In answer to various email enquiries from our readers: yes, I’m fully aware of the wild, absurd, and ridiculous accusations that have been leveled at me during the Recent Unpleasantness.
My normal reaction to wild, absurd, and ridiculous accusations is to ignore them. In my experience, denying such calumnies tends to enhance their credibility.
Suppose, for example, that a prominent blogger were to post the following entry on his blog:
Have you heard the latest about “Baron” Bodissey? I have it on reliable authority that his secret vice is biting the heads off baby ducks. Can you believe it? Every day he locks the door, pull down the shades, selects his latest victim from its cage, and bites its little head off!
Who would have thought the man could have sunk to such depths of depravity?
Obviously, I could deny such a ludicrous charge: “I have never in my life bitten the head off a baby duck! I wouldn’t even think of doing such a vile thing. Ask my wife, my children, my boss, my minister — they’ll tell you. This is a base and unjustified smear against my character.”
However, a common reaction when a person is accused of dreadful deeds goes something like this:
“Well, he would deny it, wouldn’t he? I mean, biting the heads off ducklings — who’d want to own up to that? But I can guarantee you this: I’ll never let him anywhere near my duckpond!”
My alternative is to remain silent and ignore the action. That leaves people wondering if I really am guilty:
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“D’you think he really did it?”
“He doesn’t seem like that kind of guy to me. But you never can tell — they say that anyone can be a duck-abuser, and yet look like a normal, respectable citizen.”
In other words, it’s lose-lose proposition. I’m in a double bind here, folks:
|(A)||If I deny it, then I’m “probably lying”.|
|(B)||If I remain silent, then I seem to lend credibility to the absurdities being aimed at me.|
So to hell with it. Our readers are intelligent people. They will read the facts, taking into account all the overheated rhetoric. They will assess the situation, and then decide for themselves what seems reasonable and likely to be true.
Y’all can believe whatever you want. You will in any case.