It’s being noised about the Interwebs that the arrangement between The American Spectator and The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin involves more that the magazine simply removing Stacy McCain’s articles from their site. Apparently, TDPK is trying to sell the idea that he was paid to drop TAS from the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.
I don’t know if that is true, but, if it is, it compounds the shamefulness of TAS’s behavior. Taking down Stacy’s articles already had the effect, as Ken White put it, of promoting TDPK from vexatious litigant to censor. Giving him a financial windfall to boot would be unconscionable.
However, based on what I have heard from my sources, I doubt that TDPK was actually paid anything.
Whether Kimberlin was paid or not, The American Spectator is now toast. Caving in to a domestic terrorist on First Amendment issues should be the end of its street cred with conservatives and libertarians. I’m not the only person who believes that. Popehat, Techdirt, Technology Toolz, and others have already published negative comments.
Terror By Any Other Name, 29 May, 2012
Online Armaggedon, 8 June, 2012
Progressive Activist Brett Kimberlin ‘Abusive … Threatening,’ Wife Claims, 11 July, 2013
Liberals Love Perjuring Bomber Brett Kimberlin — and Hate Free Speech, 18 September, 2013
The Internet is forever.