Open & Blatant Hypocrisy by an “Impartial” Comics Press


Here’s some items written by a faux-journalist in comicdom of The Beat, Heidi MacDonald, who is both a writer and editor for the comics industry news blog The Beat. MacDonald was recently discovered as involved in a “whisper network” among activists women in the comics industry. Here are a few of her positions.


For example:



Say, wasn’t this the same person who, some weeks ago, told us all to believe victims and women? That sure lasted a short time, as the above makes clear. I guess belief is something that only applies so long as the plaintiff is a leftist who hasn’t stepped off the PC plantation. And what vile language MacDonald resorts to, my my. Presumably, if it hadn’t been for Rowling’s dissent with transgender ideology, MacDonald might not be so hostile, but because Rowling’s voiced her opposition, that’s what MacDonald’s standings hinge on in regards to the UK-based novelist. It reminds me, I also found this article MacDonald wrote for Publisher’s Weekly about comicons on hold due to Covid19, and it’s stated that:


The larger question of how comics conventions, festivals, and other public events will operate in the future haunts the minds of everyone PW spoke with. The public health issues will remain until there’s a coronavirus vaccine. And recently renewed allegations of sexual harassment at comic cons means that there will be even more changes when these events are able to operate safely again.


Whether or not there are, she has no business talking about this when she can’t put aside her biases and recognize that Rowling’s got a right to speak her mind. I think MacDonald might as well stop reading Harry Potter now if she has that much disrespect for a woman’s right to privacy, to cite one example, not to mention the right to win scholarships in sports without having poseurs sabotage what they worked hard for. Such a disgrace. She later followed up with this:



What if the poster in question was…a leftist? I mean, there’s only so many now who all but try to obscure the past works of many more in comicdom and cartoons, including the resume of Marie Severin, Laurie Sutton, Jeanette Khan and Louise Simonson. But MacDonald hasn’t exactly proven she’s concerned about that, so I wonder why it’s such a big deal to her here. Especially considering she’s against Rowling as of now. And might MacDonald kindly tone down the vulgarity a tad, please? It’s getting awfully grating at this point.

And, if the politics of a comics reporter matter, MacDonald also wrote the following:



What “right” would that be? Abortion? Why is it such a big deal to get rid of an unborn child, but not transfer it to adoptive parents? And next, look what MacDonald’s pointing to:




Look who’s using this for some bizarre virtue-signaling point. The same person who denigrated Rowling with a foul-mouthed tweet. What she’s trying to say here falls flat as a pancake.

She also promoted somebody with a very fishy background, who seems to have become the next person to write a Muslim Ms. Marvel book as part of a Scholastic project:



When I checked the writer’s profile, it says she’s “Palestinian-American”. And we can surely guess of what religious background and political leanings. If anything, this news does demonstrate that Marvel, if they hadn’t followed DC’s example before with Young Adult adaptations, most certainly are now, the difference being that they’re putting the characters created more for leftist propaganda into this project, whereas DC relied primarily on already established ones. And, it further clarifies MacDonald’s leftist politics to boot.



So, she doesn’t want to buy food from this manufacturer, which is owned by Latino sources, because the CEO dared give his backing to Trump, huh? Well then, she can rest assured Goya Foods isn’t going to be too scathed, since the left’s reaction has only brought about more customers. And if they’re available in Israel, I’ll be buying some of their products too.


I think this tells quite a bit about what MSM outlets she considers acceptable, not the least being a radio network flooded with leftist leanings.



What about Bill deBlasio’s conduct as mayor of NYC, to name one example? Or the governor of NY state, Andrew Cuomo? How awful is that going to look in history books and journals? MacDonald would do well to take the advice of a letter writer to the Scranton Times-Leader: don’t blame Trump for the Covid crisis. If anything, China has to take foremost responsibility for the trouble they caused by allowing it to spread.



We get it, she despises any politician who dares give Trump their backing



Something tells me that, if a Democrat were the incumbent, she wouldn’t bother citing Sweden’s catastrophic handling of the pandemic. Just more excuses to bash conservatives in the US, that’s all she can think of. She doesn’t even mention that the Texas governor’s already addressed the increase in infections, and could reimpose restrictions in the state.

And that’s some examples of what goes on in the mind of a comics “journalist”, who hasn’t even got much respect for the medium to begin with. Comicdom would be so much better off without people like MacDonald around.



Editor: It was recently brought to our attention that MacDonald purposefully won’t offer any press or even mention a conservative creator’s latest project over his politics, even though they’ve been friends for years. Happy to get MacDonald’s point of view if we’re seeings things differently. She has not responded to inquiries.


Original blogpost here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1