OK, this is annoying.Tapped - The American Prospect - now throws down the legal gauntlet toward a critic.
The Prospect has taken the appropriate legal steps against Nevaer to ensure that he not persist in spreading these defamatory and false allegations. Any individual or organization who reproduces his false allegations may face similar action.OK, so what the hell are these nuclear allegations? Clicking through Steve Sailer's site to the "afro-american-and-hispanic-dialogues" site, there's this:
Special Report: Ana Sofia examines if there is an anti-Latino bias at the American Prospect magazine.
As far as I can piece together, Sailer noted (as have others) that the demographics were working against the Democratic Party as the exurbs trend redder and grow faster. He may have wrapped that in some racially-tinged comment about "white births".
Tapped uncorked on him by pointing out that he's involved in the far-right vdare site, and slamming him as a racist.
He replied that pot=kettle, and that the above quoted article cited Tapped for racism.
Tapped replied by slamming the credibility - and existence - of the above article's author, and suggesting instead that it was written by someone who is involved in some messy lawsuits - involving accusations of stalking, partner abuse, and God Knows What Else.
There are just sooooo many problems here.
First, I can't for the life of me understand Tapped's reaction (in the form of the above post by Garance Franke-Ruta).
The guy (Sailer) made some political claims, they either can or can't be refuted, there's evidence on both sides - let's have a debate.
It's legitimate to point out that the guy has a history intellectually as a way of framing the argument. It's legitimate, but not dispositive, because at some point you have to get back to what facts we can find and argue about those.
Accusing him of racism does leave one open to accusations back at you - in both cases, it's throwing sand in the hopes that the reader will be blinded.
But Tapped steps far over the line in two ways - first, by the overt threat quoted above to act against Nevaer and anyone who has the temerity to reproduce the allegations; and second, in failing to confront the allegations and instead dredging up a messy-sounding but inconclusive legal contremps as a way of attacking the messenger and believing the issue will go away.
I've said in the past that I think these tactics are cheesy and worthy of public opprobrium when they are done by amateur bloggers.
To see it being done by a professional publication beggars belief.