...From my post over at Bleeding Cool :http://www.bleedingcool.com/forums/front-page-comic-news/69577-dc-new52-welcome-nightmare-nurse.html#post558863...The Outhousers made a major mistake with this piece d'defiance, and it's the same one Rich, Johah, Matty, Mikey and every other journoblogger has made every time some marketing wank at DC and/or Marvel has pulled this sort of shit: they did not name the dipshit who told them they were specifically blacklisted. In my own journalist past, I've seen this attempt being pulled before, and once had it pulled on me over a restaurant review when some bozo whose overpriced trendy greasy spoon vowed to have the local "Restaurant Association" ban me and my paper from eating in their establishments again until I issued a retraction. Not only was he not a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, the follow-up article printed the next day where I quoted the blacklist threat, cited how blacklisting was a big no-no in the US thanks to Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy and HUAC, I got an official quote from the head of the TRA that this sort of blacklisting is prohibited in their bylaws, and that any member calling for such action was subject to expulsion. He then added his own comment about how this guy's establishment existed more for the "snob factor" and while he wouldn't comment on the food quality, he did recommend that readers go find copies of the previous day's paper to read "a rather accurate review of the 'cuisine' being served". That sort of "here's the damn monkey, we're waving it back in your face!" response was standard Deadly Texan policy, and it wound up being the career death blow for a lot of idiots and marketing schmucks.
Here's the deal: when dealing with negative commentary with the use of blacklisting, marketing goons act like any refusal or act of defiance to this act of censorship will result in further penalties against you. Nothing could be farther from the truth! It's a scare tactic that the least of which they hope will result in your not naming them in your articles about the blacklisting in hopes of finding some middle ground with them defining the middle. Do *not* let them get away with it. Cite the identity of the moron who just blacklisted you. Odds are a lot higher than you expect that this dipshit either acted without approval of his immediate supervisor, or they both acted without the knowledge of any number of higher-ups on the corporate ladder. Furthermore, by showing that you will *not* be shoved around by some backstabbing gladhanding spin quack, you'll show to your readers that it's *you* who has the integrity and professionalism by defending your rights under the First Amendment, and that the subjects of your articles - or those who supposedly "represent" their interests - are the ones being total censorship freaks....So again, cite the name of this asswipe, kids. There was a witness who got the same blacklist notice, so the marketing nazi can't deny his actions and claim you're making it all up. The more you embarrass him by exposing his actions, the more likely he'll get fired and in order to calm the customers down they'll start throwing -you- a few 'exclusives' as an act of appeasement. Bank on it.