Friday, March 04, 2011

Did Frischling Throw a Tantrum on Lufthansa Flight?

"I... can't... get... on... TWITTER!"
Remember Monday when "social media consultant" Steven Frischling's Twitter account was suspended for harassing and threatening people who have nothing to do with this blog?

Such a classic Frischling moment. It could not have come at a better time. Twitter suspended his account while he was midair over the Atlantic, about to land at New York City on Lufthansa's new A380, its first to land at JFK. On board were media and industry people invited for the occasion (and at least one idiot blogger).

We've heard through the grapevine that Steven Frischling made quite an impression. You must imagine him turning on his mobile device, about to triumphantly Tweet the moment, only to find his account was suspended. Imagine the moment he realized what had happened, and that he had no ability to (gasp) Tweet!

Unfortunately nobody whipped out their camera phones to record it, but we hear what they would have captured involved a lot of screaming and swearing. A gigantic meltdown of utterly embarrassing proportions for all adults watching it.

Add to this incident the rant he emailed to everyone in the airline industry this week, in which he accused someone else in the industry named Addison of masterminding a conspiracy against him that involved one of his wedding clients and a former girlfriend! He produced no facts that would support his claim that any of them are involved or even know each other, nor did he provide any evidence to explain how he had supposedly "traced" this person who hacked into his wife's email account (let us remind you, again, he's never been married). He also ranted that Addison had fabricated embezzlement charges against him in relation to KLM airlines.

So what do you get out of this week's events except the last person on the planet who will ever get a contract with a major airline. Would you hire this individual to help you build your online brand?

Now it turns out Steven Frischling was not invited on this flight by Lufthansa, but by the geniuses at Jaunted.com. (Although Lufthansa allowed him on the flight.) Jaunted is a subsidiary of Conde Nast Publications. Do you think Conde Nast would like to hear about its professional association with Steven Frischling?

Once again, Steven Friscling is doing more damage to himself than this blog ever could.

87 comments:

  1. Frischling's absurd letter was the final straw. I had to read it twice before I saw he says Addison's email address of mikey99999@gmail is somehow evidence proving he is FishFraud. What? What is he talking about? How is that evidence of anything except he maybe likes Michael Jordan? Ok maybe if Addison's email was fishfraud@gmail.com... but mikey? I don't get it at all yet Frischling claims it's evidence!

    The funniest thing is that there were probably people who got the letter that didn't even know he lost his Twitter account until he announced it! He's just dumb as all get out.

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  2. "We've heard through the grapevine," "but we hear what they would have captured," "he emailed to everyone in the airline industry this week" EVERYONE?? Source, verifiable?

    Yeah, great source research. Ramble, ramble on.....

    Yet again -- Yeah, I heard that same info from a very credible source that circulates $3 bills that overheard yet another very credible source say something to a brother of a friend that someone told him that he heard his sister mention that same exact thing. What a small world!

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  3. ^Say, how much money is Steven bringing home these days?

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  4. "but we hear what they would have captured involved a lot of screaming and swearing. A gigantic meltdown of utterly embarrassing proportions for all adults watching it."

    But can "you cite specific sources and provide links/data/references/etc" to your claims??

    Sound familiar??

    Yellow journalism presents little or no legitimate well-researched news.... 'nuff said about this blog.

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  5. ^ Don't recall ever claiming we were journalism at all. How much journalism is hosted at blogspot?

    If Steven wants to know who is sharing that story, he should try to think back to who was on that flight.

    He did try to pitch himself to everyone he could find for contracts though. Utterly inappropriate for this kind of event.

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  6. 9:16 that sound you hear, is the sound of people wandering off to leave you alone in the room.

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  7. STEVEN - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP POSTING HERE YOU FUCKING IDIOT!!! I just cannot believe how fucking stupid you are. Your have absolutely NO PR SKILLS at all. Your damage control is pouring gasoline on a working fire. What the hell are you thinking? Just STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE, and deal with the issues that created this blog in the first place.

    You are the talk of the photo industry now, and this blog has become must-read status. Your rants posted here are being emailed to people left and right. S T O P !!!

    If you don't believe me, why don't you contact people that you know in the photo community and ask them if they've been here. If my phone rings, I'll give it to you straight - and you have my number.

    This is NOT just a few people - this blog has a very large audience now.

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  8. His response to you is likely to be to some nonsensical rant, or to redirect your attention to something else. It will always not be his fault. He's been like this for years. You're just another friendly person in a long line of people who have tried.

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  9. Besides, his welcome is long worn out. And if he indeed owes people money, he needs to pay them back.

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  10. "This is NOT just a few people - this blog has a very large audience now."


    @FishFraud: How many people visit this site each day? It would be interesting to know how many people are being exposed to the lies of the fishFucker.

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  11. Youth and Wisdom collide:

    " I am a curmudgeon at 27. I am fairly set in my ways, I have routines which drive my better-half nuts, and I have a deep core belief in photojournalism. "

    Wait...now his other half is nuts?

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=309

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  12. Laying Down the Ethics:

    " If you don't appreciate the hard work, and required ethics, of journalism you're not paying attention. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=4319

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  13. We're so lucky to have him here:

    " Because the technology is so easy, inexpensive, and readily available, we need to be more vigilant, pro-active in education, and public in use the of ethics. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=5397

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  14. We're so lucky:

    " I am usually a lightened up person, most of the time at least. I liked the easy going not so PC tone of the boards. There were enough on topic subjects to keep the off topic subjects light hearted. "


    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=6540

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  15. For how many years?

    " Welcome to my hell............."

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=8883

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  16. here's his "better half"

    http://img138.imageshack.us/i/fugly.jpg/

    doesn't she look like a happy woman?

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  17. An apt cereal brand, no?

    " A code of ethics would be great (or as my morning cereal says "The'reeeeeeeee Greeeeaaaaaaat!!!".....whoops , I had Froot Loops this morning) "

    Also from:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=8883

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  18. I know education when I see it:

    " I have oddly enough been asked to lecture as colleges/universitys on the subject of photojournalism, and photojournalism ethics. I am sure most of the professors do not know that I am lacking a college degree, although I know those at one college do. I don't mention my educational background while I am speaking, even when I discuss education. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=10845

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  19. nice spelling of universities, btw

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  20. Assigning Genius:

    " Another way to get nice images, is to schedule your photo assignment on a different day, or at a different time of than the reporter. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=11834

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  21. Apparently, up to date certification isn't really necessary in Vermont:

    " My background is in EMS (now expired and out of state), on many occasions I have worked on patients awaiting the arrival of Fire/EMS. When I worked at a paper in VT there was a shortage of medical technicians, it seemed to happen pretty often I'd end up working on patients rather than shooting. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=14145

    Any malpractice lawyers out there?

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  22. I don't know what to say on this...

    " Am I unethical? I spend a considerable amount of time on my lighting and composition, but I know what I am shooting for. It is my job to know the end result and sometimes shoot with enough tolerance to allow for a total manipulation of the image. "

    Yeah it might be out of context so read the thread and make your own decisions.

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=16038

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  23. Technical excellence:

    " I know I have had my WB set to "light bulb" when it should have been on "cloud" when going from inside to outside quickly. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=21226

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  24. A Life Lesson here:

    " You can't please all the people all the time. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=26361

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  25. We're going to need a "Best of" section pretty soon.

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  26. @11:34. she is fucking fugly! but you have to remember who she is with

    http://fuckyeahsportsshooter.tumblr.com/post/3654294803

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  27. Gourmand:

    " ......and go find me a single edible Big Mac that looks anything like the one on the huge menu behind the cashier at McDs. "

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=30169

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  28. @11:53: http://fuckyeahsportsshooter.tumblr.com has a pretty good 'best of' fishdouche

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  29. And like that:

    " There is a small window of grey area where not everything is as black & white as you make it ... and it is all ethical. "

    mmkay?

    From:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=36154

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  30. @11:53, is that Fish? I hardly recognize him. He sure got fat.

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  31. @12:25
    That is fishDouche indeed circa 2004.

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  32. If Frischling had just kept his stupid mouth shut this blog would probably have gone away. People might have felt bad for him.

    but the fact that he's acted the way he has, not only keeps the blog going, it shows why it was needed in the first place. It confirms everything said here.

    he's an arrogant, obnoxious, stupid, lying douchebag.

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  33. Does this blog get more hits than his stupid flying with fish blog? Probably.

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  34. I think I figured out what happened to his son's penis. Fish probably talked himself into believing that he was a world class Mohel and figured he could do the job himself with his fireman's ax while standing on a snowboard.

    All joking aside, I truly hope this story is one of his lies. No one deserves that.

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  35. Nice to know that behind all that snarkiness (great word Fishfraud) are some heartfelt thoughts. You're totally right. I feel bad for all the innocents here - his kids, Addison, the brides and husbands, the other people he tried to trash. Jeez, what a list!

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  36. I take back what I said, maybe 9:39 has mysterious powers from another universe that can influence the clueless. Did they have any affect on Steven?

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  37. From: http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=309

    "The fact is we make our livings off the news. I like sports, and SportsShooter because it gives me a place to relax while working (to some extent), but I understand my images of tradgety (nearly a dozen plane crashes, a terrorist attack, a few riots, crack dens, anthrax scares, fires, homocides, etc) is my business. I'd have rather been shooting a feature on day cares in Sept 2001, but instead I made a massive profit of death , pain and misery."

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  38. man, thats deep. He risks his life for the good of all.

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  39. "I understand my images of tradgety"

    tradgety? wtf is tradgety?

    "I'd have rather been shooting a feature on day cares in Sept 2001, but instead I made a massive profit of death , pain and misery."

    you made a profit from 9/11? how? were you selling water to firefighters at ground zero? it surely didn't come from your photos because the photos you took that day lacked content. I will (reluctantly) give you credit for making one useable frame. take a look at some...

    http://web.archive.org/web/20030506170813/steven.frischling.com/photos/america/index.php3

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  40. Someone really ought to start new thread on sportsshooter dedicated solely to this fishfraud. Yes it's been mentioned in a couple of threads, that's how I found it, but there are still obviously a few who are not informed about it. Delane did his best last night jumping in on this thread which by the way was started by the site's founder(funny how the word TSA works like fishbait):

    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=37887

    Anywho, you can tell at the bottom of the thread that some photogs really have no idea what is going on while others do. I recommend some member out there set all the members and lurkers of the ss world straight and point them all here. I may have to send $25 and join to do it myself, but I can't wait that long!

    Thanks

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  41. If you can make a massive profit with pics like that, I'm in the wrong line of busness

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  42. He either pays absolutely no attention to his typing, or doesn't care. He once mentioned he has dyslexia, but unfortunately that bit is information is as suspect as everything (due to lying Steven, in case you can't figure that out).

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  43. My excuse is that I'm bleary eyed from culling. "that bit of information" "everything else"

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  44. 7:27: Exactly. And from his website, no less!

    And 7:05 makes me laugh. It IS more appropriate to call his life a tradgety because that at least encapsulates his atrocious grammatical skills as well.

    As usual, the devil is in the details. He writes, "...but I understand my images of tradgety (nearly a dozen plane crashes, a terrorist attack, a few riots, crack dens, anthrax scares, fires, homocides, etc) is my business."

    A dozen plane crashes? A dozen? Like, with real people? You can't include the balsa plane with the rubber band in the backyard, okay?

    A few riots? Which ones? L.A.? I was there. Which riots after that? And I'm not talking the drunk kids after a basketball championship. Overton? Which? And for what agency? UPI again?

    Anthrax scares. Oh boy. What did you do, shoot a photo of a couple of cops chatting outside a building from 500 feet? Pretty hazardous duty. Paging James Nachtwey.

    As for the "massive profit" from images of "tragety," let's be clear: the only thing massive here is your imagination.

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  45. Funny how many times the phrase "you're missing the point," comes up.

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  46. the sports shooter implosion begins (or continues)...frischling defends his credibility

    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=37887

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  47. Dang! I was betting on magical powers from another universe.

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  48. the self proclaimed aviation expert has some issues with the spelling of words commonly used in the aviation industry. he prefers an alternative spelling of turbulence.

    "I was shooting on a Coast Guard jet the other day when we hit some turbulance" - http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=2223

    not only once, but at least three times.

    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=1946

    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=3539

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  49. where can I find this:

    Anonymous said...

    Frischling's absurd letter was the final straw. I had to read it twice before I saw he says Addison's email address of mikey99999@gmail is somehow evidence proving he is FishFraud. What? What is he talking about? How is that evidence of anything except he maybe likes Michael Jordan? Ok maybe if Addison's email was fishfraud@gmail.com... but mikey? I don't get it at all yet Frischling claims it's evidence!

    The funniest thing is that there were probably people who got the letter that didn't even know he lost his Twitter account until he announced it! He's just dumb as all get out.
    March 4, 2011 8:51 PM

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  50. 8:03, some sucker posted the letter on his own blog:

    http://brajit.blogspot.com/2011/03/freefish-saga-continues.html

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  51. "Credibility

    I'll just do the past few months or so"

    pathetic! let's me just ignore my 15 years of ridiculous lies...

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  52. I still don't see a single answer to:
    Why couples still claim to have no photos of their weddings,
    Any of the stories changing over time (too numerous to mention),
    What awards he's actually won,
    Who said he was the top 5, or 35, of anything,
    How did he travel 200 miles in an hour on a day when travel would have been extremely difficult,
    Exactly why changing labels on camera batteries is okay if you want to get through airport screening without making any trouble,
    Why giving someone second hand information when discussing how to protect their lives covering a war is okay,
    Why didn't he make an appearance in any court to address people having trouble with him,
    Is it really okay to bring knives aboard planes,
    I know some EMT's, where did you get your training, and who certified you,
    Where are the tear sheets for Time, Life, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, People, Bloomberg, Business Week, the IOC, Sotheby's,
    Where are the photos of getting shot at, I see plenty of other very real photographers showing me the dangers they've experienced, because I see pictures they've managed to take risking their lives,
    What photos of Iraq do you actually have,

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  53. So how does someone who flies 100k miles a year like I do (and have the boarding passes to prove it) out of his own pocket get 1/10th of the invites to airline events that Fish does? Seriously - how does that work out?

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  54. Tradgety! When the feeling's gone and you can't go on,
    It's tradgety. When the morning cries and you don't know why,
    It's hard to bear. With no one to love you, you're goin' nowhere.
    tradgety: When you lose control and you got no soul,
    It's tradgety. When the morning cries and you don't know why,
    It's hard to bear.
    With no one beside you, you're goin' nowhere.

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  55. from flyertalk.com - 3/25/09 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alitalia-millemiglia/932859-mxp-connctions.html#post11475550

    "With my last few business trips taking me to AMS (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for the day, on Saturdays, I wonder if US Immigrations is starting to think I'm either addicted to hookers or dealing pot"

    well, we know you like phone sex and apparently you also enjoy smoking pot and making up outlandish stories of repeatedly going to europe for the day.

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  56. http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=37887

    >> Gee Delane I hadn't seen that site ... or addressed it publicly in early Decemeber owning up to what was factual.

    Anyone know where he allegedly addresses what was factual in early "Decemeber?"

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  57. It is so ironic that Fish uses the word "credibility" on the SportsShooters' website:
    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=37887
    Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
    Posted: 10:26 AM Today
    Delane,
    My final thought on this, since I've cited the sources you are to lazy to go and look up.

    Credibility

    I'll just do the past few months or so



    A search on the word:
    "Credibility

    Description
    A credible source of information makes for quicker and firmer decisions.

    A credible person is expert (experienced, qualified, intelligent, skilled) and trustworthy (honest, fair, unselfish, caring). Charisma can increase credibility. Charismatic people, in addition to credible, are extroverted, composed and sociable.

    Credibility is context-dependent, and an expert in one situation may be incompetent in another. It is also a cue that is used in selecting the peripheral route to decision-making.

    Credibility-enhancing actions include:

    * Highlighting your own experience and qualifications.
    * Showing you care about the other person and have their best interests at heart.
    * Showing you are similar to them by using their language, body language, dress, etc.
    * Being assertive. Quickly and logically refuting counter-arguments.
    * Leveraging the credibility of others, e.g.
    o Highlighting the credibility of your sources of information.
    o Getting introduced by a credible person.

    Language that reduces credibility includes:

    * Ums, ers and other, ah, hesitation.
    * Totally and absolutely excessive exaggeration.
    * Kinds of qualifications that sort of lack assertion, I guess.
    * Politeness, sir, that indicates subordination.
    * I know it is silly to say this, but disclaimers do reduce credibility."

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  58. another piece of "art" (shit) by the master photographer better known as "fish"

    http://worldpicturenews.com/web/IndexPageLightbox.aspx?driverid=9143

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  59. 4:11

    This is where SF tried to explain everything back in December:

    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2010/12/07/a-response-to-the-anonymous-attacks…truth-fiction/

    I am not buying his bs. He has been lying for as long as I remember.

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  60. FROM http://worldpicturenews.com/ ---l ooks set up - aka no journalism ethics!!!!!
    how many times have u seen a coast guard member pointing a gun towards nothing. or even pointing it, normally its to the side!

    US COAST GUARD SECURITY
    MK2 Bill Stubbe, of the United States Coast Guard Station Philadelphia, keeps watch on the shoreline of an oil refinery, as his unit performs a security law enforcement patrol, on the Delaware River, Thursday, August 5, 2004, in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, USA. The Coast Guard has increased it's security patrols near fuel refineries in the Northeast in response to terrorist threats in the region. (Steven E. Frischling / World Picture News)

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  61. The more I read, and not just here, the more it seems that the only people who buy any of that crap are people who don't know him. Anyone that actually has any history with this nutjob knows differently. And there doesn't seem to be any "wiggle" room in that conclusion. I haven't seen any working photographer come out so far and say, yeah, he did that. So far, the only response I've seen is, I was there, and you're lying. Who are you going to trust, one guy who can't be bothered to show up in court, or a very large group of working professionals?

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  62. From:
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2010/12/07/a-response-to-the-anonymous-attacks%E2%80%A6truth-fiction/


    "I have made a lot of mistake in my life and I am certainly not a model to follow on many things"

    Then stop giving advice on Sportsshooter. By your own admission your past bad performance in photography is somehow the foundation for your newly developed "sound methods" employed on your aviation blog. Say What?
    You can't have it both ways.
    Obviously you have zero credibility.
    I looked up clueless on the Wiki and saw your photo.

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  63. This blog is great. I'm even sharing it with friends that are not in the photo industry.

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  64. frischling talks about how he talked with airport thieves that he was introduced to by homeland security agents.

    http://hw.libsyn.com/p/4/4/e/44e7b299e09a4840/fish.mp3?sid=2048cd26310320f7d851cd6af748957c&l_sid=19968&l_eid=&l_mid=1873083

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  65. Did SF remove all of his posts from the digital wedding forum? Can anyone find them there now? Where did they all go? Let's hope he doesn't delete his sports shooter posts next!! Too much good stuff there.

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  66. They will live forever on fishfraud!

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  67. "I chose to leave it [wedding photography] behind and do something else. Some of the details being used are incorrect, but I am not going to quibble over these factual errors because I cannot change something I have already changed."

    The exemplar of responsibility that guy. How is leaving behind couples without their money and without their wedding photos not subject to quibble?

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  68. ^Especially because we got screenshots of them. Thank you very much, Digital Wedding Forum member/FishFraud MVP!

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  69. He can not delete his own sportsshooter posts. His douchiness will live on forever.

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  70. Fish once called me out for being "angry." He's right. Lying, self serving, arrogant assholes really piss me off.

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  71. http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=2194#2

    Fish says he's qualified to do four jobs. Funny that nothing related to snowboarding is one of them.

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  72. Don't worry 9:39. Mr. Frischling has left enough gold on the internet for us to ridicule and poke holes in for a lifetime.

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  73. 9:39's response, as helpful as it's trying to be, struck me as off the mark. PR, damage control? It's not about those things. Those are the last things he needs to worry about. It's about his behavior as a human being. Ouch, boy, if ever a straight line wasn't delivered...

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  74. Sorry, I may have been off the mark myself. The spirit of 9:39's comments are in line with trying to help him, which I don't mean to fault.

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  75. 7:39, thanks for posting the link:
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2010/12/07/a-response-to-the-anonymous-attacks…truth-fiction/

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  76. that was the early days of FishFraud when SF thought it was a good idea to try to call attention to it. The popularity of the site really took off after that.

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  77. We need a FishFraud mobile application for iPhone and Blackberry. I'm on the go a lot and when I'm away from my computer I can't stand not to have 24/7 access to the latest Fish news - any time, anywhere.

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  78. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-safety-security/851505-inflight-emergency-medical-intervention-policies-airlines.html

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  79. 11:41

    I like that idea. Maybe I can make one. Let me put some thought into it.

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  80. Steven needs to learn one of life's fundamental lessons......

    When one finds themselves in a hole, stop digging.

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  81. He doesn't see the hole. It doesn't even register in his head that he has a problem. Everyone else has the problem. We're all out to get him. It's a conspiracy.

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  82. I got one answer from his inane initial public response to this blog. Yes, it's perfectly okay to carry knives aboard planes because he is so inconvenienced by not being allowed to carry one when he goes flying somewhere. That's sound parenting.

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  83. "He doesn't see the hole. It doesn't even register in his head that he has a problem. Everyone else has the problem. We're all out to get him. It's a conspiracy."

    Typical behavior of sociopaths. Rules and laws do not apply to them and they should not have to be held accountable for their choices, whether simply poor or even illegal.

    But challenge them on these choices and all hell with break loose.

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