“You Are Putting a Desire to Get In With Powerful Bloggers Over Shooting Straight with Your Readers”

Set forth below is the text of a comment posted by the author of the Financial Samurai blog on the thread relating to the blog entry called “Right Now, Rob, You Are Your Own Worst Enemy in This Matter.” Below that is the text of my response post.

Did you inform JD and Lazy man you were going to publish your private email exchanges? Hope so.

Finally, I’m glad people are helping you see the light Rob! It’s OK to be a little crazy and long winded sometimes. If you want to progress, you might as well listen to feedback. If not, that’s OK too, just don’t expect much!

Cheers,

Sam

Thanks very much for stopping by, Sam.

It’s possible that I improperly deleted an earlier comment of yours. I have a vague recollection of seeing one in your name and not being sure whether you had written it or not (the Lindauer/Greaney Goons often post under different names as one of their ways of tricking the readers of the blogs they comment at). After reading this comment by you (which I think it is fair to say is pretty darn far out there!), I am persuaded that the earlier comment was really put forward by you. In that event, I should not have deleted it as I think your views on the question of whether honest posting on investing topics should be permitted at the various blogs and whether personal finance bloggers should be participating in a blacklist of those who have posted honestly on SWRs and other topics is an important one for people to hear. So I apologize for that. In the event that you ever see a post of yours deleted here, please just let me know that it was really put forward by you and I will reinstate it.

Did you inform JD and Lazy man you were going to publish your private email exchanges? Hope so.

My policy is to get permission when I post someone’s entire e-mail. In the cases in which I do not get permission to post an entire e-mail and I believe that there is important news value in the comments made in the e-mail, I summarize the points made and perhaps add a few brief quotes to supply color and context. My preference is to run people’s own words because that way that takes away the possibility that I might describe things improperly ( I do my best to keep my personal bias out of my reporting but we are of course all flawed humans).

Finally, I’m glad people are helping you see the light Rob!

Yuck!

I find that comment repulsive, Sam. You should be ashamed of yourself!

I am a big fan of the work of both J.D. and Lazy Man, as you probably know, Sam. I also consider myself their friends. I think it is fair to say that they do neither their readers nor their blogs nor their businesses nor themselves any favors when they participate in smear campaigns or fail to take action on Lindauer/Greaney Goons who post at their sites with the aim of intimidating those of their readers inclined to post honestly on investing topics. I am amazed that you would put forward words in their “defense,” Sam.

I think I am now beginning to understand better why you have several times expressed “confusion” over the nature of the “controversy” that has led to the Ban on Honest Posting on SWRs and other important investment-related topics at numerous blogs. It is sounding to me like you are putting a desire to get in with certain powerful bloggers over your responsibility to shoot straight with your readers about the damage that Get Rich Quick investing “strategies” have done to all of us in recent decades. Say it ain’t so, Sam!

It’s OK to be a little crazy and long winded sometimes. If you want to progress, you might as well listen to feedback. If not, that’s OK too, just don’t expect much!

Yuck again!

Oh, my!

I do appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts, Sam. I love your blog and I do think you show great community spirit by taking so much time to comment on so many of the comments posted at it. I hope there comes a day when you disassociate yourself from all this ugliness we have seen put forward by the Buy-and-Hold “defenders.”

You coulda been somebody, Sam. You coulda been a contenda! Instead of a –

Goon Sympathizer?

I think that’s fair, Sam. If I am somehow reading you wrong, I hope you will fire back.

In any event, I plan to post your comments as a separate blog entry. I think people need to understand why is it that we are suffering through an economic crisis today and why it is that so few bloggers have seen fit to help out. My guess is that that will go up sometime next week, perhaps Wednesday.

Holy moly! Et tu. FInancial Samurai?

Rob

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