Updated on November 22, 2013
The Real Michael Yon
My biggest fan, Michael Yon, sent me an email today after presumably eating too many of those funny brownies!
This twitter site has been forwarded to me.
What do you have to say for yourself?
Keep in mind that I don’t have enough time to create a bunch of fake profiles to chase after Mikey-boy with my tongue out and tail wagging furiously. He’s just not that important to me. I have better things to do like ensuring that he never gets embedded with another military unit again. If there is anything I’m adamant about with respect to Yon, it’s that and that only. But, I’ll play his stupid game and responded to him. Here is the email I sent (minus my lapse in verbal profanity filtering) back to him:
First of all, I have to say “[bleep] off!” Actually, that’s ALL I have to say for myself. What do you have to say for being a complete douche bag tool? Are you insinuating something or just trying to get me to fellate you? Do me a favor and stop infesting my inbox with your drivel. It would be far more productive for you to spend more time at http://www.photography.com/ or maybe http://www.walletpop.com/photos/25-ways-to-make-quick-money/. I’ve noticed that you seem to come to me (or at least mention me) when things are looking bad for you! You should probably get a girlfriend. Your insatiable appetite for CJ Grisham conspiracies is getting creepy. If you keep this up, you’ll be hearing from my lawyer.
P.S. I was almost sad to see that things didn’t work out for your in Japan, or Afghanistan, or anywhere lately. ALMOST.
I get fed up with Michael Yon DADT-style attraction to me. Every time he sees something he doesn’t like on his Facebook page, he blames ME for using a fake profile. The man is losing it and purely mental. Again, I have no time to go through all the steps required to create fake profiles all over the internet. I’m much too busy writing here, You Served, and Flopping Aces. I’ve got a weekly radio show I don’t even have time to host as much as I used to. I have a deployment I’m preparing for to Afghanistan (and didn’t even have to beg for an embed to get it!). I’m focused on my pre-deployment training so I can help find, fix, and destroy the enemy. My goal is for tomorrow’s Afghanistan to be today’s Thailand – a place where Michael Yon can call home away from REAL Americans. I hear you can see the moon from Afghanistan and there are endless possibilities for blurry photos of it there.
Well, Yon didn’t like my response to his email. For all I knew anyway, it was the same person spoofing his Twitter.
So you do not deny that this is you who set up this Twitter feed, and
that you are the author who is impersonating me:
So, if I say this Twitter feed is by writer CJ Grisham, you will own it. Yes?
If this is not you, it is very important that you deny it now. If you
do not deny ownership, you are admitting this is yours. You
understand this. Yes?
You understand that you are a writer and a public figure by your own
hand, yes? You owe it to your readers to deny that this Twitter feed
is yours. If you do not deny it, you are admitting the allegation
that it is yours.
Again, the link: http://twitter.com/Mike_Yon
Deny it now, or it’s yours.
Before I continue, let me set something straight. My name is CJ. My father is Mr. Grisham. I know you don’t like using my rank any longer because it reminds people that, unlike Yon, I’ve actually succeeded at this military thing you couldn’t hack. Unlike Yon, I’m a REAL Soldier actually fighting the country’s wars he is demoted to merely photographing – and he can’t even do that very well. Embarrassing, I know, but his decision. Just think – I could have been his 1SG! At least until I chaptered his ass for DADT violations with sheep. But, I digress (a LOT).
Hey, dumbass, are you a lawyer? No. You’re not even a good photographer. I don’t confirm OR deny it’s me. But, I can tell you that if you publicly declare that it is me without proof, expect a lawsuit. Now, if you’re able to provide proof of whom the author is of your Twitter Feed, by all means do so. I would admonish you to be 110% correct and confident in anything you publish publicly.
I’m not going to play your stupid pet tricks and tinfoil hat games. I also caution you against trying to portray me as a “public figure”. And YES, I am a writer. I’m actually surprised you recognize what good writing looks like. Again, you aren’t a lawyer, so falsely doing so will only lead to you begging for more money to pay for your legal fees. Judging by your recent actions, I’m sure your funding stream is drying up as it is. I can help if you’d like to purchase advertising space on my blog to sell more books, but you’ll need to ask a little nicer.
I added the emphasis on this blog post because I wanted to point out how my response was conveyed to Yon’s fanatics:
I got an email from a Soldiers’ Angel with this Twitter link. This Twitter feed does not belong to me. Indicators are that it belongs to a writer named CJ Grisham. Mr. Grisham, in response to my privately inquiring if this is his work, threatened a lawsuit if I mention this. The writer CJ Grisham refuses to deny this is his work.
A few issues here, the first being the enigmatic “email from a Soldiers’ Angel” as if Michael is the only person in the world that is supported by the awesome troop support organization. I doubt that the email, if one was indeed sent, was sent by an official from SA. The emailer may have BELONGED to SA, but I doubt the email was sent from an official of SA. Under his definition, I’m a Soldiers’ Angel too!
Second, Mikey talks about “privately inquiring” while making that “private inquiry” public on his FB. There was never an intention for the email to be private. Yon has a habit of sharing “private inquiries” on his page. And notice that he doesn’t mention exactly who my lawsuit threat was in reference to. But, he got my message as evidenced by the way he framed his FB posting as coming from “indicators.” But, did any of his drones ask, “what indicators, Michael?” “You’re close to slandering a Soldier, Michael. What proof do you have it’s CJ?” He doesn’t say that I also refused to CONFIRM it was me. Why should I? It would be a full time job for me to respond to every absurd accusation that comes from the tin hat wearing Yon that comes my way! But, the Yonbots are proof that evidence and proof are mere trivialities as long as the words come from the sensuous lips of Yon.
Bill Hoxie what a scumbag and coward
Elisabeth Degener what a creeper
Craig L Good CJ Grisham is toast.
M. Myer Blatt Are we discussing MSGT C.J. Grisham, sometime milblogger?
Michael Yon M., yes, this is CJ Grisham who is a writer but makes his money working for Army. Not really a soldier.
Tammy Hodges What an asshat
Patrick Holzer Evidently, Mr CJ Grisham is a SCUMBAG.
Tammy Hodges How freakin old is he anyway. Time to grow up. (I’m 37! I’m only required to grow old, not up.)
M. Myer Blatt OK. Don’t know WTF is going on, but I’m staying out of it. (He forgot to delete his previous comment contradicting this statement.)
Patricia Joyce Farghaly The jerk!
Timothy R. Perren I thought this ass jockey had moved on and started focusing on his own reputation and work instead of yours. Jeez, does he have a crush on you or something? (Heh! At first, I thought he was actually talking about Yon. I was like, “YEAH! Oh wait…”)
I sent a few of these people emails that said the following (or some variation thereof):
Perhaps someone should demand that Yon produce PROOF that it’s me instead of actually disrespecting a REAL Soldier!! Why don’t you drones try that instead of just believing everything Yon tells you?
Only one person actually engaged me with something other than “don’t bother me again” or similar. Yon’s fans don’t care that Yon is distorting the truth and slandering a Soldier. What Yon says is gospel. Seriously:
Gregg Longworth Is this Grisham character a child? Or does he just act like one? I hope he realizes those tweets are permanent and can be used in a civil action. Ignore him Michael Yon and keep up the good work.
D’Arcy Browning Sick ’em Michael, your name is credible.
John House sue (No, his name is Michael. But, I can see how you got confused.)
Charles Pergament Whoop his ass, seabass. (Heh. I sent this tool an email asking him to ask Yon for proof I did anything and I think I made him cry. His response was “don’t bother me again” I enjoy being ignorant. There’s nothing worse than someone accusing someone of being indicative of the downfall of the military, but being unable to back up such claims.)
Finally, the last two words of MY’s status update are “his work.” He tells his little Yonions that I didn’t DENY being behind the Twitter feed, but makes no mention that I also explicitly didn’t CONFIRM it either. I don’t understand how Michael could ever doubt my integrity. I’ve ALWAYS been open and honest to him even when I was deceiving him. Case in point is this email I sent Yon last summer to prove a point about how Yon will publish anything without research, proof or validity:
From: CJ [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:33 PM
My name is SSG David Sneakers and I was given your email from a friend (please do not use my name). He suggested I contact you about a situation because you are the only one that cares enough to write about what’s really happening here in Afghanistan. You recently wrote about how we are patrolling with weapons on amber status, but I’ve got a worse one for you.
We are assigned to a small FOB (well, it shouldn’t even be considered a FOB – more like a ROB – remote operating base) also in the Logar Province. We’re an infantry platoon whose mission is overwatch and containment. The problem is that in addition to the other issues brought up to you, we’re so short on supplies we don’t even have a full basic load of ammo per man. When a squad goes out, we loan them ammo and just hope that our base isn’t attacked while they’re away. We have plenty of rockets and grenades, but that means nothing at close quarters.
When our squads go out, they’re sitting ducks. We call ourselves the Taliban’s shooting gallery. Unless we get full on ambushed, we don’t return fire because we’re afraid of running out of ammo for when we really need it. I didn’t join the Army to run from the enemy but that’s what we do. We haven’t had a resupply in nearly three weeks and I’m afraid the Taliban knows we’re running short because they’ve gotten more and more brazen in their attacks.
No on in the chain of command is listening to us. McChrystal is trying to pretend that we are doing well and refuses to send reinforcements. Our BN and Bde leadership doesn’t seem to be listening and tells us to “suck it up and make do with what we have.” Reminds me of what Rumsfeld said about Iraq.
Now, does anything stick out to you almost immediately? It’s in the first line of the header. Why does an email from “David” have “CJ” in the “from” line? While my intent was to deceive Yon with a completely bogus email to prove a point, I left plenty of evidence that the email was from me. Hell, I LEFT MY NAME ON THE FROM LINE!!! And, predictably, Yon posted the email contents.
Now, to any REAL reporter, journalist, blogger or whatever he’s calling himself these days, a few things would stick out immediately (other than the from line). I would have followed up with a few questions:
What unit are you with?
Why do you think you aren’t getting resupplied? Is there a supply line problem or funding?
Are you at least getting food/water?
Those are simple follow-up questions that I would ask before making a case out of this and mobilizing my masses. Instead, his only response was “Will get on this… ASAP.” To give him an itty bit of credit, he ran the accusations but said he was suspicious. Didn’t matter to his followers, they were pissed. I proved my point. Yon has no compunction about making our military look bad and revealing sensitive information. He had also published an email from another Soldier about FOB security weaknesses!!
Yon forwarded the email to me and asked if I was behind it.
Received this email today [the one above] and it traces straight back to you. Was this you or not? If not you, let’s get this straightened out now. If you say it’s not you, will tell me readers such.
If it’s you, are you in Afghanistan using a different name? Are you running missions over there? Truly short on ammunition?
Thanks for helping clear this up.
Because my integrity is beyond reproach, I answered him:
It’s no secret that David Sneakers is my alter ego, hence the reason I left the CJ in the email header and didn’t use a completely fictitious name. I use David to expose real issues dealing with our troops, like military scams and fake, agenda-driven journalists. The point is that you are carelessly publishing information as if gospel and I sought to prove that – on my own. It worked. Call it a sting operation. Call it investigative blogging. Call it what you want, but you exposed yourself. You didnt ask for follow up information, didn’t ask for my unit. Nothing.
No, I’m not in Afghanistan yet, but training up for it and you are putting me and my troops in danger with your irresponsible “reporting”.
I’ve been interviewed numerous times by real journalists who refused to run stories or headlines because they couldn’t be confirmed, yet this is what you do.
No, I won’t tell your readers anything, but feel to post this email in its entirety. Feel free to continue labeling me as unhinged, unstable, whatever keeps your conscience clear. But, maybe its you who needs to reevaluate his purpose in life.
I’ll give you a nice little post to link to shortly.
Sincerely, CJ (or David)
This was the first and last time I used a fake profile and it was one I’ve been using for years on here. Just click the “Nigerian Scammers” category to see what I use the name for.
Now that Yon has hung his junk out on the chopping block, allow me to apply the hammer. I AM NOT BEHIND THE FAKE TWITTER ACCOUNT OR ANY FAKE ACCOUNT THAT INTERACTS WITH MICHAEL YON!! Facts aren’t important to Michael Yon, only accusations. He understands the fundamentals of information operations and the fact that people believe the FIRST story they hear, regardless of whether it’s true or not. It doesn’t matter than I have nothing to do with those pages to his fans. Yon already said I did unequivocally, so to them that is gospel. Yon won’t apologize, won’t correct his readers or followers, and they won’t hold him accountable. They’ll just keep shoveling money to pay for his flights to places where he’ll just link to stories other people write and take blurry photos that any monkey can take. Then, they’ll buy his book without asking why they have to pay twice for it: once to send him where the stories are and then again when the book is released.
If I were a donor, I’d demand at least an at cost copy!! They don’t even know they’re funding his worldwide photo vacation AND funding his poor book writing. They kinda remind me of the Star Wars drones. Roger, roger. But, they have no problem disrespecting a Soldier who has served honorably and courageously, standing up to bullies like him for years!
One final thought. Yon has no problem talking about me all day long on Facebook. But, he has a problem with me being able to call him on his ignorance and stupidity. He will not allow me to comment on his page. I’ve been banned. You will NEVER see Yon banned on this blog! I encourage him to defend himself. I’ll put my integrity up against his any day…and twice on Sunday!!
What’s even better is when I send his loyal followers DMs because I can’t comment on his page and they merely regurgitate it like a pelican feeding its young. They crack me up how willingly ignorant they are. And if the person I happen to DM is a Soldier, they immediately try to pull all the rank card as if I care. It’s called Facebook, not formation.
By the way, the “soldier in Afghanistan” is the Soldier that is commented right above Yon on his post, but he wants his readers to believe it’s someone important. My entire purpose for even sending messages to his followers are so that I can engage Yon one on one. He’s just too afraid to mentally spar with me. He’s unarmed.