[Noisebridge-discuss] [Drama] Alleged conflict of interest

Praveen Sinha dmhomee at gmail.com
Mon May 21 16:54:39 PDT 2012


Please keep this off list, and send any issues involving Cynthia to me
while we are still mediating...  Thanks and hugs Tony...

On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM, Tony Longshanks LeTigre <
anthonyletigre at gmail.com> wrote:

> Cynthia just brought to my attention the fact I never answered this
> HARDBALL question of hers. I'm afraid there was just too much drama the
> week it was posted for me to get to it. My drama schedule for this week is
> looking fairly light, so I thought I'd reanimate this corpse just for
> fun.....
> *
> *
> *On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM, cynthia lee <
> cynthia.jeanne.lee at gmail.com> wrote:
> *
>> *Tony,
>> I have previously had a discussion with you about a possible conflict of
>> interest that you have with my anti Big Pharma stand and specifically with
>> my intention of inviting Peter Duesberg to speak. Don't you agree that
>> someone who generates income by writing for publications dependent on huge
>> advertising dollars from this industry (in the past and potentially in the
>> future) would have a potential conflict of interest when objecting to my
>> activities?*
> Yes, as I've told many people (it's not a secret), I freelanced for the
> Bay Area Reporter last year for 6 months.
> Their editor, Cynthia Laird, chastised me when she found out I was
> involved with Occupy Wall Street while writing about it at the same time.
> (Conflict of interests? Perhaps, but I think it's possible to a journalist
> and an activist....I've written & posted about this issue before....not
> gonna re-hash it on NB Discuss.) That's when I decided to stop writing for
> the Bay Area Reporter and start my own publication. That was the genesis of
> ZiP.
> At no time was I a paid staff writer for the B.A.R. (a conservative paper
> that represents much of what I dislike about the gay community and identity
> these days), nor did they ever or will they ever dictate my opinions on
> anything from Big Pharma to my choice in cocktails or wearing mismatched
> socks. I felt like an infiltrator when I freelanced for them, subverting
> from within -- as a matter of fact I was surprised they ever let me write
> for them. I think their editor may have had me confused with someone else
> (Tony the Tiger from Frosted Flakes maybe?)
> They paid me $50 per article. I think I made a total of less than $1,000
> from them in 6 months. (The same 6 months I was living on the street! They
> didn't know that either.) The Christmas party at Palio d'Asti last December
> was fun, though. I had the butternut squash raviolo and LOTS of wine, and
> complimented publisher Thomas Horne on his tie -- but disagreed with him
> about mayoral candidates. (I voted for Terry Baum.)
> I hope that info is of use to you.
> T
> On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM, Tony Longshanks LeTigre <
> anthonyletigre at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm sorry, what is the conflict of interest you're referring to?
>> Do you think that I'm being paid by Big Pharma to spread disinfo about
>> Duesberg?
>> That would be hilariously inaccurate.
>> Sorry, I think I may have missed something you posted about this on NB
>> Discuss.....could you reiterate (in a nutshell)?
>>> --
>>> Cynthia Jeanne Lee MD
>>> http://cynthiajeanneleemd.wordpress.com
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