I meant to write about this earlier, but didn't get a chance.
When browsing through my referrer list the other day, I noticed that I merited an honorable mention at the notorious net-stalker blog LGFWatch. Hooray! Maybe one day, I'll be big and important enough to merit my own -watch site.
Of course, since LGFWatch is obsessed with rebutting everything that Charles Johnson writes, and since they dinged me by proxy, I'll take a moment to defend my original story.
First and foremost, the information presented at The Brussels Journal, the site that kicked this story off, was very factual. It's curious to see that the only smear LGFWatch could use against their sourcing was that they were, by nature of their support of Euro-centric political parties, somehow tainted with fascism. Isn't that coming awfully close to invoking Godwin's Law there, good sirs? I guess this means that invocation of said law still counts as "debate" on your side of the aisle.
He then proceeds to smear Charles for claiming that the story was unreported in the media, whilst citing a Reuters report in doing so. Well, if you'll recall, I mentioned that there was only one wire report of the incident. Considering how much the media loves riot coverage, you'd think they would have the gumption to send more photographers, wouldn't you? I certainly would.
Here comes my brief moment of fame in the Rebut-o-sphere: LGFWatch proceeds to briefly cites my original article, which as those who've read it know, was pieced together from a few disjoint foreign-language sources. In fact, he even goes so far to note that my assertion that it is odd that only one report of the incident went across the wires was, well, odd, but, harumph, that in and of itself didn't imply "conspiracy."
I couldn't have said it better myself. You'll find no such implication anywhere in the original article, and I don't see any such implication in Charles' story.
Finally, LGFWatch dismisses the entire controversy, as the Muslims are clearly within their rights while they burn down hospitals, because the evil Police injected the Moroccan prisoner with some evil, murderous drugs. (In my best hippie voice, "Yeah, maaaaan!")
Is every leftist still born with such an innate distrust of all police forces? And if that's the case, why is it that they're so supportive of the dictatorial regimes that generate the worst police states?
As I noted in my original story, the cause of death is hardly known at this point, but the coroner was very clear so far that nothing was externally wrong with the prisoner.
Why should anyone be bothered that the press is more interested in covering 19 useful idiots at the Hart Congressional office building (THREE photographers!) than they are in covering rioting Muslims (ZERO photographers)? In LGFWatch-World, there's obviously no need to mention the latter at all, which says all I need to know about them.
Now that I think about it, maybe I'm better off without my own net stalker...