Todd McDonald aka The Jackal has been told to sling his hook by the Press Council because he won’t reveal who he is. He complained last year about the NBR and the Otago Daily Times.
Now here is what the Press Council has to say about internet pest and troll Todd McDonald aka The Jackal, plumber and part time race horse trainer of Ruakaka:
In September 2011 Todd McDonald complained about an article on oil and gas royalties published in the National Business Review. In October Mr McDonald complained about an article referring to blogger comments about Labour Party hoardings published in the Otago Daily Times.
In both complaints Mr McDonald gave an email address email@example.com but refused to provide any further detail.
The editor of The ODT advised Mr McDonald he had received legal advice which stated that a complainant should be properly identified.
The editor noted “The rationale of the advice to establish the identity of a complainant is the need to be satisfied the complaint is a bona fide one. An email address relates only to the source of the email and the actual user could be any person or indeed a number of persons. It may also be that the person making the complaint has a vested interest or hidden agenda of their own, which brings into question the veracity of the complaint. It is not unknown for persons or groups to attempt to manipulate the media under the guise of making complaints.”
The editor of the NBR also questioned whether they were obliged to respond to a complainant who refused to divulge any identifying information.
Requests from the Press Council for an address; phone number; driver licence details or car registration (Mr McDonald said he was homeless and lived in a car) were all refused.
This is exactly the same behaviour that Todd McDonald tried when he attempted to threaten David Farrar. Now some might say how do you know this is the same person. Well here is one of his comments he left on my blog before he was banned for trolling behaviour:
Now note that he has added .blog in the address for commenting, but I also have several abusive emails from the email address noted above.
Todd McDonald aka the Jackal isn’t a homeless man who lives in a car. He is a sad angry little man who runs a plumbing business in Ruakaka. He is a serial complainant, a try hard bully and a pathetic apologist for the Labour party.
The Press Council concludes:
The Press Council determined not to rule on Mr McDonald’s complaints. They reasoned that they should not rule on a complaint where the complainant had not provided any detail as to their bona fides.
If a newspaper were to publish material or a letter to the editor under the same circumstances (without establishing, or having the means to establish, the credentials of the commenter/letter-writer) the Press Council might very well say the newspaper was at fault. The same principle applied. If the Council accepted the complaint it was lowering its standards to a level it wouldn’t want a newspaper to practice.
The Council understood that Mr McDonald might not be able to provide a residential address, given his personal circumstances, and was not refusing the complaint on the grounds that he was homeless
However, he should still be able to provide some proof that he is Todd McDonald; that Todd McDonald does exist; that Todd McDonald is not simply a made-up alias or a name for some other party or person.
The Press Council declined to rule on Mr McDonald’s complaints.
Todd will of course now complain that this was all a conspiracy led by John Key to silence his critics who are only trying to hold him to account for the wanton rape of our country at the hands of evil banksters on behalf of the 99%.