When a friend is unjustly accused, I feel a strong need to set the record straight . . .
In the last few weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday, Miss O’Hara has been utilizing her gifts to promote charities that she felt were worthy causes — in hopes of encouraging others to (a) encourage their own readers to think of others during this season, and (b) dig a little deeper and give time, talent, and/or money to any or all of these causes. She was very clear to state that if any of her readers had their own “pet” causes, to please recommend them and not feel obligated to only support the causes she had listed on her own blog.
When visible response was not what she had hoped for/expected, she got discouraged and vented on her blog. Apparently this irritated some readers, because apparently Miss O’Hara’s blog is not hers to do with as she will. Apparently, a gentle reminder to think of others, cloaked in the structure of a charity drive, is one of the unforgivable sins. (Yes, I know I used apparently three times in two sentences . . .)
One particularly venomous writer said the most hateful things, accusing Miss O’Hara of ugliness that those of us who’ve read her for any length of time know to be false. Granted, there is such a thing as free speech, because we do live in the United States. But free speech crosses a line when it makes unsubstantiated accusations against someone and even goes further to omit facts in order to slant public opinion in its favor.
I made comments to this blogger regarding her unfair representation and she posted the following to my comments section: