… probably really isn’t from me.
I’m hearing that part of the Bad Guys’ whisper campaign is sending emails posing as Kimberlin/Rauhauser critics, and saying outrageous things while posing in those phony disguises. See here and here, for example.
I still remember how, in June 2011, there was a Twitter account called “Andrew Breibart” that looked just like Andrew Breitbart’s account. It went around tweeting nasty things to famous people — and I remember that more than one person got upset at Andrew himself as a result.
It actually occurred to me one night — suggested, as I recall, by Dan Wolfe! — that the supposed threat against Jennifer George by “Lee Stranahan” wasn’t necessarily made up by Jennifer George, as Lee thought at the time. Perhaps someone had posed as Lee Stranahan and had actually threatened Jennifer George. (Whoever that “Jennifer George” was.)
See the common thread? The Bad Guy poses as the good guy, and says something outrageous, thus getting the good guy in trouble. Maybe it’s “AndrewBreibart” posing as “AndrewBreitbart” — or maybe it’s someone who isn’t Lee Stranahan, posing as Lee Stranahan.
I posted that theory, said: “Hi, Neal!” — and got SWATted within a couple of hours.
Someone who wasn’t really Patrick Frey, posing as Patrick Frey.
Anyway. Trickery works. People don’t expect every comment left as “Patterico” on a random website to be a trick by a Rauhauser-style scumbag dirty trickster.
But these are the times we live in. If you can’t believe Patterico really wrote that comment, that email, or whatever . . . ask me.
Maybe I didn’t.