02/22/13: Reprint of: 10/04/12: Reprint of the 1st section of the Weebly blog that I started in 2010, called “newblog2010.” This section discusses the “Making A Difference” fraud perpetrated by Brian Williams and NBC, documents what seemed to be an instance of censorship and an attempt to prevent more people from finding out about the fraud, and also describes how the coded sexual harassment and threats from the media and what turned into the conglomerate, here about the BP oil spill, were beginning to cause harassment of me in person by strangers in Vermont at that time. Copyright, with noted exceptions, L. Kochman, October 4, 2012 @ 12:01 p.m./Copyright L. Kochman, February 22, 2013 @ 6:17 p.m.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION ARE ILLEGAL. IT IS ILLEGAL TO RETALIATE AGAINST SOMEONE WHO HAS LODGED A COMPLAINT OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST YOU. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Note for this page: This page of this blog begins on July 13, 2010, but I’m writing this note on September 30, 2010, at 12:11 p.m.. I have edited out a large amount of what was originally written on this page. However, my Friendster profile and WordPress blog being destroyed were only the most recent examples of my writing being suppressed online. Much of the first half of my WordPress blog was writing that I had kept a copy of, which was helpful on August 18, 2010, when this same page on Weebly got erased right in front of me.
On August 18, 2010, I stood there and watched while everything from the bottom of the page to the section for July 15, 2010 @ 3:29 p.m. got erased; it really did look as if an invisible eraser was working its way up the page to just below where Brian Williams was quoted from his appearance in the December 27, 2009 USA Weekend as saying “We’ve been pleasantly surprised that our ratings are up this year over last. Considering we were in the midst of a history-making presidential election year (and the downward trend in the news biz, in general), that’s saying something.”
If you read what is now my short version of this blog, you will see that what got erased along with everything else on August 18, 2010 was my complete explanation of how Mr. Williams, Kevin Tibbles, and whoever else those two men colluded with at NBC deliberately and painstakingly committed fraud to cover up the fact that Mr. Williams had taken an idea that I’d written about on Friendster in January of 2009 and that he’d turned it into his very successful “Making A Difference” project.
As I’ve said many times, I never begrudged Mr. Williams the use of that idea; I wasn’t copyrighting anything I wrote online then, and I doubt that I would have tried to copyright that idea anyway since I thought it would be a good thing for any news show to have. In fact, here’s my express permission that any news show that wants to can use my original idea that I wrote about on Friendster in January of 2009 and create any kind of “Good News Show” that they want to. Since it WASN’T Mr. Williams’s idea to begin with, and since I’ve proved that conclusively in this blog, I doubt that Mr. Williams or anyone at NBC can sue you for using my idea to create a show like that or to put a segment like it in your already existing news show. That goes for newspapers, magazines, online, radio and so on; anyone who wants to use my original idea for its original intention of letting people know about good things that are happening in the world can.
While I was working on the Word document that I used to put this page of my blog back together just now, I asked a question from “Office Online.” One of the side captions that appeared next to my document says “Crabby demystifies Word terms.”
The battery is charging on my camera right now. If I can, I’ll leave the page that shows that caption up until I can take a picture of it.
All of the above is copyrighted to me, L. Kochman September 30, 2010
July 14, 2011
Here’s another note that I’ve written about this page. PLEASE NOTICE THAT TODAY’S DATE, JULY 14, 2011, IS A YEAR LATER THAN THE DATE ON WHICH I STARTED MY EXPLANATION OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY ORIGINAL ESSAY ON FRIENDSTER THAT WAS USED BY MR. WILLIAMS AS THE BASIS FOR HIS NBC NIGHTLY NEWS SEGMENT “MAKING A DIFFERENCE”. When I wrote my essay about the need for a Good News Show on Friendster in January of 2009, the Internet, media and entertainment industry harassment of me wasn’t yet sexual harassment. I used the quote “Hope is the virtue from which all other virtues spring” at a time when I couldn’t have anticipated that in two and a half years I would think carefully about using the word “spring” if I didn’t absolutely have to do so.
I didn’t have a blog such as Weebly or WordPress before the summer of 2010. The way I had written online before then was to write on Friendster and then replace what I’d written a few hours later, the next day, or a few days later. Also, when Brian Williams appeared in the December 27, 2009 USA Weekend and said that he’d begun “air(ing) a new segment called ‘Making a Difference’” in 2009, not only was the harassment of me not yet sexual in nature, no code significance had been attached to the word “new”.
Copyright L. Kochman July 14, 2011 @ 12:40 p.m.
July 13, 2010
I found what I wrote on Friendster that it’s always seemed to me that Brian Williams at NBC took and used as the basis for his “Making A Difference” segment. I had printed out a copy of the screen that had the essay on it in Friendster: on the printed page you can even see the Friendster section heading “About Me,” as well as other Friendster-specific titles and graphics that print out on the page when you make a paper copy of the screen. At the top right-hand corner of the page it reads “Saturday, January 24, 2009 @ 8:56 p.m.. That means that I wrote the following essay on or before January 24, 2009:
from “About Me:”
I was thinking it would be fun to have a show called “The Good News Show.” I think it’s important to have news shows keep reporting on all the scary, bad things that are happening in the world, but sometimes I feel like I’ve been watching the same show over and over again since I was a kid. So I thought it might be fun to have a half-hour show in which the newscaster reported the statistics of all the good, low-key things that happened every day.
For example: “Today, 250 million people in the United States got up and went to work.” “Today, 50 million kids went to school in the United States.” “Today, 10,000 tons of stuff got recycled.” I don’t know what the actual statistics are on any of those things. Does anyone in general know those statistics? No? So we need that show.
I feel like it would be nice to have those daily numbers reported on all the people who are going about their business, the ones who aren’t screwing up. Because I think that there are a lot of people who are not screwing up on any given day. It’s not that I don’t have an interest in the world outside my doors. I just hate seeing one catastrophe after another and feeling like there’s nothing I can do about any of it. I read somewhere that “Hope is the virtue from which all other virtues spring.”
July 15th, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m.
Yahoo’s coverage of the oil spill today reads: “BP back to slow trial of choking Gulf oil with untested cap (AP).” Yesterday I was out and there was a group of people a few feet away from me whom I didn’t know and neither looked at nor approached. All of a sudden a guy in that group of people started saying things like “leak” and “horsehair” and making other references that made me think that he was aware of the way in which I’ve been getting harassed. He kept that going for a while and I ignored it. It also sounded as if he might have taken a picture of me with his cellphone. I wonder if the people and businesses who have been harassing me really think that they aren’t endangering me.
I just did a Google search on ” NBC Making A Difference” through Wikipedia and here were the first four results:
Advanced searchAbout 1,430 results (0.29 seconds) Search ResultsKTAL-TV – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
NBC for the Ark-La-Tex (1996–2002); The News Station (2002–2009); Making A Difference (2008-2009); Your Weather Authority (2009-present) …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTAL-TV – Cached – SimilarJohn Rich (war correspondent) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After having been retired for many years, Rich was featured in NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference segment on July 24, 2008. …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rich_(war_correspondent) – CachedWCNC-TV – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Come Home to the Best, Only on 36 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign); Making a Difference (1989-1996); Carolinas’ News Channel (1996-2007 and …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCNC-TV – 23 hours ago – Cached – SimilarKSNF – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
KSNF is the NBC affiliated television station for the Joplin, … unrelated to the 1986-1987 NBC ad campaign); Together, We’re Making A Difference …en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KSNF – Cached – Similar
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Brian Williams appeared in USA Weekend on December 27, 2009 in an article called “The Best News of 2009.” Here’s a quote from him in that article: “We’ve been pleasantly surprised that our ratings are up this year over last. Considering we were in the midst of a history-making presidential election year (and the downward trend in the news biz, in general), that’s saying something. Why us? Why now? It has been theorized that a spoonful of “good news” might just have helped. Several nights a week, we air a new segment called “Making a Difference.”” ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
July 15, 2010 @ 3:40 p.m.
Since Mr. Williams is calling the “Making A Difference” segment a “new segment” for NBC as of 2009 and is also crediting “Making A Difference” for the fact that his ratings in 2009 are up from his ratings in 2008, why are there search results from Google and Wikipedia indicating that “Making A Difference” was a part of NBC from as early as 1989, or even in 2008? It’s not my fault that someone at The New Yorker starting calling me “Wikileaks,” and I would appreciate it if Wikipedia didn’t take out its embarrassment over that issue on me. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
July 15, 2010 @ 3:50 p.m.
The other day I looked up “NBC Nightly News” on Wikipedia. The article covers the history of the show “NBC Nightly News” since 1970, and there is NO mention at all of a segment called “Making A Difference” or anything like that segment ever being a part of that show. The Wikipedia article about NBC Nightly News isn’t an old or abandoned article: the last sentence of the first paragraph says: “As of 2010, it is the highest rated broadcast news program in the United States.”
July 15, 2010 @ 4:35 p.m.
If you go directly to the Wikipedia website and do a search on “NBC Making A Difference” without using quotation marks, you will be directed to a Wikipedia page with several search results for that search term. The third search result has a title of “Jon Powers”: I’ve taken the text of that search result directly from that page and put it below:
Jon Powers com/id/10070054/ NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams series, “Making a Difference”, and http://www. msnbc. msn. com/id/16610767/site/ … 5 KB (785 words) – 15:16, 21 May 2010 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
July 15, 2010 @ 4:38 p.m.
If you follow the link to that Wikipedia article on Jon Powers, the first thing you’ll see are two notes from Wikipedia from January 2010, one of which says “The neutrality of this article is disputed.” The other note says “This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. It included attribution to IMDB, which may not be a reliable source for biographical information….”
Near the bottom of the page, there’s a link that says “Jon Powers appearance on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams “Making A Difference” series”.
If you follow that link, you go directly to a page on the “Making A Difference on NBC Nightly News” website. The page is devoted to what NBC claims is one story entitled “Iraq war vet determined to help children.” There’s a video and also a written article by NBC News Correspondent Kevin Tibbles. Just above the written article, there’s a picture of Mr. Tibbles, with a note that says that the article was “updated 11/17/2005”.
The video has an initial caption that says “Capt. John Powers has launched a program to help Iraqi orphans caught in the cross fire of war. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles has his story.” I’ve now watched that video 3 or 4 times; it seems to me that it’s a fake designed to make it look like a “Making A Difference” story that Mr. Williams ran in 2005. “Making A Difference” didn’t exist in 2005. I think that Mr. Williams and Mr. Tibbles took some old footage from Mr. Tibbles’s 2005 report and tried to make it look like an old “Making A Difference” segment.
Neither Mr. Tibbles nor Mr. Williams ever says the date during the video. Mr. Williams signs off at the end of the supposed broadcast by saying “That is Nightly News for this Wednesday night.”
@ 6:59 p.m.
That’s also how Mr. Williams signed off last night, on July 14th, 2010, except that when the camera pulled away last night it gave a large, clear view of the outside of his desk which was lit up with the words “July 14th, 2010.” The video of what Mr. Williams is trying to imply was the end of a broadcast that had “Making A Difference” in it from 2005 ends without showing the date in any way.
The logo from the faked 2005 “Making A Difference” segment is also different; it’s yellow, white and blue and has been made to look less high tech than their current “Making A Difference” logo.
I just did a Google search on the term “Jon Powers birthdate Buffalo NY” because I didn’t want Mr. Williams to try to claim that his fake report was an update from this year or last year. The third search result is called Jon Powers/Thinkblue. If you follow the link from the Thinkblue page to “Powers Official Website,” it’s porn called “Fuckbook hacker”. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
July 15, 2010 @ 7:44 p.m.
The reason that I wanted to look up Jon Powers’s birthdate is that both the written article by Kevin Tibbles from 11/17/2005 and the fake “Making A Difference” report start by saying that Jonathon Powers is 26 years old. It’s the first thing that Mr. Tibbles says in the fake “Making A Difference” video. It’s definitely footage from 2005, from a story about Jon Powers that was a legitimate news story at the time it was made but which has been taken and falsely represented as part of Mr. Williams’s attempt to cover up for the fact that he took the idea for his “Making A Difference” segment from something I wrote on Friendster in 2009. I’m not sure why he’s gone to all this trouble; I’ve said many times that I never begrudged him the idea. I wasn’t copyrighting anything I wrote on Friendster then and it has seemed to me that “Making A Difference” on the whole has proven to be a positive contribution to the world. I would really like it if Mr. Williams and everyone who’s been supporting him stopped harassing me now, though.