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L.A. Observed on Mailander

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 5:42 pm

Kevin Roderick has a few choice words about Martini Republic blogger Joseph Mailander:

My post yesterday about the Daily Breeze story on Fernando Guerra prompted a blast at me from blogger Joseph Mailander, suggesting my motivation for linking to the story was—get this—anti-Latino racism because I’m supposedly “a suburban white guy.” In two years of blogging, nobody has written more inaccurate trash about me than Mailander’s tripe. I know from his email and the timing of his rants that he’s bitter I don’t link to him more. Lately he invented the racist thing, apparently to attack posts that did not sufficiently praise Antonio Villaraigosa. I know we’re supposed to laugh this stuff off—especially from idiots like Mailander—and when I get legitimate criticism I usually note it and move on. But I don’t take talk of racism lightly, and I also don’t want to encourage Mailander to tell more lies. So this time, I called him on it, pointed out he’s the most unethical blogger I’ve ever encountered, and asked that he back up his words with facts. He declined, but an exchange ensued here where I made my point, if sloppily. For background, here’s some history, some of Mailander’s legacy in the comments here that prompted a few L.A. Observed readers to call him anti-Semitic, and Marc Cooper’s post about earlier Mailander antics. Sorry, I don’t usually do personal stuff here—and believe me, I won’t be making a habit of it. [* But thanks to everybody who emailed their support and shared tales of run-ins with the village idiot of the L.A. blogosphere. He’s deleting critical comments today and posting bizarre stuff on other websites, and I’m starting to think he might even be a bit dangerous. I regret sending the new traffic his way—won’t happen again.]

There are links in Roderick’s post if you’re interested in seeing more detail. I’m not including them here because many of them are links to Mailander’s blog, which I don’t link to. So you’ll have to go to Roderick’s site for the links.

The crazy thing is, compared to the Martini Republic twin named Alex, Mailander is a gentleman and a scholar.

UPDATE: Bonus amusement: follow Roderick’s link to the Marc Cooper blog, and peruse the commenters there. Veteran Patterico readers will recognize another troll in that thread. He will not be named here, but his last name rhymes with “Mork.”

3 Responses to “L.A. Observed on Mailander”

  1. MARKY!

    Oh man, that takes me back a looooot of months.

    *wipes tear from eye*

    Chadster (a1b76a)

  2. Say, does this Mailander guy belong to MECHA, that racist, anti-American group which gave the new LA mayor his start? Sure sounds like it!

    ttyler5 (77d0e0)

  3. its not his fault he is hanging out with don quixote a cholo apologist and is brainwashed by his stories of grandeur.

    jim (25e83f)

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