Writing blog posts while extremely angry is probably not a good idea. Tommy Christopher has really done it tonight; you can check Twitter if you care. I plan to write it up, but I think I’ll do it tomorrow when I am not furious over a smear of my friend who died.
For now, I will just say this: if you’re going to pass along a story about someone who recently passed away, and the story paints that person in a bad light, and you are aware of facts that strongly undercut the story . . . the decent thing to do is to report those facts.
UPDATE: I will probably still be furious tomorrow, is my guess. But my fury will have leveled out to a manageable state, I think.
UPDATE x2: The best place to read about what made me so angry is at Twitchy.com, in a post titled Mediaite smears James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart. The post lays out all of the relevant context and tweets, with a link to (and extensive quotes from) my post discussing the testimony Nadia Naffe gave regarding the barn incident. Twitchy.com concludes:
Let us be clear: We don’t have a problem with Mediaite covering Naffe’s allegatons. We do have a problem with Mediaite’s failure to mention that the allegation of a “rape plot” is inconsistent with the allegations in Naffe’s criminal complaint.
Indeed. And so do I. A big problem.
I just want to add one thing. A friend of mine whom I respect greatly has tried to vouch for Nadia Naffe. Me, I don’t know what happened in the barn; all I know is what Nadia Naffe testified to . . . and it didn’t sound like a “rape plot” to me. I think it is a smear of Andrew to imply that he ignored a “rape plot” — without explaining that she told a judge she was not harassed or even touched that night in O’Keefe’s makeshift office (aka the “rape barn”).
And I also know this: my opinion of Nadia Naffe was cemented the day Andrew Breitbart died — because on that very same day, she tweeted this:
That disgusting tweet, and the company she keeps on Twitter these days (check for yourself: one of her retweets, republished by Tommy, is from someone who recently claimed to have been raided by the FBI), has me very suspicious of her motives.