Who wrote the Blue Flags article that told the public nothing whilst deceivingly talking about water which had nothing to do with the matter?
Why did you publish an article that obviously favoured the DA-led Knysna Municipality whilst keeping the public in the dark?
Then there’s the horrendous, associated comment section wherein I’m labelled as anti-Knysna and a psychopath. AGAIN, Mark Allan brings up that poor missing child, Liyema Baleni, a fact you well know he and the Democratic Alliance previously used in their attempt to falsely associate me with child abuse, their reaction to my delivering proof of their crime to Parliament.
Why is it that you refused to investigate the politicians, the propagandists and the politician propagandists?
Why, for so long, have you not banned the worst from commenting on your page against me?
Why, instead, have you previously published letters against me but refused me response?
It’s dirty, dirty politics and Knysna-Plett Herald, with you as editor, seems to be happy in their blue mud. Your actions in betraying our town of Knysna only make sense to me if it’s because of the advertising monies the DA and Knysna Municipality pay you… or because Group Editors (who owns you), serves a DA political agenda. Maybe both.
LET’S RETURN TO YOUR FILTHY COMMENT SECTION
The way to handle my challenging questions regarding the Blue Flags is to simply answer them. Instead, again, you allowed DA propagandists and their mates to attack me.
Of course, I’m going to respond, protecting myself. But a responsible newspaper would’ve deleted their comments so as to ensure the comment thread never caught afire. Instead, you let it burn at the expense of integrity and me, as you’ve done before.
A respectable newspaper would have used the opportunity of Councillor Martin Young stepping in to ask him questions about the Blue Flag removal. Even a junior journalist would’ve immediately grasped the logical opportunity. But you chose to let him attack me…
You even allowed Mark Allan and Advocate Julie Seton (who was his lawyer), people I have protection orders against, to threaten me.
Here were my Blue Flag questions to you…
I warned the Municipality weeks ago, trying to help them help us, but they refused to deal with me. Again, it’s shocking journalism when the KPH kowtows to the DA. What were the technical points? And why no mention of the fact that I published the warning ages ago??? There was Knysna Tourism scandal, the fireworks etc. Why does the KPH refuse to report fairly? Is it because they increase your advertising revenues? If not, please explain why – help the public understand by practising transparent journalism.
You never responded.
THE PROPAGANDA ATTACK YOU ALLOWED
Here’s a sampling of the grossly off-topic and growing attack you allowed thereafter…
Rosemary Montgomery: “Mike, it never ceases to amaze me when you are surprised that no one wants to speak, or deal with you. Your arrogance is annoying and the sooner you realise that the town does not revolve around you, the better.”
Wendy Rademeyer: “Oh no! Love Knysna” [sic] is back!!! Bang goes our peace and enjoyment of our beautiful town. May even consider leaving FaceBook to avoid all ‘his’ negative and depressing comments. What a damper to the new year!”
DA Councillor Martin Young: “Love Knysna’ contributes nothing to Knysna – on the contrary. A site/page based on ‘manufactured outrage’ with a social media footprint that DAMAGES Knysna’s brand, not enhancing it in any sense whatsoever. Mike, please dissociate your need for affirmation from the needs of our town. You are hurting, not helping us. The sooner all those that earn their living and live productive lives here realize this the better.”
DA Councillor Martin Young: “Love Knysna has nothing but a deranged and self-serving imagination. As for ‘biased journalism’ …… I have never seen a more biased, deranged, unsubstantiated, opinionated, self-serving, manipulative, obsequious, fact devoid amount of drivel than on the political commentary on the Love Knysna site. It is nowhere near and nothing remotely like honest journalism. Those who like it or share it should be ashamed of themselves – they damage their own reputations. Hampton, if you think you have been criminally acted against, bring charges like everyone else, like the DA does. You don’t because you can’t.”
DA Councillor Martin Young: “Hampton – you are a walking, talking exercise in sociopathy and I am sure I can prove it. If legal action is necessary, i.e. if you force my hand, I will apply to the High Court for a court-ordered forensic psychological assessment on you to determine the basis of your behaviour – mentally and professionally, which is effectively to harass and bully people into supporting an agenda which has YOU as the primary beneficiary. This in my personal opinion is long overdue. Knysna does not need you, does not want you, and will not miss you. There never has been a DA agenda against you. The individuals who have taken you to court have done so in their personal capacities at their own cost. There are no propagandists against you – only people whom you can’t handle because we/they disagree with you – and you won’t permit disagreement on your sites. You are HURTING, not helping our town. Not the DA, not salaried councillors, not administrators, but the common folk who have vested interests in seeing Knysna prosper and create opportunities. You hurt them, by damaging Knysna’s image and breaking morale amongst her administrators. You have to fabricate and try to justify your existence with a fictitious enemy when in reality people have acted against you because you have been and are an angry individual seeking relief by making others look bad. I will speak out against you as long as I have to, not because I am bad, evil or corrupt as concocted in your warped mind, but because evil flourishes when good men do nothing. And you drag people who know no better along with you. You hurt them too.”
Martin Hatchuel (does copy-writing for our local government & Knysna Tourism): “Pretty sure that WESSA only did this so that the Town Troll would have something to get his arse upset about. Nothing to do with water quality. The whole administration is a conspiracy to upset our darling germalist.”
Mark Allan: “You have never addressed the question I asked you so long ago Hampton. The one that no one wants to address. The one issue which does demand answers. Why did you remove the feature about Liyema Baleni from the Love Knysna Facebook? The one you have never acknowledged. The one you dance around, huffing and puffing, pretending you are something you are not.”
Mark Allan (again): “I have asked you a question which you won’t answer. It is a simple question. Why did you post that feature about Liyema Baleni’s disappearance only to remove it along with the other two? You did post it didn’t you?”
Advocate Julie Seton (ex-DA Candidate): “So miss the good old days when the practice of tarring, feathering and running out of town was an acceptable and cheap method of dealing with problems by vote of the majority.”
WALLOWING IN DEEP BLUE MUD
Elaine King, I will defend myself.
I will strive to get answers in matters of public interest, doing the job you’ve forsaken.
Elaine King, you and the Knysna-Plett Herald are wallowing deep in the thick, blue mud of the Democratic Alliance; irresponsibly and immorally.
You’re killing journalism in our town.
PS: DA Councillor Dr Martin Young, I promised you a reaction for every attack.
The first this week was my letter of complaint to the DA Federal Executive. That had my complaint to the Public Protector attached.
Number two was forwarding that to all members of Parliament.
This is number three.
I do not bow to bullies, especially rotten politicians who forget that they are supposed to be serving the public. You’re are a disgrace to the Democratic Alliance.