Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Dear Joel: I think it's time for you to go.
At this point, I think it's safe to say that Joel Johannesen has been treated more than fairly at this blog and it's time for him to vacate the premises. In response to my two brief comments at his site, he has positively inundated my comments section with his petulant and utterly uninformative whining. But before I finalize those thoughts, a couple observations that he's welcome to take with him.
Part of Joel's outrage is apparently that I referred to one of his columnists, Barbara Kay, as a "loon" and an "innumerate dumbass." And yet, Joel has made it clear that he has no interest in debunking either of those claims. How odd.
More generally, Joel has made it clear he's positively outraged that anyone would impugn the integrity and reputation of his precious web site, but when a number of us have done exactly that (in great detail, mind you), Joel's response is not to stand and defend, but to throw up his hands and say, "Hey, not my problem, talk to Barbara." In short, Joel wants to have it both ways: he wants everyone to respect the integrity of his web site, even as he simultaneously refuses to address accusations that impugn exactly that. Not exactly a profile in courage, I'm sure you'll agree.
In any event, Joel has had more than his share of air time here and, for someone who is clearly ready to ban commenters at his site for the most insignificant violation, he really doesn't have the moral high ground to complain about being shown the door. If he wants to continue this discussion, he has his own shiny web site to do that, and he's welcome to whine like a childish six-year-old over there until he's happy, but any further comments on this site will be summarily deleted. Quite simply, Joel has become tiresomely repetitive and is no longer contributing anything to the conversation, and that's enough for anyone to get the boot here.
I will, however, being the magnanimous sort that I am, leave him an opening. Joel is always welcome to come back and comment if his comment addresses, directly and explicitly, the issues raised about Kay's apparent dishonesty at his site. He knows what those issues are, and if he wants to stop being such a whiny-ass titty baby and actually look into the accusations from myself and others and report back with his conclusions, he's always welcome. Anything else will be turfed without comment.
So there you go, Joel. You can either put up or shut up. The choice is entirely yours.