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The Dishonesty of Bill Schmalfeldt

Posted on | November 25, 2012 | 21 Comments

His initials are B.S., which is about all anyone would need to know about him, if he weren’t obsessively cyberstalking people, including my wife. But he has persisted — sending me more than 200 Twitter messages in a 48-hour period from Friday through Sunday afternoon — and his continuing career of harassment means that you’re likely to be hearing more about Bill Schmalfeldt in the near future.

Like all trolls, Schmalfeldt is a compulsive bandwidth bandit. It is not enough for him to express his opinions in his own online space. He must impose himself in your space, too.

While writing as the “Liberal in Baltimore” for the Examiner, in April, Schmalfeldt decided to try to hijack the comments field in a column by conservative Examiner colunnist Joe Newby, about the obnoxious anti-Christian remarks made by Dan Savage. Apparently, Schmalfeldt’s comments have since been deleted, but you can tell by the responses from Newby’s supporters that Schmalfeldt was quite personal in his attacks.

That kind of behavior, I’m told, violated the contract terms for Examiner contributors and ultimately led to the end of Schmalfeldt’s tenure as Liberal in Baltimore” at the Examiner, although he shortly thereafter re-emerged at the Examiner as “Bill Matthews” of Wisconsin. Schmalfeldt claims that this alias was not used to deceive Examiner management, asserting that he perpetrated this pseudonymous deception with the full knowledge and permission of Examiner editors.

Either way, Schmalfeldt used his “Bill Matthews” persona dishonestly, as Lee Stranahan explains:

[Schmalfeldt] mocked Andrew Breitbart’s death and deliberately misled Examiner readers about a website and Twitter account that he made specifically to mock Andrew’s loss. This is a horrible person. And further, he defends Brett Kimberlin in the story. This is a sick, twisted person.
Here’s the article Schmalfeldt wrote under an assumed name where he says:

Yesterday, someone started a satirical website called “Big Damnation.” It is a swipe at the right wing blogosphere posing as the late Andrew Breitbart, blogging from hell, where his eternal punishment is to “tell the truth forever and ever” to make up for the lies he told in life. The name pokes fun at the “Big Government” and “Big Journalism” sites Breitbart operated before his “Big Heart Attack” on March 1. The blog had an accompanying Twitter account @DeadAndrew.

Someone? SOMEONE started a website? No, YOU did. YOU, the author of the article. So you’re covering that up.

By the time “Bill Matthews” wrote about “Big Damnation” and “@DeadAndrew,” Twitchy had already identitified its author as the “festering human pustule” that is @liberalgrouch, Schmalfeldt’s Twitter handle. This was discovered by Aaron Walker, but it took another three weeks before Examiner ceased publishing “Bill Matthews.”

During that time, Schmalfeldt/”Matthews” continue pushing predictable liberal smears:

Schmalfeldt/”Matthews” also produced a four-part series attacking GOP nominee Mitt Romney for being a Mormon, and took some more cheap shots at Andrew Breitbart’s legacy:

A few days later, the Examiner and “Matthews” parted ways. Was he fired or did he resign? Schmalfeldt says it was the latter, but if there is one thing we know for sure, it is this: Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.

UPDATE: I find it difficult to believe that anyone at the Examiner would knowingly have re-hired Schmalfeldt/”Matthews” after what he wrote at Daily Kos on May 11, denouncing the Examiner as a “content generation algorithm disguising itself as a ‘legitimate news source.'”

Grant that the Examiner is wretchedly mismanaged — trust me, I’ve got friends who work there — but why would they re-hire Schmalfeldt? If the Anschutz empire would fire whoever was responsible for that idiotic decision, it would certainly be an improvement to their organization.

Meanwhile, Lee Stranahan points out that Schmalfeldt is “Too Disgusting For Daily Kos,” where he has evidently been persona non grata since May 20.

 


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  • Pablo

    Does this nitwit fail to realize that those who he hopes to sway with his ranting screeds might, especially after reading said screeds, consider the source?

    This boy is nuttier than squirrel turds.

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  • FenelonSpoke

    He started a website called “Big Damnation” mocking dead Andy Breitbart? I am reminded of a line by the demon Mephistopholes in “Dr Faustus” when he is asked why he is out of hell. His reply, ” Why this is hell nor am I out of it.” Sounds like Bill S. already has achieved his own damnation.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kywrite Jamie Wilson

    I know that directing traffic to your own website in a deceptive manner, as he is described as doing above, is against the TOS agreements at Examiner. I am also certain they fired him for it, though because the examiners are all contract employees he might be able to fudge that a teensy bit. If he comes back again, it won’t be due to Examiner allowing it.

  • sheryl

    Does he have children?. It takes all kinds to make a world… sigh.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    It’s amazing how these leftist jerks seem to believe their vulgar, nasty attacks are somehow smart, hip, and effective.

    It has to be disconcerting to be the subject of their obsessions, but I’m surprised those who don’t bother to remain anonymous (or who make only token efforts) manage to survive without a personal visit from someone they’ve harassed. Most are such cowards they would likely soil their red diapers if confronted face to face.

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  • Wombat_socho

    Judging from the recent election results, it does seem that vulgar and nasty are the new hip and smart, at least for some parts of the electorate.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I think, Adj, that they don’t make the visit because the targets are often Christians or people who live like Christians and ultimately feel pity for such a wretched creature.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    It’s the whole culture, Wombat. Nothing is beyond the pale anymore.

    What fools these libertine mortals be: when nothing is considered improper, life gets boring. This forces the vulgar ones to ramp-up their disgusting behavior in an effort to reach a satisfaction they no longer get from ‘normal’ debauchery. The Triumph Of Nihilism.

  • McGehee

    Or maybe they’re waiting for the vermin to come after them in a more direct manner. For the legal ramifications.

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  • Dustin

    Yep. Their smearing doesn’t work because it’s immediately obvious to anyone with good sense they are psychos trying to damage good folks.

    I think they are dimly aware of this somewhere in their decayed minds, because they do move on to harassing family. Sickos.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    That too.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Problem is, this is not a country of people with good sense anymore.

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