Spocko hits the big time

Remember Spocko, the blogger who decided to go after Bay Area hate radio station KSFO for their racist demagoguery? He published the audio clips of the offending DJs’ hate speech on his blog, and he contacted KSFO’s advertisers to inform them that their brands were being associated with this kind of language. To date, Bank of America, Mastercard, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have pulled their ads. ABC/Disney, the parent corporation which owns KSFO, was not amused. They got Spocko’s ISP to shut down his blog (which has since reopened, hosted by a new ISP: Spocko’s Brain), and soon after, the story hit Daily Kos.

Now, Spocko’s story has been picked up by the New York Times. Last Friday, KSFO preempted their usual programming for three hours to address the controversy. From the sound of it, their apologies were lukewarm at best. “Unrepentant” is, I think, an apt adjective. As for their call-in program, they handpicked their wingnut backers in order to bask in an almost uninterrupted flow of fascist lurve.

Almost uninterrupted. See, they’d invited Kossack Mike Stark (who has championed Spocko’s fight over at Daily Kos) to call in. The NY Times has a great snip:

Mr. Stark: “You’ve spoken of the number of apologies you have tried to make. How many apologies does a professional get before they realize they are an incompetent and move on to another line of work?”

KSFO’s Lee Rodgers: “Well I haven’t apologized for anything and I am not going to start with you. How the hell do you like that, creep?”

And Mike Stark has more. He doesn’t want us to get sidetracked by KSFO and their meat puppet DJs; he wants us to keep our eyes on the big prize:

But it really bugs me that Disney – the omnipresent company for those of us with kids – is on the leading edge of the subversive right-wing propaganda campaign that characterizes so much of what we watch, read and hear. As an information company, they are downright dangerous to the ideal of a better society that we are collectively striving for. And they are doing it under one of the most innocent and beloved brand names in America…

So how do we take on The Mouse? After all, Disney has one of the most aggressive legal teams defending its brand. Here’s Mike again:

I just purchased the domain “DisneyHatesYou.com”. I’m building a bulletin board for people to upload photoshops, stories and videos of their bullshit experiences with Disney. From that central repository, I’m encouraging all of you to copy and paste. Copy the photoshops and stories from DisneyHatesYou.com and paste them into the other sites you visit.

Planning a vacation? Spending time at travel discussion sites? Shoot over to DisneyHatesYou and grab a story. Paste it into your comments and tell people why you won’t visit Disney.

The ironic thing is, DisneyHatesYou.com currently runs ads for Disney! Well, that’s gonna change soon. Mike estimates his bulletin board will be up within a week.

H/T to Gaelic Starover for the NY Times story.

D.

PS: I’ll be making a loaf of No-Knead Bread tonight. Bread cooked in a Dutch oven — wild! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

22 Comments

  1. blogicalthought says:

    One has to wonder if the bloggers who continue to perpetuate this propaganda realize the average American has the resources to go back through historically cached internet sites and to research the backgrounds of the individuals who are posting? And one has to wonder if the attitude of the blogger is that the average American is basically dumb and will buy into it?

    Its clear this is merely a group of individuals who meet yearly at an conference called Eschacon, sponsored by Duncan Black of Media Matters, a liberal propaganda internet media rag, paid for by George Soros. If you look at the names of the bloggers and their blogs, it is easy to see most were in attendance at that conference. And one can see the names of the Democrat candidates who were also at that conference. Further, one can see the photographs of the individuals who attended.

    Further internet research indicates that most of those individuals have an average of three to five different blogs apiece that they have been posting this story on and the responses to those blogs are again, from the same individuals who were at the above conference.

    Couple this information with the blogger, Spocko, who has put out false and erroneous information to advertisers in an effort to close down the conservation radio station, KSFO and try to get the talk show hosts off the air. Internet research indicates Spocko has held a long termed relationship with Media Matters, posting on their website since 2005. However one will not find it within the Media Matters current archives. Those archives were removed, in hopes the “average American” would simply give up at the initial level of research. However, if one to view the “cached versions” of those archives, they would see Spocko posting the results, thus far, of his war. Further, if one were to research Spocko’s posts, they would find one on the internet that indicates he is working for Media Matters on this project and is asking an individual to try to gain legal assistance for him from the EFF. One such post by Spocko is where he refers to posters writing posts in the manner “Media Matters wants us to write them.”

    If one were to research Michael Stark, who has claimed to organize these bloggers (which were previously organized at the Eschacon Conferences since 2005 when Media Matters first began) one would find a 38 year old, previously divorced waiter from Pennsylvania, who was attending his first year of law school in Virginia, who states in his biographies to be a Marine (not a former Marine or a Veteran who may or may not have served over twenty years ago) who stalked a Republican candidate this last autumn and battered individuals who present at a Republican function. Further, they would find he receives compensation as a reporter for Air America, the competitive radio station which is financed by George Soros. Not very ethical, however it is not something you will hear from Media Matters who claims to be an ethical watchdog for the media. In fact, he reports for them, as well.

    Though the bloggers are claiming to advocate free speech, while trying to thwart the speech of others, I doubt this post will remain up long because they want the “average American” to buy their propaganda in an attempt to limit the rights afforded to those who think differently than they do.

    Not very American, is it? But, think about it…Spocko’s new co-host on his website is NOT an America, but someone from Canada. Fortunately, the “average American” is smart enough to research on the internet, despite the Progressive Democrats obvious view that they will buy into their political campaign. Unfortunately, the journalists at the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle have not done their homework and research or allowed themselves to be cherry picked by Media Matters to write what Media Matters desired and not the truth.

  2. spocko says:

    FYI. I made the No-Knead Bread a few weeks ago. It is GREAT! But do read the “tips and tricks” section. I’m glad I did. Otherwise I would have melted the handle on my dutch oven lid.

    Also, use fresh yeast! I tried one loaf with older yeast and it didn’t rise as much as another loaf with a fresher packet of yeast.

    LLAP,
    Spocko

    P.S. Thanks for the article. Well done!

  3. Walnut says:

    blogical: you need to do more work on your humor “style”. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short and maximize the positioning of your punchlines (e.g., with “to close down the conservation radio station, KSFO”, the ‘conservation’ joke is buried amidst a morass of words). Otherwise, yours is a well executed spoof of the modern conspiracy theory! I’d love to see what you could do with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    Hi Spocko! Thanks for stopping by. Keep up the good fight :)

  4. Blogical Thought says:

    How nice to hear from you, Spocko. Can you explain this post written in August, referring to writer advertisors?

    Re: Many good points. Curious, though (none / 0)
    Excellent comment. I actually have thought about this for a while. I think that bloggers can HELP the mainstream media prevent these kind of mistakes if they get the kind of polite (since they faint when you say the f-word) focused emails that Media Matters suggest we write.

    by spocko on Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 12:55:43 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

  5. Mike Stark says:

    My wife made the bread also – twice, it was so good… just don’t use too much flour on the outside…

    and bloggo dude is a pain in the ass – I’m betting he’s a paid shill for MAF – he’s all over the blog comments and he’s spent way too much time for a disinterested party researching out backgrounds…

    ’tis funny though… he reads a Metroland article and a coupla other lying blogposts and thinks he’s got some idea of who I am. I smacked him down over at my blog in the comments…

  6. Walnut says:

    Hi Mike! Thanks for coming by. I recall reading some things about Blogological over at Online Blogintegrity. I agree — he’s most likely a corporate tool. But here’s what I don’t get: why wouldn’t MAF, or KSFO, or whoever, use someone who is capable of making a rational argument? Blogical’s posts make no sense. Helluva way to win friends and influence people.

  7. Blogical isn’t about convincing people – now. It’s all about the Google juice… Spread enough crap around enough places, and eventually it’ll stick – preferably in Google’s indices, where this astroturf BS can come up at a later date whenever anyone searches for “spocko” and “ksfo”. He’s attempting to rewrite history before it gets committed to Google’s databases.

    Of course, he’s being half-assed about it. By using the same handle over and over, he comes across as either delusionally obsessive or as a paid shill.

    What IP address was he using?

  8. kate r says:

    Dude. Blogical. The bottom line: Hate speech can destroy lives. Hate speech in the media is way more powerful than we give it credit here. It can create wars and genocide–or certainly fan the flames.

    I hereby invite you to come talk to to some of the Muslims (and Christians) I know whose lives have been crippled–sometimes literally, like Joseph from Liberia whose arm was hacked off–forever by hate speech. They all say the same thing: they never thought people would believe the nonsense. They never believed people they knew would turn on them. They never believed that kind of thing could happen in their country.

    I’ve heard these stories for ten years, and the one consistent theme from all the refugees has been that the powerful/popular voices didn’t stop the hate, they made it worse.

  9. kate r says:

    Honestly, what is it with kids who think they should get my attention?

    There isn’t any kind of dispute that the threats and “funny” invitations to violence actually occurred on the radio. Who points it out is less relevant… er sorry spocko

  10. Walnut says:

    Interesting point, PS. I was tempted to spaminate blogical’s posts, but kept them on general principles (freedom of expression). Now I wonder if that was so bright of me.

    Kate, thanks. When are you launching your political blog? :)

  11. S.D. says:

    “blogicalthought”, even if what you say is all true how does it affect the issue at hand? Do you think being a commenter on a blog is a “relationship”?

    It seems you can’t go for the issue and just attack the messenger. That’s very GOP of you…

  12. Daithí says:

    Spocko should sue their libelous asses:

    http://gaelicstarover.blogspot.com/2007/01/libel.html

    “Sue da basta’ds!” ~ Traditional New York proverb.

  13. Rick says:

    Blogical’s screed reveals his immaturity. For example, this business about Mike Stark’s claim of being a Marine, and trying to parse out whether it means being a “former Marine” or “veteran.” That tells me he’s never been around anyone in the military. EVERYONE knows, once a Marine, always a Marine. If Blogical wants to spin it another way, I suggest he go meet a Marine and give it a try. Heh heh.

    Proud father of an Iraq “veteran”

  14. Walnut says:

    I’m with protected static on the blogical issue. It’s not about him or his “thoughts”, it’s about getting a confused message out there to compete with what would otherwise be a clear signal.

  15. Sonomabob says:

    Go get them Spocko. I have wondered for years how KSFO could stay on the air.
    To me they are so unbearable to listen to that they have no sensible audience.
    Hence the pressing need to post the clips.
    Doesn’t matter who the blogger is, their own words tell the story.

  16. EriktheRed says:

    I find it pretty amusing that blogicalthought uses all the right’s familiar boogeymen to (once again) paint this elaborate conspiracy of lefties trying undermine average Americans’ freedome to get iinfo from all sources – including nasty hate-mongering ones.

  17. microdot says:

    Biological whatever seems to a one note trash generator, I got the exact same post on my boring eccentric French website a week ago. Is it a man, is it a mouse, does it smell like cheese?
    He does seem to prove the point that if these guys aren’t winning, they just lie and cheat and make stuff up.
    This has become bigger than the injury done to Spocko and the nightmare he is going through. KSFO has made themselves into a lightning rod and they are now the self appointed abused poster children of hate speech! They had their little comfy hate filled world of idiots who listened to them but now everybody is listening to them and it’s not very comfortable having to face up to being responsible for their words!

  18. Eric Smith says:

    “blogical thought” (whatever the Hell that >cough!gasp!

  19. Notta Flatlander says:

    blogicalthoughtless is almost certainly a sock puppet or kool-aid addict.

    There’s a list of biliouslogicals “work” at
    http://blogintegrityblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2007/01/spocko-speaks.html

    It’s pretty much the same thing, every time. His main assertion is found in the first post (January 5) I can find from him/her/it on this topic, to wit:

    “The point is the anonymous blogger stole copywrited material and posted it all over the internet, as well as distributed the material.”

    I’m no lawyer but I can’t find *anything* in US code relating to “copywrited” anything.

    Perhaps he meant “copywritten?” And how about the heinousness and outrageousosity that he not only posted it all over the intertubes but distributed it as well? Mang, twice damned!

    Anyway, he says over and over and over ad effing nauseum that spocko stole the material. Despite every copyright section 107 citation (that’d be the fair use provision) people present, any and all of which clearly demonstrate the fallaciousness of such assertions, he keeps shooting the same dud.

    Clearly sock puppetry or kool-aid addiction. I’m leaning towards the former.

  20. Mark says:

    Dear blogical(alleged)thought,

    That is an awful lot of words you used up there, all to no good effect.

    Or, as the late James Brown said:

    “Talkin’ loud, and sayin’ nothin’”

  21. outtasight says:

    when i read this >>>

    blogicalthought says:

    my first thought is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    jeebus what a wanker

    just wank wank wanking away

  22. Walnut says:

    I know, I know . . . I thought so, too. And I know he’s a puppet tool troll (take your pick), but it goes against the grain to delete posts that are not transparently spam.

    Besides, what would y’all have to write about, otherwise? I know: who’s planning their Dizzni Photoshoppe?