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RE. Racers accident. Sticky req. Need to respond to this

Old 10-14-2008, 08:30 AM
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here is my response to him;

In reading your report on the boat accident on Sunday, then your response to
readers is utterly appalling. Whereas you state you are reporting the facts, you
seem to have forgotten the rules of journalism where you inject your opinion as
fact. The headline itself claims the individuals had no brains, quite frankly,
all of the individuals on board are business men in St Marys county, quite
possibly advertisers in your want to be newspaper.
Secondly, you again inject your uneducated boating opinion that hitting the
sandbar is the equivalent of hitting a barn, you further inject what potentially
could happen IF alcohol was involved, wholly not knowing but putting that into
the article to make a bad situation seem so much worse. It's called
sensationalism, please tell me what journalism class you learned this in? You
then try to justify it with your quote of not knowing if alcohol was involved or
just stupidity, millions of people are involved in accidents daily,
unfortunately some of them are fatal.
Are you really of the makeup that think these men purposely set out to be injured and
presumed dead? You reported the facts along with your own opinions, which lead
me to believe that you have a personal agenda against boaters, I can assure you
as a sponsor of the boat in the accident, it was doing nowhere near its
potential speed, are you of the same opinion of the people that enjoy exotic
cars or the muscle cars from the past, surely the companies that make/made these
cars aren't stupid (your terminology) as these manufacturers are global
companies that have in part helped forge America The same America that gives you
the ability of free speech to post senseless diatribe. The same as the first
line in a Doctors code is "First do no harm"...real journalists will state the
facts and report news, not embellish it with speculation and opinion. I find
your style of reporting and your subsequent responses to your readers childish
and irresponsible. You even went as far as to insinuate
the place where they were supposedly drinking!!! please show me what report that was in?
Whereas newspapers and now web blogs were the cornerstone of community, I
challenge you to do some good for the families of the injured and missing. I
along with my fellow boaters have established a fund for the medical bills and
the family of the missing man. You see, we boaters try to help our brethren and
friends in time of need, not trying to capitalize off of sensationalism.

donations can be sent to;
Proform Protective Films Inc
BobbyB fund or Reiter Family fund
3220-D Corporate Ct.
Ellicott City MD. 21042

Visa and MC accepted

In conclusion Mr. Editor, no one has a problem with facts, just stick to them. I
would also extend to you a chance to ride in one of our boats, please allow us
to educate you on what it takes to operate safely and avoid a tragedy. Surely
you have no reason to refuse education?

Rob Freeman
Proform Protective Films Inc.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:42 AM
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Good one Rob.

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Old 10-14-2008, 08:49 AM
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guys please. You are only feeding this guy. It is not an open forum, he runs a closed medium where he has control of what gets posted and what he replys with. he lives and feeds off of upset people writing him emails and then posting them to his site.

Do yourselves a favor and ignore him. it will only anger you more by replying and then seeing your article chopped and taken out of context with no ability to defend.

....and st. mary's county isn't all bad.... i moved here from annapolis when i was 22, and i don't think i'll ever live somewhere else.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:55 AM
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Just called and left a message stating my name phone number and how the article is very wrong.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:09 AM
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Just don't let your reponses sink to his level. Take a minute and browse through some of the other "articles". The publication exists only to be sensational, not to be news...
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:11 AM
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Sorry Shore, no offense, I did paint with too broad a brush, I just got fired up over that douche. This is not the time for that crap.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:25 AM
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Default is the owner/editor of St. Maries Today, google him and you find some equally sickening inaccurate reporting.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:25 AM
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don't worry, i didn't take offense. I'm the first to criticize some of the southern md short comings (ie the local imbred good ole boys). but the good outweighs the bad. It reminds me of how annapolis was 20 years ago.

I've been down this path with this guy before, and i'm really just trying to save you all the anger and grief that goes along with bickering with this troll. You really can't win with him. If he doesn't see something he can pick at in your email, he won't post it. It's a lose lose situation.

By the way, he is Ken Rossignol from St. Mary's county Maryland. Just sayin....
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:29 PM
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Easy on the St Marys cracks man..........
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by PARADOX View Post
Second, the weather was perfect yesterday without stormy weather or winds present to generate a "wave" big enough to cause trouble for a boat. Your excuse is a crock which won't hold water and only serves to misinform your friends and cause other unknowing people to ride in boats with inexperienced and dangerous skippers. Speed and operator error will inevitably be cited as the cause of this crash. We report to our readers on what is taking place in the world around them, your choice is to read what you wish. It is in poor taste to create lies to try to cover up for friends.)
Guess who is the dumbass now?

Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Natural Resources Police told ST. MARY'S TODAY that while his agency is investigating the crash of a speedboat on the Patuxent at Point Patience on Sunday and has not concluded the investigation, he is able to say that the boat did not hit a sandbar at the point.
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