Two days ago we published a blog about some radical SJW professor at Babson College who thought it would be a smart idea to post this after Donald Trump tweeted out that he was gonna bomb 52 Iranian cultural spots if they fucked with us:
Then yesterday the Boston Herald’s hack reporter Alexi Iafrato went and stole our story, passed it off as her own, it blew up into a national story, and the school announced Asheem Phancy was suspended.
There were some turtle riders saying things like,
“Who cares? As long as the guy gets called out.”
Yes, that’s very easy to say when you’re here for leisure. When you’re the publisher, and this is your livelihood, and you invest your life to finding and breaking interesting stories, and your potential to make a name for yourself is tied to viral stories like this, it’s really, really important to be cited. That’s why the Herald updated their story after you fine people absolutely bombarded them like I’ve never seen before with turtle emojis. They put a link to our front page, Turtleboysports.com, but not the actual link to the article.
Just as I predicted every major media outlet picked up this story. And when NBC, WBZ, WCVB, the Globe and others picked up on the story, who did they credit with breaking it?
That’s why citing your sources properly matters.
I know how these people work, and I know what sells. The last time a story this viral was stolen from me was the High 5 Friday story in Northampton. In that case it was the Hampshire Gazette that fucked us over. It’s stealing and it’s unethical, but I’m just gonna keep doing what I do every single day, and I’m gonna keep calling these assholes out every time they steal our work.
Gerry Callahan and I talked about this extensively today on the Gerry Callahan podcast, where it looks like I’ll be the regular Thursday guy moving forward. Click here to listen.
Like I said on the podcast, I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal. My whole point in writing it was to show that you can say the craziest, most offensive shit possible, and as long as it’s a left leaning opinion you will not lose your job. Turns out I was wrong.
Daily Beast: An adjunct professor is no longer on staff at Babson College in Massachusetts after what he described as a “bad attempt at humor” in a Facebook post, in which he said Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei “should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb.” The prof suggested those targets might include Minnesota’s Mall of America and a home of the Kardashian family, among other locations. The since-deleted Facebook post by Babson’s director of sustainability Asheen Phansey has been widely circulated on social media and was first reported by Turtleboysports.com on Tuesday.
The Wellesley school said in a statement Thursday that it had suspended Phansey with pay “pending the completion of our investigation” and that the college “condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate.” Hours later, Babson sent another statement, writing: “Based on the results of the investigation, the staff member is no longer a Babson College employee. As we have previously stated, Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate.”
Phansey told local news outlets he regretted making his ill-received “attempt at humor,” which was an apparent response to a tweet from President Donald Trump on Saturday warning that, if Iran retaliated for the drone strike killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, it could face attacks from the United States on 52 Iranian sites, including those of cultural significance, a number the president said was symbolic of the 52 American hostages “taken by Iran many years ago.”
WHDH-TV reported that Phansey was working with a public relations firm to handle the negative press after the post began circulating.
“I am completely opposed to violence and would never advocate it by anyone,” he told the Herald. “I am sorry that my sloppy humor was read as a threat. I condemn all acts of violence,” he said. “I am particularly sorry to cause any harm or alarm for my colleagues at Babson, my beloved alma mater and the place where I have enjoyed teaching students and serving as its sustainability director,” Phansey added.
Of all the places to cite us, the Daily fucking Beast. Weird.
It’s a weird feeling knowing that you are literally the sole reason a man lost his job. The mainstream media might not know who broke this story, but this asshole sure as hell does, and he’s never gonna forget me now.
I’m actually gonna defend him because I disagree with this decision. The guy made an off color joke. It was inappropriate, but at the end of the day nobody died. Sure, he was probably a huge asshole who would cancel me in a second if I said something that offended him. But at the end of the day he wrote words on a computer screen and then erased them. If he was thinking those things in his head he’d still have a job. It’s not like the Ayatollah actually read his Facebook post and decided to bomb the Mall of America. If we’re gonna be consistent, which I think is important, we have to call out cancel culture whenever we see it. I like taking scalps from really bad people like Kylie Kirkpatrick and Greg Bates, but I just don’t think this guy deserved to lose his livelihood over a tweet.
This is a real long shot here, but if Professor Phancy Pants wants to come on the live show this weekend to discuss this, I’d be willing to. I’m not gonna say sorry, even though I feel bad, but I do feel kind of sorry for him, even though he wouldn’t feel sorry for me if the roles were reversed. Sometimes, you just have to ask what would Jesus do?
P.S. I’ll be discussing this on live tonight. If you’re planning on tuning in for the show please send links to every mainstream media outlet you can find that wrote about this and didn’t cite us so we can organize an email campaign like we did with the Herald.
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