Christina Tobin Defends Kidnapper, Judd Weiss

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In early December, Independent blogger Jeff for Justice was excited to receive a facebook message from third party icon Christina Tobin. But by February, Jeff seemed exhausted by Tobin’s desperate pleas to alter one of Jeff’s video, “Judd Weiss not ready to speak out on rape allegations”.

Below  is the unedited transcript of their conversation.

Please note, that despite Ms. Tobin’s word, Judd Weiss was not “found innocent” (Judd Weiss plead no contest to two  counts including “false imprisonment”).  And also note Tobin’s persistence, enthusiasm, and subtextual implications of quid quo pro “It would be the greatest New Year’s gift…..I also run a separate 501(c)4 petitioning company named Free and Equal Inc.” 

 

(Judd Weiss was John Mcafee’s VP pick and a current employee at his company MGT capital investments)

December 3, 2015 12/3, 12:06pm

Christina

Hey you. How have you been? Gotta quick question for ya.

Jeff

Hi there. I’m feeling better. What is your question

Christina

That’s great to hear. Judd Weiss is a great friend of mine has helped Free and Equal tremendously volunteering to photograph our Fest this year also hosted a lot of our talent after United We Stand Fesf was hoping you could change title of interview you posted online? I noticed it comes up when searching. Would mean a lot to me. Focus on the good as he was ruled innocent.

Jeff

Thank you for sharing your concerns. Judd asked me about this previously and I declined as a matter of principal. I’d like to reach.

Please know I have no intention to hurt Judd. Prior to meeting him, when I did my research on him the LA Weekly stories of alleged sexual abuse come up. Even if I take down my interview that’s still what comes up when searching his name – unless he can somehow convince LA Weekly to take down their stories.

All I did in the interview with Judd was ask him about the LA Weekly reports giving him an opportunity to address it. Since the LA Weekly story comes up first in a search of him it would feel irresponsible of me not to ask about it.

If Judd becomes more of a public figure that story by LA Weekly will still be there and some other interviewer is bound to ask about it.

The delimma for me becomes this : if I interview someone who agrees to am interview and they ask me to cut something out where do I draw the line? Especially among my indie media and activism peers who likely feel strongly that other public figures should be scrutinized, questioned, and treated like any other interview.

Judd is not the first person. At least 6 other people have asked me to modify interviews.

Now what if I was Luke of We Are Change, InfoWars, the Young Turks? Would they accommodate these requests? Would they agree to only softball questions?

If Judd had a PR consultant who knew the question could come up what would they advise? I would think they’d advise Judd to reiterate his innocence in as concise an answer as possible.

Your thoughts?

Christina

I had no idea Judd asked just thought the focus of the title of the video was unfair on phone now will read your entire message shortly

Christina

🙂

Jeff

Thank you for your perspective. I’ll contemplate. If you watch the video you can clearly see I’m very empathic and not at all accusing of him. Even among our own we should have the freedom of asking tough but fair questions not to hurt but to keep each other accountable using the same standards we’d apply to anyone.

Christina

Anytime. Thank you for your great work. I agree you’re empathic during interview… as mentioned before I feel the title of interview needlessly hurts someone that’s one of us. Thanks for your consideration…

December 26, 2015 12/26, 8:15am

Christina

My heart says to bring it up again it would mean the world to me if you would at least consider updating the title of interview with Judd Weiss. Just wanted to let you know that I do feel it’s the right thing to do as I know Judd very well. 💖

I have never asked for such a things it’s has been on my conscious for almost a year

it has been*

Jeff  

I have not forgotten. It’s on my to-do list. After getting the new laptop I have been swamped with catching up on e-chores.

Christina 

It would be the greatest New Year’s gift please know I’m always here for you as well

I thought so

I also run a separate 501(c)4 petitioning company named Free and Equal Inc. Which is a different hat from the Foundation btw

Christina

Have a beautiful new year!

 

February 1, 2016

 

Christina

Greetings Jeff!

 

February 2, 2016

Jeff

Greetings.

Christina

Christina

Hoping everything is magical with you! What are you up to these days Jeff?

Jeff

Hi Christina. As I considered your request and worried about whether you would want to no longer associate with me, I have decided I would rather stand alone with my freedom than in the company of people who would try to control me.

Respectfully, while I am sure you welcome input from your followers as I do if someone were to try to start telling you what questions you should and should not ask and what you should title your posts, how would you feel about that?

As I have explained before all I did was ask a fair question. If you type in Judd’s name, the L.A. Weekly articles (and others) come up regardless of whether or not my video is up. When someone is accused of a crime or any kind of wrong-doing, as an interviewer it’s my job to ask about is. Likewise, I also asked Gary Franchi about headlines like “Ron Paul super PAC spent most of its money on non-campaign activities.”

Do I assume Judd or Gary did anything wrong? No, not at all. But it would be absurd to know about these allegations and not ask about them. When I asked, I was non-accusatory. I was even empathetic. Gary engaged with my questions, Judd did not – as is his right. He declined to talk about it and that is right. He can also write or speak about it again anytime he chooses. Likewise, if I ever interviewed you again I might ask some tough yet relevant questions. Likewise, I am prepared that if I am ever the interviewee myself I cannot help what the interviewer ask so I need to be mentally prepared for that.

You organized an event full of journalists. I can’t imagine any of them interviewing anyone (especially since most of them refer to themselves with labels like “anti-establishment”) and then agreeing to allow the interviewee who willing agreed to the interview to then dictate the outcome of the video.

I am sorry but I do not feel it is ethical to allow videos to be dictated by other people. I know in my heart I did nothing to willingly hurt Judd. I accept I cannot help it if you disagree.

I welcome you’re friendship. I welcome Judd’s friendship. But if you cannot accept my choice and prefer to not associate with me any further, I accept I cannot stop that.

Christina

Dear Jeff ~ I respect your heart but not your logic in this case. How can it ever be right to script a prejudicial headline at the expense of any person? A fundamental tenant of our freedom is that all are innocent until judged guilty before a case is tried. I recognize your skill but think you erred in this. ~ Kindest Regards, Christina

Jeff

I accept that’s how you feel about it. “Judd Weiss Not Ready To Speak On Sex Assault Allegations” is factual. I told you, if a public figure is accused of something, I think it’s my job as an interviewer to ask about regardless of any feelings I may have about the situation. Opting for a headline for a video in which a sexual assault question is asked would be glossing over it and absurd.

Also, according to LA Weekly, Weiss did not go to trial but took a plea deal. Yes, I know plea bargain does not mean guilt and yes I understand that avoiding expensive trials seems to be a factor in why he opted to plea. Yes I know the legal system is screwed up in many ways. Yes I know sometimes women make false allegations.

All I know is I asked a reasonable question and then Judd and two friends have contacted me about the video.

Something similar happened with Bill O’Reilly. You can bet I would ask him about that if I ever interviewed him. Would anybody in the indie media / liberty / anti-establishment crowd think the title “_____ Not Ready To Speak On Sex Assault Allegations” if it was any high profile public figure? I doubt it.

I understand that you care about Judd and it’s human nature to protect our loved ones. I’ve actually done something similar to try to protect a loved one.

I stand by my ethics on this choice.

 

February 3, 2016

Christina

I stand by my ethics as well. I hope someday you do what is right and resolve. Peace.

Christina

Actually, what’s your number Jeff? I think it’s more appropriate to speak about this rather than message. This is very important to me. I do feel with good communication it can be resolved.

This weekend is best.

Christina

Please let me know either way as I will need to schedule call as I have many things on my plate. Will likely coordinate an independent POTUS ballot drive which means coordinating over 1.5 million sigs while also running The Free and Equal Elections Foundation… biggest year yet….

 

Christina

It would mean a lot to me. Night.

 

Jeff

Thanks. I think we have to agree to let it go.

 

Christina

I would like to speak with you if possible. Please let me know either way.

Conversation is the only way to work things out. I’m extending an olive branch more than halfway here.

Either this flows or it doesn’t…. my time is very limited these days… however I always choose to make time for things that matter….

Jeff

Prior to you contacting me about this I was working on a video about the fact that I have been contacted more than 5 times by people I have interviewed who tried to get me to take down the video or edit it or change the title. 2 were journalists, one was a writer for The Fashion Police (a show he writes insult “jokes” for – hypocrite), and the other was Weiss. It is very offensive to me. My videos are fair and factual. For people with more money and power than me to try to bully me into creating my product to their whims is unacceptable to me. The more and more I contemplation this, the more and more I realize I am being bullied by powerful people. As one who works against the establishment, I can’t imagine you getting a call from a leading 2 party system character telling you what to do with Free & Equal. Again, I would rather stand alone in my freedom than let people with more power than me try to control me to be accepted – especially when I know I did nothing wrong.

Jeff

BTW, screen shot showing example of how I promote Free & Equal often. Other indie media figures too. I don’t even personally have a relationship with most of them but I promote the cause regardless of whether I am friends with people or not. I’ve never known any political groups not to have some type of infighting. [screen shot]

 

February 4, 2016

 

Christina

May we speak on the phone or not? I can ring you on Skype if that’s easier.

Christina

Would be nice to know either way. With good communication I do feel anything within reason can be resolved.

 

February 9, 2016

Christina

I will accept the fact that you aren’t willing to communicate with me at this time. Please know the door is always open on my end to discuss, resolve one way or another and move forward. Always ~ Christina

Christina

I want you to know that the intestinal lack of communication on your end has resulted in creating a needless barrier here. It’s always healthy to discuss such things in person or at the very least on the telephone. There’s nothing else I can do on my end to resolve this outstanding situation. The ball is in your court. This situation concerns me tremendously. I think a phone conversation will help me better understand where you’re coming from/vice versa. I have no more reason to communicate with you until we hopefully speak on the phone or see each other in person someday. Always ~ Christina

Christina

Intentional lack*

Jeff

I replied and declined already.

Christina

Very unprofessional

Jeff

I disagree. Now I feel this is bordering on harassment. Guy gets accused of sexual assault, I ask him about it… he and 2 of his friends try to bully me into editing the video as they prefer. I have heard you all, I explained my defense of my choices, and still my “no” is not accepted. So much for “no means no” huh.

Christina

I can’t be associated with people who choose not communicate in a professional manner. Regardless, I will still leave the door open should you change your mind and decide to at least be open to discussing the matter. Take care.

Jeff

I can’t help what you choose to do. I won’t be bullied by you three.

Christina

This is not bullying. That is a false accusation which is also a concern. It doesn’t matter to me if this was Judd Weiss or a stranger on the street. At this point it’s only healthy to have a conversation to understand where each person is coming from with intentions of resolving one way or another. You’re refusing to do this which creates a needless barrier.

Christina

Please don’t bother messaging me again and respect my wish.

 

My line is always open.

 

END.

We reached out to Christina Tobin, but she did not respond.

3 responses to “Christina Tobin Defends Kidnapper, Judd Weiss

  1. That youngling Weiss is STRONG with the Dark Side…but not as strong as his master, Darth Mcafice

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