Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mr. U. Know-Who's Vendetta Against the Daily Pilot

Human natur
e is interesting, don't you think?

For example, there's a guy here in town - he calls himself Mr. U. Know-Who - who writes a Costa Mesa-centric blog who has a very hard place in his heart for the Daily Pilot, our newspaper of record for the Newport-Mesa area.

This guy is a prolific writer, but his pontifications were absent from the pages of the Daily Pilot for a long, long time. The
re was a time, shortly after I first began writing to the Pilot on local issues many years ago, that the editors would amuse themselves by pairing us up as their version of The Odd Couple - placing his commentaries side-by-side with mine. That was in the days before the Daily Pilot blog, but I have no doubt that juxtapositioning would have evoked many comments from readers. Then, a couple months ago, his views began appearing once again - perhaps due to a change in management at the Pilot. Lately, though, we've not seen his words published on those pages - and have not missed them at all.


I think I understand the problem. I think - my opinion, mind you - that this guy is peeved a
t the editors of the Daily Pilot because they recently imposed a registration requirement on those of us who wish to post comments on their articles, editorials and commentaries. This spoiled his fun because he was prolific on those internet pages - posting under several names on the same comment thread in a twisted attempt to bolster his feeble views and make it appear that his views were widely supported. He immediately began whining on his blog about the requirement to be identified. He was much more comfortable throwing stones while hiding behind a tree. Since the registration requirement the volume of posted comments has dropped off but the level of dialogue has been elevated since only those folks willing to be identified with their comments - if only by the Pilot editors - now appear.


Now, with
the impact of the purchase of the Daily Pilot's parent company, The Tribune Companies, still unclear he's begun speculating about the future of the Pilot and it's staff. The tone of his mini-rants has been negative - apparently he's hoping for the demise of the Pilot as we know it.

It the past couple days he's published a couple blog entries, which can be read HERE a
nd HERE, cheering on the new owner, Sam Zell, as he goes about de-constructing the beleaguered Tribune Companies and it's component parts.


Actually, Mr. Who's reaction doesn't surprise me at all. It's typical of his bullying
style. On his blog, and in the vile internet essays he publishes at places like former KKK leader David Duke's web site, he bemoans the demise of the white race and lashes out at anyone who criticizes him. He's the same way in his dealings here in Costa Mesa - berating everyone who doesn't toe his line, including council members and commissioners that he has supported in the past.

I can't help but chuckle as he rants and raves, particularly against the Daily Pilot. That organization is doing things right - and it stands out in the crowd among
the various Tribune properties as such.

What I find curious is that Mr. Who has attempted for more than a decade to r
e-create Costa Mesa in the image he prefers - pure white. Of course, we all know that's not going to happen, so I wonder why he just doesn't seek happiness among folks with a common complexion someplace like Sweden or Norway. Heck, parts of Idaho might even suit him. I doubt moving is in the cards for him because is seems he's only happy when he's causing discontent in this community. What a sad, sad man.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For someone that can't run a REAL newspaper he sure is opinionated about the one we have.

But what I find most entertaining is that he doesn't allow feedback on his blog. What could he possibly be afraid of?

2/14/2008 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another topic, what is your take on Bever's involvement with the 55 study? Is it just because he is mayor now? Why isn't he keeping the rest of the council in the loop? Or are they just not paying attention?

2/14/2008 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Bruce, I suspect he's just ticked off that they changed the rules and spoiled his little game. He doesn't permit comments on his blog because he thinks he's always right - in his case, far right. He's never on "receive", always on "send".

The 55 study has be concerned because it appears that the mayor and his buddy, Mansoor, are going off on their own, holding meetings about which other members of the council have no information. I've been warning about this for several years... they don't care what the rest of us think. They've got control now, so don't even have to go through the motions of objectively assessing a situation and seeking public input. The tape of the recent study session will be run on Channel 24 tonight, as will the meeting discussing the Housing element, which will follow immediately. The study session starts at 6 and runs until 8, with the other continuing on until around 9:45. I'm taping it to view later.

2/14/2008 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is truly hilarious is his posting of comments and letters from his alleged "readers" who have no way to contact him via his blog. It is so transparent and childish that it is laughable.

He won't post under his real name, repeats facts that have been proven wrong and he refuses to engage in any real debate. Pretty unimpressive...

2/14/2008 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Geoff,
I just finished reading Mr Who's latest entries on his blog...and discovered he has made me an official member of the "Nitwit Club"! It seems that is what he calls anyone who writes something that does not fit with his agenda. He may think me a nitwit...well I think him a "Wingnut" and a CLASSLESS ACT who consistently insults fellow Costa Mesans without giving them the courtesy to respond, by not allowing comments on his blog. I also think he is a big fat HYPOCRITE! If he thinks the Costa Mesa public schools are so bad...why does he have a child attending one??? He has to know, first hand, that having English language learners in the classroom does not inhibit anything…his child must be doing very well or he would have pulled him out a long time ago! He also thinks the rest of us don't know that his real problem is the fact that Hispanic kids are there in the first place.

Costa Mesa has made great strides toward moving away from sanctuary city and even if City Hall were to decimate the concentration of low income housing on the Westside, like he suggests, there would still be a significant number of low socio-economic students that need to be educated. I mean come on, unless he is suggesting Costa Mesa parents should abandon our schools all together - where do we draw the line???

2/19/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take heart, Tommie - even college graduates like me can't have his Superior White Race Intellect. There's the all-knowing Your Neighbor, and then the rest of us peons, in particular the ones who dare disagree with his 'wisdom.' I haven't bothered looking at his post lately, but I imagine I might be among the nitwits, too. That's the risk we run when we use our real names, but wear it like a badge of honor.

And we'll have to have a few more 'Buzz Lights' one of these days and continue our conversation. I'd much rather be in your camp than his!

2/19/2008 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like that Mike :) to join us Geoff? Oh, and you too seems you know a lot about NMUSD, have we ever met? We could all meet at Wingnuts! :D

2/20/2008 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops...sorry Rob! I didn't mean to leave you out! Want to join us?

2/20/2008 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like that - put some faces to the names...although I already know yours and Geoff's...

2/20/2008 03:24:00 PM  

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