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“Are you confident that what you are being told by media outlets ... is the truth, or is honesty yesterdays news?”

Um, not what I’m being told by ChadronRadio.com. Not when it seems like the purpose of this new site is to act as Jeff Wing’s personal blog, whereon he calls out we idiots who still read this internet rag.

First we were introduced to the OAN news ticker, and now we’re getting the misinformation direct from the man himself:

“The real irony in all of this is that these two people spent many hours of their time to rig a poll question about a rigged election.”

Maybe YOU feel like that about the election, but it certainly isn’t within the scope of analysis ANYBODY is reading ChadronRadio.com for. And it’s not like we couldn’t tell how you felt from your cleverly worded poll response choices:

“Do you believe the presidential election results are fair and accurate?”

”Yep, everybody got counted like they should”

“Nope, I smell fraud”

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. Everyone’s free to think whatever they want, even this wing-nut divorced from reality garbage, but ChadronRadio.com has a duty to report facts. I get this is just your stab at a fun “doubting our democracy still works” poll, but a simple yes or no would’ve allowed readers to voice their opinions without your snark. And maybe neutral wording wouldn’t have invited whatever retaliation these poll-alterers are visiting upon you. 

The results of these just-for-fun polls have no bearing on reality. Sure, those results got unfairly altered. But as the apparent administrator of this website (and its many crucially important polls) maybe the idiot being kept busy is you. 


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Stop calling your readers idiots

While the title of your post makes a good headline, it is far from accurate. Our website is visited by well over 3000 people per day. All of my comments were directed at two people. Do the math and you will find that they represent a tiny fraction of one percent. I also would not characterize them as "readers". They had little time to read anything as they were too busy trying to influence a poll.

it seems like the purpose of this new site is to act as Jeff Wing’s personal blog

Again, dramatic but grossly inaccurate. There are currently 3,154 posts on this website. A handful of those posts belong to me and those are almost all weather related.

Maybe YOU feel like that about the election, but it certainly isn’t within the scope of analysis ANYBODY is reading ChadronRadio.com

I didn't state how I felt about the election, nor is it important. The question was not about what happened during the election. It was specifically about how you felt about the election results, and not just you or me but everyone who voted. However, a couple of people decided their opinion was the only thing that was important and would spend hours suppressing the opinion of everyone else. It's a dishonest act and I pointed it out. 

a simple yes or no would’ve allowed readers to voice their opinions without your snark.

Your perception of this poll being an attack on your political beliefs does not make it so. There were three clear choices, yes, no and I don't know. I did not suggest that there was a correct answer, nor did I try to influence your voting choice. In fact, the choice of "yes it was fair" was the first choice. Statistically more people are inclined to pick the first response and that favored your political beliefs. 

First we were introduced to the OAN news ticker, and now we’re getting the misinformation direct from the man himself:

Another politically charged statement. We all know that political bias runs rampant in major media outlets. To pretend otherwise won't convince anyone. When adding national rss feeds to our website my goals were:

1. Finding sites that had feeds we could embed into our site.
2. Exclude any feeds that made the reader sign up for something before showing the entire story.
3. Use a variety of sources to give people a choice in what they read.
4. Use the least biased feed as our lead, or primary feed.

So how well did I do. I will let the readers speak for me. Looking at recent stats, here are the number of clicks and percentage for each feed.

OANN - 142 Clicks = 60%
NPR - 33 Clicks = 14%
Fox News - 31 Clicks = 13%
BBC World - 18 Clicks = 8%
USA Today - 13 Clicks = 5%

Your opinion clearly is not the popular opinion of our visitors. I would also point out that the Internet is a big place. You are free to get your news from whatever source aligns with your beliefs. I don't promote national news on our website, it's just another service for our visitors. Feel free not to use it.

Everyone’s free to think whatever they want, even this wing-nut divorced from reality garbage...maybe the idiot being kept busy is you.

When you signed up for an account to participate in this forum you agreed not to personally attack others. You have clearly violated that rule on your first post, and if you will do it to me you will do it to others. You are entitled and welcome to express you opinion. However, you are not entitled and will not be allowed to personally attack others. It's your choice, be respectful or do not participate.

One more thought. Even though you chose to hide your identity, I know who you are. I also know that you tried to influence another poll. Not to the extent of the other two, but 50 votes is another example of dishonesty. However, I will choose to show you the respect you failed to show me. I will not reveal your identity and will not ban you from this forum until you break the rules again. I also approved this post personally. I could have just as easily deleted it.

 


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Hi, my name is Kevin Oleksy and I live in Chadron. I'm not trying to hide that. I put it in my profile when I created this account and I thought that was user-viewable.

I chose to "break the rules" in my first post because you are not just another user of this forum. You're a moderator, administrator, and representative of Chadrad Communications, Inc. I took issue with your writings because I found them distasteful and disrespectful.

The poll results were dubious from the get-go. If I can vote multiple times in favor of a mask mandate, I thought, maybe someone was doing the same for the anti position. I can't have been alone in this thought since others submitted multiple votes and far outstripped my meager manipulation.

I'm not saying voting more than once is right, let alone thousands of times, but those you call idiots must care something about the issue in question or they wouldn't waste their time inflating your polls. I'll admit I let my emotions get the better of me when composing my complaint. I had just read the forum post where you basically told another user that it's his fault radio ads activate his Amazon Echo and he should just change the activation phrase or deal with it...

You are right about the internet being a big place. When I want to read news sources, I go directly to the websites in question—and I bet the vast majority of netizens do too. Chadron is a small place. So when I want local news it's here or ChadronRecord.com and I'm sure you're fully aware of which one has a paywall.

As I said in my first post, I sincerely doubt anyone is reading this site for reporting, analysis, and opinion polls on broad-reaching national matters. Said another, more respectful way: I'd like to suggest ChadronRadio.com focus on doing a narrow, local set of things well and leave the big, broad, biased national commentary to the other sites to which ~8% (237/3000) of your daily visitors are clicking through.

Thanks for your time and for allowing my post through your moderation dashboard.

P.s. That the election was fair is not my political belief. It's a fact.

 

 

 


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