As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.– Andrew Carnegie
There’s a core group of people involved in reporting on the whole Brett Kimberlin saga; people like (in no particular order) Liberty Chick, Aaron Walker, Patterico, Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, Brandon Darby and so on…
So, if you saw someone attacking those people for days on end in an attempt to undercut their credibility…
If you saw someone smearing, insulting and leveling all sorts of absurd accusations against them…
If you saw someone coordinating attacks against those people and working with their sworn enemies…
Your first, logical assumption would be that the attacker was trying to help Team Kimberlin, right?
If someone is trying to confuse the story, create false narratives, and attacking just about everyone trying to cover the story — that’s not the actions of someone actually trying to get to the bottom of the story, is it?
This is exactly what Brooks Bayne and the Twitter-Gaters are doing.
Forget what they say about their goals for second. Forget their excuses and explanations about who started it and how they are the only real conservatives.
Look at how they act.
What you’re seeing is not ‘in-fighting’ . It’s not a personal twitter battle. It’s not about personalities.
The drama and attacks are no accident and they aren’t a petty battle. It’s a campaign to detail the victories that have been happening.
It’s a campaign of social engineering that is designed to derail the story.
Why? Who knows? Motives are hard to pin down. But it’s clearly happening. It’s intentional drama.
This example is from today. @OccupyRebellion is an anonymous account that’s connected to Neal Rauhauser and Brett Kimberlin. @OccupyRebellion is a very, very bad actor in this whole story.
Of course, Brooks will defend this by saying he’s ‘just asking questions’ or some nonsense. There’s beyond ample evidence that @OccupyRebellion is a pure attack account as Brooks must think people are really stupid if he think people can’t see what he’s up to – especially given the full context of what he’s been up to for at least a week.
So – what possible good motivation would Brooks Bayne have in coordinating with them against Mandy Nagy aka Liberty Chick? There’s no explanation that makes sense. If his whole goal is to fight Neal Rauhauser, why partner with his friend @OccupyRebellion publicly to question whether this indcident Mandy?
Or what about this attack on @Patterico – Brooks accuses him of lying.
It was funny? No proof. Just an accusation and another attack on Patterico, who has done amazing, thankless work on this story.
Or this offensive ‘comment’ on Michelle Malkin by Brooks Bayne.
Look at the actions, not the words.