So, Wonkette's Liz Glover and Washington City Paper's Angela Valdez got into an altercation with Late Night Shots's Reed Landry. Landry broke Glover's camera and, according to Glover, twisted her arm. This is, to put it oh so delicately, a big no-no. You just don't physically threaten a person. This is the double truth Ruth if a male is threatening a female. This isn't breaking news.
The Reliable Source actually published Glover's account in today's paper. Here's what caught my eye:
Later, she [Glover] ran into Angela Valdez, author of a critical City Paper article last summer on LNS, who had just had a similar encounter. ("I just wanted to say hi so maybe we could not be enemies, and he started yelling at me to get away from him.") Fortified by a cocktail or two, Glover decided to take Valdez over to Landry and get a comment for her video.
Here's my response to the City Paper article in question. It was overwhelmingly negative. Something the City Paper should be used to from me.
Anyways, a few months later I ran into Ms. Valdez at Wonderland. I was at a going away party and it looked like we had some mutual acquaintances. I tried introducing myself (with my real name, not Rusty).
Well someone told her I maintained this site because I got the cold shoulder. No eye contact, no pleasantries. She actually walked away with my hand outstretched. To her credit, that's the best way to make someone look like a jackass.
So when I read Valdez saying something like, "I just wanted to say hi so maybe we could not be enemies, and he started yelling at me to get away from him," I call bullshit. I've been down that road with her and she was playing the Landry role (albeit with much more dignity and grace).
What Valdez and Glover really wanted was to stir up trouble. Which is fine. They succeeded and I congratulate them. Honestly, I do. I've been to two LNS events and I failed to stir up trouble. They are better at this than me.
But the tone of the Reliable Source piece doesn't fit with what probably happened. Landry had every right to be pissed off. Two people were following him around. Both of these people had a history of trying to destroy something he created. The video camera was just icing on the cake. He's still the villain, but Valdez and Glover are no heroes.
If I'm mistaken, I'd love to personally apologize to Angela Valdez back at Wonderland. I'll even buy the first beer. And I won't break your belongings or twist your arm. All I ask for in return is for you to not treat me like an enemy. And maybe throw in a handshake.