Dan Liebman’s “What’s Going On Here” column of June 2nd in BloodHorse.com (and presumably in the weekly print edition) was unfortunate. Dan is the editor of the magazine, but he used his weekly editorial space to plug a new commercial Blood-Horse Publications venture — TrueNicks, a nick rating system that was developed by pedigree expert Alan Porter. This column, “Nick of Time,” was an obvious exercise in bad taste and yet another example of the magazine’s lack of editorial strength, integrity, and vision, things for which the green magazine was once heralded. Much of the blame for this cultural shift from the great days of the past can be dumped in the lap of Stacy Bearse, the publisher.
In fact, I’d say there’s a very good chance that Stacy strong-armed Dan to write the advertorial.
Today, around 4:30 pm, I visited the online site to view reader comments on Dan’s piece, and without exception the nine posted comments were negative. I was impressed, however, that Dan had allowed the comments to be posted because the site runs a disclaimer that states: “All comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted. The blog author reserves the right to edit or omit any comment.” Dan, the blog author, had manned-up and was willing to take the flack, it seemed. (The comments can be viewed by scrolling to the end of the article.)
Around 11:00 pm, I went back to the site to read more comments, but this time I found only six comments when before there had been nine. Who lifted them? Three had been deleted AFTER they had been originally posted. And suspiciously enough, there were no more comments posted after 4:05 pm!
Somebody — Stacy, anyone? — had obviously sent the order down that no more comments were to be posted, and the worst had to be stricken from the record.
The Internet, however, does not forget. A cached version of the page with the nine comments is available through any search engine. Click here to view it.
Here are the three comments that were deleted:
in reference to the last paragraph concerning stallion subscriptions…I would only comment that stallion owners have been mislead by Dan Porter’s nonsense that is bolstered by the Bloodhorse “brand name”..they have been sold a bill of goods…while seeking to advance bookings to their stallions…thank god that true nicks was not around when the mating that produced Barbaro was planned…(it is a C rating)…and for that matter we might not have race horses like Dunkirk…or stallions like “Songandaprayer” WAKE UP BLOODHORSE!!!!!!!!!
I truly find it sad that a once great publication has sunk to printing something under the guise of an editorial which would be more accurately termed an infomercial.