RWNJs Harassing Progressives on Twitter
This is not about a flame-war. This is about right-wingers (RWers) posing as progressives and then intentionally harassing and pitting us against each other.
I’ve been neutral about #UniteBlue. I’ve tweeted many, many times that people should stop fighting about #UB & #CTL (ConnectTheLeft), and progressives should respect each others’ choices to join whatever group they want.
I still believe UniteBlue has done a great job of helping progressives on Twitter find and follow each other.
What would you do if someone used your photo and professional reputation – without permission or consultation – on an inflammatory blog post that had nothing to do with you?
This happened to me.
I asked that my photo and all mention of me be removed. The anonymous blogger refused.
As you read this, keep in mind that ALL of this happened – and continues to happen – because I simply asked a blogger to remove my photo and all mention of me from her blog that had inaccurate info about me and was used without my permission.
What was written about me was extremely flattering, but it also stated that I created a list that started #CTL.
I thought she was a progressive, so I used sound conflict resolution methods in communicating with her. She uses WordPress; it would have taken her three minutes to delete my photo and all mention of me.
I spent hours trying to reason with her & some of her friends. Instead, she harassed me the entire day (hours before and after) her mother allegedly died and then for weeks with her crew.
I now know she’s a RW troll who has spent the last several years harassing progressives. There is a crew of several accounts (listed below) who pose as progressives and join her in this. They have many progressive followers who have no idea they do this.
Also keep in mind that no matter how many sound conflict resolution methods are used, if someone refuses to be reasonable or rational and really wants conflict, there is no hope for resolution. The behavior of these trolls proves they only want conflict.
This group has contacted the employers of progressives, made false reports about progressives to the FBI, and regularly ridicules the appearances and disabilities of progressives, often RTing our photos with insulting remarks or using our photos in parody accounts.
I recently learned that one of them, @DawanAllen, recently released info about a man stalking/threatening @ppact members & other feminists, which caused harm:
— MaryKate (@FeministArmy) January 14, 2014
Many in this group are former UniteBlue members; some were asked to leave or were blocked. It’s sad that they were able to infiltrate UB to begin with.
One way they pose as progressives is to relentlessly attack anyone who is critical of their behavior and label them as being against UniteBlue – even when there is evidence to the contrary (as with me), or if those critical of their behavior are UniteBlue members – (many UB members are critical of them).
I don’t understand why UniteBlue doesn’t publicly disavow these RW trolls by name since they are bad for UB and bad for progressives, whom they relentlessly harass and libel – for years – even if their targets ignore them.
They have a website and a few anonymous blogs that are full of lies, don’t show their own hundreds of harassing tweets, and which use the #UniteBlue logo. I won’t link to these; they mine for IP addresses and cause further harm to progressives who visit.
If I owned #UniteBlue, I would demand these RW trolls cease and desist those websites and blogs as well as their targeted harassment of progressives.
I do hope people will tweet this:
! @UniteBlue why do you not disavow these #RW trolls as strongly as possible? https://wholethinking.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=538&action=edit #p2 #UniteBlue
This group claims their libelous tweets and blogs about progressives are protected by the First Amendment, yet when their behavior is exposed with proof, they have tantrums, demand retractions, make threats, and repeat their conspiracy theories that there’s a group out to get them. I belong to no such group.
These RW trolls have been known to photoshop screenshots to make it appear that someone has tweeted something they actually haven’t.
I will not engage them again. The only response I have for people like this is found here, borrowed with permission from the brilliant @pourmecoffee.
This group has harassed and pitted so many progressives against each other, that many who have previously had conflicts with each other have resolved them and come together around their common experiences with this group. So, thanks, trolls!
I’ve heard from more than 25 progressives who have been relentlessly harassed by this group. They once posted an “enemies list” of over 100 tweeters and journalists – all progressives.
Here is what professional journalists reported regarding the genesis of #UniteBlue & #CTL. You’ll notice I am not mentioned because I had nothing to do with it.
Here is how @EdieVP communicates with anyone who merely asks her fair questions about #UniteBlue. Given that she was once a beta-tester for UniteBlue, I do wonder if her account has been hacked.
UniteBlue claims she is no longer a member, yet she maintains UniteBlue lists and UB does not specifically disavow her account and behavior, thus she is followed by thousands of UB members who never see her harassment because she often deletes her worst tweets, and nobody can see all tweets. I never saw her horrible behavior until she aimed it at me in February of 2014.
I tried to reason with the blogger (@SDzzz), but she was irrational & abusive. Then she & her crew tweeted and blogged these lies:
- That she told me her mother was dying & she needed time to correct her blog post. False: She never said this. She did mention her mother, but never once said she was dying. (She also continued to harass me for hours the day she claims her mother died).
- That I asked her to remove more than just my photo & all mention of me from her post. False.
- That I said her blog was a scam or a fraud. False.
- That I said she was a liar or her “source” was a liar. False. I said it was probably an honest mistake for her to have blogged that I started CTL. I DID later call her a liar after she began tweeting and blogging lies about me for days and weeks. Two different things.
- That I sent hundreds of unsolicited tweets & DMs to the blogger & her crew. False: I was responding to tweets & DMs they sent me, as I tried to reason with them – before I realized they were trolls.
- That I deleted my tweets in which I try to reason with her (asking her to remove all mention of me from her blog) & respond to their lies. False. I stand by all of my tweets, which were 99% civil in response to their irrational abuse.
- One of them lied & said she donated money to a legal defense fund for me, when no such fund has ever existed.
- This same person lied & said I demanded that she unfollow & block the blogger. False; not my style.
- There have been many more lies, but these are the main ones.
If these people wanted resolution, they’d stop lying, stop writing anonymous blogs full of lies, admit all the above lies they’ve told, and apologize for them.
This group actually believes they are justified in harassing people who:
- disagree with them
- refuse to hate whom they hate
- RT someone they hate
- #FF someone they hate
- refuse to unfollow or block someone at their request
- allow someone they hate to comment on a blog
- stand up for someone they hate
- question their harassment
- confront their harassment
- expose their harassment
- ask them not to tag them on harassing tweets to others
I know the real names of five of these people, but I will not post them, as they did to various progressives on their blog post (which also seeks to collect money via credit card).
Unfortunately, Twitter’s policies and handling of harassment are ineffective. Many people are suspended unfairly and many others are able to get away with relentless harassment and even libel, while seeming to not face any consequences from Twitter.
Hundreds of their harassing tweets and DMs have been reported to Twitter, yet none of them have been suspended (though some have been previously banned under different user-names, most notably @DawanAllen).
If you want to ask Twitter to improve their response, please consider tweeting this:
I’m not telling anyone whom to unfollow or block; that’s your choice.
These are most of the RW harassing accounts posing as progressives – (some of whom have been banned from Twitter & DailyKos under these and/or other usernames):
- @EdieVP – (tweets RW tweets & threats – then deletes them to keep posing as a progressive & fool her 1000s of UniteBlue followers)
- @SDzzz – (supported Sarah Palin’s candidacy)
- @Alasscan_ – (supported Sarah Palin’s candidacy)
This is a list of DMs & tweets between me and @SDZZZ. Normally, I would not post DMs, but lying harassers deserve to be exposed. I wish I had all of @EdieVPs tweets to me, but when I blocked her, they disappeared.
Also, @DawanAllen has this to say about DMs:
— ZiLe Ohai! (@DawanAllen) March 9, 2014
These began with @SDzzz responding to me asking her to not be abusive to anyone on my timeline. I have bolded my responses to her to help make this easier to read:
Denise Romano is accusing me of fraud and saying my blog donations are a scam. You will hear and read MUCH more about this at a later date.
(I never said either of these things. What I said is that I’m not comfortable with her using my image and untrue statements about me on her blog without my permission – especially since she’s asking people to give her money on this blog).
Denise Romano’s request for “deletion” extended beyond mention of her. She also wants other things deleted that are not about her. #Agenda
(This is a lie. I never asked her to delete anything other than all mention of me and my photo.)(If you look at the things she DMd me the night before she sent this tweet, she didn’t treat me as a nice and decent person).
@dleemar But oh my! She’s on narcotics recovering from surgery. My mother’s death? Pffft. She’s a bit ruthless and selfish, I would say.
(Yes, I am on pain medicine recovering from surgery; that didn’t stop her from sending me the crazy DMs you’ve seen above. And her own mother’s death didn’t stop her from tweeting lies about me the day of and after her mother’s death. If she’s going to tweet lies, I’m going to tell the truth).
@dleemar Vox says I prolonged the convo by not deleting my blog. I told her I would review all the material. She demanded instant action.
(I didn’t say that’s why the conversation was prolonged; it was prolonged by her continuous irrational insistences that I thought someone lied to her and that if she made the necessary corrections to her blog that people would think she lied – as well as her crazy assertions that I have “vouched for” the person who gave her wrong info, even though I have no idea who that is, because she won’t tell me)
Oh the irony that my blog article including Denise Romano is better for her reputation than her current behavior. What is wrong with you?
(There has been nothing at all wrong with my behavior. @SDzzz has been tweeting lies about me for days. As long as she does that, I will state that they are lies and provide proof in her own words in the DM’s above).
(Sending DMs to 8 mutual followers of a true description of events and proof of @SDzzz’s lies is not a “whisper campaign”; it’s self-defense against her lies)
@LA_Crystal So now she wants my tweets to report me. Guess that will have to work both ways since she sent so damn many
(There were many tweets because instead of simply apologizing for using my photo and untrue statements about me without my permission on an inflammatory blog, she sent me more than 50 hostile, irrational tweets and about 50 hostile, irrational DMs. I don’t have the tweets because they disappeared when I blocked her).
@LA_Crystal She also claims she’s too weak to bother reading it, so there’s that problem, too. I said patience. She rejected the offer.
(I am weak. I’m recovering from major surgery. I never said I was too weak to read her blog. I did read her blog the day I learned it existed. There is no need for patience. She knows she does not have my permission to use my photo on her blog, so she should remove it immediately. She also now knows that she has incorrect info about me on her very inflammatory blog post, and it would take her less than one minute to simply delete both, but she refuses, because she has no integrity).
@LA_Crystal I tried to explain her new claims would have to be incorporated and that takes time. She demanded now and to delete. Nope.
(My claims are not new, since I was never spoken to about the first thing she wrote about me. @SDzzz isn’t a journalist. She doesn’t understand what “documented evidence” means. She doesn’t understand that it’s very bad form to have someone’s photo on her blog without their permission. She doesn’t understand that if she’s going to write something about someone, she needs to go directly to the source for accuracy. A person with any integrity would immediately delete my photo and all info about me, since I have nothing to do with her post.)
@LA_Crystal Claims she has no friends, no supporters, no association w getting dems together, followers don’t mean anything. Very confusing.
(I never made a list of Democrats, as @SDzzz claims in her blog post. She refuses to believe this and find this confusing, because she isn’t very bright. I never said “followers don’t mean anything”. I said I never vouched for anyone, as she imagines I’ve done.)
@LA_Crystal She denies trying to organize any dems, CTL or otherwise. Like it’s a crime or something bad. I don’t get it.
(That is correct: I never tried to or did organize any Dems, CTL or anyone. I never made a list. It has nothing to do with whether or not it’s a crime. It’s just true that I never did any of those things. Yet, she doesn’t “get it’. How stupid is this woman?)
Followers don’t mean anything or that you even like each other. Oh really? Not another collector! Oh well: Twitter.
(I never said “followers don’t mean anything or that you even like each other”. I said that her insistence that her source for her bad information is a “trusted confidante, friend, supporter” and someone I’ve “vouched for” is a ridiculous theory – first- because I have no idea who she’s talking about, second – because I have not vouched for anyone and third – because she’s conflating the term “follower” with the terms “friends and trusted confidants” A rational person does not do these mental gymnastics.)
Oh…you start this crap, make demands and now you want to report me? Typical. You’re really showing what you are
(Yes, I’m showing that when you are hostile, abusive to me and others on my TL, when you lie about me, when you refuse to remove my photo that you’re using without my permission, when you refuse to remove untrue things about me from your inflammatory blog, I will report you, stand up for myself, and reveal your lies.)
You are not the only person alive with personal issues at the moment.(I am very aware that everyone has personal issues. That’s why I tweet about the importance of civility in communication,which @SDzzz doesn’t know how to do very well or doesn’t care to do. She expects it to be given to her, but she isn’t very into giving it to others. She likes to believe the crazy theories in her head.)
I can no longer respond to a certain person unless I apologize. Because her friends lied to me? Or did they? Silly and not going to happen.
(It’s true, after the crazy DMs she sent me – above – I could not take anymore of her crazy & told her to not contact me again unless it was to apologize. See how she simply cannot accept that she got wrong information because she failed to simply communicate with me directly before she published her erroneous post about me? See how that’s not her fault? See how she thinks someone lied to her or maybe I’m lying to her now, because she just can’t believe that someone just made an honest mistake?)
@deniseromano 34 pages of DMs and dozens of tweets between. You have my answer. I see what you did on your TL. You are disingenous.
(Yes, read all of our DMs above. And you’ll see why there were so many. I’m not disingenuous. It’s nice that she tries to make herself feel smarter by throwing that word around, but she obviously doesn’t know what it means.)
@LA_Crystal No, sorry that was unclear. I told her privately I would not comply w/ being harangued or go along with a game to discredit me.
(Read her DM’s. I did not harangue her. She has crazy theories that she will not let go of. There is no “game” that she imagines to discredit her. She has already discredited herself. She wrote untrue things about me on an inflammatory blog post. What else is untrue in what she wrote about so many people? Shame on her.)
@deniseromano Please stop. I don’t want to block you. 34 pages of DMs. Just stop what you’re doing. It’s enough.
(At the time that she tweeted this, I wasn’t doing anything except responding to lies she was tweeting about me. She seems to think she can lie about and harass people without any consequences. Wrong!)
Very curious. Why would people who claim longtime admiration for someone blatantly lie abt them? A lot of convolution in this latest twist.(Here she is with her crazy conspiracy theories again. She can’t imagine why her “source” gave her wrong information or why she was stupid enough to post it without just checking with me first. She again insists that someone lied to her instead of acknowledging that someone probably just made an honest mistake. She thinks this is convolution, when all the convolution is actually in her head).
Here’s a quick message to those who claim they admire and support Denise Romano…she says you lied to me. Sources, you know who you are.
(I never said anyone lied, and she knows this. The DMs are above. I said over and over and over again that I think it was an honest mistake.)
What will make a fascinating footnote is how Denise Romano distances herself from her own loyal followers. Her supporters lied to me? Sad.
(I never distanced myself from anyone. I have over 11,500 followers. I don’t know them all personally. I have no idea who her “sources” are. She refuses to tell me, because part of her crazy fantasies include her journalism career. I never said anyone lied to her. This is her fantasy. The DMs prove this and so do the tweets if anyone knows how to get them).
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