I recently received this disturbing email from one of my readers.
Dear Mr. Laitner:
For the past few years, I have been following your writing career with some interest.
I know you have been a writer for eleven (11) years.
I have read all of your blogs (52) in the Times of Israel (TOI).
I know TOI has over five (5) million readers.
I have also read your articles (17) in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Jewish Journal .
I know that you are a correspondent for Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Jewish Journal and the journal is the largest weekly Jewish newspaper in the USA.
I have seen your success with “number of shares” for some of your stories (The Last Jew in Vinnitsa 4,087 shares) and have noted your numerous stories which failed to garner an appreciable number of shares.
I have counted the twenty-odd times you been included the Top 20 Popular Bloggers list in Times of Israel and the two measley times TOI featured your stories.
So when I read your “About Me” qoute in TOI I was astonished.
You wrote,” South Florida’s Jewish short-story writer…”
How dare you?
Who bestowed this title to your shoulders?
I thought, “This guy is the ultimate definition of chutzpah. He so full of it. What cajones
What’s next declare yourself America’s Jewish short-story author?
You write a bunch of Jewish short stories and voilá your the top of the heap.”
Mort Laitner, you have only written three books—two of them with Jewish themes, and you have the audacity to self proclaim that you are South Florida’s Jewish short-story author.”
What a pile of crap.
Mr. Laitner, what research have you done to bestow this title upon yourself?
I bet the answer is none.
I realize the limited size of the genre of short-story writers in South Florida and the even smaller size of the subgenre of Jewish short-story writers in South Florida.
But Sir, you do not deserve this title.
You must immediately amend you “About Me” bio in TOI blog to say, “One of South Florida’s leading Jewish short-story writers.”
If I don’t see this amendment in your blog’s bio in the next seven (7) days, I shall notify Times of Israel of your fabrication and ask them to correct your hyperbole.
Ms. Fact Checker
Who knew fact checkers are so persistant and mean.
But I decided not to repond to this toxic post.
Sometimes silence is the best solution.