My long-term pseudonymous stalker and the two News Ltd bloggers for whom he/she/it acts as a shameless smearer of critics, are amusingly fairly excited today about what they apparently think are two excellent “gotchas” of, well, me.
1. Using a pseudonym. If you believe the attack, apparently the three Bs now think there’s something wrong with using a pseudonym – if you’re not them. My accusers have all either used (or still use) pseudonyms themselves (even when they wrote for a paid site) or regularly publish and link to people who do. So is it wrong or not? What arbitrary rules can they invent as to why they can use pseudonyms but not their critics? And since when do talkback callers have to fully identify themselves or give a real name? Is that a new rule Mr Bolt is going to demand of MTR before he returns?
2. Sending an email of support to someone being bullied who turned out (if you read the archives) to be a parody. So what? I didn’t read through her archives before sending an email, big deal. So she’s some lame parody; it might’ve been a minor gotcha if I’d written a post for Crikey without checking, but emailing her privately? Any critics want to open up their email outboxes for comparison? (And Andrew Bolt thinks publicly attacking my fiancee on news.com.au for a private email is legitimate, does he?)
Seriously – they think that’s a win? They’re not embarrassing to me at all.* But they are very embarrassing to the accusers.
The first should remind readers just how much they get away with using pseudonyms themselves, or by linking to cowardly, creepy attack dogs hiding behind pseudonyms doing their dirty work for them. And the second should remind everyone of the questions Bolt still hasn’t answered on his favourite hoax – did he mislead his readers by attacking a strawman lefty he knew wasn’t real, or did he not know and set out to bully an apparently vulnerable woman? Which is it, Andy?
Both efforts are spectacular own-goals for the B team. Hilarious.
*Except the, sadly true, allegation that I listened to a small amount of MTR on Monday morning. I have no explanation except that I was delirious with fever at the time. I apologise for doubling their ratings.