The Standard’s biggest enemy – part 1

The Standard’s biggest enemy is itself. A blog with a lot of potential is hampered by hypocrisy, abusiveness and attempted exclusion of anyone who says anything some of the small ruling cliche take exception to.

Exhibit 1 today – the post Rachinger on dirty politics. The ‘author’ is ‘Notices and Features’. It looks more like a blog post by someone who hasn’t been willing to put their name (or pseudonym) to it.

Despite the relevance to this blog, we haven’t previously posted on Ben’s claims. It hasn’t been clear how seriously to take them, and we didn’t want to add to the many pressures that he is apparently under. Apart from a brief and inconclusive exchange between Ben and lprent on Twitter there has been no contact between Ben and The Standard authors.

Because word of Ben’s account is spreading we’re finally posting on it, but we do so without comment or endorsement at this stage. We suggest that readers not try to contact Ben. Evaluate his evidence carefully, but leave him be to tell his story in his own time. Don’t expect anything in particular. Masks and mirrors.

There’s quite a bit of ‘we’ in that, apparently talking on behalf of all the Standard authors. Which is interesting considering how at times The Standard goes out of it’s way to claim that they are not an entity, they are a loose group of individuals all acting independently.

As Greg Presland said here recently:

We do not sit down and coordinate and plot posts as part of some conspiracy. Well intentioned individuals post about aspects that they think are important and interesting.

There is a bit of a group think thing that happens with TS but there is no detailed discussion and no scheming. If we appear to be coordinated it is because we have the same world view and reflexively respond in the same way.

That was less than a week ago (27 April). But today is another day In Standardville.

Why can’t an author be honest about what they post?

And why can authors talk about ‘we The Standard’ but forbid anyone else from referring to anything other than individual authors?

It appears as if ‘Notices and Features’ is R0b, who comments a number of times including:

In Twitter. We don’t have any particular “inside info” on Ben at all, but there’s a couple of us who follow him on Twitter, and he’s been publishing snippets and hints there for a long time.

So ‘Notices and Features’ appears to be R0b who happens to be author Anthony Robins. It’s very clear who ‘we’ at The Standard is, isn’t it.

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6 Comments

  1. Carpetbagger..

     /  1st May 2015

    Gosh, wonder if he’s any relation to Harold?

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  2. jamie

     /  2nd May 2015

    I’m not sure I understand the last paragraph. You say it’s clear who “we” is but you only mention one person. Can you explain what you mean by this?

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  3. Shagger

     /  2nd May 2015

    No different when Prentice writes about idiot Blomfield – writes like he keeps his distance, is not to sure but let’s the comments run wild with dribble aimed at Slater. Frankly TS has just turned into a hate blog for leftie nutters

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  4. Mike C

     /  2nd May 2015

    Why did they tell their readers not to make contact with Ben Rachinger ??? That reeks of Natzism to me.

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    • I thought that was a weird comment. Here it is (the final paragraph of the post):

      Because word of Ben’s account is spreading we’re finally posting on it, but we do so without comment or endorsement at this stage. We suggest that readers not try to contact Ben. Evaluate his evidence carefully, but leave him be to tell his story in his own time. Don’t expect anything in particular. Masks and mirrors.

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      • jamie

         /  2nd May 2015

        Ben is known to be very good at what hackers call “social engineering.” Its not a bad suggestion to heed if you value your information security.

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