Never go after a real reporter

by Datechguy | June 11th, 2012

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Never go after a real reporter

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleep­ing giant and fill him with a ter­ri­ble resolve.”

Tora Tora Tora 1970

There are many prob­lems a one sided unques­tion­ing media cre­ates for the coun­try. Much to the sur­prise of our friends on the left in gen­eral and Brett Kim­ber­lin & co in par­tic­u­lar they are dis­cov­er­ing there are also prob­lems cre­ated for those propped up by such a press.

When your side is so used to fawn­ing and unques­tion­ing press cov­er­age that you can’t con­ceive of a sit­u­a­tion where the media won’t have your back, you take fool­ish risks.

Case in point Robert Stacy McCain and his 32nd entry on the Brett Kim­ber­lin saga:

Focus­ing on the Kimberlin-​Rauhauser con­nec­tion is, I think, the key to unlock­ing a mys­tery that has puz­zled me and oth­ers for a while: What are they try­ing to hide?

The fren­zied inten­sity of attacks we’ve seen from Team Kim­ber­lin in the past three weeks strikes many observers as sug­ges­tive of what crim­i­nol­o­gists call “con­scious­ness of guilt.”

A source famil­iar with the inves­ti­ga­tion of “Team Kim­ber­lin” told me that recent expo­sures caused them to “freak out,” and that cer­tain streams of com­mu­ni­ca­tion between their team mem­bers sud­denly went into “radio silence” mode. Mean­while, cer­tain of their pseu­do­ny­mous online pres­ences have begun fran­ti­cally attack­ing those who are help­ing shine the light on Kim­ber­lin, even to the point of send­ing veiled threats and “dis­info” mes­sages to any­one who seems to be con­nected to the light-​shiners.

As far as Kim­ber­lin & Co were con­cerned Robert Stacy McCain was just a blog­ger who could be eas­ily intim­i­dated, par­tic­u­lar­ity since he has a wife and chil­dren and is of course not Sicilian

They appar­ently did not know of Stacy McCain’s decades of expe­ri­ence in shoe leather report­ing. They either didn’t know or care about his work on the Bill Spark­man case, his famous Shoe leather fund road trip. He was just another lit­tle blog­ger to be crushed

Au Con­trare, the attempt to silence Stacy McCain and even more so any attempt to go after his fam­ily trig­gers his fight­ing spirit as Charles John­son dis­cov­ered:

Who are these peo­ple who insult you, your friends and your fam­ily? Why does it give them so much plea­sure to insult you? And why do they imag­ine that you will let the insult pass by unnoticed?

Does Charles John­son sup­pose that I am a cow­ard? Or that I am too stu­pid to under­stand when I am being insulted? Does he believe him­self so infi­nitely supe­rior to me that I can­not hold my own in debate with him?

Does John­son regret his fight with Stacy McCain? It’s worth not­ing that before his con­flict with Stacy McCain Charles John­son had 234 Insta­lanches dat­ing back to April 22nd 2002.

He has had none since.

The Kim­ber­lin crowd’s needs are dia­met­ri­cally oppo­site to Mr. Johnson’s. While Charles wanted and craves atten­tion their abil­ity to suc­ceed is directly tied to fly­ing under the radar and not being noticed. Their deci­sion to first go after Aaron Wor­thing and then Stacy who wrote about it hasn’t really worked toward that goal: to wit:

THE KIM­BER­LIN FILES:

Now hun­dreds of blogs have writ­ten about this, My 50,000 Watt sta­tion has shouted it out to six states, ABC, FOX and (even­tu­ally) CNN has cov­ered this story and now you have US Sen­a­tors and Con­gress­men talk­ing about this en masse.

We Sicil­ians refer to this phe­nom­e­non as “bring­ing the heat on everybody”

I’ve sug­gested that Kim­ber­lin & Co’s fund­ing is built on their belief that he can do their dirty work, no mat­ter how dis­hon­est or dis­hon­or­able, while keep­ing the rest of the left’s hands clean.

Unfor­tu­nately for those enablers of Kim­ber­lin & co, Robert Stacy McCain imme­di­ately rec­og­nized this story as news­wor­thy and even if he haddn’t once his fam­ily was under threat there was zero chance that he would let this go until every stone is turned and every fact uncovered.

Bot­tom line: This is not going to end well for Kim­ber­lin & Co, it will end even worse for the left.

As the left wor­ries and pan­ics of the prospect of impend­ing doom and the swat­ter in ques­tion con­tem­plates my good advice to Turn State’s evi­dence NOW, lets get back to the point of this arti­cle, the fool­ish­ness of the left in fund­ing and/​or defend­ing these guys.

In a nor­mal world oper­a­tives would be very con­cerned about such a per­son and folks like Seth Allen on the left would have been heeded instead of rejected. Instead now the left is in the state it is in with rev­e­la­tions com­ing, A reporter smelling blood and the prospect of an unfriendly jus­tice depart­ment backed by their polit­i­cal ene­mies dig­ging deeper come Jan­u­ary when they have con­trol to do so.

I sub­mit and sug­gest that if the left feared and respected the media instead of assum­ing the 4th estate con­sisted entirely of the mem­bers of “Journo­list” they would not be in this mess. Like a school sys­tem that gives every­body a tro­phy, the media pam­pered their friends on the left for years and like pam­pered stu­dents they will have to learn how the world is the hard way.

It won’t be pretty.

Update: Kim­ber­lin now claims Swat­ting Pat­terico notes an inter­est­ing twist:

Inter­est­ing point: Kim­ber­lin was inter­viewed by an ABC News reporter after his alleged SWAT­ting, and appar­ently didn’t men­tion it. That reporter did not con­tact me until June 5, 2012. Her piece came out the next day, on June 6 — 6 days after Kimberlin’s alleged SWAT­ting. Yet he does not appear to have said a word about it to her.

Via Twitchy who reports on the $10k reward via Vel­vet rev­o­lu­tion. My reaction:

I really didn’t think these guys were this stu­pid. Lee Strana­ham pounces:

Sub­se­quent to inquiries I made this morn­ing, I received the fol­low­ing email from the Mont­gomery county Mary­land pub­lic infor­ma­tion office:

Good Morning,

I searched our 911 call data­base for the above listed address. There was no call listed for 5/​31, nor any­thing sim­i­lar to what you described. I then searched each of our 6 dis­tricts for the entire day of 531 for a mur­der in progress, mur­der just occurred or mur­der occurred ear­lier call with neg­a­tive results. I then spoke with our direc­tor to deter­mine if this type of inci­dent was brought to his atten­tion recently and it was not. If your research pro­lif­er­ates any fur­ther detail that would help us to nar­row down the search, please let me know. I can always check another address if you find one, but for the time being, I don’t see any­thing sim­i­lar to what you described.

Mean­while kudos to the 87 mem­bers of con­gress (via the Lonely Con­ser­v­a­tive) ask­ing to this to be inves­ti­gated.

Hey since Kim­ber­lin now claims to have been swat­ted maybe he can call on some democ­rats to sign onto this list to help him find the REAL swatters.

Update 2: Here is Kerry Pickett’s story:

Adams col­lected a lit­tle over 80 House sig­na­tures for her let­ter last Fri­day after­noon from her col­leagues on the House floor dur­ing votes, a task rarely accom­plished in such a short period of time before the week­end of a recess week. Mem­bers are known to dash out of the Capi­tol after final votes are taken at that par­tic­u­lar period.

I hope that the Attor­ney Gen­eral takes a very hard and close look at this, because it’s putting our cit­i­zens at risk and in dan­ger – because they’re hav­ing peo­ple arrive at their house with height­ened aware­ness – because they had a 911 call with a report of shots fired or hold­ing peo­ple hostage or what­ever the quote-​unquote 911 call was for,” Rep. Adams explained.

Some won­der if Mr. Holder will take the swat-​ting issue seri­ously enough to take action on it through the Jus­tice Depart­ment, as the Obama Jus­tice Depart­ment is known for not respond­ing to mem­bers’ requests for infor­ma­tion in a timely man­ner often.

Of course he will, after all Demo­c­rat activist Brett Kim­ber­lin now claims to be a vic­tim.

Stacy McCain com­ments:

That’s actual news, you see, and not some­thing the main­stream media can dis­miss as trival and irrel­e­vant. Once big-​time polit­i­cal reporters (and some savvy tech jour­nal­ists) start peel­ing that big onion and see the con­nec­tions to Brett Kim­ber­lin, to Neal Rauhauser, to the “Anony­mous” hack­ers, to Anthony Weiner, to Andrew Bre­it­bart, to Bar­bra Streisand, to the Occupy movement …

Trust me: I know reporters. Some­where out there, I’m sure, Michael Isikoff and other reporters are look­ing at this story and rec­og­niz­ing what an oppor­tu­nity it presents.

Of course some reporters didn’t need a con­gres­sional let­ter to imme­di­ately rec­og­nize this as newsworthy.

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Tora Tora Tora 1970

There are many problems a one sided unquestioning media creates for the country. Much to the surprise of our friends on the left in general and Brett Kimberlin & co in particular they are discovering there are also problems created for those propped up by such a press.

When your side is so used to fawning and unquestioning press coverage that you can’t conceive of a situation where the media won’t have your back, you take foolish risks.

Case in point Robert Stacy McCain and his 32nd entry on the Brett Kimberlin saga:

Focusing on the Kimberlin-Rauhauser connection is, I think, the key to unlocking a mystery that has puzzled me and others for a while: What are they trying to hide?

The frenzied intensity of attacks we’ve seen from Team Kimberlin in the past three weeks strikes many observers as suggestive of what criminologists call “consciousness of guilt.”

A source familiar with the investigation of “Team Kimberlin” told me that recent exposures caused them to “freak out,” and that certain streams of communication between their team members suddenly went into “radio silence” mode. Meanwhile, certain of their pseudonymous online presences have begun frantically attacking those who are helping shine the light on Kimberlin, even to the point of sending veiled threats and “disinfo” messages to anyone who seems to be connected to the light-shiners.

As far as Kimberlin & Co were concerned Robert Stacy McCain was just a blogger who could be easily intimidated, particularity since he has a wife and children and is of course not Sicilian

They apparently did not know  of Stacy McCain’s decades of experience in shoe leather reporting. They either didn’t know or care about his work on the Bill Sparkman case, his famous Shoe leather fund road trip.  He was just another little blogger to be crushed

Au Contrare, the attempt to silence Stacy McCain and even more so any attempt to go after his family triggers his fighting spirit  as Charles Johnson discovered:

Who are these people who insult you, your friends and your family? Why does it give them so much pleasure to insult you? And why do they imagine that you will let the insult pass by unnoticed?

Does Charles Johnson suppose that I am a coward? Or that I am too stupid to understand when I am being insulted? Does he believe himself so infinitely superior to me that I cannot hold my own in debate with him?

Does Johnson regret his fight with Stacy McCain?  It’s worth noting that before his conflict with Stacy McCain Charles Johnson had 234 Instalanches dating back to April 22nd 2002.

He has had none since.

The Kimberlin crowd’s needs are diametrically opposite to Mr. Johnson’s.  While Charles wanted and craves attention their ability to succeed is directly tied to flying under the radar and not being noticed. Their decision to first go after Aaron Worthing and then Stacy who wrote about it hasn’t really worked toward that goal: to wit:

THE KIMBERLIN FILES:

Now hundreds of blogs have written about this, My 50,000 Watt station has shouted it out to six states, ABC, FOX and (eventually) CNN has covered this story and now you have US Senators and Congressmen talking about this en masse.

We Sicilians refer to this phenomenon as “bringing the heat on everybody”

I’ve suggested that Kimberlin & Co’s funding is built on their belief that he can do their dirty work, no matter how dishonest or dishonorable, while keeping the rest of the left’s hands clean.

Unfortunately for those enablers of Kimberlin & co, Robert Stacy McCain immediately recognized this story as newsworthy and even  if he haddn’t once his family was under threat there was zero chance that he would let this go until every stone is turned and every fact uncovered.

Bottom line: This is not going to end well for Kimberlin & Co, it will end even worse for the left.

As the left worries and panics of the prospect of impending doom and the swatter in question contemplates my good advice to Turn State’s evidence NOW, lets get back to the point of this article, the foolishness of the left in funding and/or defending these guys.

In a normal world operatives would be very concerned about such a person and folks like Seth Allen on the left would have been heeded instead of rejected.  Instead now the left is in the state it is in with revelations coming,  A reporter smelling blood and the prospect of an unfriendly justice department backed by their political enemies digging deeper come January when they have control to do so.

I submit and suggest that if the left feared and respected the media instead of assuming the 4th estate consisted entirely of the members of “Journolist” they would not be in this mess.  Like a school system that gives everybody a trophy, the media pampered their friends on the left for years and like pampered students they will have to learn how the world is the hard way.

It won’t be pretty.

Update: Kimberlin now claims Swatting Patterico notes an interesting twist:

Interesting point: Kimberlin was interviewed by an ABC News reporter after his alleged SWATting, and apparently didn’t mention it. That reporter did not contact me until June 5, 2012. Her piece came out the next day, on June 6 — 6 days after Kimberlin’s alleged SWATting. Yet he does not appear to have said a word about it to her.

Via Twitchy who reports on the $10k reward via Velvet revolution. My reaction:

I really didn’t think these guys were this stupid. Lee Stranaham pounces:

Subsequent to inquiries I made this morning, I received the following email from the Montgomery county Maryland public information office:

Good Morning,

I searched our 911 call database for the above listed address. There was no call listed for 5/31, nor anything similar to what you described. I then searched each of our 6 districts for the entire day of 5/31 for a murder in progress, murder just occurred or murder occurred earlier call with negative results. I then spoke with our director to determine if this type of incident was brought to his attention recently and it was not. If your research proliferates any further detail that would help us to narrow down the search, please let me know. I can always check another address if you find one, but for the time being, I don’t see anything similar to what you described.

Meanwhile kudos to the 87 members of congress (via the Lonely Conservative) asking to this to be investigated.

Hey since Kimberlin now claims to have been swatted maybe he can call on some democrats to sign onto this list to help him find the REAL swatters.

Update 2: Here is Kerry Pickett’s story:

Adams collected a little over 80 House signatures for her letter last Friday afternoon from her colleagues on the House floor during votes, a task rarely accomplished in such a short period of time before the weekend of a recess week. Members are known to dash out of the Capitol after final votes are taken at that particular period.

“I hope that the Attorney General takes a very hard and close look at this, because it’s putting our citizens at risk and in danger–because they’re having people arrive at their house with heightened awareness–because they had a 911 call with a report of shots fired or holding people hostage or whatever the quote-unquote 911 call was for,” Rep. Adams explained.

Some wonder if Mr. Holder will take the swat-ting issue seriously enough to take action on it through the Justice Department, as the Obama Justice Department is known for not responding to members’ requests for information in a timely manner often.

Of course he will, after all Democrat activist Brett Kimberlin now claims to be a victim.

Stacy McCain comments:

That’s actual news, you see, and not something the mainstream media can dismiss as trival and irrelevant. Once big-time political reporters (and some savvy tech journalists) start peeling that big onion and see the connections to Brett Kimberlin, to Neal Rauhauser, to the “Anonymous” hackers, to Anthony Weiner, to Andrew Breitbart, to Barbra Streisand, to the Occupy movement . . .

Trust me: I know reporters. Somewhere out there, I’m sure, Michael Isikoff and other reporters are looking at this story and recognizing what an opportunity it presents.

Of course some reporters didn’t need a congressional letter to immediately recognize this as newsworthy.

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