Some of those kind of comments used to appear on KC Confidential before Hearne got tough on them and cleaned up the site.
In fact just this week a commenter on KCC threatened me with firearms. I’ll admit that some time ago after I got pummeled with family and personal threats, put downs and lies, I reached the point where I wasn’t going to take those things anymore. And I said I would be willing to meet anyone spewing that garbage wherever and whenever they wanted. It culminated with a commenter by the name of smartman challenging me to a fight in Westport.
I showed up, he didn’t.
I even proved I was there with photos – although I didn’t know who smartman was – and that was that.
Attacking people online by threatening violence is just wrong. And yes, me calling people out for attacking my character (among other things) was wrong too.
More than almost anyone else I know who writes online locally, I lived for decades in a very violent world. From prisons to gunfights, with much of it documented. So I have nothing to prove.
As for writers like Paul Wilson, Hearne or Tony, they are generally stating their opinion about people, places or things which doesn’t call for attacks on their families, wives or children. You can simply disagree with them, explain why and move on with your life.
The reality’s this, while thousands of people read these websites daily, there are probably less than 50 regular commenters and most of them are negative. And that’s why they comment.
As for some of the filthy comments Hearne has talked about in recent days, I think those are wrong. And in my opinion those kind of comments should be killed. As mad as I’ve been at people, I’ve never written anything like that, let alone use language like that.
One, there’s no reality in what’s being said. It’s just someone being hateful and denigrating real people, even though we don’t know who they are because they use fake names.
Second, they have nothing to do with the story. It’s perfectly fine to call me an idiot – I mean, they’re wrong – but I think it’s wrong to use that kind of language period. It’s just crude, lewd and rude for no reason.
And three, generally the people leaving those kind of comments don’t even know the person or what they’re talking about. It’s just pure meanness.