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Sat Jan 23, 2016, 12:31 AM

David Brock blackmailed a woman by threatening to publicize details of her divorce

The following excerpt is from a piece published by FAIR way back in 1995, but I think it is very clear that this is still relevant today...

In order to test Brock’s reliability, we looked at his review of Mayer and Abramson’s own book, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, which he calls “one of the most outrageous journalistic hoaxes in recent memory” (American Spectator, 1/95).

Brock’s extraordinary 20,000-word review has already gained some notoriety, since he’s been accused of using methods more suitable to a blackmailer than a book critic. Jamin Raskin, a law professor at Washington, D.C.’s American University, told the New York Times‘ Frank Rich that he received a call from Kaye Savage, one of the sources for Strange Justice, who’s had an encounter with Brock. “She was distraught and said Brock was threatening to reveal damaging information about her from a divorce situation unless she agreed to retract everything she had said to the authors of Strange Justice,” Raskin told Rich (New York Times, 12/29/94). Interviewed by Extra!, Savage confirmed this account of Brock’s threat, and also reaffirmed the accuracy of her appearance in Strange Justice.

Extra! called another Strange Justice source, Bary Maddox, whom Brock quotes as saying, “I was misquoted in the book.” But when Rendall asked Maddox (a video store proprietor who says Thomas rented X-rated videos) if he had any problems with the way he was quoted in Strange Justice, he replied, “Absolutely not.” His account of Brock’s interview with him sheds light on the Brock method of journalism:

Mr. Brock, first of all, would not identify himself. He told me his name but he wouldn’t tell me who he was working for. When I pressed him, he told me he was a “freelancer.” Then he would ask me questions about areas that I would not comment on. When I said “no comment,” he would then say “I’ll take that as a ‘yes'” or “I’ll take that as a ‘no.'”I think he claimed that I was misquoted because when he asked me a question based on his interpretation of the book, I answered, “If the book says that, I was misquoted.” However, when I rechecked the book, I found his interpretation of the book was faulty; I was not misquoted. He had not been reading from the book. It bothers me, because it made it on to Rush Limbaugh and everyone’s claiming that I was misquoted when I wasn’t.


http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-real-david-brock/

Let us be clear, David Brock was not just a right-wing liar, he was also an extreme misogynist who set out to destroy the reputation of women who got in the way of him or Clarence Thomas.

This is not just a guy who said stupid right-wing shit, this was a guy who blackmailed women and threatened to release extremely personal information about them to the media if they did not say what he wanted them to say.

We need to demand that Hillary condemn Brock and stop coordinating with Correct the Record immediately. Brock may have switched sides but he is still the same slimy person he has always been.

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Reply David Brock blackmailed a woman by threatening to publicize details of her divorce (Original post)
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 OP
pa28 Jan 2016 #1
Kall Jan 2016 #6
LondonReign2 Jan 2016 #13
Skwmom Jan 2016 #2
Babel_17 Jan 2016 #3
glinda Jan 2016 #4
Bernblu Jan 2016 #5
Uncle Joe Jan 2016 #7
joshcryer Jan 2016 #8
jtuck004 Jan 2016 #9
Cali_Democrat Jan 2016 #10
reddread Jan 2016 #12
cali Jan 2016 #14
Jarqui Jan 2016 #11

Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 12:55 AM

1. Is this the face of "team Hillary"?

She ought to make it clear that his racial and sexist smear tactics have no place in a Democratic primary contest. Unless she does we should regard him as a spokesman for her campaign.

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Response to pa28 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 01:58 AM

6. Yeah, it is

Hard to see how her supporters can just blow past it.

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Response to Kall (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 08:03 AM

13. No it's not

Or rather, it tells you all you need to know about them. They revel in having right-wing slime balls flinging shit.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 12:57 AM

2. This election cycle, when I find myself puzzled about why some people have acted so

different than what you would expect, I've often wandered if this type of "strategy" was employed.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 01:33 AM

3. I really thought he had an epiphany, and not just for who we was working for ...

I really thought he had an epiphany, and not just for who we was working for, but also how he performed his job. I'm suspecting he gets a charge out of being a player, out of being a loose cannon that has the power to sink political ambitions.

Looks like he might be aimed downwards, and sinking the ship he was placed upon.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 01:41 AM

4. Sometimes things are simpler than they appear. For instance

people sharing similar values and judgements and even dislikes are drawn to each other.
Just a thought......

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 01:41 AM

5. Yes, Bock is a slimeball

If Hillary doesn't disown him quickly she'll be tainted by her association with Brock.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 02:00 AM

7. Brock is a real piece of work.

Thanks for the thread, Bjorn Against.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 02:33 AM

8. It's well known Brock uncovered the "great right wing conspiracy."

Being himself part of it for so long.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 03:31 AM

9. Is this Biography Week for stinking fascists? Who would employ such a slimebag? n/t

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 03:35 AM

10. This is sick. That does it. I've been doing a lot of thinking and I don't think I can vote for...

 

David Brock.

He won't get my vote.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 05:58 AM

12. just your help

 

which isnt saying much, obviously.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 08:07 AM

14. The company hill keeps.

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 03:57 AM

11. My folks often repeated an old expression:

"you are judged by the company you keep"

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