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David Codrea: A Regrettable Announcement
Over the weekend, I submitted my resignation as a content contributor to and adviser for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Here’s why:
Last week, I submitted my article on Mike Vanderboegh’s BamaCarry speech to KeepAndBearArms.com Newslinks, another website SAF bought. It never appeared.
It’s no secret there is hostility between Mike and Alan Gottlieb. And Mike was apparently told by some readers that Alan has forbidden articles by or about him to appear on any properties he controls.
Alan confirmed that was the reason for the piece being banned.
I regret the hell out of this, but his mandate leaves me no choice but to resign or renege on a commitment I made to readers, and most importantly to myself.
I understood why David stayed with JPFO after the Gottlieb takeover. Under the “any chair” doctrine, I even agreed…
…to the point where Gottlieb would interfere editorially — for his own ego-pumping benefit as opposed to some legitimate pro-RKBA reason — with David’s work. I expected it to happen. I was hazy on the timing, because while Gottlieb is [self-censored], David is extremely tolerant and forebearing.
David Codrea (and Kurt Hofmann) were my remaining canaries in the coal mine (after Claire Wolfe and others bailed immediately). So long as they could hold out, I would likewise hold out…. hope that Gottlieb wouldn’t finally-and-absolutely compromise Aaron Zelman’s legacy. With David’s departure, that hope is gone. I’ll be watching for Hofmann’s departure to see when the Gottliebization of the former JPFO is completed.
I expect they’re about 99.999% done now.
Fortunately, Aaron’s legacy does still live on: At The Zelman Partisans. (Hopefully they’ll pick up David’s former JPFO columns now.)
Added: I’m reminded that a third person stayed on with Gottlieb’s JPFO in an effort to keep Aaron’s dream alive: webmaster Chris. I do not mean to slight Chris by referring only to David and Kurt as my “canaries.” I chose them as public indicators of JPFO’s status. For better or worse, webmasters’ work is almost always behind the scenes, and ignored until things go Tango Uniform. We tend to forget that they are constantly working to keep things working.
I haven’t spoken to Chris personally about this issue, but from third party… well, gossip may be the word… and from a little bit of previous, unrelated correspondence, my take is that Chris is every bit as principled as David and Kurt. It wouldn’t hurt to keep track of site maintenance over there to see if Gottlieb runs Chris off, too.
JPFO was Aaron Zelman’s creation (true, not alone; but he was the force behind it). Many of us respected Aaron and his work. We feel an emotional attachment to the original organization because of that,* and want to preserve it. Humans are individuals with differing reactions. Mine was to view the Gottlieb takeover as the spoiling of one site, with The Zelman Partisans being the true successor. David, Kurt, and Chris — I think — chose to keep the old body alive.
I respect their decision. Hell, if I thought it would work, I’d join them. But I know too much about Gottlieb, and my trusting nature burned out years ago. (And Bowtie Boy’s action that drove off David proves my point).
* It’s a little known damned near unknown fact that I worked for Aaron myself. In fact — very briefly — I was webmaster for the old JPFO. But I wasn’t very good at it. Chris is.