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Warriors Official Posts Comment Supporting Team On Fan Web Site
Published May 27, 2009
PAR FOR THE COURSE: In S.F., Ray Ratto wrote the incident made Warriors officials and the team they are "gently running into the ground look petty, paranoid, manipulative and dishonest on top of already looking ignorant, irrelevant and self-aggrandizing." The problem with Ridder's comment "isn't that the Warriors shouldn't promote their side but that they're so spectacularly bad at it." On sites like WarriorsWorld, those with "other avenues of discourse on a given subject (the media, club officials, politicians, etc.) either announce themselves ahead of time or simply stay outside," and Ridder "crossed that line, no matter what his intentions might have been, and he made the organization, already known for its hypersensitivity to facts and criticism, look even more so." Ratto: "But to focus on Ridder is to miss the bigger picture" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/24). CNET.com's Chris Matyszczyk wrote, "You might think that Flunkster Dude has flunked the very first test of social media. You might think that someone who posts anonymously about honest, when himself being just slightly less than entirely honest about his interest in the matter, might just think about a career in politics" (CNET.com, 5/23). In California, Cam Inman wrote the comment was a "slimy way to drum up positive chatter on the Internet," and Ridder is "not a slimy guy, so I really fear what this will do to this reputation." But what Ridder did is "not all that uncommon in the mainstream media." Inman: "This is a wake-up call to blogs, everywhere: You are not off-limits from the propaganda teams often spew" (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 5/22).