Friday, February 13, 2009

Time to Eat Some Delicious Crow! Bates Backs Down in World Libel Suit

Tulsa writer and political blogger Michael D. Bates is eating crow today. Tasty!

The Tulsa World went after Bates last month with a libel suit when his column in Urban Tulsa Weekly claimed that the World had doctored its circulation figures to disguise a declining circulation.

Urban Tulsa, also named in World lawsuit, quickly backed off the story, pulling it from its website and publishing a retraction in its very next issue, leaving Bates as the sole defendant.

Bates has now reached the same conclusion, writing a letter of apology to the World and admitting his circulation claims were wrong. The World has dropped its lawsuit.

Here's one meaty morsel from the Bates letter: "My research was flawed and information in my story was false and inaccurate, and I retract those incorrect statements."

A link to the World story on Bates and his letter of apology is here.


Tulsan said...

As you may recall, Bates formed a would-be triumvirate with radio personality Michael DelGiorno and city councilor Chris Medlock. They tried to bootstrap themselves into control of city government. They never had a coherent program, relying instead on a barrage of negativity.

DelGiorno hurried out of town after being banned from Tulsa casinos for cursing at casino employees, making sexual comments toward a female dealer and trying to withdraw a bet after he lost the hand. He defaulted on his expensive home. All this from a character who relentlessly portrayed himself as holier-than-thou on the radio.

Medlock tried to bully other councilors by flaunting a masters degree as proof that he knew what he was doing. It came out that he didn't have one. He then pathetically claimed to have forgotten.

Bates has used his "bully" pulpit in Urban Tulsa and his blog to demonize those he disagrees with. His thinking is always filtered through his far-right politics and his Dominionist religion. I wouldn't vote for him as dogcatcher.

When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Or maybe you had them already.

Tulsan said...

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