An apology to my readers

As frequent readers of this column know are aware, there is no love lost between me and Michael Ciftci who is a third-rate candidate for Tampa City Council. Ciftci you will recall disparaged my reputation when he made defamatory remarks about me in the media.

By Chris Ingram

As frequent readers of this column know, there is no love lost between me and Michael Ciftci  —  a candidate for Tampa City Council. Ciftci you will recall disparaged my reputation when he made defamatory remarks about me in the media.

I then allowed my emotions to take over and subsequently wrote several columns referring to Mr. Ciftci as “squirrel poop.” I made up this term because it seemed fitting but less offensive than what I really wanted to call him.

In any event, several people whose opinion I value have suggested this was beneath me and the content of Irreverent View which is known for challenging the status quo at all levels of government, but which does not typically write about city council candidates.

They are right. For that I apologize to my readers for subjecting them to the juvenile nature of those columns.

I have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Ciftci for defamation and look forward to my day in court. Tomorrow I believe voters in Tampa will conclude Michael Ciftci is not fit to serve in public office.

And Irreverent View will continue being irreverent, but we will forever retire references to Mr. Ciftci’s new-found nickname.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at:

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17 thoughts on “An apology to my readers”

  1. I cannot accept your apology, because doing so would mean loving the term squirrel poop is wrong. And if loving squirrel poop is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.


  2. I like the nickname squirre poop for this guy who takes pictures with a girl and a baby to make it seem like he is married and a family man.

    This guy is a fraud.


  3. I quit reading the squirrel poop articles after the 2nd one. They seemed out of character for you, and since I don’t live in Tampa, I have no point of reference for them.


  4. Dude you’re getting soft with the apology. Keep your edge and call it as you see it – that’s why I enjoy your work – its 100% real. The people need the clarity of the IV to see through the long plastic hallway of politicians, charlatans and government funk-fakers.


  5. Squirrel Poop was the talk of our office and gave us a reason to laugh every day! Thanks for the laughs…at least while they lasted!


  6. I will say, a little squirrel poop goes a long way. So perhaps, just perhaps, you beat that drum once too often but no biggie.

    And please don’t refrain from irreverent and even the occasional verging-on-silly columns. Hey…you live in Hillsborough County now! How could you NOT indulge from time to time? Humor and sarcasm keeps us sane and amused around here. And sometimes “lowering yourself” is called for; never be afraid to get down in the mud once in awhile. (Just not every day.)

    In short, Chris, carry on. Don’t hold back. Your cred is just fine.


  7. If the name of this site is “Irreverent View,” what’s wrong with being irreverent? I thought it was appropriate, given the target or your ire.


  8. Chris, those readers who say no apology was needed, are the same people who believe their own ‘truthiness’ and their own morality as perceived in their minds. There’s a baseline or standard, if you will, for everything. That means saying you are sorry when you should. That means even if your column is aggressive, there still is a thin red line between fine writing and overstepping. Some journalists, bloggers or writers who forget there are still rules, ethics and professionalism that apply; your apology as to Mr. Cifti (though let’s be clear I am assuredly not defending him whatsoever) is well taken.


  9. Okay, I have one last comment on Shifty. Although I think we all knew he didn’t have a chance of winning that District 3 race, when you look at the results, Shifty came in last with less than 10% of the vote; however, he still got 3,500 votes. Thirty-five hundred people actually thought he was a good choice??? What the heck is wrong with people?? The results in and of themselves are laughable but I’m still concerned that I live with 3,500 people in my district who think Shifty should be their choice for City Council. That is just alarming.


  10. Dear Mr. MJM:
    I read your comment and I figured out why 3500 people voted for him. They are former felons that have now had their voting rights reinstated. I could be wrong. It could be 3500 that don’t know how to read a newspaper. The little darling needs to move back to Okeechobee where he can demonstrate his “green skills” like he did on a football field when he pulled his “prank”.

    You know I read about his arrests. I could let the stealing and drug thing go even though I don’t like either thing. However, the pouring of the diesel fuel tells me what kind of mind set he had as a kid. What was the purpose of the prank? Was it to hurt kids and burn them on the field? Ciftci is a little punk and needs to go back to where he came from. I can’t wait to see the results of any investigation against him.
    Tampa Town Resident


  11. According to the news reports about Ciftcis high school prank, they intended to burn the grass field of a rival high school. What kind of moron uses diesel fuel to do that? Lighter fluid would have been best. Diesel is not nearly as flammable as gas or other liquid fuels. He’s should consider himself lucky for being so stupid. The little punk would’ve probably set himself on fire if the cops hadn’t busted them.


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