In 90 contiguous words of Gary I find 1000-fold error, a mischaracterization, a fabrication, and two bald lies
I did it again. I promised myself not to, but it had been so long, so I clicked on a link that brought me to a nonsense-blog from Gary, and I am again reminded what liars and deceivers we are up against. As I have said before, my high school history teacher brought a real live American Nazi into school, and as he stood there lying and spinning and lying some more, I realized, nailing a guy like that is like trying to nail Jello to the wall.
In this case, Gary writes these 90 contiguous words:
"...According to a blog post today, he's used an Overstock.com marketing email to thousands of customers to call CNBC's Jim Cramer a 'criminal.' Byrne, whose primary claim to fame is running his company into the
ground and spouting conspiracy theories, is probably the last person on
earth who should be calling any nonconvicted person a criminal. But his gleeful
hopping on the get-Cramer bandwagon has the added quality of being a
blatant violation of Sarbanes-Oxley. Byrne violated Overstock's code of ethics by that email (see 'derogatory remarks' under Section 8)."
1) To "thousands"? In the email I clearly state that it is going out to "many millions". So Gary is off by a factor of many thousands.
2) "running his company into the ground"? A mischaracterization. The last quarter I checked was profitable, and we seem to be holding some pretty good cash flows for the last couple years, while much of the rest of retaildom is melting down. Things could be better, of course, but we're still chugging along better than most.
3) "Conspiracy theories". A fabrication. I avoid using the word "conspiracy". I just lay out facts. What, is Gary saying that when he looks at these facts it looks like a conspiracy to him?
hopping on the get-Cramer bandwagon". A lie. Gary knows I have been at loggerheads with Cramer for years, was banned from CNBC over it. The video Jon Sewart used to destroy Cramer has been on antisocialmedia.net for a couple years, and DeepCapture.com for a year. Also, a year ago I published this lengthy critique of Jim Cramer's career ("Jim Cramer is a Complicated Man"). So by describing me now as "hopping on the get-Cramer bandwagon" Gary is lying through his teeth.
5) "Byrne violated Overstock's code of ethics by that email (see 'derogatory remarks' under Section 8)". Another lie. Section 8 reads: "
Business records and communications often become public, and
we should avoid exaggeration, derogatory remarks, guesswork, or inappropriate characterizations
of people and companies that can be misunderstood." For those who like Gary fail to read at an 8th grade level, this is what that sentence means: "When communicating inside our corporation be careful how you write about other people and organizations in a way that others might falsely understand to be derogatory." Why that would apply to how an Overstock employee (such as myself) might write publicly about a public figure such as Jim Cramer, in clear, uncomplicated English, Gary does not address, as he has evidently failed to understand the sentence. Or lied.
Thus, in 90 words Gary is guilty of a many thousand-fold error, a mischaracterization, a fabrication, and two bald lies.
My old high school history class would be impressed.