Last updated on October 6, 2021
Running a news and opinion website can be dangerous. We are often cavalier in our discussions with others, but can’t afford to be when putting things in writing for others to see. Especially when what we write is accusing another person of something.
Some of you may know Mary Geddry. She’s most well known in Coos County for fighting the Jordan Cove project. She also runs her own website (www.geddry.com). After the recent rally/protest on the Coos Bay Boardwalk on 9/11/2021, Mary published an article about an incident that occurred that day. She also referenced the incident in a different article. I made sure to save PDF copies of the original version of each article, just in case she made changes later on. They will be available for download at the bottom of this article.
The first article is related to another event, but the last paragraph claims that, “In a separate story I will describe how Rob Taylor sent his security team after a young trans woman at the 9/11 boardwalk demonstration forcing her to file a complaint with Coos Bay Police against logger/security Tony Holman.“
At the time I am writing this, Mary has not yet changed that paragraph and it is still up on her website. Unfortunately, it’s full of false information. First, Rob Taylor does not have a “security team”. The group of people he has referred to in public are volunteers who provide security for many different events and even organize some of their own. They do not work for Rob or provide security personally for him. Second, the claim that Rob “sent” them is also false. Another event attendee was the first one to notice Camryn Langley (aka Kamryn Stringfield) across the street. That person pointed him out to Rob, who then pointed him out to some of the security people. Lastly, Tony Holman never approached or even spoke to Camryn.
Now let’s look at Mary’s second article. You can find the current version of it here. You’ll notice that several sentences have been changed from the original I linked above. This is because Mary was informed that she published false information.
Let’s look at the falsities in the original version of Mary’s article. First, it claims that Matt and Tony Holman are brothers. They are not. Then we have the biggest false claim that “Tony Holman, a local logger slams her car door hitting her in the arm”. Sorry Mary, that wasn’t Tony Holman in the video that slammed the door. This claim is the one that could her her in serious trouble. Tony Holman owns Tony Holman Logging, a well-known business in Coos County. This type of false claim can cause serious damage to a person’s reputation, and his business as a result. Writing something like this with absolutely no evidence is unconscionable and should have repercussions.
Mary’s corrections to the second article were most likely done because she knew she could be sued for libel. Strangely enough, she hasn’t changed the paragraph in the first article. Maybe she forgot it was there. Personally, I was always taught to tell the truth, that way you don’t have to remember what you said.
-Matthew Wilbanks (Editor @ Dailyresister.com)