Remember that Dean Chambers article quoting Kevin DuJan’s bizarre accusations about Obama doing coke and having sex with Reggie Love the evening of the Benghazi attacks? It seems that the Examiner, where it was published, suddenly discovered a tiny little sliver of journalistic ethics and removed the smear piece from their site. So naturally, Chambers now thinks he’s being persecuted by the Obama administration.
I wrote the story reporting his idea, entirely attributed and credited to Kevin DuJan, and published it on Examiner.com under my Arlington Conservative Examiner column. The next day the story went viral on Twitter, starting apparently with a tweet by Ezra Klein of the Washington Post called the article “most amazing article” he had every read. His comment and the link to the article were re-tweeted by Nate Silver and 336 others…
Just a couple hours later, I received an email from an Examiner.com editor informing me that the article was unpublished “due to higher management request” because the views expressed by the source, namely Kevin DuJan, didn’t “substantiate the allegations” made in my article. I didn’t make any allegations in the article, and simply quoted DuJan and made it clear the ideas were his and not mine…
I was not informed if a complaint had been filed to Examiner before my story was unpublished, but it seems likely there was a complaint, and I believe it was most likely filed by someone Examiner probably believed had ties, in some way, to the White House. I don’t KNOW any of that, I am just saying what I SUSPECT might have taken place. That too would be in the public interest to know, that someone connected to or just simply a strong supporter, of a White House that appears to have a lot to hide, would possibly have someone pressure an online publication to unpublish a story that asks such questions. Given the twitter conversation, it would be easy to put the names of Ezra Klein and Howard Dean on a list of suspects of who COULD have filed such a complaint. Given the he called the story “most amazing” I would guess it is less like Klein filed such a complaint.
What cracks me up about that is that he seems to think that Ezra Klein called the article “most amazing” because he was praising it. He might want to update his sarcasm detection unit. Even more amusing is that he seems to think this is some kind of scandal:
If there is any chance someone from inside the White House could have called Examiner to complain about that story, it only adds to the questions that need to be answered by this administration about the various scandals. It appears the Howard Dean has no appointed position with the White House or the Democratic Party at this time, but we don’t know who inside the party or the White House might have received email from Dean or someone else informing them of my story, and possibly leading to the story being unpublished.
I’ll take delusions of grandeur for $1000, Alex.