We had a chance this morning to take a closer look at the property; we discovered that not only are there the three main houses and the large dining hall, but that there are also a half-dozen “micro-cabins” (more like permanent tents) that were kind of kooky. Anyway, we may well see if we can strike a deal this week.

Just had another talk with the world's stupidest reporter. Seriously, I don't know where People magazine finds these dopes. This is a condensed version of a waste of fifteen minutes:

People: Let me read back a line from your FAQ for you... "My tongue was split in 1997 by Dr. Lawrence Busino in Albany, NY using an argon laser." I called Dr. Busino and he says that he's never done a tongue splitting on anyone and doesn't have any idea who you are.

Me: Well, he did mine, I published photos of it in 1997 which you can still see on the site, and I have photos and videos of numerous other people that he did as well. But if he doesn't want his name associated with it, maybe you should just leave him out of the story.

People: He says you're lying and I don't see how we can leave that out of the story.

Me: I can send you photos of him doing mine if you want proof or you can go look at it on the site, or video of him doing other folks as well.

People: Well, we have no idea what he looks like, so that wouldn't be considered proof by the editors of People magazine. If he says you're lying, we have to include that.

Me: If People magazine publishes unqualified statements that imply that I am lying about tongue splitting when I am providing you with proof that I am not, you can bet that I will follow this up legally.

People: It wouldn't be People magazine saying it, we'd just be printing the story; it's not as if we're actually saying the things we print are true. We're not investigative journalists and you can't expect us to confirm our facts!

Me: Look, if you engage in irresponsible journalism you will have to answer for it. I'm not going to tolerate People magazine implying that I'm a liar when I'm offering to give you documentation that I'm not. Either keep Busino's name out of the story as he clearly wants you to do, or include that he's lying about not doing the procedure. I don't care which, but I'm not going to tolerate being slandered in the national media.

Seriously, that is not made up.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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