Patty asked me (Lynyrd), the following question:
"You (Lynyrd) bring up an interesting point. Patty has always found it odd that Brett's site gets called "a great site, one of the best" even though he outed Clem, and basically ruined the man's life (what's left of it). We at Eviliz post recent photos of people, but with little or no effect to their personal lives. We give the blogging community something really different and unique, but we are often reviled for it. What is the reason for this dichotomy? It's a real mystery to Patty. Interested to know your thoughts".
But for you Patty (since you‘ve always been straight with me)… here’s my honest thoughts:
To suggest that Bret never suffered any back-lash for his decision to “out” Clem, is not accurate. His decision met with mixed response/opinion, from the blog community… and mixed feelings still resonate today. He didn’t walk away from his decision “scot-free” with everyone. That notion simply isn’t true.
Bret had a great archive of information, on his site. That’s my only opinion on the subject, and the man. I didn’t know Bret personally, and never communicated with him. He was a complete stranger to me. He was a man from Iceland, with a profound archive of TLB information on his website. That’s the extent of my knowledge, and opinion of Bret.
The big picture:
Each blog and website, has it’s own personality and strengths. If I was doing a serious research paper on the TLB subject… I would choose Bret or Cat’s site first. Colonel’s blog has noteworthy amounts of information, as well. Online… those are the locations, where I’d start.
If I was looking for TLB-related topics, mixed with entertainment, conversation, and laughs… I’d choose other locations… such as your site (Eviliz.com), or mine (LSB3.com). Bret’s site had no comments section… and hence, no humor, or conversation. It should also be noted, that Bret and Cat’s website(s) are/were not technically blogs… they’re websites. So, it’s not exactly an apples to apples comparison, anyway. Bret operated an informational website… not a blog.
At the end of the day Patty:
Each blog, must decide what material/actions they deem suitable. “Outing Clem” is not something that I personally, would have done. Quite frankly, the moral question is beside the point. I simply don’t need anyone mad at me. Ex-criminals and murderers, are generally groups, which I try not to antagonize. Call me crazy like that! LOL
Also, I'm not completely sure that "photos have little or no effect on people’s personal lives", as you claim. Again… that’s another envelope, I (personally) wouldn’t want to push too far… or too often.
I have the names and locations of a half dozen “family-related individuals”… and some pretty snazzy “current photos”. I keep them on my desktop… and that’s where they’ll stay.
As I said… beyond the ethical question… it’s safer that way! LOL The whole “anything for a story” mindset, can be a slippery slope.
What other blogs do, or don’t do… is none of my business. Everyone has to operate according to their own conscience, and comfort level.
For example: Teasing the Monfort clan, is definitely WAY beyond, my comfort level. LOL God Bless you folks… you have balls of steel.
Do the words “Aryan Brotherhood” mean anything to you folks at all? LOL
On a serious note Patty:
I’m not sure I’d poke fun at anyone’s children… especially folks who have buried people in basements. Case in point: Through the years... I’ve told my own blood brother to F#ck-off many, many times. I said something negative about his children ONCE. Let’s just say Patty… I won’t be doing that again. When you insult someone’s kids… they don’t brush it off. Matt (I think) has children… ask him.
My honest opinion on the whole subject is this:
Ultimately, we’re in the entertainment business. We have to post something, to keep visitors coming back. Every time we post something, we have to weigh it’s consequences, versus it‘s entertainment value. Discretion is advised for self-preservation. Getting my ass in a sling with crazy people, to bring-in a few more visitors, doesn’t interest me, in the least. I’ve posted some things in the past, which weren’t such a great idea, myself. It’s a serious decision, every time we press “publish”, and none of us are perfect. That’s my take on the whole mess, in a nutshell.
I want to go on record, as saying:
What other blogs publish, is none of my business or concern. I don’t judge. I have no personal beef with Liz what-so-ever… or Bret. People have the right to make their own decisions, and live with their own consequences. I’m not the blog police… nor, would I want to be.
Patty… I’ve attempted to answer your question with complete candor, and honesty. Hopefully, it won’t come to any ill-consequence, as no harm is/was intended on my part.
Peace, and Best Regards... Lynyrd