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Now he's been suspended for comments on twitter.

http://forum.destructoid.com/showthread.php?29659-Chloe-Sagal-Allistair-Pinsof-and-Destructoid-s-Response&p=1164173&viewfull=1#post1164173

An apology and update
First of all, I'd like to apologize on behalf of Destructoid for everything Allistair has done. Despite it happening off-site I absolutely take full responsibility for it, as he is our hire, and he speaks for us, though he was specifically instructed by his superiors not to do so. We knew full details of this due to Allistair's investigation and asked him not to post it. He was doing good journalistic work but did not know when to draw the line.

I'm not quite sure he still does, which is why I suspended his account.

Every step of the way he has broken company conduct, and our response has only been slowed due to people traveling for E3 judges week. I support Dale's recommendation to keep him on staff, but not without severe repercussion.

The *only* reason Allistair was not immediately fired is because throughout Chloe's entire ordeal his intentions were in the right place, spending hours on the phone with her. That said, what he did over Twitter is absolutely inexcusable. I'm incredibly sorry and embarrassed that anybody had to read that. Shame on him is right, and I agree.

I will make no excuses for him, but I also don't run the type of company that fires people on a whim for social media idiocy. If this was a clear-cut vicious attack (ie: FeliciaDayGate) he would have been fired four days ago.

We absolutely don't hire bigots, and I don't think Allistair is a bigot. We also can't hire flawless people because flawless people don't exist. Some people need education on some matters and he's getting a fantastic education this week at his own expense.

I disagree that Allistair did this to be vicious despite his tactless tweets, which are embarrassing to everyone that works here. That is as far under the bus as I'm throwing him. He will already be paying for this for years to come, and he knows anything he says to excuse himself does not make it any more acceptable.

Effective immediately Allistair has been put on an undetermined leave of absence, his pay has been severely cut, and his title has been stripped. All of his email and site accounts have been suspended, and he has been removed from the staff page. We are currently evaluating what role he will have upon returning.

We have extremely strict policies on what is acceptable in social media and a three strikes rule before firing anyone. Strike one was not listening to Dale when he strictly asked him not to touch the story two weeks ago. Strike two was not listening to me when I asked him not to comment on the suicide because he was too personally connected to the case. We could have blown the story open weeks ago but, like our peers, chose not to do so because it involves the life of a person in trouble.

I hope this post serves enough transparency to make an example out of what not to do in this unique situation.
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So in response to someone clearing the air surrounding a scam Destructoid decides to publicly denounce the employee who did so. What a bunch of cunts.
It's always sad when the best-case scenario you can come up with for someone is that they're suffering from a factitious disorder.
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Luned: ... a factitious disorder.
That someone decided to cram fictitious and fact into one word makes me happy.
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Luned: ... a factitious disorder.
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grimwerk: That someone decided to cram fictitious and fact into one word makes me happy.
It's been an English word since 1646, according to Merriam-Webster Online.
And "factitious disorders" are, strangely enough, real.
Post edited May 16, 2013 by Luned
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DarrkPhoenix: So in response to someone clearing the air surrounding a scam Destructoid decides to publicly denounce the employee who did so. What a bunch of cunts.
I don't think I've seen those comments, were they bad? Or were they just critical of how everything was handled on her part?
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hedwards: I don't think I've seen those comments, were they bad? Or were they just critical of how everything was handled on her part?
Some of them have been pulled down (although you can probably find them elsewhere), but from what I saw I wouldn't characterize them as particularly critical at all (and definitely not bad). Mainly it just came across as clearing the air, basically a "Alright, it's time you all knew what the full story is."
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DarrkPhoenix: So in response to someone clearing the air surrounding a scam Destructoid decides to publicly denounce the employee who did so. What a bunch of cunts.
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hedwards: I don't think I've seen those comments, were they bad? Or were they just critical of how everything was handled on her part?
I don't think there was anything particularly terrible in the comments. I believe the problem was that Chloe was outed as being transgender without her consent.

I think the issue is that the writer could have revealed the scam without revealing that personal detail (admittedly a detail over which there was a heap of internet buzz already).
You can read his tweets here: http://imgur.com/a/9nwes

While I understand and agree that outing a transgender person against their wishes is something you generally SHOULD NOT DO, I think in this case it's also being blown out of proportion. Frankly, it just confirmed something that was probably obvious for anyone who watched Chloe's youtube video asking for donations.
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macnol: You can read his tweets here: http://imgur.com/a/9nwes

While I understand and agree that outing a transgender person against their wishes is something you generally SHOULD NOT DO, I think in this case it's also being blown out of proportion. Frankly, it just confirmed something that was probably obvious for anyone who watched Chloe's youtube video asking for donations.
Some of that clearly crossed the line. I don't think that he should be fired for it, but I do think that trivializing what can be a very serious condition for some folks is at bare minimum in poor taste.

I'd be careful about suggesting that this kind of surgery is truly optional as somebody who winds up suicidal over it is probably in desperate need.

That being said, if that's truly what happened, the campaign should have been run honestly, maybe she got the surgery, maybe she didn't.
rock, meet hard place
"journalism"
End up those people around Chloe getting hurt as well. I symphatize with Mike, Frog, Allistair and everybody else involved on personal level.
I'm glad Allistair did what he did. It really cleared the air. It largely stopped the speculation, which was in some cases was a lot worse, and usually did involve her being transgender.
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ET3D: I'm glad Allistair did what he did. It really cleared the air. It largely stopped the speculation, which was in some cases was a lot worse, and usually did involve her being transgender.
I don't think he was right to out her though. There were other ways to convey the information that he had without outing her, which is still a huge betrayal in that regard. I don't know, I don't like the fact that we were lied to about this whole thing, and I'm glad the fundraising was stopped...but at the same time I find it hard to say that Alistair was in the right for what he did about outing. I'm sorta conflicted in that regard, but I guess there's two parts there to look at, seperately.