As we’ve been reporting, Robert Stacey McCain has been forced into hiding due to the actions of Brett Kimberlin, a convicted bomber, among other things. As the story has evolved, many bloggers have stepped forward to support R.S. McCain, this one among them. Here is an update…
Why no jibberjabber from the media herd? Why is this story being left to the part-time blogosphere?
Why does Lee Stranahan have to make a video on his own dime, and declare this Friday as “write about Brett Kimberlin day” to try and drum up interest in the story?
NOTE: If anyone has the ability, archive this video. I can see it being taken down due to bogus complaints. That kind of thing has happened before. I’ll be getting to it myself later.
Over the past year, Aaron Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”), Patterico, Liberty Chick, and now Stacy McCain have been targeted by convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin because they dared to mention his criminal past or assisted others who did. The late Andrew Breitbart warned about Kimberlin and company.
I have spoken directly with both Patterico and Aaron about their ongoing battles.
The mainstream press, not just the conservative blogosphere, needs to hear and report their stories.
This is a convoluted, ongoing nightmare that combines abuse of the court system, workplace intimidation, serial invasions of privacy, perjury, and harassment of family members. McCain was forced to move with his family out of his house this week, and has just gotten a small taste of what Aaron and Patterico have been enduring over the past year. Aaron and his wife were fired from their jobs after their employer feared the office would be targeted next. Convicted bomber Kimberlin has filed bogus “peace orders” against Aaron, when it is the Walkers who are the victims, not the perpetrators.
And Patterico’s plight will send chills up your spine when he is ready to tell it.
Institutional inertia, incompetence, and apathy among law enforcement officials on both coasts have exacerbated the victims’ suffering. It has moved far beyond a partisan or political story to a bottomless, Kafka-esque morass. And, via investigative journalist Matthew Vadum, it certainly doesn’t help that “progressive,” left-wing foundations that have funded Kimberlin continue to look the other way.
Well said. There are failures on multiple fronts, and ones that we all know too well. Conservatives are often victims of such attacks, and there is zero media coverage, and little to no intervention from law enforcement. Frankly, I expect neither to suddenly come around. However, what I am seeing is a very concerted and widespread attempt on the part of the Conservative Blogosphere to retaliate-not with lies, threats, and harassment, but with facts.
Stacy has had to take his family out of their house in order to protect them, at least for a while. It’s no blogospheric secret that Stacy and I have had our differences, but I still count Stacy as a friend and hope he does the same, and no one should have to leave their home in fear simply for engaging in political debate. I hit his tip jar yesterday to help in some small way to defray his travel expenses, and I’d encourage everyone else to do the same.
What else can we do? First, read all of Michelle’s post to get a sense of what the story and its impact actually is. Write about it or don’t, depending on how much focus you believe the story deserves, but try to post something about what these bloggers are enduring — if not on a blog, then on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media channels. At some point, we all need our friends to have our backs. I’ve already been there, and believe me, it’s a lonely place until they arrive.
As I mentioned the other day, if we allow our friends to be picked off one by one, we will all be picked off. It is imperative that we stand together, and face this together as a united front. That powerhouse bloggers like Malkin and Morrissey have joined this battle makes our chances of being successful all the higher.
There are a lot of smaller bloggers who’ve heroically covered this. And one big blogger. And another big blogger is very interested (and I imagine that blogger will post soon; I just don’t want to commit this blogger to anything).
I will note them later. Right now, I’m just disgusted. Disgusted at my allies, disgusted at myself.
Cowards die a thousand deaths.
I already died 40 cowards’ deaths this past week. That’s enough for me. I will die no more of them.
Am I to understand only the smallest, least-well-financed bloggers are going to be covering this? While large media franchises with lawyers on retainer all decide “we’d rather let tiny one-man blogs take the lead on this?”
Does that make sense?
If that’s the case, maybe we could do with fewer large media franchises. Perhaps we need more of the little guys, who actually cover important, outrageous newsworthy stories.
As for Lee Stranahan, the creator of the video above-he has some good advise for blogging on Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day
So I’m declaring this Friday, May 25th as Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.
Here’s what you do to take part…
- Research Brett Kimberlin on your own. Don’t trust secondary sources; look for the orginal articles articles published about him, too.
- On Friday, May 25th — write an honest, factually accurate post about what you learned and what your OPINION is. Brett may try and sue you, so be accurate, factual and separate fact from opinion.
- The post doesn’t have to be long — ANYTHING helps.
- After you post, Tweet, share, whatever — get the post out there.
Wise advise, and it should be followed. Kimberlin has allegedly even sued the victims of his crimes, so don’t give him an opening.
Let’s get together, small and large, and make sure that the world learns the facts regarding Brett Kimberlin.
Herman Cain Posted on his Facebook…
H/T: Sundries Shack
Note that the image of Cain’s post was found at Addicting Info, who takes the time to claim that R.S. McCain is a White Supremist. It seems that they follow the “let’s discredit all dissent as racism” narrative dutifully over there. However, I did find the image there, so I felt obligated to provide the link. I guess that it’s a sign of his success that he has been declared a racist.
As individual bloggers and sites like Breitbart.com have begun shedding light on Brett Kimberlin, Kimberlin has resorted to suing them.
In an email to noted conservative blogger (and prosecutor) Patterico, Kimberlin threatened to sue Patterico writing,
I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money and for what. I run a small non profit that works to inspire youth to get involved. I have only met Brad Friedman one time in my life. Your piece is a smear job against both me and Brad.
Robert Stacey McCain has posted his intentions to go into hiding after his wife’s employer was harassed relating to McCain’s blogging about Kimberlin.
Others, including Aaron Walker, and Breitbart blogger Liberty Chick have likewise been notified of lawsuits and other harassment for pointing out Brett Kimberlin’s background and sources of funding from prominent organizations like the Tides Foundation.
So folks, get ready for Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. However, be extra careful to go to original sources, and stick with facts. No need to give Kimberlin an opening.