A question on acceptable sources at DU. Is this source acceptable?
Is Soldier of Fortune considered an acceptable source here at DU?
For reference, I am including some information from post #3 of the thread in question, drawn from Wikipedia, which I believe should rule out this magazine as source anywhere on DU, rather unconditionally.
From post #3:
During the late 1980s, Soldier of Fortune was sued in civil court several times, for having published classified advertisements of services by (private) mercenaries. In 1987, Norman Norwood, of Arkansas, sued SOF magazine, because of injuries he suffered during a murder attempt by two men hired via a "Gun for Hire" advert in the magazine.
In 1989, four men were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the 1985 contract killing of Richard Braun, of Atlanta, Georgia. The killers were hired through a classified services advertisement published in Soldier of Fortune magazine that read: "GUN FOR HIRE". Braun's sons filed a civil lawsuit against the magazine and a jury found in their favor, awarding them $12.37 million in damages, which the judge later reduced to $4.37 million.
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Disclaimer: This is an Internet poll
General rule of thumb is anything from negative about the 2A is acceptable no matter what the source.
If used as a source to illustrate fucked up rightwing mentalities, it's a perfect source.
If you are using it as positive reinforcement for any argument you are making on DU, it's completely unacceptable,
A source that promotes murder for hire is unacceptable on any web forum.
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I mean, seriously.
...you whinge about this in GD? Fucking hilarious...
For those concerned, the article cited had nothing whatsoever to do with the scummy stuff that magazine was part of in the 80's. It was an article on mistakes people make when carrying a concealed handgun (an appropriate topic for the gungeon, I suppose).
based on Lizzie's post, and your freak-out.
I'm always amused at people who wet their pants over a rw source, when it's used in an appropriate manner.
Please tell me the post# of my "freakout" that has you so concerned that you are supporting the use of Soldier of Fortune here at DU.
Thank you in advance.
Not sure why it's got you so upset this morning.
I'm laughing at the fact that because you didn't get the jury results you wanted on that thread, you bring it here to GD.
It's not like the two words look anything alike.
The failed alert in that thread wasn't good enough for you, you had to bring it to GD.
I think this sums it up for most people:
Explanation: Whatever, it's the gun forum.
Explanation: Whatever, it's the gun forum.
Are right wing sources more acceptable in some DU forums than in others?
If so, why?
because the link you cited has nothing to do with what the magazine was promoting in the 80's.
So because you didn't get the jury results you wanted in the RKBA group, you take your grievance to GD to whine about it more?
I ask because you cite this as your reason for voting "yes".
And now you refuse to even answer the question?
I said that the link you provided and alerted on has nothing to do with what SOF was promoting in the 80's.
For being a professor, you sure do have a reading comprehension problem.
Will you please inform is of exactly what you feel that "Soldier of Fortune was promoting in the 80's"?
You keep using that phrase without explaining what you mean by it.
You even used the phrase in explaining why you voted "yes".
What do you mean by the phrase, "what SOF was promoting in the 80's"?
What exactly are you claiming that was Soldier of Fortune was promoting in the 80's?
It's right there in your thread, try actually reading what you cut and paste.
...does not even appear in the OP.
It's right there in your thread, try actually reading what you cut and paste
That's purely your own construction, and a construction which so far you seem quite unwilling to explain, despite the fact that you used the phrase as your reason for voting "yes".
There must be some reason why you are unable to answer such a simple question regarding your own personal stated reason for voting "yes".
Everything is having to do with firearms and their owners is racist according to you.
because they are professional - they know what they're doing. Their motives for killing people don't come into it.
That's the impression I've got from your posts. If you've posted anything that says something else, please point it out.
Which is, in case you haven't noticed, what this poll is all about.
etc are commonly used, then why not SOF?
But we know this thread is nothing more than flamebait, as you obviously intended it to be.
But hell, posters were linking to the fucking Washington Free Beacon this week, so DU doesn't really have much in the way of standards anymore.
If someone doesn't like the source, they don't have to click on it.
The pages are always sticky with gun lube.
Keep that twisted gun love to yourself.
...do you have a problem with the information contained in the OP to which you linked or do you just have a problem?
but some think using homophobia is ok-
fortunately some on DU find such bigotry unacceptable-
Response to sarisataka (Reply #49)
They were really good on weapons, because the people who were running it didn't have a lick of common sense and kept going to all these dirty little wars. For instance, they were the first Western media to finagle a ride in a Soviet Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter.
Then Bill Clinton got elected president and Bob Brown turned into the king of the right wingers. Your average teabagger WISHES he could be as right-wing as Bob Brown. Mr. Brown pretty much singlehandedly invented the prepper movement.
So...as entertaining as SOF USED to be, right now it is not a reliable news source unless you want to read about internecine wars between Sylvania and Freedonia.
I remember Soldier of Fortune articles in those days being a macho-to-the-max amalgam of firearms reviews, anti-gun control rants, Vietnam POW conspiracy theories and gory first-hand reporting on Cold War proxy wars, military coups and revolutions in Second and Third World nations. But what made Soldier of Fortune so enticing in my 11-year-old mind was less its editorial content than its infamous advertising.
Along with ads for mail-order brides, bounty hunter training manuals, surveillance electronics, Secrets of the Ninja lessons (including "mind clouding" and "sentry removal" , Nazi memorabilia, machine guns, silencers, and sniper rifles, Soldier of Fortune advertised the services of guns for hire.
"It's directed at professional mercenaries -- men who will fight for pay and those who want to hire them," wrote Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko in March 1984. "But since mercenaries represent only a tiny portion of the reading population, the magazine tries to broaden its appeal to include those who might be called war fans, weapon-lovers, fanatic anti-commies and Walter Mitty types who enjoy the vicarious thrill of reading about blood and guts."
Then again, I wouldn't link to here http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1172
to back up an argument of mine or to make a point.