A request from National Review Online
Have you ever had an email, phone call or text message that caused your personal *warning bells* to go off?
Well, today was one of those days; please let me explain.
A couple of years ago I was doing everything I could to attack a candidate from Texas, Katrina Pierson, as she was trying to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions in that particular congressional election.
I used every tool at my disposal in my attempt to shine a light on Katrina Pierson for being exactly what I thought she was, a weak candidate and wrong for the job of Congressional Representative for Texas 32.
One of the stories I posted garnered an interesting comment about Pierson with allegations of an *affair* with a married man, one that had a wife 8 months pregnant with twins and how it led to a divorce.
Mary Anne Harper says:
February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM
I worked with Katrina Pierson about 16 years ago where she booked appointments for Drs. She had an affair with a married man who worked there and whose wife was 8 months pregnant with twins; another person opened a letter Katrina sent to him and immediately gave it to the supervisor. I really liked his wife who got a divorce shortly after the twins were born. Katrina knew as did everyone that the couple were expecting.
Mary Anne Harper
February 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Thank you for contacting me with this information. I had heard the story but had NO idea who the source was or how to make contact!
This comes from the following thread, in comments. Pete Sessions rival Katrina Pierson says ’97 shoplifting charge helped turn her life around
So imagine MY surprise when I was contacted, via email, by someone with National Review, a Jillian Melchior, implying that she wanted me to give her the contact information for Mary Anne Harper.
In the spirit of transparency let me tell you this; as owner of this blog I have certain tools that allow me to view things that readers just don’t get to see, and as far as I’m concerned it’s all good because I DO NOT, now or ever, release ANY contact info to an outside source, person, business or governmental agency.
So, let me share this email exchange between Jillian Melchior and myself.
Jillian Melchior <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2:36 PM (2 hours ago)
My name is Jillian Melchior, and I’m a reporter at National Review.
I’m interested in getting in touch with one of your frequent commenters about Katrina Pierson, Mary Anne Harper. Do you have her info?
To which I responded;
Fred Witzell <email@example.com> 3:12 PM (1 hour ago)
I do, but as a journalist you should know, don’t reveal you sources and never share them…
It’s called integrity…
3:13 PM (1 hour ago)
She put her full name down, so I’m guessing maybe she doesn’t mind?
Not asking you to violate your integrity– trust me, I understand source confidentiality. But if she’d be willing to talk to me, I’d love to connect. Could you ask her?
And once again I responded;
Fred Witzell <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3:16 PM (1 hour ago)
Sorry, no… The *trust me* part is why.. Last time I heard that I ended up in parts of the world I never want to see again…
And again Jillian, who just won’t take NO for an answer responded again;
3:17 PM (1 hour ago)
Did I do something to offend you? You’ve taken a kind of hostile tone, and I meant no harm…
Apparently this Jillian is an extremely thin-skinned person, OR, she has NO idea what I am like when I’m *offended*. To quote Bruce Banner, “Don’t make me angry, you won’t like me when I’m angry…”
Fred Witzell <email@example.com> 3:19 PM (1 hour ago)
If you think that was hostile then you further enforce my reasoning as to why I won’t let you have her info… Thanks for the entertainment, now I have work to do…
And yet again Jillian responds;
3:19 PM (1 hour ago)
OK, have a nice life.
I have a very happy life, I have family that loves me, I have real FRIENDS, I have blog readers that are big fans and I am HAPPY!
Being HAPPY doesn’t stop me from being a curious, thorough, honest and a highly skilled investigative blogger, so, I had been wondering WHY I was getting a lot of hits on posts about Katrina Pierson and I decided to look at National Review and see what was cooking on their site.
Imagine MY surprise when I went to that site and saw this;
So, not being one to *sit back and take it* I sent Jillian one last email;
Fred Witzell <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3:27 PM (1 hour ago)
Jillian, I know WHY you want to talk to her, it’s her statements about Pierson and her *affairs* and you plan to use it in an attack against Donald Trump since she was hired by his campaign and you plan to attempt a shot at Trump not being a Conservative because he hired an adulteress…
Do you think I’m NEW at this? Do you think I haven’t seen NRO??
Maybe you could contact Pierson and ask her… Maybe you could ask Trump WHY he hired her… Mary and I are friends, she trusts me and she won’t tell me the full story, she certainly won’t tell a total stranger that plans to blast it all over the ‘net…
Do some investigative work, the information is out there, you just have to be good enough to find it…
Here endeth the story, I hope.
If National Review wants to blast Trump for hiring Pierson I am all for it, I still have NO USE for her and I seriously wonder why she was hired by the Trump campaign, and if I find dirt on her or Trump and that hiring I will blast it all over the blog world.
But I’m not giving up MY sources to anyone. It’s called Journalistic Integrity, and some folks need to look into it.