The Jackal

Press Council tells Jackal to front

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.

Remember this is the same cock who tried to sue David Farrar but lacked the bravery to have a crack at me for posting the exact same details as David did. He is also a plagiarist.

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 protected] 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%.

Todd/The Jackal is a dirty plagiarist

Todd/The Jackal is a dirty plagiaristI saw a post at The Standard (no link because they play silly buggers) today that was a re-post of one from a lying shit-bag called Todd who also goes by the name of The Jackal. He must be a good loyal Labour lieutenant known to both caucus members and the staffers that blog at The Standard because they have taken to re-posting his filth on a regular basis.

Today’s post was hilarious though. It was clear it wasn’t written by him, for a start it didn’t abuse anyone nor did it have any gramatical or egregious spelling errors.

His post is entitled The 25 Rules of Dis-information. It is posted without attribution. The Standard also re-posted it and they have attributed it to Todd/The Jackal.

Except it isn’t his post and he didn’t write it. I thought it didn’t sound like the mouth-foamer so I cut/pasted the first Rule into Google. From there it was a simple matter of joining dots.

The first link I found that wasn’t either The Standard, Todd/The Jackal’s plagiarised piece was a blog called How the Hell Should I know, who had posted their 25 Rules of Dis-Information 5 days earlier than Todd/The Jackal. They had attributed the 25 Rules to another site.

That site: Washington’s Blog had also posted the 25 Rules of Dis-information but 3 days earlier than even How the Should I Know. Washington’s Blog has this rider at the bottom of the post:

Postscript: I don’t know who wrote these rules, so I don’t know who to credit.

Fortunately someone helpfully posted a link to the original post and the author, H. Michael Sweeney. Turns out he is a bit of an author. Generally they don’t take too kindly to people stealing their work unattributed. Sweeney’s work also attributes the work of  David Martin and his Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression. Sweeney does acknowledge this influence. Todd/The Jackal has claimed it all as his own.

Copyscape also provides other sites that have used this exact text that Todd/The Jackal claims as his own.

Now readers might be wondering why I am bothering with an obvious mouth-foamer. Well this is the same person who famously tried to sue, but has strangely gone quite, David Farrar for amongst other things copyright breach. Farrar also famously sooked out over that and removed the post. I still have it on my site but the coward Todd/The Jackal hasn’t said boo about it to me. Probably chicken.

Todd/The Jackal is also the person behind my parody Twitter account. Same spelling errors, same ranting invective.

The reality though is that his online persona of a Jackal has become hauntingly accurate. He is feeding off the leavings of other authors. He is nothing more than a dirty plagiarist. The real joke is on Labour and The Standard who continue to post his (or not his in this case) articles.