Share sparingly

This gentleman’s experience is an important reminder to be extremely careful what sources you follow, click on and share. The Left is not immune to emotional manipulation– far from it! We must always use the intellect we are so proud of (sometimes smug about). “Our” sites can be unscrupulous and shifty too, especially when there’s profit to be made. There’s an honesty spectrum where it doesn’t have to be fake news to still be toxic messaging. Also, avoid promoting and sharing aggregator and commentary sites whenever possible. Always click through and find the original piece. This is essential of when the viral site is just a wrapper, basically, and adds no new insight, context or commentary. But even for more reputable blogs, it’s still good practice to give the click first to the originator, and then add the other as a secondary, for more discussion. At best, it siphons attention and credit, at worst it outright steals from the creator. How to tell the difference? Well the most obvious clue is if you see a dozen links to More Stories on other URLs, blatant ads, and clickbait headlines scattered around the page. Be extremely judicious in sharing anything like that, or even taking it to heart just for yourself. It is probably exaggerated and irresponsible messaging designed to keep you coming back for more clicks.

All of you folks sharing the Washington Journal piece:

I did NOT give permission for my material to be published to The Washington Journal. They lifted it from my Facebook page and published it in total without permission. This isn’t fair use under copyright law. They didn’t write an article in which I was quoted, they wrote a small bit as framing for lifting my entire piece in total.

As is usual with these types of sites, they’re busy making money off my words — a LOT of money — without bothering to offer me a cent. People share their article, not mine.

What’s that?

They mentioned my name?

Yeah. The “Influential Vet” headline doesn’t work without it so forgive me if I’m less than impressed.

And this way, if I complain, then their audience calls me ungrateful and a greedy mercenary and I get all the hatemail, and they get all the money.

But wait, it gets better.

See, you might recall that a while back Occupy Democrats repeatedly stole my material and published it as their own. Just scrubbed off my name and published it as their own or published my material and made it look like I was writing for their site — until they got called out on it.

Guess what? Washington Journal IS Occupy Democrats. Same people.

Surprise.

Washington Journal published my material in total. Then Occupy Democrats shared it. The internet version of money laundering.

These people are not the good guys.

Just thought you should all know.

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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