Housekeeping: Full Ten Years Slandered Edition

When Alexander Pope wrote Epistle To Arbuthnot in 1735 he noted of himself that

Full ten years slander’d, did he once reply?

Almost three hundred years later, in 2004, Bronx rapper Fat Joe noted with some annoyance that

Ten years been legit, they still figure me bad

One, as Daniel Craig said in a middling movie, sympathizes. Since my brother and I started this site in March of 2013 I’ve written 1,494 posts for a total of almost 3.1 million words. Recently some busybody went through all of them and identified two paragraphs that upset him (or her), in the hopes that I would lose my job and be unable to feed my family as a result. The only solace I have is that we must have served them a bunch of ads in the process and therefore made a few bucks.

In a perfect world, I’d be able to immediately re-read all three million of those words and see if any of them would hurt anyone’s feelings. Since I don’t have that kind of time at the moment, I’ve unpublished all of my contributions until I can verify that they are compatible with The Current Year. Expect the “Made In The USA” stuff to come back first, because it’s critical to me that my readers still have access to this information. My opinions about music, politics, and so on will be slower to return.

(Edit, 30 Sep 2020: The 59 posts in “Made In The USA” are back — jb)

As an apology to my approximately 55,000 faithful readers for this perhaps over-cautious maneuver, I’m also turning off the ads for a while. I’d encourage you to read the great work by Tom Klockau and the other contributors during this downtime. Thank you for your tireless support of the site and for your patience with me as a writer and as a human being.

I’ll close by saying this. About fourteen years ago I looked at the then-current state of automotive journalism, decided that it could use improving, and went on to expend considerable effort in the pursuance of that goal. Not once between then and now have I done anything so weak or reprehensible as to attempt an anonymous subversion of someone else’s career. Yet it happens to me all the time. Not once have I said something in private regarding a colleague that I would not (or did not) repeat in public — but rarely does a month go by without me hearing about someone’s attempts to slander me behind closed doors or beneath the coward’s cloak of anonymity. Never have I tried to impede someone else’s ability to do their job, yet the water of our business fairly roils with overheated, fumbling attempts to make sure I am denied access to a car, an event, or an interview.

If there’s a lesson from the video above, it’s this: Get enough hyenas together, and you can take down any lion. It’s just a matter of time and nibbling, querulous effort. Yet no matter what happens, the lion knows what he is, and he knows what you are. You know it, too.

110 Replies to “Housekeeping: Full Ten Years Slandered Edition”

  1. AvataraircooledTOM

    Fooking despicable. I’m legitimately upset this has happened to you. I don’t always agree, but I always enjoy the read. You’re damned talented, Jack and I’m righteously pissed off that your archive is not available due to feelings.

    Keep on keeping on big fella, I’ll keep reading.

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  2. AvatarLynnG

    Jack, if I had to delete everything I have wrtten that upset people I could not spent 20 years telling people that there proposals for work the corporation needed was (how can I say this) insignificantly thought through. What happened to the idea that you can not please everyone all the time. Well except for Motorweek, in 30 years of watching the “Original Automotive Magazine” I do not think they have ever said anything bad about any car they have ever reviewed. Other then that one exception, sometime honesty can hurt someone’s feelings. That’s life…. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Avataract

    Well, if you are going to comb through all your work, might as well compile your greatest hits and sell it. Tell us how to pre-order.

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    • AvatarDan S

      Jack,
      I’ve watched with abject horror over the last 7-8 years as this sort of thing with mobbing someone’s employer to get them fired becomes more common.

      I’ve also been a reader here since the beginning. Reading this blog has been an enjoyable part of my life for, really, my entire adult life, at least post college. I’m not quite sure of the words to use to describe how a lot of your writing has informed my worldview and also led me to new, interesting corners of the internet.

      This is a sad day, it’s a despicable thing to do. If there’s anything I, or the rest of the community here, can do, please let us know.

      If you’re taking down ads, maybe add in a donate button? I think there’s a lot of folks here who would be happy to chip in to cover your hosting fees.

      Hope to see the archive back up soon.

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      • Avatarhank chinaski

        Yes, this. I’ve been looking for a reason to finally open a bitcoin wallet.

        I’m assuming the kerfluffle is more:
        ‘Jack said mean words that gave me bad feels, just like the Orange Man does. Haggerty please fire him/ google demonitize him.’ And they didn’t even have the decency to specifically quote the offending badthink, forcing you to guess.
        and less
        ‘Letter from legal firm with C&D claiming libel and material losses stemming from article disparaging a car reviewer shill/ random liberal internet opionionator / slighted husband of old paramour.’

        FWIW, this article was the first hit for ‘daniel craig sympathizes’. Having only a passing Bond interest, and a Connery snob if that, my shot in the dark might have been ‘Layer Cake’, which is much better than middling or ‘Knives Out’ which is much worse.

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        • AvatarCJinSD

          Can you imagine Hearst Communications suing Jack and his employer for lost revenue by attributing their lack of paid subscribers and advertisers to his criticism? Nothing to do with years of Car and Driver being somewhere between advertorial and gay lifestyle magazine, and nothing to do with there being about four automobiles on the market for enthusiasts who earn less than 90th percentile wages. It’s all Jack’s fault that people aren’t paying up to see the new Porsche trim package!

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  4. AvatarGene

    1. Time to put the Tor browser back on my phone and learn to access the so called Dark Web. Soon that may be where we have to go to share thoughts and ideas that are worth reading.
    2. One of the great strengths of a free thinking people is the ability to listen to other viewpoints without feeling the need to destroy the other party. This may wind up being a great weakness as well.
    3. You are kind of a dick sometimes.

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  5. AvatarJohn C.

    Sorry if the comment section, as with The Federalist, has been your problem. You have allowed a food fight sometimes, which I think lead to some interesting discussions, but that is more than some snow flakes can handle. You might want to consider deleting the comment function.

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      • AvatarDisinterested-Observer

        I am a reasonably respectable man about town. I’m not saying I have the competence or courage of Feyman defending his local strip club but let me know if I can help.

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      • AvatarSam

        I find more and more of the people willing to say what other’s aren’t are moving to substack. Don’t know if that would stop people trying to cancel a career, though, it just gets you out from under editorial oversight. As a writer, if you’ve never written anything that didn’t upset someone, you’re not really writing.

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  6. Avatarstingray65

    Very sorry to hear about the fascist attacks on your writing Jack, but unfortunately it isn’t very surprising as we live in an era where the Left is both dominant in social media, national media, education, and academia and has become totally intolerant of non-Leftist viewpoints. For example, has anyone heard of any Leftist writers being defunded, cancelled, or fired for writing things that offends the Right (or people with half a brain or more)? You know things like suggesting the president be assassinated because he is a hater and divider, transgenders rights need to be extended, gender is a social construct, only the police should have guns, police should be defunded, the use of all fossil fuels should be banned immediately, electric cars should be mandated, abortion rights should extend until the day of birth or later, the death penalty should be banned, borders should be open, communities should be shut-down, taxes on the rich should be increased, the deductibility of state and local taxes needs to restored, etc.

    Has anyone heard of any Democrat nominated Supreme Court Justice who has been defamed, insulted, lied about and had their reputation trashed during confirmation hearings? Has any Leftist on campus had their free speech rights violated and had the violation condoned by administration and large numbers of faculty? Has any Leftist been beat up or attacked for wearing a Biden or Sanders hat?

    Free speech is under attack in this country as it never has been before, and 2020 is truly the most important election since at least 1860. Make sure to vote and please make the Right decision.

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  7. AvatarSobro

    This sucks, Jack, but threats to one’s livelihood must be taken seriously. It’s vandalism without the bricks, and the Burn Loot Murder crowd can’t even claim you have insurance against your loss of time; at the end the only thing we each have in our lives.

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  8. Avatardr smith

    Jack – sorry. Too many thin skinned people in this world that lack diveristy of thought and clarity of purpose. You lack neither…..good speed and good luck!

    In th ehopes of offer something positive, maybe charge a nominal fee to access the site (nothing major – maybe a buck or two a month)….just the fact it wuld be behind a paywall would stop quite a bit of that nonsense.

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  9. AvatarPower6

    I think I’m too naïve to understand what’s going on. But I hope this passes and you stick around, you’re one of the great automotive (and sometimes otherwise) journalists of our time.

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  10. Avatardanio

    It’s unfortunate that you’re censoring yourself, but I get it. The Thought Police will destroy you, and no one will save you. Too bad. While I don’t always agree with your takes on things, I enjoy reading them.

    What can be done to preserve free discussion?

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    • AvatarCJinSD

      Stop electing Democrats and allowing the Chinese, Soros, Slim, Steyer, and Bloomberg to meddle in our governance. There are bad Republicans too, but the worst are served by the alternative being people who are actively stripping our rights to sell us out to the Chinese.

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  11. AvatarWulfgar

    I have greatly enjoyed your writing but am more greatly disappointed to hear this. What happened to the world where we can’t read someone else’s thoughts, digest them whether agreeable or not, and try to learn where another human being is coming from? This is what so disturbs me in the current environment. We are headed, or possibly there, to a society that drives all honest thoughts underground. Wish I had more to offer but I’ll be here to continue to read.

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  12. Avatarjwinks6500

    That’s more than infuriating!!!! Meanwhile Twitter Blue Checks and Hollywood Illuminati. Glad I read all your music posts, you write very well on the subject!

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  13. AvatarMike O

    Hang in there Jack! We support you and love your work. It’s unfortunate that some people aren’t smart enough to appreciate art so instead they try to destroy the artist. Let us know what we need to do to support you

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  14. Avatarscotten

    Screw whomever is/has been pulling this shit with you. They need a punch in the nose, except none of them would ever confront someone directly to receive it.

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  15. AvatarTrucky McTruckface

    That sucks. You’ve always been a big free speech advocate, so I assume the situation is pretty bad if you felt this step was necessary.

    What’s both funny and sad is that you’ve likely made far more enemies because of the stuff you’ve said about the industry and auto journalists, versus the stuff you write about politics, culture, women, etc. Cherrypicking something you wrote years ago as Not Okay in the Current Year just happens to be a very convenient excuse for someone who doesn’t like you for any number of reasons to get back at you.

    That’s not surprising. The psychology of cancel culture is almost entirely based on hate, jealousy, and revenge. It’s a perverse, all-consuming mindset with no-end game beyond destroying your enemies and no real winners.

    I’m not saying everything you’ve ever said was right or appropriate. I can’t make that claim about everything I’ve said, either. But unfortunately there’s little room left for nuance or reflection in today’s dialogue, because there is no more dialogue, just division and attempts to score points driven by pure hatred.

    Or as Joe Walsh said, “You can’t argue with a sick mind.”

    I hope you’ll ignore the suggestions to close the comments, or move behind a paywall. That’s the sort of punk move the journalist class you and I both detest would do.

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  16. Avatar-Nate

    Ten years ? .

    Sees like an eyeblink .

    Not to worry, they’ll be no one / nowhere and you’ll still be a gifted writer .

    -Nate

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  17. AvatarCJinSD

    At some point we have to stop blaming the hoard of Democrat liars and start blaming the people who listen to them. Why are Democrats taking off their human masks able to threaten your job?

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  18. AvatarTAFKADG

    It’s a pity the “Double-Secret Ninja Board” doesn’t still exist.

    Plotting out some revengeance would have been a hoot.

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    • AvatarWill

      I think this hits at the heart of the problem. We have too many people that won’t retaliate and crush them in their own game. If they open the can of worms, crush them. It’s not as if Jack asked for this to be done, but something has got to give. People are too passive and are willing to write comments, rather than just fight back. Being “offended” is the most meaningless thing in the world. It’s a dangerous game when one side has no consequences. Never ends well, so might as well fight.

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  19. Avatardejal

    I’m betting someone from the TTAC days. I’ve got 2 “Maybes” that were here for a bit and then disappeared.
    One was very smart and insane.
    The other is a racist.

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      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        He means Ed and Bertel. They took a shot at it a few years back but I happen to have a few stories that wouldn’t play well in public so we have been in a long term detente. Its not them.

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        • AvatarWill

          Still, it sucks that this has occurred. I keep telling people the Bolshevik revolution is upon us, but my six figure salary friends think they’re protected because they support the “cause”. I hope you fight this person with everything you have.

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    • AvatarDomestic Hearse

      dejal, those two were my first guesses. But Jack has ruled them out. I’m racking my brain for the offended snowflake, and I’m going back ten years to TTAC when a reader there would have migrated over here. There’s also a possibility that it’s someone in the writing business with whom Jack’s crossed swords and I have two leading suspects that fit that description.

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      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        A while ago I had a freelance writer from the east coast attempt to blackmail me into a higher rate. He then contacted my employer and was told to cease and desist. It could very well be him.

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  20. AvatarOne Leg at a Time

    Well, that’s horrible. One does indeed sympathize.

    I think I have read every (non-fiction) word that you have posted since the you first showed up at TTAC. I can’t think of anywhere you have written something that would draw ire from Corporate Overlords, but one cannot be too cautious.

    Good luck as you re-read what has been written; and hopes that you don’t just say f##k it, halfway through.

    Sad that it takes something like this to get all of the commenters to agree.

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  21. AvatarEric L.

    Ugh. Again!? Your writing is great, but it’s your willingness to write the truth, even when it hurts, that keeps me coming back. But you know this.

    I’ll begrudgingly sign up to read your posts behind a Carefully Walled Garden, replete with moderators and everything terrible about early 00s PHPBB 2.0 forums. Just send us a link to your Patreon page when it’s ready.

    (Begrudging because it means raising a white flag and admitting defeat, not because I won’t spend $5 a month to read your web log.)

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  22. AvatarDavid Stanley

    I’m sorry Jack this has happened. I have thoroughly enjoyed this website.

    For items made in the USA, run an article about Liberty Tabletop flatware, the only flatware made in the USA.

    As far as “offensive” articles, the only ones that come to mind is the story of a father buying a pink car for his loser son and he refers to the car as the f_____t mobile, or something. There was also a video of a comedian who discusses the N Word. Those are two things that immediately come to mind that could have caused offense.

    Do you think Paul Niedermeyer is behind this?

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  23. AvatarScout_Number_4

    I’m going to pile on here–this is very disappointing and, if I may, deplorable for all the reasons already stated in the comments. I would happily subscribe to RG or whatever you end up calling it. I would follow you and Bark to wherever in order to read your stuff JUST THE WAY IT IS.

    People need to grow up.

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  24. Avatartrollson

    Ah, the tolerant left shows their true colors again. I hope you can restore all your excellent posts, including the ones in question.

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  25. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    Sad, but not the least bit surprising. Destroying speech that isn’t popular, trendy, or “appropriate” is simply the real-life dystopia we now live in. This is the price we all pay for tolerating cancel culture, for abiding an egregiously partisan media, for ignoring the tide of vicious, authoritarian “activism”…

    …and predictably, this will all keep getting worse. It doesn’t matter who wins the election, it doesn’t matter who’s in power anymore. American society itself is the problem, and it’s clear that it is completely unrecoverable at this point. We squandered it, and now we’re paying the price for it.

    Sorry, Jack.

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  26. AvatarChris FOM

    Everything you posted, they found two paragraphs offensive? I’m shocked. Given current mindsets I’d have thought the harder challenge would be finding two paragraphs that WEREN’T.

    Count me in as another that’s sorry this happened. Whether we agree (quite often) or disagree (less often, but hardly rare) you’re a terrific writer that’s always worth reading.

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  27. AvatarChris

    I’m confused; is the second lion supposed to be Bark?

    Bummer, but unfortunately not shocking. Frankly, I’m kinda surprised it took this long, given that this is how people operate now. I generally enjoy your writing, even if I don’t agree with all of it. But as an adult, I have this amazing ability to absorb viewpoints I may not agree with without feeling personally harmed. Keep on trucking! Er, keep on using locally sourced and sustainable transportation methods!

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      • AvatarScottS

        I’m your Huckleberry.

        While I would enjoy inflicting physical pain on this scumbag(s), like Doc Holiday said, it’s better to do it “legal”. Please consider setting up a GoFundMe so me and your other devoted readers can collectively be the second lion. A lot of people are at a boiling point from the continuous attacks on constitutionally protected freedoms, individuals, and institutions, and there seems to be no obvious way to defend against these villains. This is a cause we can rally behind.

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  28. AvatarPaul M.

    You and your brother have been hard on your peers in media. Not everyone attacks in day light. I can think of that Motor trend editor in chief and Johnny Lieberman and evening Doug Demarro. Some quick laughs at expense of others cause reaction. In this life one can get ahead without belittling others. You and your brother should consider that next time you want to attack someone in day light. Not every one fights the same way.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Oh, they already had a swing and a miss at me. Called Honda when I was working there. The plant manager told them to fuck off.

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  29. Avatarredlineblue

    I’d try to get ‘free Jack’ trending on social media, if I’d ever had the misfortune to open accounts there.

    Please keep me posted where to find you, or your book, or the gate in your paywall, Jack. If your spot in these times is a niche, it’s unmistakably a deep one. That’s why whichever Boss is flinching right now, signed you up in the first place.
    Subscribed.

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  30. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    If you can identify the busybody and if you have the funds to spare hire an attorney and sue them for tortious interference and defamation.

    It’s a good thing that I’m not a billionaire. How hard would it be to find people with terminal illnesses who would like their families to be financially secure and are willing to remove evil people from society?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      This person certainly made it easier on me by making sure their email was filled with things that are provably untrue. I mean, how hard is it to make me sound like a bad guy without making stuff up? If I can identify who it is, I’ll have them served at a minimum. The maximum will be determined by a flip of the coin on the day in question.

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        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          I dont have the original email but I know when they sent it and where they were when it was sent. It was an outlook.com email. Microsoft has a long history of giving up account holders on a subpoena. So if this hurts me in any measurable way I will make sure there is one.

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    • AvatarJohn C.

      Gosh Ronnie, is the perpetrator only a busybody? I mean Jack investing in some lawyer cousin of yours is probably the worst that he could do. How long till the advise is to admit some fake crime for half forgiveness that will harm him the rest of his career.

      Think of how painful it must have been to delete 10 years of work that Jack has a right to be proud of. I hope he prints hard/bound copies for his descendants Jack had the good sense to move to Hagerty, despite not having a special affection for vintage cars. His efforts must be centered on retaining that position as C/D, R/T, and MT continue to fade. The subscriber base of the insurance will last in the style of AAA or Modern Maturity. Jack has to only figure out how to keep interest up as memories of interesting cars fade to create something lasting. He may see that hectoring the manufacturers of current appliances to be better is something he could do at Hagerty that couldn’t be done at other websites or fading magazines.

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      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        Gosh Ronnie, is the perpetrator only a busybody?

        I was quoting Jack, from the original post. Perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension.

        Having been an early target of cancel culture, I’m hardly going to advise anyone to apologize or admit any wrongdoing, when no wrongdoing has been done.

        As it happens, my inspiration about suing for tortious interference and defamation comes from Richard C. Meyer’s lawsuit in the comic book industry and Vic Mignogna’s suit in the animation voice actor field. As far as I know neither of the plaintiffs nor any of their lawyers are Jews.

        Regarding my family, I have more cousins who are plumbers than are lawyers. Can you say the same?

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        • AvatarJohn C.

          The Jew cousin lawyer reference is from Howard on big bang. Do you really think that hiring a lawyer would involve anything other than Jack paying a retainer to a supposed gun ho lawyer, nothing whatever happening and then when Jack calls back after a few extra billings gets told maybe if he admits to mistakes he can end it.

          Remember Jack, having already self administered the knife through the heart to preserve his position will then feel he has what if it was delivered to him by a gentile lawyer would seem like a stereotype Jewish style bloodsucking done by a gentile.

          I have no lawyers in my extended family, or plumbers. I did have a Jewish great uncle by marriage who was a journalist, in Germany, then Denmark, then Sweden, then Germany again. You can guess the time period of that. My great aunt involving herself with him ruined further an already lousy life.

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          • AvatarCJinSD

            What is wrong with you? People are individuals. While it may be true that nobody ever thought of dreaming up stereotypes until the left had to derail the TEA party; attacking someone based on a stereotype when he has done nothing to reinforce it is vile. I really appreciate that Jack lets you reveal yourself here, because freedom of speech is the most important thing. That isn’t to say that you should reveal what a sorry excuse for a human being you are, just that I respect your right to do so.

          • AvatarJohn C.

            Think about what would be the result of Ronnie’s shape shifting original suggestion to Jack’s problem in relation to what Jack has already done. Then tell me what I say is wrong.

          • AvatarCJinSD

            You disagree with his suggestion. I disagree with his suggestion. That doesn’t make him a ‘shape-shifter.’ A plethora of people still think legal recourse can protect them from irrational libel attacks. We think they’re wrong. I think you’re wrong about why people stopped buying UAW cars, and I think you’re ridiculous for judging other people for the morality of their insistence on buying cars that work while you drive a semi-premium Geely. I get accused of as many isms as anyone, always by people who actually judge others by their race, gender, and religion. You might not realize it, but you have far more in common with the ADL and SPLC than you do with American ideals.

          • AvatarJohn C.

            Gosh my Volvo again. It really seems to excite all of you. If you want I can put you in touch with my salesman. A good guy, former dealer principle that comes in to help old clients. The 2021 V90 gets a new grille so would look more up to date than mine. The T6 offered now is faster than my no longer available T5. So you would beat me in a way you never seem to be able to do with your arguments. The wagon isn’t built in China, they only care about douche canoes and big back seat sedans. It sure beats waiting for the end of western civilization behind the wheel of a Corolla. Let me know…

          • Avatareverybodyhatesscott

            The tortious interference claim owen benjamin and his subscribers are filling against patreon is going to cost them millions. You think the guy tortiously interfering with Jack has millions? Jack might not win anything out of it except making it very obvious to the next person it will be painful to attack him.

          • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

            Jack might not win anything out of it except making it very obvious to the next person it will be painful to attack him.

            That’s the point.

            As for Owen Benjamin, he’s on the side of the angels in his suit against Patreon but it was sad to watch his decline into mental illness. Did his wife leave him yet?

  31. Avatar1a

    I’ve been a visitor here for a few years because of your defense of free speech (notice my name).
    Lawyer up.
    I think you’ll regret not fighting.
    Can they (whoever “they” are) fire you for something you wrote before being hired?
    You will regret not fighting.

    I haven’t visited TTAC since a commenter here noted what most recently went down there with either you or your brother (I have so much s/// going on in my head I can’t remember what it was exactly and how long ago I read this!).

    You will regret not fighting.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Sadly, I’ve never had it in me to walk away from a scrap. Just want to make sure I go in with my feet on the ground.

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  32. AvatarArk-med

    I’ve dreaded this day would come. Even more since Covid began, with unemployed SJW trolls holed up in stepdads’ basements with all the time in the world.

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  33. AvatarDan

    Watching the accelerating disintegration of American social cohesion I’ve increasingly caught myself admiring the Chinese model. Political censorship is a lesser evil than political non function. Order is better than chaos.

    Well, one blink of an eye later we’ve got that censorship. But instead of being from the top to keep the lid on, it’s from the mob itself. The arsonists get blue checks. The people who said something nice about a firefighter four years ago get deplatformed.

    This is not the functionality that I had in mind.

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    • AvatarCJinSD

      You think the Chinese have social cohesion? This is the Chinese model. They’ve used control of information to trick one group of Chinese into destroying another group of Chinese from the jump. It is going on in Hong Kong today. If you want to see the problem, look in the mirror. Disregard of the individual for the greater good is the original evil.

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      • AvatarDan

        I’m fairly sure that the Chinese haven’t had a summer of race riots and Covid. In their defense, or maybe to their credit, they don’t have 40 million Norwegians either. But we do, and adding the matches of Twitter and the 1619 project to that powder keg is asking for exactly what we received.

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  34. AvatarRJ

    Jack, keep your chin up on this–you are a delightfully gifted writer, and possessed of a charisma and presence that clearly is driving the spineless drooling interweb cowards into a whirling tizzy. Mostly, enjoy the massive support of your long-time readers (who will continue to read your stuff, regardless of where we have to go to get it).

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  35. AvatarQ.

    I’d assume that like myself, the rest your faithful readers are here for the same reasons the “busy body” wants to see you to suffer.

    Sorry Jack. Hope it’s put to bed quick and this person faces consequences they will learn from.

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  36. AvatarGene

    Good writers challenge readers, make them uncomfortable, and arouse emotions both positive and negative. When a writer is forced to self-censor (rather than self-editing, which is a better thing) out of legitimate fear of harm, we all lose.

    Every single one of us has said and done things that would hang us if exposed by some crudader anus playing gotcha. Most of us fight to keep these things hidden. Then there are those who have the bravery to share such things. When their bravery is met with cowardice, we all lose.

    I think it was the grear philosopher John Travolta who said it best; “fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke.”

    I’m just glad to see support for Jack taking this unfortunately necessary step.

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    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      Often attributed to Sir Michael Phillip Jagger, who actually said, in reaction to those who criticized the lyrics on Some Girls as racist, “If you can’t take a joke, it’s too fucking bad.”

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  37. AvatarJeff Zekas

    Doxing is the Black Plague of our generation. Here’s the point: if so many enemies are trying to take you down, then you must be doing something right. I was a Correctional Officer for 18 years, and you never knew if a convict, or another staff member, would stab you in the back, figuratively or literally. It all started in the 1980’s with Treatment of People and minority preferences for state jobs. Eventually, it was your skin color, not your experience or education, which got you the job. Flash forward to 2020, and *ANY* words you speak against the Chuch of Wokeness will get you banned, doxed, and even physically attacked at your house, or in public. Looks like George Orwell was right when he said, “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

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  38. AvatarDonald McCutcheon

    Never apologize. Vox Day in his books and the evidence from the past few years is irrefutable. If you apologize they will see it as weakness and only come back harder. Whatever you do, no not apologize.

    “SJW’s Always Lie”.

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  39. Avatarhank chinaski

    Excuse the sea-lioning, but did the busy-body at least specify the two offending paragraphs, forcing you to pore through the other 3 million words for similar badthink, or not? I suppose actually posting said paragraphs for the B&B is not happening given potential legal action on your part, or you would have already. A blanket archive nuke from orbit sucks. Worse than Tacos even, and your stuff doesn’t come even close.

    Your name isn’t on the flight manifest with Epstein and John Roberts, is it?

    I hear Lin Wood is on a roll.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      They did, but by the standards of this blog it was relatively mild stuff. So if they kept looking they’d find more “hurtful words”.

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  40. Avatarsgeffe

    Obviously if they would have identified the two paragraphs, you could have pulled down the offending articles.

    Shame that even someplace like Hagerty would threaten to hang you out to dry over the bitching of some worthless snowflakes!

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    • Avatararbuckle

      Yea, when Jack joined Hagerty I remember it billed as “his show”, but it seems like he has even less autonomy and freedom there than he did at R&T and TTAC.

      Say what you want about members of the YouTube automotive reviewing squad but some of them seem to have successfully built their own pirate ship.

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      • AvatarScottS

        And they are pirate ships. It’s hard to watch most of them and the content quality is practically nonexistent.

        Hagerty appears to be building a publishing powerhouse that actually appeals to automotive enthusiast and that requires a certain level of “editorial discipline”. Most publications on automobiles, motorcycles, firearms, watches, etc. are basically legalized prostitution and the bitches have to keep customers coming back. Otherwise you have to pull out the checkbook and buy your own toys as they do over at Consumer Reports. But history has taught us that even CF can have an agenda.

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        • AvatarArbuckle

          “Hagerty appears to be building a publishing powerhouse that actually appeals to automotive enthusiast ”

          It is going to be hard to achieve that if they clam up any time a random Pajama Boy gets offended by something and they don’t stand by their writers.

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          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            I should clarify. This is someone in my industry trying to apply pressure to bear from multiple sides to get me fired. And so far my employer has had the integrity to say no.

      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        When your pirate ship is sailing on oceans owned by YouTube, you don’t have as much independence as you think you do.

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        • AvatarArbuckle

          Youtube is hardly perfect but it does seem to provide more freedom in the automotive sphere than working for legacy media.

          In the end no matter who you are, if you’re working for someone else then you’re expendable. Whether it is to keep advertisers happy or to placate complainers.

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  41. AvatarEdwin in Tampa

    Jack,

    While I don’t post comments, I have been reading your writing since the TTAC days.

    You suffered a despicable attack by some worm (apologies to earthworms and such) with no honor whatsoever. And never apologize, they are never satisfied.

    I haven’t had the misfortune of dealing with an attack like this, the day I am my minimum response would be to respond in kind/defamation lawsuit.

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  42. AvatarCrancast

    Here’s hoping this (un)person is a stereotypical SJW or sad autojourno who has had their lunch money stolen by Hagerty’s rise … and therefore failed to read the offending material plus this one while hiding their home base IP address.

    Second, third, fourth the idea for a ‘hunt the miserable (un)person down fund’, I will certainly contribute. Err, that was a little to (un)PC. Sorry about that. I meant ‘Hold the (un)person accountable fund’.

    (un)person – I am sure you are here, feeling like you have won, but Karma is bitch, and soon, you’ll be done.

    Good luck Jack.

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  43. AvatarKevin Flynn

    The Queen’s tongue is in our mouth and upon our fingers.

    (Sorry, visual people.)

    It behooves us to express ourselves as well as we are able, both to really use our unique evolutionary gifts and to always strive to rise higher within a sea of apathetic banality.

    Jack commands that tongue far better than many, with wit, vivacity, and genuine insight that may not always be well-received if it hits too close to home, or apparently far worse, challenges the reader to rationally examine their stances.

    It’s neither easy nor common to consistently deliver good content at that level. Achieving the balance between Setright and Sludgo is precisely as straightforward as Jean Claude Van Damme doing the splits between two semis.

    Jack has friends, connections, history, and family. Jack has integrity, to a rare degree in modernity, and forged many times over through a tumultuous life – granted, some of the latter self-inflicted.

    Especially given that his prose is much more rational than the current environment of shrill, 140-character noise which is almost terminally destructive to signal, this action is a mistake.

    Many states have laws which make it justifiable to use force when defending your life. I have read this blog since it formed and whether appreciative or disagreeing, have always valued style, merits, and ability to provoke a positive kind of thought and emotion that the entries contain.

    Is this a hill worth dying on? In corollary, what are the actual odds of professional death – defined as more than just a setback in the current field?

    To an intelligent, talented, well-supported man (in many senses), especially one who is trying to set an example for his son, I suggest that it is inexcusable and inevitable to NOT take the field.

    Plenty of scavengers come after lions, plenty of people too. But there are still lions and there are still people who make sure that they are protected from assholes both in a natural and artificial environment.

    In conclusion, and mercifully, finally, in brief, I plead that Jack (or applicable attorney) emphatically inform his detractor to refer to the well-known reply given in Arkell vs Pressdram (1971).

    This, and a return to form, spark joy. Please don’t stop.

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  44. AvatarJeff

    This angers me to no end. Once you’re done snapping this guy like a twig compile your articles into a book! I’ll buy two. One to read and one to hit snowflakes with.

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  45. AvatarPhilip

    Sorry to see this happening but unfortunately not surprised in our day and age. Have been following your talented and thought provoking writing since the early ttac days…sad to see it paused but I have no doubt you will get this sorted. You angered the mob which means you must have spoken truth…keep it up.

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  46. AvatarAoLetsGo

    Sorry to hear this Jack. As I long time reader both here and at the nameless site I am disappointed but not surprised.
    If I had stupid money, there are many causes I would support and one of them would be to make sure that today’s Don Quixotes have FU money to carry the on the good fight.

    “Let the dogs bark Sancho. It’s a sign we are on the right track.”

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  47. AvatarVTNoah

    Sorry to hear it Jack. I come here to read your opinions that conflict with mine so I can get a better understanding of the issue as a whole. Fuck those guys who have nothing better to do than to try and take you down. It’s a low down dirty shame.

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  48. AvatarScout_Number_4

    Having thought about this for 10 days or so, I’ve started to consider which pieces I most want back–No. 1 is the post about how modern society treats our sons vs our daughters.

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  49. AvatarTristan Yates

    Just commenting to say that I’ve been a fan of yours since the first piece that I read and am pulling for you 100%. My recommendation FWIW – at least get some publicity out of this F’d up situation by taking it to friendly media. It may feel like playing the victim to you – it would to me – but there are a lot of people that would want to hear your story and would step up to support you, given the opportunity.

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