“Meg Lanker-Simons is innocent we believe what she did was justified and deserves not to be held accountable for her accusations we stand behind you sister.”
—-The Facebook page dedicated to the plight of University of Wyoming student, progressive blogger and campus radio host Meg Lanker-Simons, who apparently sent an obscene and threatening message to herself online under the guise of an anonymous male conservative, one of her sworn foes. She has been charged with a misdemeanor by campus police.*
Let us stipulate that the title of the Facebook page may well be correct, as James Taranto persuasively argues: threatening yourself, even with rape, which is what Lanker-Simons did, is unlikely to be anything but protected speech.
Beyond that, however, this kind of stunt is low-wattage Tawana Brawleyism, and thus ethically revolting. That 38 Facebook fans and the semi-literate clod who authored the quote above argue that it is “justified” shows that ethics rot has some new and virulent strains.
Lanker-Simons, after writing the fake post on a college “crush” Facebook page [ “I want to hate fuck Meg Lanker-Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican bitch”], expressed outrage at her fictional conservative tormenter, writing that the post was “disgusting” and “misogynistic,” and ending with the crushing rejoinder, “Instead of focusing on how angry and turned on me ‘running my mouth’ makes you, perhaps you should listen instead. You might learn something.” Here it is. Remember—she’s commenting on her own post...
What kind of activists for any position on any end of the ideological spectrum (Meg fashions herself as a progressive feminist activist, and her conduct is an embarrassment to progressives, feminists, activists, women, human beings and anyone who shares her Zodiac sign…) think such a nauseating and stupid tactic is defensible? It is a lie, it is unfair, and it is hateful. To have such contempt for one’s adversaries that you can think it is “justifiable ” to fake offensive conduct and frame them for what you did to yourself—how vile, pathetic, and weak. This makes James O’Keefe look like Lowell Thomas. Lanker-Simons apparently can’t confidently win her battle of ideas using the actual words, positions and actions of those who oppose her, so she has to stoop to framing her opponents for the eagerly gullible by resorting to crude stereotypes, fakery, and mock outrage. This is Saul Alinsky/Richard Nixon dirty trickery, and the side that resorts to it, loses.
Sure,I think Meg is innocent of a crime; she just has the ethics of a weasel, the principles of carny, and the integrity of a 51 card marked deck. Any position or movement that uses such miserable tactics—or continues to tolerate anyone who does— forfeits trust, respect, and the privilege of being taken seriously….forever. If the University of Wyoming doesn’t now tell her to take her “running mouth” and lying fingers to another radio station (or to MSNBC, of course…that would be my bet for where Meg lands…maybe as a guest host for Al Sharpton), that’s one more university that can be effectively dismissed as a reliable instructor of student values.
As for her 38 fans…well, that’s some group of supporters you have behind you, Meg. Morons. You must be so proud.
* Here’s more recent, less concise, equally cretinous entry on the site: “If you’re serious about helping women please like this page we cannot progress unless we all get involved follow meg and we shall get to the promised land these men cant hold us back , for long we have been oppressed. But today i tell you this caged bird sings and it sings for freedom please take my hand , reach out and take my hand i promise you we will make it.”
Pointer: Wall Street Journal (James Taranto)
Facts: Campus Reform
Graphics: Street boners