In the last 48 hours, I have been personally messaged and tagged in many posts about a person in our community. Lots of accusations are being made, and emotions are getting heated.
We are honored that people think of our organization as one that brings truth to the light in OCR. This is not lost on us.
On a regular basis, we get contacted from people in OCR about races, organizations, or individuals that they believe are up to no good. These people want do right by the OCR community and they believe we, at ORM can help.
Here’s the deal though. As a media organization, we need facts to support any claims of misconduct.
If it is just “I heard this guy/gal said this, and I don’t think it’s true”, we can’t use that. In a courtroom situation, that is called hearsay. We don’t print hearsay and rumor. We are not TMZ.
If you believe someone or some entity in our community is actually defrauding others, please let us know, as we would love to help out and do our part to inform the OCR community.
You must note, that we need facts and sources that we can quote to make the story valid. Allow me to give an example.
Let us say it’s donations that are in question.
For starters, you would need to get facts from the person/organization you are accusing.
What and where did this person say they collected donations? How much was collected? What website? Did they tell you personally and let you know that you can go on the record with the answer?
Then you would need to contact the “donated to organization” that was supposed to have benefitted. Speak to someone there, to verify the claims. Get that person’s name in that organization to go on the record.
If the information you obtained from “donated to organization” is different from the person you are accusing, you have to go back to the accused and ask for a statement on the record about the discrepancy.
You may be thinking “That’s a lot of work!” You would be right.
We know, first hand at ORM. When we investigated the Lozilu mud run, it took countless hours, emails, and phone conversations to obtain the facts necessary to have enough evidence for the stories we published.
Even then, the mainstream media, refused to take notice for several days. We called multiple news sources BEGGING them to contact participants who were out money and venues that had been lied to. Finally, a few stories in mainstream media were run, and Active shut down the registration process.
We understand that some “whistleblowers” would want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. We are happy to work with you and keep your name of it. We still need facts and need your help obtaining them, as we do not have unlimited time/resources/funds to chase down everyone in question.
One more note. If you don’t have enough facts to bring a legal case or enough for any media organization to run with. Keep posting on your personal page and in OCR community Facebook pages. Many times this will create the same results you wanted in the first place.
Just know that if you are posting statements without hard evidence, there may be consequences on your end.
I hope this clears some things up, please free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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