Thursday, February 25, 2010
Lying hypocrite Michael Hyatt can't block the truth. Here it is.
WestBow Press operation, a co-venture with vanity behemoth AuthorSolutions.
Hyatt operates a blog, MichaelHyatt.com, which deals with publishing, politics, morality, leadership, religion and other topics.
Like most blogs, Hyatt's is set up to allow comments from readers -- but not all readers. And not from me.
enemies list. If someone has previously pissed off Hyatt, any comment from that person, even a neutral or complimentary comment, is blocked instantly, without any human review.
A couple of minutes ago, I attempted to post the following: "Very interesting. Thank you." A split-second after I clicked to submit my comment, my screen showed, "This comment has been deleted by the administrator."
The same thing happened after I tried to submit the innocuous text: "test."
The alleged "administrator" is not a person. It's a computer set up to reject any words from people who have previously disagreed with the omnipotent holier-than-thou Hyatt. The system doesn't get fooled by name changes. It will reject an enemy based on the IP address of the computer the comment was sent from.
However, the system can get fooled, since it identifies people based on their IP address. If one person pisses off the mighty Hyatt while using a public computer, in a library, for example; someone else who loves Hyatt will be prevented from posting a compliment from the same computer.
Hyatt's WestBow business, like most vanity publishers, lies about providing self-publishing services, and lies about providing "free" books to its authors.
Liar Hyatt says, "You may disagree with me. I welcome debate."
That's bullshit. Hyatt does not permit debate or disagreement about his business practices, or embarassing questions.
He also says, "I reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic."
I once questioned the Westbow promise of "free books" that are free only if an author ignores the payment of up to $6,499 required before receiving those books.
Apparently my question branded me as an offensive snark, and I was banned for life -- or at least until I log on from a PC with a different IP address.
Hyatt wrote: "The most important thing you can do as a leader is to keep your heart open. When your heart is closed: You are distant and aloof. You don’t connect to people. Communication shuts down. People feel oppressed."
Hyatt is a paranoid hypocritical egomaniac who does NOT practice what he preaches. That's inappropriate behavior for a "Christian" publisher and deacon at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church and chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.