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Aug 17 Fred Casely commented on "The Victorians" From Port Townsend Refused Entry To B.C.'s Butchart Gardens For Being Themselves.
@24: So you wrote this late in the day. That doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility to, in the words of the SPJ’s Code of Ethics, “Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.”

Was it more important to get the post up before midnight than it was to treat one of the subjects fairly? You could have, at the very least, emailed them for comment and noted that fact in your story, adding a promise to do an update upon getting a response from them.

Your haste in doing that contrasts starkly with this: Five hours after posting the ungrammatical, oddly capitalized comment* in which you said you would update the piece, it still hasn’t been done.

*Everyone else at The Stranger manages to use the same professional voice and attention to detail when writing in the comments as they do in their stories. @24 reads like a quickly-dashed-off text to your BFF.
Aug 17 Fred Casely commented on "The Victorians" From Port Townsend Refused Entry From B.C.'s Butchart Gardens For Being Themselves.
Just technical difficulties, apparently. That's reassuring. FWIW, though, @12 did actually appear and then disappear.
Aug 17 Fred Casely commented on "The Victorians" From Port Townsend Refused Entry From B.C.'s Butchart Gardens For Being Themselves.
Not sure what happened to my post @12, but let's try again:

A lot of people writing a story about this might have chosen to explain the nature of Butchart Gardens and why they might have a rule against visitors dressing in costume.

I tried following the links to their site — both of which are dead. I figured that was probably as a result of changes they made after being contacted by The Stranger for this piece. But then I went back and read through it one more time and realized the writer makes no mention of trying to contact Butchart Gardens to get their side of it. That's irresponsible and unprofessional.

On their home page though, there's a prominent link to this:

The Butchart Gardens' Response to Inquiries Regarding the Chrismans

August 16, 2016

For the enjoyment and safety of all visitors, and to preserve our tranquil atmosphere, The Butchart Gardens joins many international attractions, (Disney Parks; SeaWorld Parks/Busch Gardens; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; --to name a few), in not permitting costumes or masks to be worn onsite. This includes persons wearing period style, historical dress, or adult clothing that could be viewed as a costume as they could be mistaken for entertainers or interpreters hired by The Gardens and could detract from the experience of other visitors. This policy has been in place for many years and is prominent on our website.

The Butchart Gardens stands on its record for the courtesy and professionalism of its staff. The Chrismans were afforded this courtesy from the moment they arrived at The Gardens to the moment they left. As a compromise, Mrs. Chrisman was politely asked to remove only her hat, and had she not refused, the Chrismans would have been welcomed into The Gardens.

Upon this refusal we immediately refunded all their costs including bus fare to The Gardens, admission fee, meal costs, and they were provided a paid taxi back to Victoria.

We are most thankful for all the support we are receiving.
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Aug 17 Fred Casely commented on "The Victorians" From Port Townsend Refused Entry From B.C.'s Butchart Gardens For Being Themselves.
A lot of people writing a story about this might have chosen to explain the nature of Butchart Gardens and why they might have a rule against visitors dressing in costume.

I tried following the links to their site — both of which are dead. I figured that was probably as a result of changes they made after being contacted by The Stranger for this piece. But then I went back and read through it one more time and realized the writer makes no mention of trying to contact Butchart Gardens to get their side of it. That's irresponsible and unprofessional.

On their home page though, there's a prominent link to this:

The Butchart Gardens' Response to Inquiries Regarding the Chrismans

August 16, 2016

For the enjoyment and safety of all visitors, and to preserve our tranquil atmosphere, The Butchart Gardens joins many international attractions, (Disney Parks; SeaWorld Parks/Busch Gardens; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; --to name a few), in not permitting costumes or masks to be worn onsite. This includes persons wearing period style, historical dress, or adult clothing that could be viewed as a costume as they could be mistaken for entertainers or interpreters hired by The Gardens and could detract from the experience of other visitors. This policy has been in place for many years and is prominent on our website.

The Butchart Gardens stands on its record for the courtesy and professionalism of its staff. The Chrismans were afforded this courtesy from the moment they arrived at The Gardens to the moment they left. As a compromise, Mrs. Chrisman was politely asked to remove only her hat, and had she not refused, the Chrismans would have been welcomed into The Gardens.

Upon this refusal we immediately refunded all their costs including bus fare to The Gardens, admission fee, meal costs, and they were provided a paid taxi back to Victoria.

We are most thankful for all the support we are receiving.
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Aug 11 Fred Casely commented on Dan Savage to Daily Beast: Take Down Your Creepy Olympic Grindr “Exposé”.
Actually, it looks like they have taken it down. But a similar story out of Sochi two years ago now tops their "most-read" list.
Aug 11 Fred Casely commented on Dan Savage to Daily Beast: Take Down Your Creepy Olympic Grindr “Exposé”.
I think the Change.org petition errs in only asking for Hines to be fired and not for the story to be taken down, but I signed it anyway.
Aug 8 Fred Casely commented on The Morning News: Whale Strands, Dies on West Seattle Beach, John Oliver Argues Print Journalism Is Doing the Same.
Sipping on their lattes, deep in conversation, they care more about the scene than the cilantro.
Lousy hipsters. Why can't they just drink a latte like a normal person does?
Jul 28 Fred Casely commented on Savage Love.
Re GNAT, from a SLOG post circa 2014:

Band Names / Ways I Would Like to Die
Trampled by Turtles
A Rocket to the Moon
Tiny Vipers
Butterfly Explosion
Unicorn Dream Attack
Death by Chocolate

Band Names / Ways I Would Not Like to Die:
Brainworms
Poop Attack
Anthrax
Decapitated
Acid Bath
Mannheim Steamroller
The Cramps
Surgical Penis Klinik
Anvil
John Cougar Concentration Camp
Spinal Tap
Megadeth
Goathammer Abortion
Choking on Entrails
Jul 27 Fred Casely commented on The Democratic Convention Is Awash in Corporate Cash.
Along the way, you’ll stroll by the Comcast Xfinity Live complex

A couple of decades from now, we'll all be saying, "Remember back in the 'Teens, when every 'sports entertainment complex' or regional casino had 'Live!' in its name, and every other new bar the word 'social?'"
Jul 26 Fred Casely commented on Melania Trump Calls Up Ted Cruz.
Why do we have only binary choices? Funniness and death exist on a spectrum.