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What feels like almost an eternity ago, an article was written in a rag called City Paper. Found within it, are a collection of words that disgrace journalistic ethics so terribly, that it makes Horse News seem like we should be eligible for a Pulitzer (for City Paper employees: That's like a Shorty Award for grown ups). It was written in the lead-up to BronyCon by a Baltimore Journalism student named Gianna DeCarlo.
When she was called-out for her laundry-list of well-documented biases and inaccuracies and overall shittiness, she did what every responsible future-journalist does, and locked her twitter, and hoped it would all just go away.
Well guess what, WE don't "go away".
Feel free to refresh your memory: http://www.horse-news.net/2014/08/the-problem-with-bronies-look-at.html
An anon on Tumblr informed us of the fact that she unlocked her twitter once more, so that we are now able to see, just what exactly she was saying about us "shitty and gross" fans, behind the twitter wall.
Remember everyone, this person is writing for a "legitimate" news outlet.
So, first we have her bragging about how she wrote this article, essentially as clickbait with no regard for balance or accuracy, and is treating bronies as a mealticket.
If this is "the big time" then you have a very sad career ahead of you.
We aren't sure if she is saying that she loves brony penises, or likes calling bronies "dicks" as an insult. Either way.
Everything about this.
All of these taunts and comments would seem to only be good for one purpose; getting those who are upset, more upset, an act that is commonly referred to as "trolling". According to this writer "trolls feed off attention and the controversy their comments cause".
Wait, who wrote that?
Wait, who wrote that?
Oh shit, Gianna Herself wrote that. Read the whole thing when you get a chance, but let's read an excerpt.
"Rational discussion and open conversation about the topics presented is encouraged and one of the goals of well-done journalism. But when this gets twisted into some sort of witchhunt, then it can overshadow the message your writing is trying to send.
So on the internet, you have to be careful, but be brave. Don’t censor yourself. Criticism is avoidable and some of it will help you grow and improve.
And don’t feed the trolls. They’re not worth your time. Flip your hair and walk away, you fabulous person."
Recently, she seems to have been on a self-depreciation streak, commenting on her low self esteem, her shitty newspaper, and her reliance on prescription medications.
That may have something to do with the fact she realized nearly a month later, that at least some of the many criticisms of her piece were in-fact justified. Like her usage of the word "queer".
So at the end of the day, what did she learn? Clearly nothing about ethics, or dealing with criticism, and most certainly nothing about hypocrisy. Naturally all of this will just be referred to as "harrassment" and "personal attacks" (see: hypocrisy), but that's okay. We have it on good authority that she is a part of the community, and that it's okay to be critical of a community you're a part of.
Wait who said that?