Okay, so a few days ago
I flagged this spectacular YouYube video
of a citizen taking down Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey for his obvious ignorance of the Constitution, along with the update from Michelle Malkin
that the person in the video was supposedly a 9/11 Truther or somesuch nut. Uncharacteristically for Michelle, who is a good journalist, she did not offer any links behind her claim that this guy is a nutjob, but I passed it along relying on her post.
Well, this person has a name: Christopher Weber, and he has his own YouTube account, hpprinter12345
, where you can see all 16 of his videos, some of them very good. Nothing about 9/11 Trutherism. But this guy does know how to speak well and compellingly. And he did me the kindness of calling me on the phone to ask, essentially, what the hell is going on? I'm not that guy!
He's right, he isn't, and I owe him an apology as well as this correction. Unfortunately, there is another
Christopher Weber with a Youtube account, thepenrev
, and this other Weber has more than 1,300 YouTube videos posted. Looks like he posts several a day. And it is THIS OTHER CHRISTOPHER WEBER who has the nutty 9/11 Truther videos and lots of other stuff. Unquestionably what happened is that Michelle, or someone, saw these other videos--these two Webers look a little bit alike--put 2 and 2 together, and got 22. And now the original Mr. Weber is being besmirched across the net.
The Christopher Weber who schooled LoBiondo is a retired schoolteacher raising three children with his wife in southern New Jersey, and is attempting to run against LoBiondo as an independent because LoBiondo is untouchable in the GOP primary. But Mr. Weber is now having trouble getting anywhere because the internet legend has taken hold that he's a nutjob. He's been done an injustice by us blogging internet rangers. He hasn't been able to get anything through to Michelle Malkin. Once something is on the internet it is hard to get it corrected--I know; Greenpeace is still accusing me of attempted bribery, but no one cares about Greenpeace and I'm not running for anything. But Mr. Weber is, and we owe it to him to try to correct the record.
P.S. I told him my offer to buy him dinner still stands; it will be pasta and chianti, rather than steak, however. Good luck to him.
ADDENDUM: Got hold of Glenn Reynolds, who it turns out didn't link to Michelle's follow up post. My bad--memory at least.