Local Howard County Blogger Jenny Solpietro (of the blog Howard County Progress Report) decided to call out Scott E’s Blog in a post yesterday in her regular “Hall of Shame” type article (yep…no link from this blog…you have to go look it up because I refuse to drive traffic to that blogger). Now this “Hall of Shame” is not an actual “thing” because if it was it was it would call out people that did bad things…nope…that is not what this is…it is her issues about people not on her political team. Why did Scott E’ Blog (more specifically…me by name…because that is what local bloggers are doing now I guess) get called out…well…
Candidate for Howard County Board of Education in District 1 Matthew Molyett had a release of personal information on October 16th and that was reported by Scott E’s Blog. Not a minor release of information…but one that released more than 300 entries of names, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses and other information of what might (or could) be campaign supporters and volunteers and comments about those people. The actual data and information released is kind of significant from a political campaign.
The Molyett campaign admitted this release of information on their website. Scott E’s Blog covering local politics (as I do) covered this story to the best of my ability taking the quote from the website and taking the information sent to me and generalizing it so that people knew what was released but also so as not to release personal information. Be sure to check out the story here: https://scotteblog.com/2020/10/17/candidate-for-howard-county-board-of-education-in-district-1-matthew-molyett-reports-a-campaign-data-breach/
The covering of this story (again…I feel relevant in an election cycle) earned me a spot in a Hall of Shame article from this new blogger. This blogger that apparently has no issue with a candidate collecting this information and allowing it to be released to the public (and not calling out that action in her Hall of Shame article). This information that contains the names, phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses and other “notes” about hundreds of Howard County residents. Wow.
Early yesterday Vicky Cutroneo called my future listing in the “Hall of Shame” on that blog…and dang did she nail that prediction yesterday (she posted this in a comment so I thought worth sharing…and kind of funny):
Howard County Progress Report and Scott E’s Blog are both up for the Best of Howard County “Best Blog” in 2020 (as well as eight other blogs in our community). The winner of that award should be released in the next month or so…it will be interesting to see how that plays out this year.
Content and facts apparently do not matter…only political leanings does for some people in this area. Glad I have gotten to know that fact about some folks over this political cycle. Not something you can unsee going forward. I get that people have strong political leanings…but dang.
I understand why people do not love my blog…I am not on a political team. If I think Republicans or Democrats (or others) do good or bad…I will write about it and give my comments on that content. I do not play political games with my blog or the content…do good (or if I agree with you) I will be your biggest cheerleader….do bad (or if I do not agree) I will let you know as well…your political leanings or party affiliation do not matter to me. That is just how I roll.
I expect to be mentioned in the “Hall of Shame” in the future because I am not on Jenny’s political team and will have no problem calling that “team” out when I disagree with them in the future. I guess I have to expect that in my role as a local news and information blogger.
As much as I love politics…I can not wait for this election cycle to end. Maybe then this community can get back to being normal (one can hope).