|Author and owner of a serious publication|
That's what the "author and owner of a serious publication / media outlet in the Lehigh Valley" writes, so it must be true.
I always thought I was more of a high school level hack.
Michael Phoenix is the publisher of an online magazine that seems to be mostly focused on getting advertisers. He means business, too. His GoFundMe page has drawn $65 in just three months!.
Good for him!
He's upset by my blog about a gentleman singing Barbara Ann outside of Shula's on Friday. An Allentown cop not only body slammed the poor soul, but then dug a knee into his kidney. Apparently, I'm a coward for being among those who published the video.
This Walter Cronkite of the Lehigh Valley has decided, on Facebook, that "it is time to officially state this:"
"Recently, with all the events happening in the city of Allentown, I have read a few posts in the Lehigh Valley Ramblings blog.
"Officially going on record and saying NEVER pay attention to a single word in Lehigh Valley Ramblings. Bernie O'Hare is nothing but a grade school level hack. I have been white hot with anger and did posts that made more sense and had more credibility than this blog.
"I admit to not using all the rules of proper English and journalism in the magazine. It takes a conversational tone. The posts in Ramblings contain phrases like "Fed Ed" that any serious and respectable journalist would never use. How many people even know what that term means. I live in Allentown and only know by reading articles in credible media.
"If I would do a serious and honest review of this blog (done several blog reviews in the past), I would give this a rating of complete joke. Mr. O'Hare attempts to cover his witch hunts and flat out laziness by adding in a few links to each article. This is a very poor attempt.
"I do have to congratulate Ramblings on one thing: succeeding at the only thing this blog is trying to achieve. Making people question all the media in the Lehigh Valley, especially the independents."
I called fellow blogger Michael Molovinsky to complain about this asshole, and he agreed with the asshole. In fact, the two of them got together for dinner at Shula's.
"Perhaps you could come and sing a song for us, while standing in the alley way," Molovinsky texted me, as I demonstrated my "flat out laziness" by attending a meeting in Bethlehem Township. I was about to reply when I got this: "Alright, we're at Shula's. I'd invite you, but tonight's just for serious writers. When you come by to sing, please sing loud, because our table is back a ways. Do you know Barbara Ann?