“In an ongoing and persistent effort to undermine, insult, defame and discredit Defendant, and Defendant’s news reporting, Plaintiff claims Defendant is ‘not a journalist’.”
(Jason Goodman quoted in document 52, page 4, filed May 23, 2018 in Robert David Steele’s lawsuit,as Defendant’s Reply to Memorandum in Opposition to “Special Motion To Dismiss”.)
Jason Goodman recently took offense at a statement made by Plaintiff Robert David Steele in his federal civil lawsuit, which implied that what Goodman does on his Crowdsource The Truth show is not journalism. Defendant Goodman replied in part, “While there is no legal definition of the term ‘journalist’ it is generally understood that gathering, disseminating and publishing factual information is considered journalism.”
Tracking the Leopard Meroz has no problem with Jason Goodman considering himself to be a broadcast journalist; but rather, disputes his crowdsource concept that there exists a form of No Fault Journalism. To illustrate what I mean by this, let’s take a look at this statement made by Goodman to his past hidden source, Rock Hudson aka Richard Stone, who some believe is the Deep Uranium source of George Webb, and possibly the former FBI informant/agent provocateur, named Okey Marshall Richards. At the 1.06 mark in this Crowdsource The Truth August 14, 2017 video Hudson Revealed, Jason Goodman stated:
…because there’s been some times that you’ve given me intelligence that I’ve maybe had a difficult time reporting accurately or you know it’s always difficult for me to know. I’m not an intelligence operative obviously, so myself and the members of the Crowdsource community don’t really have that much experience yet in dealing with raw intelligence and I think there’s still for some people at least an expectation that you know this is like vetted news along the lines of the New York Times, or CNN, or the Washington Post and that’s not what we’re representing it as, and that’s not what we’re trying to make it to be.
I think that you know when you and I do these phone calls and I hope we’ll be able to continue publishing them moving into the future, it will be you giving us the best intelligence that you’ve aggregated and us putting it to the crowd to be vetted and a lot of people are going to ask me, well, how do we know that Hudson is credible and how do we know this and how do we know that?
I leave it up to the crowd to use whatever resources are available at their disposal to make that determination, compare it against other sources, you know whatever that might be and I think with your help and these assistants of your group and the experience that you have as we move forward, people will come to know how to do that.
In addition to the fact that viewers of Crowdsource the Truth are asked to monetarily support his YouTube channel, we find from the above remarks that Jason Goodman also expects his listeners to do all the work of vetting the raw (and most likely fabricated) intelligence that his hidden source has offered up for cash under the table.
In 2017, Goodman altered the “name” of his source Richard Stone to Rock Hudson. What were CSTT Vetters to do with that manipulation of the facts? Well, months later, someone apparently did attempt to vet Hudson, and determined from his voice, I presume, that the man behind the scenes was the notorious Okey Marshall Richards. I have no idea who first started looking into that connection, but I first became aware of this from Dave (Acton) Sweigert, and later School Play Rehearsals YouTube channel and Ghostcrab’s Twitter account. The latter two had taken steps to verify this proposed connection by contacting Ray Looker, the militia friend who had been betrayed by Okey Marshall Richards. Recently, after I wrote about Richards, Jason Goodman had a telephone conversation with Ray Looker in this May 31, 2018 video, Hudson Exposed: Ray Looker’s Firsthand Account of the Sinister Deception of Okey Marshall Richards.
As I was listening to Hudson Revealed, I was remembering some of the quotes which Dave (Acton) Sweigert had referenced in his draft report on the Port of Charleston Dirty Bomb Hoax and Social Media Liability. Below is a screenshot of a page which he had displayed in an April 18, 2018 video of the remarks which Hudson had made to Jason Goodman. These remarks show a familiarity with George Webb and also reference Hudson’s study of the Port of Charleston using United Nations data.
Recall that Jason Goodman’s definition given to the federal court was that a journalist is one who gathers, disseminates, and publishes factual information. Jason Goodman in a recent CSTT Facebook comment, raised some leading questions, after reading the article I wrote on Okey Marshall Richards. His questions focus on his unfounded assertions that Dave Sweigert was complicit with his brother, George Webb, in setting up Jason Goodman a year ago.I have a problem with Jason Goodman’s efforts to bring Dave Sweigert into the midst of what were in fact problematic foundational issues of CSTT a year ago, over which Goodman had sole responsibility for. It was Goodman who established the policies and procedures for his business, which had they been based on sound journalistic practices, would have prevented the hidden source of George Webb from creating a questionable sequence of events where the CSTT platform was used as part of the dirty bomb fiasco. It was Jason Goodman’s responsibility to ensure that professional liars were not given prominence, let alone granted credibility, on his broadcasts.
After the Port of Charleston incident, I can recall a phone conversation where George Webb permitted his brother Dave to speak on air on CSTT, and it was Dave who was the one questioning the motives and methods of Jason Goodman, George Webb and Trish Negron in connection to the dirty bomb incident. So for Jason Goodman to suggest that Dave Sweigert had some complicity in the events of those days appears to be an attempt to find a scapegoat for his own leadership deficiencies. These same deficiencies are now under scrutiny in a defamation lawsuit.
This approach to casting blame, rather than confessing and rectifying one’s own failures, seems to be a standard operating procedure for Goodman. Those who have followed this story for the past year can recall this approach being taken against Defango, Robert David Steele, Queen Tut, and others. I don’t follow every interpersonal skirmish which has taken place in this part of the Alternative Media universe. However, the words between Dave Sweigert and Jason Goodman have caught my attention, now that court filings by Sweigert have been entered into the record of the Robert David Steele lawsuit, which I have been following since September 2017.
Document 51-1 filed May 22, 2018 is a list of exhibits supporting Document 51, a Declaration of D. George Sweigert which counters several accusations made by Jason Goodman. Some of Sweigert’s declarations find a natural fit in this lawsuit, as the original complaint had mentioned the Port of Charleston dirty bomb incident which involved Jason Goodman and his Crowdsource the Truth video channel on YouTube. Page 6 of Document 51-1 is subtitled, Jason Goodman accuses Dave Sweigert of planning the Port of Charleston Dirty Bomb Hoax. There are other statements made by Jason Goodman which are likewise addressed in detail by the several documents filed by Dave Sweigert.
The simple fact that Dave Sweigert has filed with the federal civil court in the Robert David Steele, Et.Al. vs. Jason Goodman, Et.Al. lawsuit, several documents which attest to a number of statements, under the penalties of perjury, indicates that Sweigert is willing to prove in a court of law, and later possibly under the conditions of discovery, as well as a jury trial, that Jason Goodman has made serious unfounded charges against him.
I have followed Dave Sweigert off and on, for almost a year now, and while he is a complex and sometimes perplexing individual, he generally contributes good commentary and truthful information on many subjects which are under discussion. Any issues I have had with Sweigert, I have addressed in detail in my own writings. But beyond those stated objections, overall, I find Dave Sweigert to be a good person, and not deserving of the unfounded insinuations made in recent weeks by Jason Goodman.
Document 56, The Fourth Declaration of D. George Sweigert contains some very troubling documentation concerning the words and actions of Jason Goodman and Quinn Michaels. On page 3, an exchange between Defango and Billy Bob (landlord to Quinn Michaels) is transcribed from a video. Billy Bob states that he heard a conversation between Goodman and Quinn Michaels involving putting out hits on the dark web, offering bounty rewards to get information on Defango, and perhaps others.If you desire to read the documents which Dave Sweigert recently submitted to the Robert David Steele lawsuit, they can be located at this link which Sweigert has supplied: Courtlistener.com.
In conclusion, the owner of a YouTube channel is responsible for the content of his videos. One cannot put forth unfounded accusations, present false information and unvetted guests with false names, and then delegate the legal responsibility for “vetting” those statements to the so-called crowdsource community. Over the years, standards for responsible journalism have been recognized and legally tested in our court system. There is no such thing as No Fault Journalism, whereby the person who is legally responsible for their own words and actions can delegate their accountability to others.