A few of you have wondered if Bob Guenther, the de facto head of the ASD Members Business Association (ASDMBA) Trust, has gone silent. The answer is no.
As we explained in a March 22 post, this Blog engages in the marketplace of ideas, not the marketplace of threats. We encouraged Bob Guenther to communicate with this Blog only in meaningful ways, and provided him an email address through which he could submit attachments and documents he’d like us to consider for publication.
Guenther, interacting with us civilly, took advantage of our offer. He used the email address we provided and submitted a document upon which we based this March 25 story.
Our next contact with Guenther occurred April 6, when he emailed us that we “are finally catching on to Andy and ASD.” We did not reply to the email because of the implication that we are fools and that the ASD prosecutors are fools who don’t have adequate staff and don’t understand the issues. Guenther’s April 6 email made liberal use of CAPS to emphasize points. In other words, he was shouting.
Guenther next contacted us later in the day on April 6, asking us to provide him an email address through which he could submit attachments. This email was not hostile or sarcastic in tone, except for a suggestion that the prosecutor didn’t know what he was doing. We responded to it, providing Guenther the same email address we had provided earlier.
On April 7, Guenther sent us 11 separate emails, asking for a receipt on some or all of them. We supplied the receipts and completed a very busy work day, which included reading Guenther’s emails and attachments. Much of the information was not new to us, although we still were digesting the information from Guenther’s 11 separate emails and multiple attachments when we next heard from him.
On April 8, Guenther emailed us again — twice. These emails were hostile and sarcastic. Our reading of them is that Guenther was unhappy because we didn’t instantly prepare a story based on the information he had submitted. Less than 24 hours had passed between his earlier submission of 11 emails and attachments, and much of the time was “overnight” time in which we were sleeping.
As we’ve noted previously, we would be happy to consider Bob Guenther’s submissions, so long as threats and hostility were not part of the mix.
But we now have reluctantly concluded there is no way to engage Guenther in a meaningful way. We had hoped this would not be the case, but Guenther apparently continues to believe that hostility and sarcasm serve him better than careful thought. Bob Guenther does not dictate the editorial policy of this Blog.
Our belief that meaningful communication was possible with Guenther was mistaken. He is still free to use the Comments function of this Blog, but we no longer will respond to his emails.