We thought we’ve seen everything. Since my latest article came out on Friday, a conversation has taken place about journalism ethics. The conversation came after people experienced the initial shock of seeing this video by the so-called Knights Templar — otherwise known as Citizens Protecting Children, Longarm Productions, Robert Bacon etc. It looks as though the son of CalCoastNews’ co-founder Daniel Blackburn either produced the video or was a collaborator. Either way, it’s not good.
CalCoastNews has not responded to the article. It appears that they have taken the approach that the problem will eventually disappear. I mean, who reads us anyway? Nothing a good, dismissive shrug can’t fix, right? But there are way too many problems here. We’ve been covering their exploits for the past couple of years, but that video — and the way it was produced and promoted — shows a serious, serious problem. We’re talking about uploading copyrighted images from blogs, businesses and news organizations without their permission. We’re talking about identity theft. We’re talking about the fact that a news site would push their work through several layers of anonymity while pretending to be part of the seething, foam-producing mob.
On Jan. 19, a Razor reader posted on the Citizens Protecting Children Facebook page the following message:
“My first question is who are the citizens behind your mission of protecting children? Besides Karen Velie’s kids what other children are you trying to protect? Can you point out any other cases of “child kidnapping” that has you concerned? Any comment on the photographs that were apparently copied and pasted from the world wide web? You do know that using others images is an ethical if not legal trespass and something no ethical journalist would do without giving attribution? Looking at this page I would have to say that this is a thinly “Vieled” page to push one agenda and it ain’t for protecting children.
Any comments at all?
Alan Blackburn Robert Bacon’s response? “You are an enemy to the people.”
Bacon also posted the man’s Facebook profile photo on their page, writing, “You have identified yourself as a supporter of filth.”
Questions answered. See, wasn’t that easy? You cannot make this stuff up. I cannot wait until Mr. Bacon goes into Photoshop and puts a Hitler mustache on my face.
Obviously there will be more to come about CalCoastNews. There are a lot of things happening from their co-publisher being unceremoniously booted from 92.0 KVEC as a guest to pursuing San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson for allegedly changing details about a drug raid that happened on Dec. 4 last year. They sure know how to make friends.
Just ask Citizens for Protecting Children, who wrote on Dec. 28, “Thank you Dave Congalton and Dan Blackburn for bringing this to our attention.”
No, thank YOU!