Yesterday’s blog entry set forth the text of an e-mail that I sent to Carl Richards, author of the Behavior Gap blog, last November. Carl sent me a response on November 14, 2009. Carl has not given me permission to post the full text of his e-mail. So I have provided only a summation of its contents below.
Carl started by saying “every journalist I know respects ‘off the record’ conversations.” He then declared that all of our e-mail conversations, both those held in the past and any to be held in the future were “off the record.” He claimed that I was “completely misrepresenting” his intentions. He said that he did not ban me from his site because of my message but because the way in which I was presenting the message was driving people away from the site. In Carl’s words, “You seem intent on causing fights so you can claim that your message is being censored.”
Carl said that it was his goal to challenge conventional investing assumptions “In a way that leads to dialog instead of fighting.” He asked that I not quote any part of any e-mail from him or any content from his site “without explicit permission from me, which I will deny.” He concluded by imploring me to “consider changing the way in which you deliver the message so you don’t kill it.”