cease and desist letter for serial harassment and unhinged rantings,* state of receipt (update 7)
Not yet. But to be fair, we just went through nuclear armageddon. And I hear radioactive fallout is particularly hell on stamps. So.
Watching Frey sycophant Dustin taking dumps all over RSM’s thread last night, it occurred to me that, rather than answering the never-ending parade of repeated accusations — a rote litany of my supposed transgressions polished by the Freyers into a Hannity-esque soundbite I’m commanded to explain — I’d just take a few moments and do it once, so that going forward I can simply link to it as needed. Not only will this post save me future time and energy, but it’ll answer in one place all those accusations that I’m beginning to suspect Frey and his little cadre of smearbots spread far and wide, knowing that, to those who weren’t closely following our various tussles, their carefully crafted rendering of events would take root — namely, that a violent and dangerous Jeff Goldstein set out to wreck the professional career of the good and just public servant Patrick Frey, who (when he’s not battling the forces of liberal bias at the LA Times) prosecutes cop killers; and that Goldstein did this because he is psychotic and evil (and grubs money, among other things), and he picked Frey out for reasons no one can understand, then set out to destroy his honor! His honor!
How many times that version of events has been emailed around is anybody’s guess. How many of the bigger bloggers simply accepted the argument as presented and decided to distance themselves from me I can’t say.
What I can do, however, is set the record straight. So. When Dustin writes:
Um, you admit accusing Patterico of being a racist, Jeff? I have no idea if you deleted it within minutes. I just know you lied a while ago when you said you never said it at all, and now you’re probably lying to say you deleted it within minutes (and why should that matter? it’s great context for your later google bomb).
“Wow” you say. Yes, Jeff. WOW. You lied all up and down this thread, saying you never played the race card and that I am such a coward to tell the truth about you.
And it’s not like you did this a single time, is it?
Why in the hell did you claim to be a victim of racism, claiming that Patterico was putting you in your place (your words) because you are a Jew, if Patterico never said a thing that referenced your race?
That was just one of many lame attempts to intimidate someone out of winning an argument. You’re trying to do the same to me with your “shut up” comments.
— I respond thusly:
Here’s what I “admit,” Dustin: I admit that several people watched as Frey, in full meltdown mode, called me, Jeff Goldstein, a “moneygrubber.” I admit that this took place in the midst of an argument over how easy it is to take people’s words, decouple them from intent, and turn them into something they likely didn’t mean. I admit that, in reaction to Frey’s “Goldstein is a moneygrubber” comment, I and several others immediately seized upon his rather loaded description and showed him just how easily it could be construed as antisemitic, using Frey’s own favored hermeneutic methodology. I admit that I took the comment down a few minutes later (having made my point), then emailed Frey and told him I didn’t want to escalate. I also informed him that I’d removed the comment.
He has that email. I know, because he saves and catalogs everything. And yet almost never does such evidence reappear to provide context.
I admit that months later, Frey once again got exercised and used “moneygrubbing” to describe me. I note that he did this prior to any parody posts on my part — but after my initial posts criticizing his “vetting” of Stacy McCain, which post yet again highlighted what I felt to be a dangerous misunderstanding of language function by those on “our side” (a site theme that was hardly new, or that had hardly focused solely on Frey).
I note, too, that prior to either of my two parody posts using Frey’s name in the title, Frey posted, between Dec 12 and the time of my first of two posts on the 16th, one, two, three, four, five, six posts with my full name in the title.
— Including “Jeff Goldstein Plays the Race Card,” which he posted a day after he’d once again described me as “moneygrubbing.” Guess he was trying to forestall people taking notice that he may or may not be antisemitic, and that he tends to direct the same loaded phrase to a guy named Goldstein every time he gets especially stressed.
So. You rely on screenshots of comments I myself removed, and 2 posts — pointedly and obviously based on Frey’s own “investigation” of Stacy McCain, and which pointedly DO NOT call Frey antisemitic — to suggest I Google bombed his reputation.
Meanwhile, you ignore the 6 posts with my name in the title Frey posted over a 4 days span, you ignore the meltdown he had in my comment section, and you ignore the 38 spam comments he tried dropping on my site. You ignore his behind-the-scenes private email exchange — likely one of many, this being one I can document — in which he was vowing to “destroy” me, slowly; to prevent me from being published; to drive me off the internet.
And then, having conveniently bracketed all that, and having gone from threaded comment to threaded comment repeating the same “accusations” over and over, you have the temerity to pretend you are winning an argument?
I admit that you are a liar. And a coward. Q.E.D.
There are other lesser charges to be answered, like the suggestion that I routinely change comments when someone disagrees with me — and that I do it without their notice — but you all, as regular readers, know this not to be the case. And you also know that, in those instances when I have changed comments, there were pressing reasons (for instance, when I tried simply deleting some of the trollish comments, Frey, who had copied them(!), would then repost them on my site against my wishes; or when Frey Google Bombed my site with 38 of the same comment, spreading it around through old posts, some of which weren’t even written by me).
Interestingly, no one ever accused me of running a “hive-mind” site, or banning people “at the drop of a hat,” until these run-ins with Frey. In fact, as many of you remember, the reason Karl ultimately left protein wisdom is because I wouldn’t ban one of our regular trolls. At the time.
Subsequently, I learned that it’s best just to get rid of the problem elements — particularly if I’m going to be characterized anyway as someone who brooks no dissent — despite my having opened my site to guest posters such as Jeralyn Merritt, nishi, SEK, and others, and despite the fact that I’ve routinely encouraged contentious issues to be discussed here.
What I’ve learned throughout all this is that when a man of the right embraces what I’ve been at pains over the years to point out is a leftist view of how language functions, it should hardly be a surprise when he uses every dishonest trick of leftist rhetoric — removing or adjusting context, bracketing intent, selective quotations, broad generalizations, etc. — to smear his rivals. Making him no more than a leftist who supports conservative policy.
Just as I always warned would happen.