Bench Memos

More on Exposing an Irresponsible Anonymous Blogger

Just a couple of additional comments on the matter I’ve discussed here and here (and that seems to have the blogosphere abuzz):

1.  When I first ran across publius’s Friday post, I decided just to ignore his latest act in a pattern of irresponsible conduct.  But I changed my mind when I discovered that John Blevins is a law professor.  I think that law professors especially ought to be held to minimal standards.  As regular Bench Memos readers know, I have developed a particular antipathy towards law professors who behave badly—or, rather, who argue poorly:  who don’t present opposing arguments fairly, who don’t get the facts right, who don’t reason logically, and who don’t acknowledge and correct their errors. 

2.  There are a number of folks, like Jonathan, whose judgment I generally respect who believe that I shouldn’t have identified Blevins as publius.  But if the supposed ethics of the Internet treat a blogger’s smears and misrepresentations as par for the course yet condemn someone who accurately identifies a blogger who is using the cover of a pseudonym to engage in those smears and misrepresentations, then I don’t accept those rules.  

[Cross-posted on The Corner]

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