I came across something on the internet recently that was enraging.
Hold on to your underpants guys, this is going to be a long one, but it’s important.
A woman went missing in Western Massachusetts last week, she was later found dead. The DA has released a statement that her death was determined “Not suspicious”. No details have been released surrounding her death. And yet, a contributor for Allvoices, Chelsea Hoffman, felt the need to quickly slam up an article entitled – T. B. death: Suicide or drug overdose? ….I was floored.
Now, I am sure I don’t need to spell out what “Not suspicious” means, but I will anyway for the sake of argument- It means that whatever the circumstances, there was no foul play. Meaning – whatever happened to this woman is no one’s business, unless the family wishes to share. I couldn’t believe that this Chelsea person, who frequently writes for Allvoices, felt the need to make this speculation, publicly, where anyone who googles information about the funeral will find it.
Annnd then I read the comment section of the site. The title of the article alone is heartbreaking, and the contents of the post are hurtful and poorly written, but it’s the comments Chelsea writes in response to reader’s pleas to remove the post that really highlight this “journalist’s” agenda (among other things). Chelsea never once responded to her readers, either on allVoices or on her FB page, in any way which could indicate she actually IS in possession of a human heart. Her lack of compassion, let alone professionalism is deplorable. I had to reread Chelsea’s replies twice because I just couldn’t wrap my head around how awful this woman was. (After visiting the site again I can see that Chelsea has had at least 15 comments removed from the thread. I’ve seen most of these comments – a lot of them contained the Allvoices contact info (hmmmmm) and the others were just well-worded comments and pleas to remove the post.)
(Original article and replies she hasn’t had deleted yet can be found here: CLICK HERE. It will take you to the post on Allvoices.com)
Not only is the post still up – she’s posted two follow ups. One states she stands by her speculation and in the second Chelsea Hoffman states the following:
“She hadn’t been missing for long, but there are no published details about what led to discovering her body and there are no reports indicating why or how she vanished in the first place. What is certain is that a select handful of people — including so called reporter Joe Durwin — have bombarded me with hate-messages demanding that I remove any speculation about drug overdose or suicide. Of course, none of these people will even begin to tell how she died, as if it’s some kind of embarrassing secret. Are they ashamed of how Theresa died, or is there something else going on?”
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? SERIOUSLY? DO YOU EVEN READ WHAT YOU WRITE?
Let’s recap shall we?
1) First, she wildly speculated on a news report the death of young girl whose body had been found thousands of miles away, whose cause of death is not known but was deemed unsuspicious- with a glaring headline and hack job blog that it must be drugs or suicide.
2) Second, she HECKLED a series of reasonable, well-worded comments from actual friends of the girl who said things like “no, you’ve got it all wrong, and please, please take this down, this is very upsetting to come across for family and friends”. She made fun of them, insulted, them, “LOL’d” them while hiding behind cheesy freedom of speech arguments in defense of why she just HAD to post a lot of sensationalist speculation about a girl she’d never met on a very visible public site before the poor girl’s family has even buried her, purely for the hits it would garner her crappy low rent True Crime blog “career”.
3) Third, she seems to actually get off on being a horrible, mean-spirited person.
WHO DOES THIS?
Well, after a little research – It seems Chelsea Hoffman does this.
She likes hurting people.
Sampling of past infractions:
Chelsea Hoffman called another grieving family who complained about her news “coverage” “trailer park meth addicts” and said of their murdered teenage daughter:
Elsewhere in her intrepid, free-speech-loving “reporting” Chelsea Hoffman called an accident victim “an idiot” a “Dumbass” and half a dozen other names, concluding:
“Again, I totally sympathize with his family and his kids and glad this guy is recovering, but wow, what a fucktard.”
Chelsea Hoffman has also been suspended from Gather for repeatedly, endlessly failing to ever use the word “alleged” and “accused” in her horrible, pure conjecture, barely coherent, unnecessarily mean-spirited and hateful rants masquerading as “news” items.
It’s bad enough all the trolls out there hiding in the cracks. But when someone masquerading as a journalist, who actually sometimes gets paid a few dollars, and has even been in HuffPost, is worse not only than the worst journalist but in the same league with the nastiest anonymous Trolls the web has to offer… that cries out for punishment.
Read the articles. READ THE COMMENTS SHE POSTS. If you are as offended as I was – DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
First post – CLICK HERE
Second post – CLICK HERE
First post – CLICK HERE
<Click on the Flag button at the bottom of the piece, and in the menu of reasons, click “False information.” (There is no information, just rumor-mongering conjecture out of nowhere. < Feel free to use this as a reason in the optional explanation box, or write your own. Then click on the Report Abuse button to submit it.)
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