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Tuesday, June 18 2019 @ 09:27 PM UTC

Feedback On The Steven Rich Story (Eric Jackson Branch)

What is PG? By DON WINNER for - Received this morning via email: "Don: I regularly check your site and have found much that is helpful and interesting. But the childish rantings about Eric Jackson have no place on a mature and successful news site. You are simply giving him notoriety and free publicity. Ignoring him would certainly serve both you personally and Panama-Guide in the long run. I don't believe that 2% of your readers care about what Eric has to say or what your response is to his rantings. Keep the site growing and successful by sticking to what interests your readers - news about what is happening in Panama and forget about the playground-style shouting matches." I agree with your point of view, mostly. But you need to understand something fundamental - I've been having problems with Eric Jackson since 24 August 2004 (almost five solid years), since the day I launched this website. Eric Jackson is mentally ill, by his own admission, and he refuses to take the medications prescribed for his conditions because he says "I don't like the way they make me feel." In addition he is completely and totally obsessed with me. As part of his mental health issues he apparently has come kind of obsessive/compulsive disorder (I don't know, ask his shrink), but the end result is he constantly tries to find ways to do me harm through his website and writings. It was bad enough when his rants were limited to his own website, but now he has significantly "ratcheted up" the stakes by dragging me onto the front pages of a major newspaper in Panama. What I write about him here are not "childish rantings" but rather what I feel to be an important explanation, in this most recent situation with Steven Rich (a.k.a. "William Smartlee," "Ruth Osborn," and others), about how a single person with a grudge seeking revenge was able to successfully exploit Jackson's weaknesses, and through that manilpulation and the help of David Young, the Editor of the English language section of the "Estrella" newspaper in Panama City, publish my name as associated with the porn industry in Panama, and (obliquely) child pornography. With regards to your concerns over my ability to keep my website growing, I've been doing that successfully for almost five years (with Jackson on my back the entire time) but in any case I hear you and understand your concerns. Now, put yourself in my shoes for a minute - how would you feel if you had a mentally ill person with a widely read website routinely publishing things about you that were not true, or who regularly made every possible effort to harm your good name? What if your name appeared in a major Panamanian newspaper as being involved or associated with the porn industry in Panama, as part of a intelligently designed effort to simultaneously make references and indirect allegations of ties to child pornography. If it was happening to you, I bet you would be taking whatever actions within your power as well. Anyway, thanks for the input but I'm a weathered veteran when it comes to dealing with Eric Jackson. He is slowly but surely losing any remaining or residual credibility as a "journalist", exactly because of events like this one. With regards to giving him "notoriety and free publicity," I don't think so. Rather, I am slowly and methodically exposing him for what he is - showing his true colors. And, since taking him to court is both expensive and time consuming I've learned over the years it's much more effective to just methodically answer his rants even if they are somewhat boring to the majority of my readership. Hey, here's an idea - when you see "Jackson" in the headline or in the introduction, why not just skip to the next article. Since you already know the deal you're not my target audience, anyway. See, I can give advice as well... (grin)

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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