Friday, January 19, 2007

Sad News: Possible MUM Suicide

We have received a report this morning that a Maharishi University of Management recently committed suicide by a shot to the head. We hope to confirm this report this morning. We express condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.


Anonymous said...

TM-free blog is not credible, based on the loose reporting of unsubstantiated rumor. Not a good start for a new blog with no record of credibility.
The appearance of this blog seems part of an organized campaign. Mr. Knapp's re-energized attacks are curious. I wouldn't be surprised if his income recently received a significant increase, a fresh infusion of green energy to his accounts,
from a disinformation specialist organization.

An example of 'the pot calling the kettle "black" '.

Anonymous said...

(I, Anonymous, forward the following from the comment section of a follow-up article on 1/20/07 by Gina to the comment section of this original article.)

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...
Your point about unsubstantiated rumor is well taken. I posted a retraction and apology on Fairfield Life. Let me repeat the main points here. First of all, I personally am responsible for posting about the rumored suicide. My fellow editors/authors were not involved in the decision. It was clearly a mistake to publish the note. I believed I had two sources for the rumor, a posting by Doug Hamilton on Fairfield life and a separate email from another source. I've discussed this with my fellow editors, and we've agreed to await official confirmation before posting such news in the future, in other words, confirmation from local media or police. I apologize for this mistake and any confusion or bad feeling it may have caused.

As to your second point,neither I nor my editors have received any financial backing from outsiders. None of us "make our living" through TM criticism. We have attempted to make the Blog widely known because we are proud of our work and believe it serves an important purpose. That's about as organized as we get, however.


Saturday, January 20, 2007 5:41:00 PM

Anonymous said...
What important purpose can be accomplished without credibility? Credibility must follow accountability. Being accountable means doing more in an effort to correct the error than
was done in the initial offense.
The retraction posted on another site does not equate a refutation of the false attention-grabbing headline on this blog. A comment posted to the follow-up blog article herein likewise does not equate a refutation.
A separate, clearly stated blog headline and text of admission of error, an apology, and the statement of policy for verification from official sources before publishing such inflamatory info might move in the direction of establishing accountability.
Regarding the denial of making a living off of being a TM critic: How can I trust what you say
about the affairs of others, or of yourself, when I have difficulty trusting what you say?

Sunday, January 21, 2007 2:06:00 AM

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