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Blogger News Network: Shame of the Internet -Part 1-

Possibly the most cherished of all our rights and freedoms, is free speech. And what a glorious right it is, the ability to express ones self without fear of persecution is worth dying for, and many thousands have done just that. But with all good things sometimes too much of it is actually negative, and especially so when bottom feeding gossip rag wannabes exploit those rights for personal gain.

Before the Caylee Anthony case became the daily topic of discussion in many households, BNN was just another blog site with numerous contributing writers. Some of the stories were interesting, and some just plain garbage. Much like the one you are reading now, but with one major difference. There is no money involved here. There are no ads, no banners, or links to bring money in from people stopping by to browse through the site. In fact, if you did a little digging on this site you’d find it’s somewhere down near the bottom as far as traffic and demographic marketing appeal goes.

There are however, some sites where money is the motive for everything. And what is being said is not nearly as important as how many people will read it. Now I always had a passing awareness about that sort of thing, but I’m not very good with tags, key words, and search engine manipulation. But it is rather amazing how some sites can accomplish exposure, with little or nothing of value to offer. All the while getting increased web hits and blog traffic.

At the height of the Caylee Anthony story saw BNN around 160,000 monthly hits to the site, that is a very impressive number. And most of you have seen the results in Google if searching for that topic. In fact, most of the news alerts are coming from there. Why? Well, for one reason the amount of people commenting, and discussing the case. Most of the time there was nothing really insightful in any of the articles, just regurgitating the real news from other media sites. What was interesting was the discussion about the case and the evidence.

As the case began to drag on and nothing much was new in the way of evidence the number of visits to BNN began to drop, dramatically. You can see for yourself here. In April visitors to the Blogger News Network was less than half of what they were just a few months ago, and that could not be good for the pocket book and something had to be done. There was a little bit of an upturn as some of the Haleigh Cummings stories garnered some attention, but nothing close to what was needed to bring the numbers back up.

Exploiting peoples emotions on serious subjects promising much but delivering little. Stringing people along with sensational headlines. The Money Trail, a series of articles by the senior fraudster promised much in the way of proving how Casey Anthony was paying for her defense team, implying BNN was going to crack the case where no one else could. As the weeks went by new parts were released, but no evidence was forthcoming. An article about not being able to release evidence or proof is not an accomplishment, it’s bull crap. Months later after all the chest pumping and assurances there is still nothing, and they have moved on to a bigger story.

Damage control can be a nasty thing, and BNN is finding it very messy indeed. Most of the regular people have left, comments are no longer open and one has to register on a forum to even see what is being discussed. In one of his most desperate statements yet, accused this site of having it’s radio broadcast yanked just hours from going live because of nefarious reasons. Truth be told my Internet was disconnected for 5 days, the reasons for that not important but I find it humorous to see the spin put on the situation.

In the next part of this saga we will look closer at the deception, and the players involved. Anyone that spends time gathering news on the Internet has heard of the Aaliyah Bedwell story, and the allegations of sexual abuse against the father. This is what the editors at BNN hoped would be the fat cash cow to pump their numbers back up, even stooping as low as to call an innocent man a pedophile. What I find incredible is that they have used porn sites and celebrity gossip blogs to promote this story. They’ve even accused an entire County of being corrupt and incompetent. Don’t take my word for it, go over to BNN and search Aaliyahs name and read it for yourself. Again they are offering no proof, but are shovelling out a lot of foul smelling accusations. Most bloggers are respectful, and always try to provide links and evidence to back up their point of view. BNN just says they have evidence, but can’t show you. Yes, and the cheque is in the mail. Stay tuned for Part 2.

Shame Part 2


June 3, 2009, 7:06 AM - Posted by | All News


  1. Excellent article Sean & post Jules, well put!!


    Comment by Beth | June 3, 2009, 12:41 PM | Reply

  2. As an outsider from another board that started to read info & comments on BNN, I had never seen anything so completely unprofessional or out of hand. I will never understand how Simon or Jan willingly allowed certain people to call an innocent man a pedophile. While there are laws to cover freedom of speech, there’s also slander & libel that can come back to haunt anyone who writes and speaks without indepth research and integrity.

    Certain pieces in print or on television were pulled, not aired because of the legal ramifications.

    The lowest form of blogging is to see how the likes of BNN simply took on certain stories for the sake of money. When money is your motive and greed consumes you, people like Simon & Jan will stoop to the lowest in order to get more webhits. Using children, murdered, missing and otherwise to obtain that greedy goal of webhits is vile & disgusting.


    PS: I know there’s no abuse of babyA, but if Simon actually believed the crap he writes, then he’s a freak for using ‘titillating’ comments to get readers to keep coming back just so his webhit numbers could increase. Numbers don’t lie, that graph shows motive & intent.


    Comment by pattycake07 | June 3, 2009, 1:15 PM | Reply

  3. Good article Sean, I used to read at bnn to see the varying opinions and comments, there were many times I never even read the articles by Pickles in their entirety, mainly because her grammer and thought processes made me feel like I was grading a grade three book report, but I did like a lot of the commentary.
    They really have sabatoged their own site, so many people tried to speak up about the way people were treated there, especially new comers if they might have voiced an opinion that didn’t match their own. I myself have been banned there and never posted one thing, I did however share some information from over there in the chatroll, and made some personal comments about Pickles, so I suppose I deserved that.
    Blogs, for me at any rate, are places where people can share ideas, thoughts, opinions, on a variety of subjects, and I feel all opinions should be welcomed.

    On a side note to Pattycake : I feel babyA is being abused, regardless of the accusations against the father, this child is now under the scrutiny of youtube viewers, and many other sites on the world wide web, and to me, that in itself is abuse. And I feel something should be done to make an example of this, posting dirty laundry on youtube is such a sad digression of our humanity, of course, in my very humble and small opinion.


    Comment by Shadow | June 3, 2009, 2:45 PM | Reply

    • Hi Shadow 🙂

      You are welcome to post opinions here. There is no need for attacks on blogs. The whole point is to share ideas and information! I like the ability to hear new information, and viewpoints. If I only wanted my own, I would spend more time talking to myself LOL.

      Umm..yeah, about that I do talk to myself..shhh- it’s my turn to talk..yeah, but I have the keyboard hahhahahaa!~


      Comment by Oceans | June 3, 2009, 7:21 PM | Reply

      • Did you say something? 😛


        Comment by Beast | June 4, 2009, 7:13 AM | Reply

    • Shadow, I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Not only have S & J been the leaders of their own demise but have allowed a certain someone full rein to butcher, slaughter, degrade and verbally abuse anyone she so chooses.

      With S & J it’s a do as I say, not as I do DICKtatorship!


      Comment by lorim13 | June 4, 2009, 9:03 AM | Reply

      • Look at the caliber of their newest “guest author”. I’ll bet good money he will become a “regular contributor”.

        “Journalistic integrity” are foreign words with no meaning to these clowns.


        Comment by papa813 | June 4, 2009, 9:14 AM | Reply

  4. I was a fly on the wall at BNN, I couldn’t understand how and why the administration was acting the way they were about people just simply asking questions, until now. After everyone left I signed to be in the “closet” and just be a fly on the wall again, but that didn’t work out so well, just like Shadow, I found myself banned and I hadn’t even said a word. I didn’t even get told sit down, shut up, they just locked the door. This site is great, free opinions, accurate news and people caring about children. I wish you great success Beast and CeeA you are creating a voice for the children.


    Comment by Peebles | June 4, 2009, 8:10 AM | Reply

    • Wow. I can’t understand being banned for just reading and not replying. That’s a first for me.
      **shaking my head at the insanity**


      Comment by Cubby | June 5, 2009, 7:40 AM | Reply

  5. Peebles – you won’t find ANY of that nonsense here and we are SO glad you’ve joined us here. You can be a fly on the wall or speak your mind here at this site…both are welcome. Thanks for joining us Peebles! You are a very much welcomed addition to our little, but ever-growing, family! ♥


    Comment by Julesb65 aka BOOGERS | June 4, 2009, 9:57 AM | Reply

  6. Hey Shadow are you static??


    Comment by Terisa | June 4, 2009, 10:49 AM | Reply

  7. Peebles Hi,that’s so sad,banned for signing up??WTF? look at it this way,you wouldn’t have been able to debate a topic anyway. the concept of not having YOUR own opinion and questioning a topic should have died when hitler did,right?


    Comment by Terisa | June 4, 2009, 10:54 AM | Reply

    • wow, banning for zero reason. Jan must have her hands full helping childr… uh I mean spying around. What a utter waste of time and energy. I really don’t think they understand how they are self-destructing. Not having freedom of speech?

      I love this board, CA & Sean are great in how they handle things and what they expect of us when commenting. I can even disagree and others will still talk to me :p. lol

      I hope more and more will find their way here.


      Comment by pattycake07 | June 4, 2009, 11:56 AM | Reply

      • PattyCake – I think word is getting out that if you want an intelligent debate and a place to be respected for your opinions, this is the place to be. No back-biting, back-stabbing, name calling, two faced, out of control free-for-alls here. THIS is what blogging is SUPPOSED to be! THANK YOU SEAN AND CA …. WE LOOOOVVVVEEEE YYOOOUUUUU!!!♥♥♥


        Comment by Julesb65 aka BOOGERS | June 4, 2009, 12:07 PM | Reply

        • and no leaving or refusing to participate here if 100% of the members don’t agree with your position. 😉


          Comment by Cubby | June 5, 2009, 7:39 AM | Reply

      • Her hands aren’t full due to thoroughly investigating information to verify facts before publishing an article 😆


        Comment by Beth | June 4, 2009, 3:28 PM | Reply

        • 😆 Beth you crack me up


          Comment by butters33 | June 4, 2009, 3:34 PM | Reply

  8. BNN is strange now. It REALLY IS nothing but a chat room. It was I felt, for the past 3 months anyhow.

    They have a private chat room going while they do their radio show – to feed them comments, questions, etc. I believe.



    Comment by heart10 | June 9, 2009, 2:14 PM | Reply

  9. Thanks Sean for a great article! As I read the posts I recognize a few names from the times I read at BNN and I know that you are all the smart ones that got away from there when you realized what you were a part of. I had never heard of BNN or really never even blogged until Haleigh’s case. Topix was the first place I posted & I had joined there when the board was attacked by BNN members led by Ms.Pickles. I was amazed that anyone who called themself a “Child Advocate” could be such a nasty vindictive person. After she led this attack on Topix (basically trolling) she went back to her site and much fun was had by all at the expense of people from Topix who were truly there because they cared for Haleigh. I then joined BNN just so I could post my opinion of Pickles and the childish behavior that she encouraged & then joked about,well needless to say 2 posts & I was banned from even reading there because I disrespected one of their reporters! OMG I don’t see how anyone could refer to her as a reporter or a child advocate and Jan & Simon have become the jokes of the internet so you go Sean. Thanks for being the one to tell them like it is & my guess would be that maybe you used to write for them?? Am I right in assuming that? I think Pickles made mention of you several times. If you were a writer there I am so glad to see that you got away from that hell hole before it got this bad! Congrats to you and I for one am proud they banned me as I had no intention of posting there just wanted to let them know what kind of people I think they are! I think your talent would be WASTED at BNN,you don’t need talent there only need to be able to read and follow their instructions and think like them!


    Comment by Haleysnana | July 20, 2009, 1:47 AM | Reply

  10. Oops sorry all for the long rant I just realized this was a new site not just an article to be commented on. I’m really not nuts just a little slow to catch on sometimes lol. Hope you will continue to let me post here, so many sites now are so censored & one sided! I believe people should be able to speak their mind as long as they respect others rights to do the same and do not bash them for having a different opinion!


    Comment by Haleysnana | July 20, 2009, 1:55 AM | Reply

    • Hello, and welcome to the blog. It really isn’t that new (been here since 2007) and I look forward to hearing more from you. Yes I was a writer there but was canned and banned for expressing my dislike of their methods and hypocrisy.


      Comment by Beast | July 20, 2009, 4:39 PM | Reply

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