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Carla Debevic Comments. She Feels Slandered By Anonymous Barberton Herald ViewsLine. Did The Herald Intentionally Block Her?

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Note from the admin/editor (Mike Bodnar). One major problem with Social Media or Anonymous Call-in Viewsline is it allows trashing of a person’s reputation with no consequence. Our forefathers included the 6th amendment giving a defendant the right to face the accuser. This is why testimony must be first hand, not hearsay.

Carla Debevec deserves to know why she could not post a reply to a Barberton Herald Viewsline. If it is true that Carla Debevec was blocked by the Herald staff. She deserves a front-page retraction, apology and a reason why it occurred.

Viewslines are fun for those not affected. They are popular and help increase viewership. But my favorite saying is: Just Because You Can, Does Not Mean You Should. Anonymous publishing should end.

BarbertonJournal.com will publish open letters and opinion articles from Community Leaders. BarbertonJournal.com will not edit these articles.

Carla Debevec’s open letter to the Barberton Community

I was recently made aware of a derogatory comment slandering my personal character on The Barberton Herald online viewsline. I rarely read it and have only replied a few times using my real name and email address…until today. This leads me to the OUTRAGE I’m about to express.

Someone with the code name “2 years” posted a comment on January 14th stating: “both of our at-large council members need AA…cheers”. I attempted to respond because I feel as if it is a personal attack and a defamation of character. I was unable to post a reply so I waited a day and tried again. Ultimately, after trying for several days I asked my son for help.

What I quickly realized was that my IP address has been blocked by The Barberton Herald. This was established through a series of steps I followed at the advice of my son. I attempted to post a reply with my home WiFi engaged as usual with no luck. I then turned off my home WiFi and found success posting.

Why does this matter?

The Barberton Herald allowed me to be attacked, yet prevented me from upholding myself. 

The Barberton Herald has long claimed transparency and unbiased reporting. This act negates this claim.

The question we must all ask is who is The Barberton Herald silencing? Is it you? Will you be afforded the right to defend yourself if you are unjustly vilified? 

BarbertonJournal.com will publish open letters to the Barberton Community from Community Leaders. We do not correct or edit the writing.

CARLA DEBEVEC OPEN LETTER TO BARBERTON COMMUNITY.

I was recently made aware of a derogatory comment slandering my personal character on The Barberton Herald online viewsline. I rarely read it and have only replied a few times using my real name and email address…until today. This leads me to the OUTRAGE I’m about to express.

Someone with the code name “2 years” posted a comment on January 14th stating: “both of our at-large council members need AA…cheers”. I attempted to respond because I feel as if it is a personal attack and a defamation of character. I was unable to post a reply so I waited a day and tried again. Ultimately, after trying for several days I asked my son for help.

What I quickly realized was that my IP address has been blocked by The Barberton Herald. This was established through a series of steps I followed at the advice of my son. I attempted to post a reply with my home WiFi engaged as usual with no luck. I then turned off my home WiFi and found success posting.

Why does this matter?

The Barberton Herald allowed me to be attacked, yet prevented me from upholding myself. 

The Barberton Herald has long claimed transparency and unbiased reporting. This act negates this claim.

The question we must all ask is who is The Barberton Herald silencing? Is it you? Will you be afforded the right to defend yourself if you are unjustly vilified? 

The Barberton Herald states is bold letters: “Please refrain from personal attacks and libel. The herald reserves the right to edit or omit comments or users. The herald does not investigate or deem any topic as fact in the viewsline.” So yes, they can block me because they are a private company following their rules…but who decides who it is okay to attack?

I was recently made aware of a derogatory comment slandering my personal character on The Barberton Herald online viewsline. I rarely read it and have only replied a few times using my real name and email address…until today. This leads me to the OUTRAGE I’m about to express.

Someone with the code name “2 years” posted a comment on January 14th stating: “both of our at-large council members need AA…cheers”. I attempted to respond because I feel as if it is a personal attack and a defamation of character. I was unable to post a reply so I waited a day and tried again. Ultimately, after trying for several days I asked my son for help.

What I quickly realized was that my IP address has been blocked by The Barberton Herald. This was established through a series of steps I followed at the advice of my son. I attempted to post a reply with my home WiFi engaged as usual with no luck. I then turned off my home WiFi and found success posting.

Why does this matter?

The Barberton Herald allowed me to be attacked, yet prevented me from upholding myself. 

The Barberton Herald has long claimed transparency and unbiased reporting. This act negates this claim.

The question we must all ask is who is The Barberton Herald silencing? Is it you? Will you be afforded the right to defend yourself if you are unjustly vilified? 

The Barberton Herald states is bold letters: “Please refrain from personal attacks and libel. The herald reserves the right to edit or omit comments or users. The herald does not investigate or deem any topic as fact in the viewsline.” So yes, they can block me because they are a private company following their rules…but who decides who it is okay to attack?

I was recently made aware of a derogatory comment slandering my personal character on The Barberton Herald online viewsline. I rarely read it and have only replied a few times using my real name and email address…until today. This leads me to the OUTRAGE I’m about to express.

Someone with the code name “2 years” posted a comment on January 14th stating: “both of our at-large council members need AA…cheers”. I attempted to respond because I feel as if it is a personal attack and a defamation of character. I was unable to post a reply so I waited a day and tried again. Ultimately, after trying for several days I asked my son for help.

What I quickly realized was that my IP address has been blocked by The Barberton Herald. This was established through a series of steps I followed at the advice of my son. I attempted to post a reply with my home WiFi engaged as usual with no luck. I then turned off my home WiFi and found success posting.

Why does this matter?

The Barberton Herald allowed me to be attacked, yet prevented me from upholding myself. 

The Barberton Herald has long claimed transparency and unbiased reporting. This act negates this claim.

The question we must all ask is who is The Barberton Herald silencing? Is it you? Will you be afforded the right to defend yourself if you are unjustly vilified? 

The Barberton Herald states is bold letters: “Please refrain from personal attacks and libel. The herald reserves the right to edit or omit comments or users. The herald does not investigate or deem any topic as fact in the viewsline.” So yes, they can block me because they are a private company following their rules…but who decides who it is okay to attack?

Copy of Anonymous remark That offended Carla Debevec
Copy of Barberton Herald Disclaimer. Why publish such an obvious slanderous remark? Herald management/ownership needs to explain.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Huh! I wonder if I’m blocked!

    Poor Carla, what did she expect, however? The Herald, unfortunately, is sort of seen as a propaganda pamphlet for the Good ole Club. Unfortunately, this incident will only buttress that impression with many.

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