Air Rage, Part II
Okay, so I took BigWig’s advice and I emailed many of the addresses in this story with the link to this story. Guess what? They called me. No shit. Someone from Portland PDX called me. I don’t know how they got my number, but I did send them my name and a link to my newspaper address (http://www.news-record.com). I assume they called the front desk and asked for me. I don’t care, really. I don’t see any point in maintaining my anonymity when I stand up to be counted. (Except for here, of course. I don’t know you people. You could be crazy.) I don’t know if it was someone from the list below. Bob someone, I think. They asked me if I’d forwarded an email and I assured them that I had and that I thought they might be getting lots of responses to this particular story. They told me that they were looking into the story to make sure the writer had fairly represented the actual occurrence. I got the feeling that he called more to intimidate and berate me, but I told them that it was refreshing to see that they cared enough to get the story right, at any rate, and that was that. I am sure they were less than pleased with my forwarded comments, but I was not that critical. I wish I’d saved my comments. They went something like this: I hope that this is being investigated and I hope that if it is determined that someone lied to save their own skin that they are reprimanded or released. I also said that these kind of occurrences might happen too often to investigate, but if someone actually took time to investigate even one, maybe they wouldn’t happen so often. I sent the comments and story link to everyone on BigWig’s list, but got system admin errors on email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, anyway. Having them call is a little spooky. You never know when some overly arrogant security type might see my commentary as occasion to litigate. Even worse, maybe I am now marked as a terrorist agitator or something and will be put on a government watch list. Anyway, I’d feel better if more of you guys chose to forward the story link to the addresses in BigWig’s post. They can’t make us all disappear…can they?
Protect your civil rights!