Wednesday, May 05, 2010
IN HAEC VERBA: Complaint Filed Against Historic City News for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
May 5, 2010
Honorable Jonathan Leibowitz, Chairman
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580 via fax to 202-326-3442
Re: “HISTORIC CITY MEDIA,” PLAZABUM.COM and SHAMEFULPEOPLE.COM
IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA – UNFAIR AND DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 5, FTC ACT OF 1914 AND ANTITRUST LAWS
Dear Chairman Leibowitz:
Respondent HISTORIC CITY MEDIA is a website operated by MICHAEL GOLD f/k/a “MICHAEL TOBIN.’ HISTORIC CITY MEDIA and GOLD/TOBIN operate two hate websites, plazbum.com and shamefulpeople.com, which are engaged in hate speech, to -- racist, misogynist, sexist, homophobic, obscene and indecent, directing anger at local activists in St. Augustine and St. Johns County and calling for the homeless to be run out of town.
Will you please direct the staff to investigate whether HISTORIC CITY MEDIA, the front for two hate websites, is violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices in interstate commerce? HISTORIC CITY MEDIA’s trade dress and presentation recently misled AMTRAK officials. A web search by AMTRAK misled AMTRAK into thinking that HISTORIC CITY MEDIA was a responsible journalistic outlet, resulting in AMTRAK inviting MICHAEL GOLD et ux to ride on a May 1, 2010 Inspection Tour of the route of possible train service from Miami to Jacksonville, Florida. HISTORIC CITY MEDIA’s website misled AMTRAK into giving GOLD et ux two valuable tickets on the Inspection Trip, wasting AMTRAK resources and giving faux credibility to KKK-style hate websites. Enough.
Under your Chairmanship and President Obama’s leadership, we look forward to FTC investigating and prosecuting Respondents to the fullest extent of the law, without fear or favor.