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Bum Coverage [Jan. 19th, 2009|12:51 pm]
dalekboy
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I've finally figured out what really bothered me about Ben Peek's hitting back at Russell's negative review of his book.

Ben thinks he was told of this bias against him by someone who then commented they don't remember doing so. They don't say they didn't tell him this, just that they don't remember doing it. And they mention that a lot of people had it in for Ben at the time.

So Ben's justification for his response is based on hearsay at best.
But it could easily be him mis-remembering what he was told, and about who, since he's not even sure who told him in the first place.
Or it could all be bullshit on Ben's part so that he feels he looks justified in acting pissy.

The silly thing is, Ben's single line comment on the review - "--though I suppose calling it a review might be a little kind." - is all that needed to be said. It made his point beautifully without making himself look like a dick.

He hasn't heard that Russell had it in for him from Russell himself, and the problem with basing such a response on undeclared personal bias is that the supposed bias is undeclared. There's no proof it ever existed, so there's no proof that he's justified in hitting out at Russell.

Given how he once went after someone he felt had no proof to back up their claims, it's all a bit hypocritical.

But this sets a nasty precendent. If someone tells him, either mistakenly, or falsely, that I want to have his love-child, then by his previous criteria for accuracy it must be true, and he's free to react accordingly without a shred of proof to back him up.

Ben, I have no undeclared urge to have your babies. Or even to have sex with you. Please never attempt to shag me.

Nothing personal dude, just covering my arse.
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[User Picture]From: strangedave
2009-01-19 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think your argument about the Eastern seaboard just finding it all amusing is somewhat weakened by this being a comment in response to a rant by Danny....

I did notice that many of the comments in Bens LJ sfrom the West eemed to be more interested in hating drjonthan Ben though -- which did surprise me, as I always thought hating drjon was more of a Melbourne thing.

To be momentarily serious, I think very few people in the West have met Ben in person (I have, but I'm definitely in a minority - and I only met him very briefly years ago), and his onlne persona is rather more confrontational than the reality.
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[User Picture]From: crankynick
2009-01-20 02:35 am (UTC)
which did surprise me, as I always thought hating drjon was more of a Melbourne thing.

Apologies to anyone who's a mate of his over on this LJ - but from what I've seen of him through this, it's a dislike that could probably go national pretty rapidly.
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