In Monday’s Chronicle, Group of 88 stalwart William Chafe made a startling claim: “Bloggers who have targeted the ‘Group of 88’,” said he, were guilty of “sending us e-mails and making phone calls wishing our deaths and calling us ‘Jew b-’ and ‘n-b-’.”
Since Chafe cited no evidence to substantiate his allegation, I e-mailed him, noting that the following bloggers who have targeted the Group of 88—Bill Anderson, Michael Gustafson, and La Shawn Barber, Liestoppers, Friends of Duke, Johnsville News, Lead and Gold, Betsy’s Page, Crystal Mess, and John in
Chafe replied, supplying the “evidence” for his assertion: “There were repeated phone calls and e-mail messages. I never claimed they were from you, but they were concerted.”Chafe’s “evidence,” then, that any of these calls or e-mail messages came from “bloggers who have targeted the ‘Group of 88’”? None. Instead, it appears, he’s embraced a conspiracy theory that various e-mails and phone calls Group members received were “concerted” by a party or parties unknown.
At this stage, based on his conduct throughout this case, why should anyone be surprised?