It was nearly two months ago now that reporter Kevin Murphy decided enough was enough and outed “Steve [tag]Forrest[/tag]”, the author of biased blog [tag]Free2Innovate[/tag], as Bill [tag]Hobbs[/tag], a right-wing PR man who gets paid to anonymously push companies’ agendas.
Kev’s piece – in which he suggested that [tag]VeriSign[/tag] might be the company picking up the tab – was soon followed by lawyer and [tag]ICANN[/tag] observer Brett Fausett concluding the same along with a picture of the man but, being a lawyer, avoiding any accusation that he was paid by VeriSign.
And this was swiftly followed by my blog posting in which I went further and suggested that he was being paid by VeriSign (but then this is because about 6 months ago I compiled some stats on Forrest’s bias which provided an intriguing 99 percent pro-VeriSign bias so I *knew* I was on safe ground).
Well it would seem that the postings – although they were never followed up by the mainstream media – had some kind of impact because the previously prolific Mr Forrest has not put up a single post since 25 July.
And where is the man behind the mask, Mr Bill Hobbs? Well, according to his blog, at Fall Creek Falls State Park sat taking snaps of waterfalls, occasionally taking time out to x-ray his face. Perhaps he’s on some voyage of inner discovery.
But this is good news for this blogger – it leaves the way clear for me to report exactly what VeriSign wants people to think. So come on VeriSign, email me everything you have, you can be certain I’ll give it a public airing.