Other People

Every so often, someone contacts me about Blinkoncrime and Shannon Stoy. Another person dragged through the mud.

It’s always the same thing. Someone sharing their experience, and thanking me for the information and posting I’ve done.

It’s bad enough that horrible things happen to people. Even worse, in a time of darkness, it’s very upsetting to find yourself assailed by crazy people on the internet. Questioning the things you say, digging into your personal life, coming at you and writing things about you as though they are half brained arm chair detectives with nothing better to do than spend their days harassing strangers via the internet.

Although you tell yourself that this is the case, that these people are ill informed, lonely, irrational and thoughtless, it’s still upsetting to read the things they write about you. The mountain of inane idiocy simply compounds the trauma you’ve been through.

I’m glad that, in the middle of that, I can be a slight solace to people. It’s a piece of comfort to start looking around and find out that you aren’t alone, that others have been through the same thing, with the same person. It’s truly not you, it’s her.

The latest story I heard was of Shannon Stoy harassing someone via social media, and disseminating misinformation. An upsetting and common story. One I hear regularly.

When I first read the moronic things that she’d made up about me, I was primarily angry that a reporter had written an article about me without contacting me first for my side of the story. Then, as I dug, I discovered that Shannon Stoy is far from a reporter, and that talking about people without considering anything other than her own sensational and ill informed narrative, is her forte.

So I compiled that information and made it easier to find for people.

It’s nice to get that feedback, to know that it has been effective.

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Errors in Online Journalism and Blink on Crime

I’ve done alot of websurfing regarding Blink on Crime and Shannon Stoy. Having someone try to connect you to a child abduction via misinformation and lies is a pretty personal thing. She inserted herself violently into my life, and because her pseudo journalism is on the internet, she has her unscrupulous words hang over my reputation daily.

Something I found while searching for her gave me a laugh.

http://www.journojames.org/2012/04/18/making-mistakes-in-online-journalism-report/

Blink is not a subject in that article, but a picture from her website is credited. That in and of itself is comical. I doubt that Shannon Stoy took that picture of Joe Paterno, but somehow she needs to be credited for it.

What is really comical to me is that the article is about errors in online reporting and the need to issue clear and transparent corrections. How hilarious that Shannon Stoy is credited for anything in an article about correcting mistakes.

Shannon Stoy was willing to fuel insinuation and indictment against me in her comments section, all based on her fabrications. But when I actually itemized her mistakes, suddenly she stopped posting my comments.

When faced with her mistakes, Stoy not only refused to correct them in a way that is considered commonplace for media outlets, she censored them in her comments section.

“These corrections should be transparent and accessible, regardless of how short a time the error appeared on the website, according to New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane. Rosenberg, of MediaBugs.org, suggests any correction of substance be mentioned in a note that appears at the top or bottom of the article.[25]

“Errors must be acknowledged”, said Silverman. “You can’t just go back and fix something, thinking that no one saw it. Someone always sees it.”[26]

Rosenberg said that for sites that publish correction notices as separate items of content, each correction notice should link to the article that was corrected, and each corrected article should link to the correction notice.[27]

Transparency is the key. Building and keeping the trust of readers in the digital world demands that online news sources be as transparent as possible. This showing of accountability will also give more credibility to the news site in the eyes of its users.”

Good Samaritan

I like stories like this.

Not to toot my own horn, but that’s the kind of guy that I am. I’ve pulled people from flipped over trucks. I’ve caught dogs and returned them home. I’ve given my shoes to shoeless homeless guys. I’ve helped gunshot victims on the street. I’ve changed countless tires on the side of the road and given many a stranger a ride.

And when my neighbor knocked on my door and said his daughter was missing, I left to help search for her.

Because of that search, Shannon Stoy took tid bits of police reports and published fabrications and insinuations about me. Then, when called on it and faced with her actions, she did nothing. To this day, her libel remains posted on her website.

I stop to help people in need. That’s the kind of guy that I am.

Shannon Stoy prints lies about people on the internet. The the kind of woman that she is.

Rolling Stone, Brian Williams and Blinkoncrime

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.

Blink on Crime, Fear Monger

I read this article today and it reminded me of S. Christina Stoy and her fear mongering blog.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/04/364745790/food-babe-or-fear-babe-as-activist-s-profile-grows-so-do-her-critics?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202604

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.

Ebola and Blinkoncrime

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.