Spencer’s attacks on Erich
Anyone who has read the writings of Erich, the Spencer critic who used to write the website Jihad Watch Watch, knows that he is rational and analytical in his writings and avoids personal attacks. Lately he has been having an e-mail correspondence with the team of Spencer and Slumber that is even more active than mine, since he writes back to them. To give an idea of the way Spencer talks, not just to me, but to any intelligent and persistent critic to his right, Erich sends the following sample of Spencer’s e-mails to him (Spencer also sent them to me, though I hadn’t read them prior to Erich’s showing them to me):
I will here quote four of the emails Spencer wrote to me, each separate email numbered. These are not the only emails to me (he wrote about 25 to me in the span of two days, with his supporter “Mike Slumber” writing about 20 to me as well) where Spencer used immature language and demonstrated the emotional control of a junior high school kid. They are only representative examples. Frank Norman is the name I use in one of my e-mail accounts. Spencer’s reference to “Cary” comes form the fact that in a blog I used a photo of Cary Grant next to my name.LA writes:
Spencer’s repeated use of the belittling phrase, “my boy,” his calling Erich “poor lamb,” his tactic of calling Erich an “idiot” and then signing, “Love, R.,” are familiar to me, because he has addressed me in much the same way. Here are two fragments from an e-mail exchange with Spencer in May 2006Update: And here is a further example of how the Slumber and Spencer team address Erich (or, in this case, a person they thought was Erich).
In the July 7 Jihad Watch thread where this whole dispute started, “Honor killing in Clayton County, Georgia,” in a comment directed to “anonymous,” who both “awake” (Mike Slumber) and Spencer believed was Erich, awake wrote:
You can respond to Robert’s supporting evidence as soon as you finish collecting your teeth off the floor.Seven minutes later, Spencer wrote to awake:
awake:So Spencer not only had no problem with a commenter at his site using such brutal violent language, he rushed to express solidarity with him in their common cause against the evil Erich, who deserved, metaphorically, to have his teeth kicked out.