Yesterday, Don Allen testified in the Jerry Moore v. John Hoff (Johnny Northside) defamation suit, and said some crazy stuff on the stand. According to David Brauer’s reporting at MinnPost, Mr. Allen claimed that “all bloggers” write anonymous comments in support of their own posts. That is NOT common blogging behavior (to be clear, I don’t do it), and it says quite a bit about Mr. Allen’s publishing ethics.
Beyond that, he also dropped this ridiculous tweet:
Yes, @IBNNNEWS is Don Allen’s Twitter account. He really tweeted that. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that sound like a threat against a local journalist who’s doing her job covering a local trial? Surely, he can’t believe that it would be wrong for a reporter to mention his name in a report on a trial in which he testified?
This isn’t the first time Don Allen has threatened Sheila Regan or the TC Daily Planet where she’s been reporting on community issues. The last time was last month, when he threatened to sue Regan if she wrote anything unfavorable about Don Allen.
Last month, after being threatened, she went ahead with her story.
This month, after being threatened, she went ahead with her story.
What will April bring?