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Was Frequent TownSquare Forum blogger “Jimf01” featured in Channel 2 news story? (With Video)

Original post made by Ptowner on May 12, 2010

Many of you Pleasanton Weekly fans might recognize the name "jimf01", a frequent blogger on the Pleasanton Weekly TownSquare Forum. His posts often advance right-wing politics, and he often engages in smears against Jerry McNerney and other Democrats. He also has a fledgling blog promoting conservative politics were he also uses the screen name "Jimf01". Web Link

It appears that "Jimf01" was featured in a Channel 2 (KTVU) news story because he alerted the news station about a controversial statement made by 11th District congressional candidate Brad Goehring. Goehring posted about "hunting" liberals on his Facebook page. In the KTVU news story about Goehring's comment, a gentleman named Jim Freeman of Tracy (Jimf01 ?) is featured 1 minute and 11 seconds into this video:
Web Link#!

You be the judge. I find it interesting that "Jimf01" often posts on this website in support of 11th District candidate David Harmer, an opponent of Brad Goehring in the Republican primary race, so it makes sense that he would try to smear Goerhing. Also, why is he so interested in the Pleasanton Weekly website if he LIVES IN TRACY? Does he work for Harmer?

For those of you unfamiliar with with "Jimf01", here is one his recent posts:

Web Link

Comments (17)

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

WOW! Amazing to me that I am not only so often attacked here (even in this thread), even though my points are so rarely refuted, but now I am my own topic.

I am glad to be noticed, though what would make someone think that "Jim Freeman of Tracy" on the news is jimf01, resident of another community, on PW blogs?

Maybe "Ptowner" is the "one person who calls herself a liberal at 2:45 in the video?


Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

What is the point of Ptowner's post?????


Posted by Impressive, a resident of Del Prado
on May 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

This is quite a shocking revelation...although I don't know what it means. Ptowner, keep up the good work uncovering what may or may not be facts and which don't matter in any case.


Posted by Ptowner, a resident of Downtown
on May 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm


Web Link

Freeman, a Pleasanton tech worker, maintains a blog critical of Democratic Congressman Rep. Jerry McNerny -- it's the "Retire McNerney" blog. Yesterday Freeman -- a supporter of Goehring's Republican opponent, David Harmer -- noticed Goehring's Facebook statement and "sent it out to a bunch of different e-mail addresses and contacts."

Funny how the name "Jimf01" is used in the Retire McNerney Blog.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

Sorry, what does the P in Ptowner stand for?


Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2010 at 3:15 am

M. is a registered user.

This thread appears to be nothing more than an attempt at unmasking a user.

There is a reason that the internet allows people a reasonable degree of anonymity. People feel free to express themselves in a much less censored way than they would during face to face communications. The internet allows all of us to in essence be our own ghost writers. That being said, pointing out the real identity of someone on the internet can have devastating consequences for the person who has been "unmasked". Once a person is effectively unmasked everything that has been said on the internet, where they are safe to say what they want to without the fear of repercussion becomes attached to that person's real identity. Hence that person may become a target for ridicule, or have their reputation soiled, or worse. This is why you do not ever attempt to unmask someone from the internet, let alone in an open and public forum such as this.

I do hope that was not your intent. We all deserve our reasonable degree of anonymity, regardless of how we may feel about another person's views, opinions, or beliefs as portrayed on the internet.
I myself do not agree with Jimf01's politics etc... however I respect everyone's right, including Jimf01, to think for themselves, as well as share their ideas, thoughts, opinions, experiences, and beliefs with others if they so desire without the fear of repercussion.Unmasking someone on the internet is just flat out immature and irresponsible, and potentially dangerous for the person being Unmasked.

Even if Jimf01 is not the person Ptowner is talking about he has now been tied to Jimf01, so not only is such an unmasking a potential threat to Jimf01, but it is also a potential threat to whoever this fellow in the KTVU story is.

Just remember that while we do have anonymity on the internet, and we are free to do and say as we please, this is not without limits. There are social rules on the internet just like in any other social setting, digital or physical it makes no difference. If people wished to have their real identities known they would use their real names.

M.


Posted by Ptowner, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

M,

I want to make it clear that it was NOT my intent to cause any harm to "Jimf01" or Jim Freeman. I fail to see what harm can be done by suggesting that the two may be linked, since they essentially share the same political views and may even be the same person. I simply wanted to point out an interesting coincidence between the two, which I thought should be brought to the readers' attention.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on May 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

I thought should be brought to the readers' attention. .. since his posts often advance right-wing politics, and he often engages in smears against Jerry McNerney and other Democrats

smear - dictionary definition is insufficient, in a political context it implies something false intended to make someone look bad

Ptowner - I would like you to point out, since you have obviously studied my previous postings, where I have "often" (or at least one time) engaged in smears against Jerry McNerney, since it appears that McNerney is who you are here to defend.


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

During the yes or no on prop 8 online debates/posting, I inadvertently learned the identity and workplace of a local lesbian female who regularly posted no on 8 messages and anonymously discussed her relationship on this site.

Remember, this was during the time when many no on 8 folks were wanting to identify and post info on yes on 8 folks.

I didn't think her personal/work info should be posted and I kept it off this site.

I disagreed with her viewpoint but I'll defend and protect her right to post it without being harassed or intimidated.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Ptowner...Who cares who he/she is, what they do or where they live. Anybody can post on this site, people from Dublin and Livermore do it on a regular basis. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER.


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

Ptowner,

Scenarios:

What if someone knows who you are and opts to post the info here?

What if someone looks over all your past postings and pieces together info to figure out who you are and posts the info here.

What if someone from the PW (not saying they would, just saying stuff happens in life) was to leak your id or IP address?

What if the person you named sued you for libel and defamation for stating he "smeared" someone else? Whether or not he'd win is not relevant, your info could still be legally subpoenaed from the PW.

**

Also it seems like your backtracking on your original reasons for identifying a poster.

If I were you, I'd just offer a sincere no excuse apology; but to each their own.


Posted by Ptowner, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I sincerely apologize to jimf01 and Jim Freeman for this post. It was not intended to harm anyone. I was merely pointing out something I saw on the news. After reflecting on some of the comments made, I regret making the post and learned my lesson. Even though we may not have the same political views, I don't think ill of either person, nor would I want to harm their image.

Hopefully there's no hard feelings. I apologize once again.


Posted by Kelly, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

PTOWNER,

The very thing you attack which is an anonymity of this poster and you have the gall to post anonymously? WHAT A HYPOCRITE. Are you atempting to be the wannabe sherlock holmes of the leftists and after you proudly post what you did, you apologize? What a JOKE, this is typical leftist thuggery. For the safety of ALL Pleasanton and TriValley residents Apology NOT accepted. You have crossed the line with tyranny and community thuggery.

Whoever JimF01 is, on this or any other blogs is his own personal business.

It's high time that Pleasanton Weekly and people like yourself who post personal attacks and violate the personal identity and safety of citizens be held accountable. Who cares if this guy is the same person? You do! But why? Why do you care? Do you think that now he wont speak his mind online? OR is this your "All Call" to your far left crazy groups and union thuggs to find and attack and hurt him physically?

This is not the first time that the Pleasanton Weekly has allowed or condoned this, other examples are:

Pleasanton Weekly allowing City Counselman Matt Sullivan (who is not up for re-election) to use the age old union thuggery tactics and personally attack a private citizen of Pleasanton on behalf of the unions, by posting personal this private citizens home telephone information out to the world.

Another case is Pleasanton Weekly allowing very personal attack on Dr. Bridget Melson to go on for weeks.

None of this is new to Pleasanton Editor Jeb Bing. Sometime in the last two years or so, was a horrible scandal with the Pleasanton Weekly where Jeb did not care for an anonymous comment so he printed the name of that anonymous poster!!!

This paper is losing all credibility. Their ethics are horrendous.
If I were JimF01, just based on the fact that you are personally attacking him and his anonymity, and the Pleasanoton Weekly is aiding this, I would be calling my lawyer and putting the Pleasanton Weekly and YOU Ptown poster on notice.



Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm

M. is a registered user.

Ptowner, I understand that you do not see the harm in making this topic. In the end there was probably no harm done in this particular case. My point however is that regardless of perceived or potential harm or lack thereof regarding unmasking someone on the internet there is always the potential for harm. It is important to remember that a large number of people will be viewing whatever information is made available on the internet and that information is forever available. While you or any other user may mean no harm, or not even see potential harm in unmasking another user others might not see it that way. Others might use the information to take action, smear etc... Others might have a bone to pick with the unmasked user. There is no way to know how anyone will use a piece of information once it is made available to them. This is even truer in regards to the internet as we all are anonymous, and many users adopt personas which may or may not reflect their regular socialized selves.
Everyone should always be aware of their actions on the internet, and how far reaching their actions may be, regardless of direct intent.

M.


Posted by Kelly, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm

"M" sounds to me like you are making excuses for ptowner is this your friend? You know there are 12 step programs for this kind of behavior.

High time for the Pleasanton Weekly show some real ethics and publicly acknowledge they are taking action against ptowner, A: By apologizing to JimF01 for allowing this PERSONAL attack to remain online this long and B. By publicly acknowledging they are blocking Ptowners IP address.

This is totally unacceptable. Ptowner nad Pleasanton Weekly must be held accountable and if nothing happens, then it's proof that Pleasanton Weekly has confirmed they are not only biased to the leftists attacks but hold absolutely no ethics.


Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

Kelly,
Are you really so wrapped up in your "outrage" at what you term "typical leftist thuggery" that you choose to ignore what "M" is saying? "M" said, very clearly, "My point however is that regardless of perceived or potential harm or lack thereof regarding unmasking someone on the internet there is always the potential for harm." Far from making excuses for "Ptowner", "M" also said, "Everyone should always be aware of their actions on the internet, and how far reaching their actions may be, regardless of direct intent."

Absolutely right! Actions have consequences. There are extremists in politics – on both the right and the left. It doesn't take much to fire some folks up with rhetoric designed to incite "action". In fact, sometimes rhetoric is *all* it takes to bring out the worst in some people - especially when they can hide in the anonymity of a crowd, or on a phone, or in the dark of night, or even on a forum.

For example, were you this outraged when Mr. Mike Troxel, a Virginia Tea Party activist, published the personal information, albeit wrong, of Rep Perriello? Information that led to his brother's gas line being cut in retaliation for Rep Perriello's vote on the Health Care bill. Just to refresh your memory:

"Mike Troxel, an organizer for the Lynchburg Tea Party who has been active in the organization since it launched last year" . . . "angry over Rep. Thomas Perriello's (D-Va.) vote in favor of health care reform published what he thought was the freshman member's home address on a blog, in case any readers "want to drop by" and provide a "personal touch" to their views. Rather than giving out Perriello's address however, the tea party activist mistakenly printed the home address of the congressman's brother. Perriello's brother and wife have four children under the age of 8." . . ."In an interview with POLITICO, Troxel admitted to writing the post and said that he has no intention of removing the address from the blog." Web Link

"The Albemarle County Fire Marshal's Office and the FBI have concluded that a severed gas line outside of the house of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-Va.) brother was "an act of vandalism." . . ."a tea party activist incorrectly posted the address of Perriello's brother on a local blog – believing it to be the congressman's home address – and encouraged readers to "drop by" to express their anger of Perriello's vote in favor of the health care bill." Web Link

Or how about we bring it a little closer to home. Were you outraged in Sept. 2009, when Dr. Melson published a picture of an older man on the "Welcome" page of her Tea Party website who she said had "heckled" the "true American patriots" at one of her rallies? I believe she posted something about making sure everyone knew who he was.

It's outrageous that anyone would think it's OK to target, whether verbally, pictorially or physically, those they disagree with. "Ptowner" may or may not have realized what they were doing, but you're absolutely right in that "jimf01's" personal information should be removed from this thread. I was glad to see that "jimf01" himself took action and removed his picture from Dr. Melson's website.

I'd certainly hate to think that anyone would take "jimf01's" personal and political attacks on this forum to heart and actually do him physical harm, but that's the risk that is run when personal information is posted in a public place – even if the person posting the info had no such intent.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Incidentally, how is "Intent" determined"


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