Daniel Thompson is a far-left blogger who used to work for the Kenosha News. He quit in protest after the paper published a headline that didn’t fit his narrative. When he is not writing blog posts about the local music scene, he is donning flashy clothes like a fedora and man capris.
After his dramatic departure from the Kenosha News, he was written about in the New York Times. Many Kenosha people were featured in the paper. He then joined forces with another former Kenosha News employee at the Racine County Eye. After only a few months, the two parted ways and he then started his own publication called the Uptown Observer.
Today, he posted a few frustrating messages on Facebook. Around 11:00 a.m., he published the below post. He was frustrated because many of his friends were sending him our article that we wrote about the embattled Sheriff of Kenosha County, David Beth. (It’s been seen many thousands of times, the last we checked.)
Shortly after, as he often does, he posted a link to his ca$h app and asked for people to give him their money – kind of like a panhandler. Thompson alluded to the fact that he is not able to support himself without a real job. He said that he has “gotten used to living like this.”
He also went on to insult this publication, which he has the right to do. We thought we would turn a potential grudge match into a light-hearted fun thing. We offered Thompson a friendly wager – to have a neutral, third party review the visitor stats and revenue for both websites. The losing website would donate $100 to the winning website’s favorite charity (excluding anything related to abortion, of course).
Thompson declined our offer by seemingly admitting we are more successful but saying that hits on our websites and revenue don’t matter. He says that this publication has no integrity. Obviously we disagree with Thompson. While we are making a few bucks on ad revenue, that’s not why this publication exists. It exists because there is a void of investigative journalism in Kenosha County. Our competitors base decisions on which stories to cover on politics. We investigate and tell you the things that you deserve to know.
Via email, Thompson then threatened to raise money to hire a “good enough lawyer” to sue us and put us out of business. Kid, we call out Judges, prosecutors, DA’s, cops and politicians. Sorry if we don’t seem intimidated by you.
Thompson then threatened to release emails he said his former colleague and current reporter at the Kenosha News, Deneen Smith has. He said that Deneen has been sharing with him emails that seemingly have to do with her role as the Kenosha County Circuit Court media coordinator. That’s right – Deneen Smith of the Kenosha News gets to help decide which media outlets have access to the courts with photography. This is similar to this hypothetical: McDonald’s runs the health department and shut down all the Burger Kings. We don’t know which emails she is talking about but he should share them if he feels there’s something wrong with what she did.
While it was never our intention to start some kind of rivalry, we had to put some of Thompson’s comments on the record so folks understand what is going on here in Kenosha. The local paper isn’t going to last much longer, and people like us will take over. It could happen sooner than we think.