Ah, I shouldn’t take pleasure in this, but I can’t really help it. Liberal blogger and Think Progress award winner Meg Lanker-Simons (known on Tumblr as “Cognitive Dissonance”) got caught faking a “hate crime” against herself, according to Wyoming Police.
from Wyoming Trib:
The University of Wyoming Police Department says Meg Lanker-Simons created the anonymous threat of sexual violence targeted at her on social media last week.
The university announced Tuesday that campus police cited Lanker-Simons for misdemeanor interference with a police investigation.
Lanker-Simons accused an anonymous source of posting a threat of rape on the Facebook page “UW Crushes” on April 24. But the citation issued Monday claims Lanker-Simons admitted to making the post, then lying about it.
The UW senior told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that the police accusations were untrue. Lanker-Simons said she retained legal counsel and filed an entry-of-appearance plea of not guilty. The citation set a court date for May 13. Charles Pelkey, Lanker-Simons’ attorney, declined to comment.
UW Crushes was a forum designed for students to anonymously write about their love interests and sexual desires. UW administrators have since had the page removed. Prior to its removal, anyone could have signed into a Facebook account, gone to UW Crushes and secretly submitted a comment via a link to surveymonkey.com. The posts were then made public on Facebook.
“I want to hatef— Meg Lanker- so hard,” the Facebook post read. “That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican b—-.”
Campus police contacted Lanker-Simons after the post generated a significant number of comments on social media and university officials were swamped with comments and inquiries.
The police obtained a search warrant to search Lanker-Simons’ computer and found “substantial evidence” the threat was created on her computer while it was in her possession, according to a media release from the university.
This is funny to me because Ms. Lanker-Simons tried so hard to smear conservatives by faking hate mail against herself, but what a miserable failure! See, the trouble is, she and her silly blog aren’t important enough to receive this kind of mail. Really…I highly doubt there are very many conservatives even aware of her Tumblr.
The only reason I’m blogging about it is that it simultaneously makes Think Progress look ridiculous! After all, this is a blogger that they honored last year.
Now, this business of “hate crime” is absurd. For one, the whole idea of hate crime is wrongheaded because a crime against a woman or minority shouldn’t be treated differently that a crime against anybody else. Murder is murder, and it shouldn’t matter if the person was murdered for money or murdered because somebody else didn’t like the color of their skin. It’s murder….period. The idea of hate crime creates an unjust imbalance in the legal system.
Lastly, if the “threat” is merely what you see in the quote above, I don’t see how it would be a crime, even if it weren’t made up. It’s almost the same exact thing as what the vile guests on Bill Maher’s trashy HBO show said about Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. Somehow it’s a “hate crime” if some anonymous jerk says something on a forum about a Democrat, but it’s okay for B-list celebrities to say the same thing on television about a Republican? Look, it’s tasteless, it’s horrible, it’s definitely hateful, but it’s not a crime. The idea that Ms. Lanker-Simons tried to spin this into a crime makes her look even more foolish.