The concern by Stokoe’s partisans, that he has been compromised, is rather late in coming. After all, many of us suspected for a long time that he was heavily biased. Intimations of this started leaking into the blogosphere about two years ago, but I handwaved them away simply because I liked the quality of his writing and respected the breadth of his knowledge. In fact, I’ve stated more than once in the last three weeks that I was a “big fan” of his.
Now that’s all come crashing down in flames.
How can we put this in the most delicate but simplest terms? How about this: we now know from the original leaked e-mail that the purveyor of OCAnews was actually a manipulator of the news rather than an honest reporter of it.
Since then, the perception has only grown. Recently, I published on my blog a brazen statement that Stokoe made in which he admitted that he can control events in Syosset, the Metropolitan Council, and even on the Holy Synod. He could do this because of his knowledge of certain facts and his ability to lob journalistic bombshells via his highly read blog.
Lest anybody think I’m making this up, let me quote you his own words:
(Editor’s note: Well, the issue was not really excommunication, for not even +Philip could give a canonical cause for that. His goal was to have me removed from the Metropolitan Council, and +Jonah promised to deliver the threat. He did. As did others from Syosset. My answer to them was “Say, didn’t Mt. Herman triy to remove Gregg Nescott? How’d that working out for you? I also pointed out that Mark Stokoe on the MC bound by the rules of Executive Session was more advantageous for their desire for less transparency, than Mark Stokoe not on the MC, free to publish absolutely anything he could get someone to talk about.” That ended those discussions immediately. So while no •crickets•, I do hear •yawning•.) (Parenthesis in original.) Source: http://ocanews.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/599-+Jonah-Placed-on-Leave-By-Synod.html#c119885
In other words, what he told +Herman and the others on the MC was: do you want me on the inside pissing out or on the outside pissing in?
Clearly, his own words convict him. And this to me is rather sad, for all parties concerned –Stokoe included.