Meet Shameless Maureen O'Connor, Editor of Ivygate

by Rachelle Hruska · August 6, 2008

    Maureen O\'Connor Ivygate NonsocietyAt guestofaguest we try our best to accentuate the positive. Snark is too easy (or at least doesn't come easily to us) and quite frankly, is best done by others. But once in a while its necessary to cross over to the darkside and call people out for trying to have it both ways, or shall we say having no shame? More specifically I'm referring to Maureen O'Connor, editor of Ivygate, and worker for (Julia Allison's new site).

    On July 28th, Ivygate posted a 10th rate snark article on Olympic athletes Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, whose company ConnectU is in litigation with Facebook. The post made light of their Olympic effort referring to it as "taking four years off" and "paddling around the country."

    "What happens on the internet stays on the internet.Which is why Tyler and Cameron desperately need the good press.  It’s either American medalist winners/superstar athletes/hunky twins, or the spoiled bitches that tried to lay one on the invincible Mark Zuckerberg and failed."

    On July 30th, two days after the ivygate post, Maureen sent me this email:

    We're [Me and Julia Allison] currently looking for Olympians who might be interested in helping us cover the Olympics. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss were, of course, my first two thoughts. I understand you know them? Could you help me get in touch with them? We're interested in getting a "peek behind the curtain" of the US Olympic Team and the goings-on in Beijing.

    When I discovered the two-faced nature of Miss O'Connor a.k.a. Citizen Shame, I sent her back this response:

    I find it quite puzzling that you have asked me to ask the Winklevosses to guest blog as Olympians for Julia Allison and yourself...How do you even have the nerve to ask them to blog for you? What planet are you from?

    Her response was a litany of excuses. Unfortunately for Maureen, the only valid excuse for her actions would have been that she had no knowledge of the post before she sent me her request, but alas that was not one of them.

    Of all her excuses, this one takes the cake:

    "I am, however, sorry I didn't anticipate that my role in two organizations would offend you."