Linda Curtis calls me a punk

This has been a recurring theme throughout my career in journalism: Political groups don’t like you reporting on who gives them money. And the simple act of reporting on it often establishes you, in their eyes, as an adversary.

Exhibit A came in the response elicited by my blog post yesterday about Linda Curtis’ IndyAustin, whose newest project is trying to overturn via referendum the stadium deal at McKalla Place that City Council approved in August. My post revealed that at least $20k of the $30k the group raised in the most recent reporting period came from an out-of-town donor with links to Circuit of the Americas. My Austin Monitor colleague Jo Clifton reported on the subject further, and discovered that another $5k was linked to COTA. This is relevant because COTA has an interest in preventing the construction of a new soccer stadium that will rival its own, not just in soccer but as a concert and event venue.

My post immediately prompted this response from Bill Aleshire, one of a number of longtime attorney/operators (Fred Lewis, Bill Bunch, Ed English) aligned with the neighborhood association set. (Aleshire also represented the previous corporate funders of IndyAustin, billboard companies, to challenge Austin sign regulations)

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Recently-retired Statesman reporter Ben Wear came to my defense:

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The best response came from Curtis herself, who left a comment on the blog.

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I didn’t really have a chance to accept the dare, since the comment was automatically published. But hopefully by not deleting the comment and by republishing it here I can prove to Linda that I’m not a yeller-belly.

To answer the questions:

Is that a cup in front of my face? Yes.

Am I trying to look cool? Always.

Have I joined the dark negotiations going on at City Hall for a few hundred mill in property tax exemptions on public land? No.

7 thoughts on “Linda Curtis calls me a punk

  1. What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

  2. Um – is the comment above a joke? If it isn’t, someone needs a visit from the authorities. I don’t care how mad you are about the stadium or whatever, the death threat is simply not appropriate. Also, if you are “shitting fury” , you clearly have more pressing problems than threatening reporters.

  3. The Curtis crew has always been snobby winners and sore losers with an incomprehensible agenda at times…but at least they make things interesting. Calling a journalist a “punk” is pretty pathetic, though.

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