliate \ unofficial opinions”.
Whoever he is, my access logs indicate he hails from Somerville, Massachusetts, in the Boston environs. If you know of anyone who works for MLB that hails from that area, particularly if they have the initials “J.W.” (for some inexplicable reason people have a tendency to construct pseudonyms from their initials), please shoot me an email. I would love to engage Mr. Mystery Guest in an honest discussion.
And they accuse me of being a troll. Sheesh.
— Michael Norton
Internet censorship in the People’s Republic of China is conducted under a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. . .
The escalation of the government’s effort to neutralize critical online opinion comes after a series of large anti-Japanese, anti-pollution and anti-corruption protests, many of which were organised or publicised using instant messaging services, chatrooms and text messages. . . Critical comments appearing on Internet forums, bulletin boards, blogs, vlogs or any major portals such as Sohu and Sina are usually erased within minutes.
It can happen here. Dissent can be silenced. Critical thought can disappear. Blogs can be deleted.
— Michael Norton
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— Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano. We don’t really have much of value around here except Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano. God knows we can’t stop thinking about Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano.
And did I mention Alyssa Milano?
— Michael Norton
Yesterday I posted a comment on MLBlogs public blog, The Mitchell Reporter. I later expanded on the comment, which said something like this
“Good Lord! How can you shamelessly plug Alyssa Milano on a day like this?”
This comment on The Mitchell Reporter was deleted! Understand, my comment contained no obscenities, no racial slurs, no threats, no objectionable material. Obviously MLBlogs simply cannot handle criticism. Nor do they fully appreciate open and honest expression, which is tragically ironic considering that is the very essence of blogging.
If you say something they don’t like, they will simply redact you.
I’ve been redacted before. I’ve even had my blog threatened. When I try to complain, I cannot get them to give me the name and email address of Mark Newman’s supervisor. I’ve asked Newman via email. I even posted the question on The Mitchell Reporter.
It was redacted.
You would think at this particular moment MLB would be a little more sensitive to the perils of silencing critics. Consider this from The Mitchell Report:
Dr. Lewis Maharam, a prominent sports medicine practitioner who is now the race doctor for the New York City Marathon, was a vocal critic, saying that “[i]f McGwire is truly taking this, then he’s cheating.” He criticized McGwire for failing to warn young athletes about the dangers of using andro. Sometime thereafter, Dr. Maharam received a call from Dr. Robert Millman, a physician who at the time also served as the medical director for Major League Baseball. During the call, Dr. Maharam said in an interview, Dr. Millman told him that “everyone in Major League Baseball is irritated with you” and that “if you don’t shut up, they are going to sue you.”
Dr. Maharam was unfazed, but a week later he received a second call in which Dr. Millman told him that if he was willing to “shut up in the press,” he would be invited to make a presentation to Major League Baseball and the Players Association about the dangers of steroids and andro. Two weeks later, Dr. Maharam made a one-hour presentation to Dr. Millman, another official from Major League Baseball, and Dr. Joel Solomon, the medical director for the Players Association. Dr. Maharam recalled that, at the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Millman expressed the view that there was not sufficient medical evidence that andro raised testosterone levels enough to be a cause for concern.
The Mitchell Report, p. 79-80
So I must ask: have the people of MLB really learned anything? And, if not, is anything really going to change? These Gestapo-like tactics here on something as inconsequential as a “fan oriented” blog provider makes me wonder just how much more MLB is hiding.
— Michael Norton
The utter venality of those who work in professional baseball never fails to amaze me. No, I’m not talking about the scores of players accused of corrupting the game for the big payday. Nor am I talking about owners, who continue to pay the cheats those obscene amounts of money. I’m not even talking about the commissioner, who availed himself of an opportunity to save the business from its own greed by turning a blind eye. No, you can find all the corruption you can stomach right here, on MLBlogs. On a day when MLB is getting handed its moral butt, MLBlogs launches a blog, The Mitchell Reporter. So what do they do with it? Why try to exploit the moment to pimp their moneymaker, Alyssa Milano, of course!
****, if they thought they could get away with it they’d have her posed pulling up her officially licensed MLB skirt to expose her well rounded rump with a “stick your needle here, big boy!” tattoo.
Think about it. On a day as serious as this, they simply could not resist the temptation to try to shake us down for another buck. They have no respect for the game—or much of anything else, for that matter. That, of course, is what caused this mess in the first place.
— Michael Norton