Bless You, D. Sherman Okst
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Today, I received a personal email from D. Sherman Okst titled “F*** You.” Okst is an Internet financial writer that, I think, does some very good work. So, I was taken back when Okst wrote, “ ‘These articles are not written by a bunch of angry uneducated bloggers but by money managers, investors and financial writers.’ Like those f***ing dickless educated assholes saw the biggest bubble or the real estate crash before it happened.” Evidently, Okst took issue with one and only one line in the story. He didn’t point out a single thing wrong with the rest of post. Just this line I wrote that said, “These articles are not written by a bunch of angry uneducated bloggers but by money managers, investors and financial writers.” (Click here for the complete original post I wrote.)
Okst wrote an entire post about this one line in my story on his website, Psychopathiceconomics.com. In his post, he wrote, “Seriously F*** YOU and your education. Right up there with Dennis Kneales ‘all economic bloggers live in their mommy’s’ basements.’ Having an education or being on TV doesn’t make you right.” (Click here for the complete post.)
Ok, now it’s my turn. Okst’s bio says he is an “ex-airline pilot . . . fascinated with the economy.” I don’t find a thing wrong with that. As far as my education: I have a BA from University of Missouri. I am hardly a financial wonk, and there is nothing all that special about my education other than the fact I paid for it myself. I do find what Okst wrote on his website and emailed to me offensive and vulgar. I wonder who Okst thinks he is to send out an email titled “F***You” to a total stranger? More importantly, it makes me question his judgement and logic.
He makes a giant illogical leap to heap me into a category with Dennis Kneale when I am quoting Internet sources that are not part of the mainstream media (MSM.) My point was that the folks I was quoting should be listened to even though you may not have heard of them in the MSM. Anyone who reads USAWatchdog.com knows I am no fan of the Federal Reserve, government regulators, the MSM or the big banks.
Okst goes on to say, “Usually Hunters work is good and respectable, but that reference earns him the Dennis Kneale of the year award. So again: F*** you Greg. You’re only as good as what you learn in school, and you’re only as good your intuition. I’d take the “un”educated pissed off economic bloggers over any of the fund managers (whether they saw it coming or not).” This is another giant leap that claims something I didn’t even say or meant to insinuate. I guess Okst glossed over the part of the one sentence he didn’t like where I mention “financial writers.” Isn’t Okst a financial writer on the Internet just like me? Had I included him in the post, would I have gotten the nasty email and blog post on his site?
I try to inform the public about what is really happening in the economy and politics. I also try to be fair and do not spin the facts to fit a story I am writing. In short, being fair is being accurate. I do not send nasty emails to strangers or allow gratuitous foul language on my site. (In proper context, off color language has been posted.) It’s not because I am any better than anyone else. The situation in the world today is so serious that the last thing I want my readers to question is my credibility and judgement.
Bless you, D. Sherman Okst. Your post and email diminishes you, not me.