Stokoe lobbies for a faction of the Metropolitan Council. We know that from the leaked emails. He’s not a journalist. He’s trying to shape public opinion while posing as a “journalist.” His credentials aren’t any better than the guy with an internet degree from Billy Bob’s Bible Institute who wants to be the head preacher.
+Stokoe is out to get +Jonah. OCAT was set up to counter Stokoe. One reason Stokoe was so threatening was that many people believed him. I was one of them. That’s why I wrote a letter in support of +Mark a few weeks back urging his appointment as Bishop. Once the veil was cracked however (and what cracked it was all the reports coming out of Dallas), did I realize my only source of information about +Mark’s character was Stokoe, Now we know Stokoe’s only source of information when he was hammering +Phillip was +Mark.
The emails stolen from OCAT has revealed the identity of the writers, but what outrage is there really besides the fact that the writers kept their identity hidden? There could be good reasons for this (there may have been professional considerations) but even if there aren’t, anonymity is the only real complaint. But OCAT isn’t out to unseat a sitting metropolitan. OCAT exists to counter OCANews. OCANews exists to blacken and remove +Jonah.
The onus is still on Stokoe. Why is his name on emails that reveal a plan to unseat +Jonah that predate his “reporting”? Why is he unable to provide a canonical justification for +Jonah’s removal? Why do his reports follow the plans outlined in the leaked emails? Why is a member of the Metropolitan Council undermining a sitting bishop? Why are there only a handful of members of the MC on board with this? Why hasn’t Stokoe been called in to explain himself?
Now here’s the hard part and why people are so upset with OCAN. If Stokoe can’t really be trusted, then what about all his previous reporting? How much is fact, how much is spin? How much was driven by Stokoe’s ambition to be back on the inside? Why was he fired? Why was his filed purged? For all his talk about transparency, he’s very quiet about his own history at Syosset.
Were we blind men being led by a manipulator? Yes, it looks like we were. I trusted him until he started pounding +Jonah so hard. My first clue was when a friend mentioned that the “breaking news” announcing +Jonah’s “retirement” appeared pre-written. (Have a look here. Compare the first two paragraphs against the ones that follow. The first two are hasty, the third onward were crafted earlier.) Now I think that the trust I gave him was misplaced. I don’t believe he tells the whole truth and the stories I believed about +Herman, +Phillip, Kondratick, and everyone he has attacked needs independent corroboration. I don’t take his word for anything anymore.
If all this sounds too personal, it’s because we want to believe that what Stokoe provides is objective reporting. But how can a guy who was on the inside, then fired, then went after the guy who fired him, then got elected to the Metropolitan Council, then was revealed to be conspiring with a handful of others to remove +Jonah, then wrote stories that fit the narrative the conspirators cooked up, be objective? He’s not a journalist. He’s a PR flak working for himself.
The guys at OCAT saw this. Put aside the concern about the anonymity for a moment and read the substance of the stolen emails. They understand Stokoe. They understand what OCANews is all about. Stokoe is not who he pretends to be, and I have come to see that trusting OCANews was a foolish thing to do.
I guess this is where I’m at: if Stokoe said that the sun was going to rise in the east tomorrow, I’d have to first check the Almanac.
More to follow…