Making the Case for Hartzman
George Hartzman is apparently no longer posting at Triadwatch. Regardless of the reason, this is a good thing. Triadwatch provided a needed service to the community. Perhaps it can now continue in that vein. Hopefully, in time it can be added back to the Greensboro101 aggregator.
George recently had a really bad day at the blogs. In addition, he emailed a huge amount of files to several of us. He dropped by the house that night, but I was out. So, Monday afternoon I called and arranged to meet him to see how he was doing. He tried to make me understand the importance of the files, but I was not a good listener. Indeed, George continues to meet with lots of people where he attempts to make his case against his employer.
Here’s the problem: it’s not our job to make George’s case. He contends that I would do a better job, but that misses the point. Only George really knows what he’s trying to achieve. His position is that providing the data is sufficient and leaves him free to continue publishing innuendo in the place of actual substantiated allegations. He apparently sees it as a strategy, when the rest of us perceive it as lassitude.
After having abused his privilege to email us, and publishing remarks intended as confidential, Ed Cone has expressed the opinion that such conduct “undermines the credibility of his whistleblower case.” Unfortunately, Ed is no longer interested in receiving George’s email.
I have to admit it is irritating to receive so many emails of unclear intent. He apparently spams all his Facebook friends with this stuff. And it can only be interpreted as a cry for help.
Today, he has called us out for being ignorant. As usual, George has misread us. We are not ignorant and we do care. But it is not our responsibility to make George’s case. Only he can do that.
I’m afraid we’ve entered the stage of George’s victimhood where he is resorting to abuse to achieve his goals. This behavior can only serve to marginalize his efforts. Time after time, he has been asked to make his case in declarative sentences. So far, he has been unwilling to do that. Sadly, no one is able to do it for him.
I have even offered to tell his story for pay. However, his contention is my reward will come as the result of the whistleblower case breaking nationally. I made it a principle a long time ago never to work on spec.
While George is worried about what someone might do to him, I’m beginning to be more concerned about what George might do to us.