Recently, my report in regards to Frances Robles has been trending, attracting both positive and negative attention.
Due to the latter of those, I wish to explain some things.
Firstly, I never wished to offend the “brony” scene, or the My Little Pony fan group. The only reason I used ‘you’ as an example was because to me, it represents a large part of the Internet. That’s not a negative thing, you’re a big part of what makes the Internet what it is! I know this may have hurt people’s feelings, and I apologise if you took it in this way. I understand many people would feel this is a personal attack, but it isn’t. It was blown out of proportion by the reporting articles who decided to use it as a headline and post twisted truths of what I said. For this, I am enraged with the articles that have written about this.
Secondly, I’d like to apologise to Frances Robles. Although I don’t regret what I did, I regret that she was the one it ended up being aimed at. The purpose of it was to report on how easily media can be influenced without proof, and the report was to suggest a change in the process of taking down information. It wasn’t to highlight the “troll”, it was a merely constructive thing. Of course, someone had to take it, and sadly you were the first. I’m aware you’re a multi-award winning reporter, and I really respect that! I but hope you accept this apology and take something constructive from this.
I am disappointed that such headlines focus on the innocent party of the “My Little Pony” ‘fandom’, and I want readers to know I had no part in the title making or content construction. The sole purpose of this report was to highlight the fault in how some reporters obtain information without fact checking.
If I had it my way, I would be severely highlighting the change that needs to occur, for the future of our reporters and the future of our reportings.
Regrettably, I will be taking a short break from my blog to recover from the damage caused by different media. Headlines focused on the wrong message have led to me and my family being attacked. This is something we need to work through together, and damaging headlines that focus on the wrong message and not the major message only make it worse for us. Thank you for reading and I will be back soon.
I apologise if you took offence, but to the thousands who show support, I thank you.
-Benjamin John Wareing.