Date: October 20, 2009
Yellow Journalism, At It’s Absolute Worst
Somer Thompson, of Orange Park, Florida, was a seven year old girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered [and possibly brutalized, in additional ways]…Her body was found in a large dump, in October of 2009.
Amidst the early unfolding of this case…A radio talk show celebrity from Florida, Malcolm Out Loud, decided that he [and his cast] was going to mentally tie both Newgon and NAMBLA to this horrific tragedy, by using an extremely loose and convoluted path, to pull them into his rabid ranting.
This was done entirely without the input [or likely even knowledge], of anybody from either group…Malcolm chose a scant few quotes from the Newgon website, but did not even attempt to give a full or balanced representation, of what we were factually doing or about. The chosen quotes, seemed conveniently cherry picked, to vaguely fit in with the Somer Thompson case.
In short…that “Malcolm Out Loud” episode was a complete outrage, a deep insult and an attack against anyone who was involved with either Newgon or NAMBLA…Naturally, some of us took very strong issue with this.
What follows, is my initial response on the Newgon forum, when this issue was first brought up.
Regrettably [or not?], it looks as though the show episode in question is no longer online…So, the link is dead…This has also brought to a stand still, a page I wrote to address this very same issue…Eventually, I may post that statement, anyway.
One very last comment…As a Child Lover…I wish larger society would come to actually understand, that a great many of us Child Lovers take the fate of children like Somer Thompson very deeply serious. It is every bit the same senseless tragedy in our eyes, as it is in the eyes of most people…including parents. The work we were doing at Newgon, had absolutely nothing to do with promoting what has happened to children like Somer Thompson. To suggest otherwise, is an egregious lie…and blatantly dispelled, upon actually visiting Newgon and reading it’s content…interacting with it’s participants…
Many things motivate us Child Lovers…Human rights and children’s rights, are amongst those things…Let me be clear…What happened to Somer Thompson, is in no way compatible with human rights or children’s rights…She was denied both, in what happened to her…
Additionally…one of my personal focuses, has always been on bringing Child Love [and Teen Love] out into the open, and combating the stigma and isolation caused by social intolerance. In my opinion, these deeply damaging effects of social intolerance, play no small role in what has happened to children like Somer Thompson…They create people, like the one who did that to her. Also, while we remain underground…we can never get a stronger handle, on these types of tragedies. Many of us Child Lovers, actively want better social support and structure within our own community, in order to stymie as many of these types of cases as possible.
The visions of Child Lovers [and Teen Lovers], often compliment children’s rights and child safety…Which is a fact of truth, you will never hear from a raving lunatic like Malcolm.
How thoughtful of them, to couch all this, between unrelated, repeated reports of a small girl that just got kidnapped [possibly raped] and brutally murdered.
Much, to much rhetoric…much, to much propaganda…not much level headed, common sense, or signs of informed knowledge…
In short…Malcolm is a parrot.
Not so bad for free publicity, I guess…even if it is incompetently biased.
A few points…
1) If Malcolm and crew honestly cared about “the good people” coming together in support of child protection, then they would stop spreading disinformation, actually take the time to come here, learn and understand what this group is about [as opposed to surmising a ridiculous, skewed caricature of this site, and the people here], and realize that many of the good people, are already here.
2) The purpose of this site, is not to give encouragement, information or blessings, with regard to actual child rape, child murder, child kidnapping, or any other form of violence [if it were, I would not be associated in any way]. It is an online resource, which is filling a very vital need, in a world which is direly bankrupt of free flowing, fact based information on various forms of stigmatised human sexuality. Newgon is an answer to censorship.
3) I am not sure about his stats, but these “over two thousand children reported missing, every day”…someone needs to educate Malcolm, that the overwhelming majority of these invariably turn out to be runaways and children abducted by their own parents [who are fleeing the area, and taking the child without the other parents permission]. To use this information in a show such as this one, in such a vague manner, and let it hang out there with all it’s implications, is grossly incompetent at best, and possibly malicious.
4) “One in three children molested”, is a speculative projection, which is far from being substantiated…and I would pose the question, if such a staggering percentage of the population is molested as a child, and molestation is so devastating…then why have we not seen these tidal waves of “injured and broken” people, coming out of the woodwork, and being so debilitated as to cause our society to collapse, by the sheer volume of people unable to cope [with the myriad of, seemingly endless, and weird, chronic conditions that allegedly result for a lifetime from “sexual molestation” (any illegal, sexual touch)]?
5) If Malcolm is not even going to pretend to strive for integrity here, then this can be dismissed as media tripe…and I am not hearing anything, that tells me this guy has the first clue, about what he is trying to articulate…just a lot of spooky language, numbers/stats out of context…all leading up to a glut of propaganda…though, I’m sure it kept a lot of people listening to his show [and it’s all about ratings, isn’t it?].
6) Somehow, they conflate what is done here with “criminality”…Does that even deserve a response, aside from pointing out, that any hint of their credibility left, is utterly killed by this display of mammoth ignorance?
7) “Should be banned”…Malcolm and his cast are fascists and censors, in addition.
8) Another clueless dork, who hasn’t heard of NAMBLA, in spite of the many times it’s made national news, and been lampooned over the years?…but, of course, he’s going to go on, opening his ignorant mouth, and letting whatever he supposes/pleases fall out. Yes, NAMBLA has been out there for a while…at least 30 years…
9) The flippancy by which Malcolm dismisses [and I would say, mocks] the groups and information he is trying to smear, is outright shameful.
10) Another ignorant, who thinks that written accounts of personal sexual experiences, can be deemed “child porn”…This show is from Florida? If Newgon were hosted in some place like Canada, this might be a more dicey situation, and there might be such a danger [no matter how ludicrous]. Written testimonials, and discussions, of childhood sexuality are not illegal in the USA, nor should they ever be. Such a law would be soundly unconstitutional, and indefensible. It is a terrible embarrassment to the USA, that people who put themselves forward as the media motivators, personalities and leaders, are so obscenely ignorant about basic national law, and civil rights.
11) Doesn’t pay attention to “this kind of nonsense”…what a self absorbed, contemptuous and ignorant comment. These kinds of groups and sites, are a direct response to social stigma, social panic and obscene over reaction. These kinds of groups exist, because we live in a world today, where even young children are being arrested, sometimes incarcerated in detention facilities, and being branded a “sex offender”, complete with life long registration, community outing to anyone who can access the information, and all over nothing more than healthy, human sexuality. We exist, because of the predatory exploitation against us. We exist, because we cannot get a fair and accurate representation, any other way. We exist, because aggressive, predatory social groups, have relentlessly sought to get as much human sexuality as possible, legally reclassified as “rape”, or “assault”, completely irregardless of it’s factual nature…and largely, they have succeeded, to an alarming degree. We exist, because it is time to step up, and if we do nothing, then all these children so many claim to want to “save from harm” [and untold numbers of other, good people], will continue to be fed to their “utopian machine”…because, they fancy themselves as knowing what’s best, for everyone in the human species, everywhere and at all times…and I could go on…
12) Malcolm fails to understand, how disseminating information, writing articles and putting forward a stance, is different from “breaking the law”, by “playing with little people”, as he puts it. He probably wont read this, but just for the record…when a group/minority has had certain outlets of expression/engagement made illegal, they still do have the legal right [in the USA] to voice their opposition to said prohibition. They still have every right, to explain themselves, and their viewpoints. Considering the ruthless stereotype that “pedophiles” are saddled with, it is imperative that someone comes forward, and attempts to quell public hysteria.
My diagnosis is…Malcolm and his crew, are small minded ignorants, who just want to shoot off their mouths, and smear people like us with the fall out of a small girls, extremely tragic murder.
Maybe we should return the favor, and start spreading nasty rumors, that Malcolm and his cast are cannibals, who prefer harvesting three year olds from playgrounds?
…It’s only fair…