Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There With a Rebuttal #2

On Friday, a State Farm agent wrote in to rebut some remarks a reader made about feeling extorted. We posted his letter, which started off a dig at competitor Progressive by noting that its CEO, Peter Lewis, was a marijuana proponent.

Hoping for more blood, we sent the agent a comments login invite. He declined, saying:

    “Thanks, Ben, I’ll not continue the debate with you . Just having a little consumer moment myself. I like the word “extorty” by the way. Creative. Every issue has two sides. Just wanted see how mine might be received. I got the remarks I expected. I read the Peter Lewis thing by the way in Forbes magazine. Does that information discredit him? Didn’t mean to disparage him in any way. “

Nice double-back, apparently there’s also two sides to every face.



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  1. Harlan says:

    Argh, pet peeve. “There are two sides to every issue” was made up by some second-rate journalism professor. In fact, there are often three sides, or 10 sides, or a million sides, and sometimes there’s just one side. Now it’s true that there are usually two sides to a *debate*, but that’s a property of debates, not of issues. Argh.

  2. Kishi says:

    The word “extorty” is just the kind of excellent writing I’ve come to expect from the Consumerist. Excellent.

  3. OkiMike says:

    Harlan, is “Argh” FSM pirate-speak?

    The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – a truly first-rate piece of journalism!


  4. geedeck says:

    Heh. But I doubt when he got the information regarding Peter Lewis from Forbes, they were attempting to be critical towards him in their statements.


    It’s passive-agressive slander, that’s all.