Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Attempted Character Assassination of the Virginia Flaggers

Between the two of them, Brooks Simpson and the cowardly anonymous blogger at "Restoring the Honor" are doing their level best to character assassinate the Virginia Flaggers, particularly their founder and leader. Occasionally, these two are joined in their character assassination efforts by other bloggers, or by readers/visitors who leave comments. One method they all use is the despicable "links and ties" method practiced so expertly by the Southern Poverty Law Center (also top drawer character assassins). But it doesn't stop with that.

Wikipedia's entry on character assassination includes, in part:
Character assassination is a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation.  Agents of character assassinations employ a mix of open and covert methods to achieve their goals, such as raising false accusations, planting and fostering rumors, and manipulating information.

Character assassination is an attempt to tarnish a person's reputation.  It may involve exaggeration,  misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. It is a form of defamation  and can be a form of ad hominem argument.

In practice, character assassination may involve doublespeak,  spreading of  rumors, innuendo,  or deliberate misinformation  on topics relating to the subject's morals, integrity, and reputation. It may involve spinning  information that is technically true, but that is presented in a misleading manner or is presented without the necessary context.

Three features of character attacks are important to understand. First, their intention: character attacks are by definition deliberate. Second, the public nature of the attacks: private insults do not lead to reputation damage. And third, the importance of the public perception of the attacks, which means that the truth of allegations is irrelevant.
 Some examples of attempted character assassination against the Virginia Flaggers that has taken place over the last five years include: 
  • the public accusations (via blog entries) of child abuse leveled against Tripp Lewis by people who are not trained in child welfare or law enforcement, based solely on a few moments of video that didn't even show the children in question ... accusations made from sheer personal animosity for Tripp ...(If these people really believed child abuse had taken place, why did they not notify child protection agencies in Richmond? That they didn't verifies that they knew no child abuse took place, and they were attempting to character assassinate Tripp with lies even they didn't believe.)
  • the deceitful term "Virginia Flagger favorite Matthew Heimbach," and the false claim that they "embrace" Heimbach which is to imply that they "embrace" white supremacy ...
  • the implication that Susan Hathaway was involved in, or had knowledge of, the kidnapping of a child ...
  • the suggestion that the Flaggers had stolen a backhoe belonging to one of them, in an attempt to claim insurance money ... 
  • the implication that the Flaggers had foreknowledge of an acquaintance's false claim of thwarting a vandalism attack on historic monuments in Richmond
  • the claim that two Flaggers had put the home address of a Flagger opponent on the internet, when she did that herself, and the namecalling of the two Flaggers as "Susan's henchmen"
  • the implication that the Flaggers agree with or approve of negative statements spoken by someone they do business with
  • the implication that the Flaggers approve of or agree with negative behaviors or events simply because the accuser has not heard them disagree with or disapprove of them.
And, as I said, these are just SOME of the attempts at character assassination of the VaFlaggers. I will look at others in the future, particularly with language manipulation as the weapons -- exaggeration, misleading half-truths, manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture, innuendo, deliberate misinformation on topics relating to the subject's morals, integrity, and reputation -- and especially spinning information that is technically true but presented in a misleading manner or without the necessary context.

Unfortunately, what I cannot do is explain WHY these two bloggers, and everyone who joined them, would do this ... what motivates them to target people they don't even know, people who have not harmed them in any way. It is truly mystifying. What do they hope to gain by the smearing of people who've done them no wrong...  

I hope to get started on this study before I have to take the blog dormant again... if not, I'm sure the opportunity will still be here when I come back.

1 comment :

  1. I think I can explain Connie.
    People like Simpson, the Anon Blogger, and their lapdogs and underlings do what they do because they are largely powerless to stop the VA Flaggers and it eats them up.
    The VA Flaggers are not only effective at what they do, they are also people of good character and conscience; things that Leftist and SJW regressives like the Floggers give lip-service to being, but show thru their actions to be otherwise. They resent the Flaggers not just because they can't really stop them, but because they represent everything that the Floggers could never truly be.
    Weak mentalities fear those who show true moral courage.


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