Rolling Stone magazine recently retracted it’s expose on a sexual assault at a college campus. It seems their fact checking wasn’t up to standards, and after some scrutiny they retracted.
Brian Williams, a well known network talking head, is currently off air because of inconsistencies in his recounting of his time in a war zone.
When I hear mention of those two things in mainstream media, it always makes me think of Shannon Stoy and her libel factory, Blinkoncrime.com. The key difference being, S. Christina Stoy never retracts, never corrects, never adjusts. It is hilarious to me that a person who possibly aspires toward journalism would leave such obvious evidence of low integrity and journalistic aptitude laying around.
But there it is. Search her website and the internet and it’s plain as day : She has a blatant disregard for the truth. It made me laugh when I first started looking into her, after she smeared my name across the internet. She has published under several names. Shannon Stoy, S. Christina Stoy, Christina Stoy, Blink. As I read more and more accounts by people with stories like mine, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that she was running from her reputation.
Journalists retract and correct. Blink changes her name.
I read this article today and it reminded me of S. Christina Stoy and her fear mongering blog.
There are some parallels there that stuck out. I haven’t really followed the Food Babe, so I’ll reserve comment on her. But reading the story of an amateurish blogger who uses sensationalism and scare tactics to drive up her own site. The idea that her misinformation might be to the detriment of her readers doesn’t seem to deter either woman.
The line, “”What she does is exploit the scientific ignorance and fear of her followers,” seems a direct fit to Blinkoncrime.com. Instead of scientific ignorance, I think Blink exploits the investigative procedural ignorance and logical impairments of her followers.
I’ve always known the world is full of snake oil salesman who will stoop to low levels to pitch their brand of ridiculousness. Now, when I read about another one, particularly on the internet, it immediately makes me think of Shannon Stoy.
This morning on the radio I heard an interview with David Fincher, the director of Gone Girl.
He used a great phrase, that I believe describes Blinkoncrime and Christina Stoy. Tragedy Vampirism.
While outlets like Nancy Grace and Blinkoncrime will say they are working toward the public good and on behalf of societal interest, to the observant onlooker, it’s so clear that there is an ulterior motive. They are sucking away on the tragedy of life for their own fame and popularity.
Pay attention to the comments section of Blinkoncrime, as well as her postings. See how often she makes it about her. Shannon Stoy is not giving blood to the community of victims of the world, she sucking theirs.
I listened to an interesting piece this weekend about the reporting of the Ebola outbreak. An infectious disease specialist commented that even articles that are accurately reporting on the outbreak can do damage with sensationalized headlines.
EBOLA OUTBREAK LIKELY TO GO GLOBAL
While this is technically true, as the outbreak might spread in isolated instances on a global level,it harkens much more apocalyptic images. It is extremely unlikely, statistically almost impossible, for the virus to hit the average person in the United States. But headlines like that elicit fear and emotion from the reader. As they are designed to. The infectious disease specialist was commenting that reporting like that has no benefit to society and is actually simply harmful.
It reminded me of Christina Stoy and her sensationalized website. Writing in the most inflammatory and insinuating way possible, she elicits fear,emotion, outrage and suspicion from her readers, where in actuality there is little foundation for alarm. She tagged my name, along with the name of my spouse (both of whom were praised by police for our Good Samaritan-ism and volunteerism while searching for a lost child) along side Jerry Sandusky and Jordan Van Der Sloot. Shock pseudo-journalism at its finest.
In my case, she even added false information to the mix to further the suspicion. I had a good laugh as I listened to the interview, thinking to myself that if Christina Stoy were reporting on Ebola, the message would be clear that the world is ending we’re all going to die from infection.
A whole new group of parents, meeting the special education resource teacher for their child. Maybe Googling her name.
And finding an article with her name tagged at the top about the disappearance of a little girl. Something she had nothing to do with.
Shannon Stoy doesn’t care about that. One of the first results under my spouse’s name on search engines is an article plagued with mistakes and libel. The author is fully aware of both the mistakes she’s made and the impact it’s had on lives, but she simply doesn’t care.
My spouse is a wonderful woman, who’s dedicated her life toward the teaching and mentoring of children, who works directly with the underadvantaged and learning disabled. S. Christina Stoy doesn’t care about, doesn’t care that she is harming her professional reputation. That she is casting a shadow with lies.
Christina Stoy might say that I’ve done the same to her, with my campaign online. The difference is, everything I’ve said is true and grounded in fact. Christina Stoy is the culprit of a libelous article with mistakes intended to cast suspicion on me. And in turn, by tagging her name, my spouse.
My spouse had nothing to do with a child’s abduction. She has a letter from police clearing her of wrongdoing and praising her actions. She was never a suspect in any crime to begin with.
She is only tagged in the Blink on Crime article for two reasons.
1. She is my spouse, and because I left my house voluntarily to search for a lost girl, I have put her in the spotlight.
2. Christina Stoy is heartless and unscrupulous.
It breaks my heart that the woman I love is so tarnished because of me. While I didn’t do anything wrong, and was merely acting in the best interest of a lost child, that action brought on the sensationalism of Blink on Crime.
Christina Stoy printed a libelous article and interview about me. When I approached her about it, she said “Name one lie. Name one mistruth that is not an opinion, if it can be substantiated, I will absolutely correct it without pause.”
However, when I corrected her and itemized her lies and libel, she responded not by correcting any of it. Rather, she refused to publish my correction and left it all in place.
While Shannon Stoy has repeatedly said she offered me every chance to comment on her site, the itemized post correcting the inaccuracy of her article was never published. Having an idea of the moral character of Ms. Stoy, I took a screen shot of as it awaited approval by Shannon Stoy. Scrolling through the comments section to July, the correction of her distortion of publicly released documents remains unposted.