Yesterday at Offiziere.ch I published a quick round-up of news related to last month’s Mali coup. While addressing rumors that the Peace Corps was withdrawing its volunteers from the country, I linked to a blog apparently written by P.C. volunteer Devon Larson, who on Tuesday stated that the withdrawal rumor was “false.”
A few hours later I got this nasty comment on the Offiziere post from someone using what appears to be Larson’s Boston University email address — presumably Larson herself:
I do not appreciate you linking to my blog without any sort of notification beforehand. Further, I really do not appreciate you linking to my blog about a rumor being false that was revised as being true well before you published this article. Not only have you misrepresented me, you have not done your research thoroughly. Always ALWAYS double check your information.
I think what she’s saying is: the rumor regarding the Peace Corps is actually true. But Larson never stated that on her blog. Instead, on Wednesday she had posted this update:
As of this writing, 9h40 GMT Wed 4 Apr 2012, two rumors labeled as false below have been rendered true. Unlike many peers, I will not share the details until a more appropriate time.
Note that she didn’t specify which of the rumors she’d addressed previously were being revised from false to true. I didn’t misrepresent her. I cited her last unambiguous comment about the withdrawal rumor, which at the time of my writing was one day old.
In any event, I take exception to her nasty tone, and her absurd notion that bloggers must seek permission (!) before linking to other bloggers. Does she even know how the Internet works? Once you click “publish,” your stuff is fair game for linking, quoting, whatever. Happens to me literally every day.
UPDATE: Ah, here we go. Finally a clear statement from Larson regarding the evacuation.