Rebuttal to “Censorship At high Desert (sic) Publishing”

Adam Baum is a shadowy cyber presence. It's logical to question Baum's legitimacy even though he denies he is not Russian troll.

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Adam Baum was booted out of The Hi-Desert Star and Desert Trail for aimless profanity and unprecedented off-topic personal attacks.

He refused to agree to the paper’s Terms and Conditions of Use, but he posted anyway.

Adam Baum’s opinion piece in Cactus Thorns is pure drama, hyperbole and fiction.

He violated the HI-Desert Star’s terms with every comment. And Baum made only a few comments in the paper.

Adam Baum was accused of being a Russian Troll by someone posting comments to stories in the Hi-Desert Star.

Such individual comments in the HDS revealed there is a Russian troll using the name Adam Baum.

Mr. Baum denies he is that notorious Russian troll known as Adam Baum.

I do not know if Mr. Baum is a Russian troll; there are thousands of them embedded in Facepage and media platforms across the country.

However, I am not convinced Mr. Baum is a fellow resident or an American.

Read his rhetoric and propagandized personal attacks.

It’s a  tale told by an idiot signifying nothing.

Adam Baum comments just don’t connect well to the provincialism and jargon used by the rest of people commenting in local social media, or the HDS.

Baum uplifts Jewish and German issues, and Baum puts down ordinary Americans while seeding discontent. That is his theme: spreading discontent.

On another issue, if someone told Dan O’Brien that  he or she would not would not agree to  CT’s Terms of Use, I think Dan would say take a hike.

Baum completely and clumsily mischaracterized everything.

At times, I’ve been critical of the DT and HDS for what I felt were journalistic issues.

However, given Baum’s misrepresented bullshit attack I defend the paper’s editors because they usually let everything pass but for egregious violations of the standards a paper must project.

Mr. Baum’s comments were indecent and the local papers is not really the place for that.

FWIW, anyone can read the comments in the DT or HDS.

Search this individual comments on the HDS platform. He has made only a few comments.

People can make their own decision about Adam Baum.

In reading the HDS hot issue political comments — there is little doubt that all sides have a voice.

The editors do not censor people because they are conservative Republicans or liberals Democrats. Quite the opposite.

You will find conservative folks have a big voice in the comment area of the paper. More often than not it’s off-topic avoidance of the issues.

Branson Hunter


wolf    BTW, “Soy Boy” doesn’t eat soy. It’s tainted and altered genetically. IF you like soy, your favorite meal will be flavored with portions of  glyphosate.  

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14 Responses to Rebuttal to “Censorship At high Desert (sic) Publishing”

  1. Dan OBrien July 13, 2019 at 10:11 am

    What I would prefer is to keep this argument in one thread. Either I go in and add this story as a comment to the original story or you do it. I think we have all grown past tit for tat stories.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter July 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Dan.

    If I have a voice this is what I hope for:

    My post is NOT a comment. It is a REBUTTAL article not a routine “Tit for tat” comment. It is a serious article that should see daylight in the same prominence as the original Feature opinion piece.

    By keeping my article as a feature it will not get buried in comments. I think most people don’t read comments. Maybe experienced reader, but not all readers.

    I don’t think politics should be any sort of factor in pulling the story, if it is at all.

    Cactus Thorns is your creation. It has survived for two decades of reporting local opinions, news and local stories. We have tried to keep to quasi-journalistic standards.

    I would hope that as a feature the community is better informed regarding the allegations and the rebuttal to those allegations.

    Is there a priority in downsizing my story to comments? What is the harm in keeping it as a feature? It’s not like CT has a bunch of contributors and feature space is limited.

    I’m hoping you respond to this before pulling the story.

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    Adam Baum July 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Branson,

    You and your lunatic commie lib friends have again demonstrated that liberalism is a mental disorder. You guys actually believe that I may be the infamous Adam Baum, a Russian blogger who worked with Putin to elect Donald Trump and pass Brexit. You are the same gaggle of dimwits that post lies and demonize and vilify our president and his followers. Now you are accusing me of being a high profile Russian agent based on a website story, or at least strongly suggesting it. Posting nonsense like this illustrates that you people are delusional and without credibility.

    Google “The curious case of Adam Baum.

  4. Dan OBrien July 14, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Both of these rants are what they are. Back biting should be kept to a minimum. I thought we got past all these personal attacks.

    Lets put it this way…. If I am personally accused by the likes of the Desert trail crew as the author of either of these diatribes I will not be a happy camper. I am just the vehicle of free speech.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter July 14, 2019 at 8:25 am

    I recognize you haven’t pulled the story yet. Thanks for the courtesy. Overall you have been very fair these nearly two decades about free speech for all sides. And I continue to honor you for that.

    You are wrong on this Dan. I think there is a place here for a defense of the paper. It is not about Branson Hunter. I suggest I go back and edit the rebuttal story.

    I don’t know this this entity that posted a few comments in the paper. Once maybe twice I brought to this cyber entity’s attention that the paper had rules.

    The entity was actually amusing because he just let go with profanity and attacks all over the place. Then after a few posts he was gone like a desert wind passing through.

    That’s it.

    Do I care about the entity’s politics? No. The DT or HDS booted him because his comments were taken by the paper as racist…that’s what the entity wrote.

    It’s all your call Dan. A re-edit may be a better approach.

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    Adam Baum July 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Hey Branson,

    Where do you get off accusing me of being a Russian operative? In your subtitle you say this: “Adam Baum is a shadowy cyber presence. It’s logical to question Baum’s legitimacy even though he denies he is not a Russian troll.” Is accusing me of being a Russian agent because of a web page your idea of being logical?

    I’m concerned about being accused of working for Putin to elect Trump and pass Brexit. Especially since you lunatic liberals who hate America still insist that Trump colluded with Russia. You may have placed my well being in danger.

    If you’ll read “The curious case of Adam Baum” where this nonsense came from, you’ll see that I am almost twice his age.

    I am demanding that you retract the untrue drivel that you accuse me of and offer an apology.

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    Adam Baum July 19, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Hey Branson,

    It’s been four days and I haven’t heard from you. You need to put your liberal $.10 cent brain to work and figure out that I am not a Russian operative and apologize. You have placed my wife and I and our property at risk by calling me a Russian operative. The left is becoming more and more violent every day. You are also ruining my reputation.
    You know I am not a Russian operative, yet you are too small of a man to retract and apologize.

    A. Baum

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    Adam Baum July 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Twerp,

    I’m still waiting.

  9. Dan OBrien August 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Well it looks like two of my favorite people are at one another throats, so the blog suffers.

    I learned along time ago that pissing into the wind only gets your shoes wet.

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    Adam Baum August 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Hey Dan,

    Are you saying I should let Pajama Boy get away with accusing me of being a Russian operative? Not a safe situation for me with the radical left on the warpath. Since none of your readers give a rats ass about responding to this, why don’t you take the whole thing down.

    Here’s a good one, Stacy Moore, editor at High Desert Publishing, refused to allow comments on a letter written by a Mexican racist and no body cares about the censorship. Not wasting anymore of my time writing about anything.

    A. Baum

  11. Dan OBrien August 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Adam you do owe me 3 good stories for the blog gods…. Get to typing.

  12. Dan OBrien August 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Oh and by the way…. the Web site is for my enjoyment. Comments come when there are things to actually comment on. Two guys throwing rocks at one another is not a reason to a reader to enter the fray,….. You two want to club the shit out of each other does not mean anyone else gives a shit. Just an observation…..

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    Adam Baum August 25, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Dan,

    We are talking about censorship in our local media and every one should care about that. Do your readers not care that I am being falsely accused by Pajama Boy of being a Russian operative? Apparently not.

    Cactus Thorns used to be a rough and tumble no hold barred, fun blog. What happened?

    A Baum

  14. Dan OBrien August 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Who knows what my readers care about…… It’s still is no holds barred. Its your soup, you stir the pot.


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