The following account is a perfect example of how left-wing activists masquerading as “journalists” operate. I say “masquerading” because if the purpose of reporting is to provide an objective, non-ideological telling of the facts, then they are so far wide of the mark to constitute something we would properly call “propaganda”. In the case of Christopher Mathias and the far left “Huffington Post” we essentially have what functions as little more than a corporatized AntiFA blog-site. I’m hardly the first person to talk about this subject or Mathias personally; Hunter Wallace of the Occidental Dissident has done a fantastic job chronicling how these “stories” are generated.
Specifically they follow a pattern that goes a little something like this:
1. An AntiFA or collection of them identifies a target. We don’t need to comment much on the validity of using a bunch of deranged left-wing terrorists as a “source”; this makes about as much sense as treating the Taliban as an “intel agency.”
2. They “dox” the target and pass information about them to leftwing activist “reporters” who run in the same circles and likely moonlight as AntiFA themselves.
3. The “reporter” then calls the person’s employer under the pretense of “working on a story”. This is essentially the same as a hall monitor running to the principle to tattle on some kid they don’t like. If just bringing the person’s name to the attention of their boss doesn’t make them panic and fire them immediately, they’ll move on to the next stage.
4. File anonymous complaints. The reporter himself could do it, or it could be his AntiFA cronies, but either way, if your employer doesn’t immediately cave to the pressure from their “fact-finding” mission, they will escalate.
5. After the person is fired, write an article gloating about it. The goal was to never “run a story” about the person, the real objective was to dox them, get them fired, then celebrate it as a Nazi scalp taken by a successful raid. It’s nothing more than a political hit, and they are lying to you by claiming any pretenses of “journalism.”
Christopher Mathias himself has provided a textbook example of how this is done right down to the AntiFA sourced “lead” in his character assassination of Tommy Long, a Georgia police officer.
In my own personal case, I have of course have been a highly visible gadfly to liberal commentators. I’m on a fairly popular online political comedy/satire program one might liken to a far-right Opie and Anthony, and I went to Charlottesville as a street medic for people protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. They seem particularly upset by the futility of their past efforts to dox me, none of which proved successful. Hilariously one of their failed attempts floated around the internet for months before I even noticed it, which speaks volumes about the impotence of this failed crusade.
To be honest, if you knew anything about the private medical transport game, you’d realize these sorts of employers are so deeply involved in widespread Medicare fraud their first response to a call from a reporter is to break out in a cold sweat and hang up the phone.
My activity on Twitter and various YouTube streams seemed to trigger a certain fixation among many self-declared AntiFA that escalated their campaign to “dox” someone who’s always used his real name and made no effort to hide himself.
During July of this year it was brought my attention that Christopher Mathias was attempting to contact my employer and verify where I worked. EMS providers are often taught from a young, tender age to never ever talk to the press, a circumstance that roadblocked his efforts long enough for me to verify certain preparations were in order. For the record, anyone who thinks I didn’t consider the eventuality of my own doxing is just fucking stupid. A man who isn’t hiding probably has a damn good reason for it and my only motivation for not being even more of a public figure was a genuine desire not to create a headache for my fellow EMS professionals. I know the sorts of harassment AntiFA are capable of and my coworkers deserve better than to be hassled by leftwing terrorists. I would truly hate to see them placed in a self defense scenario since many of them take their personal protection very seriously.
At the time my priorities were fixed on preparing to deliver my firstborn son, a crucial life experience I doubt Christopher Mathias can possibly relate to. As a ditch-doctor I took personal responsibility for doing the hands-on during the delivery process, and I did it proudly with a State of Virginia EMT patch on my shoulder. While I was bringing a new life into the world, Christopher Mathias or one of his AntiFA cronies got busy filing an anonymous complaint with the Department of EMS and provided them with a cherry-picked array of screen-caps from my social media.
Ultimately the prong of this attack got them precisely nowhere and the state of Virginia concluded that I was not guilty of anything worth taking my certification over. Probably a lot of this outcome has to do with the system being designed for patients and their families to seek action against a negligent provider, and isn’t a complaint department for whining leftwing brats to enact revenge by proxy on a guy that trolled them real good on the internet one time. The investigation itself and certain details were also communicated to me.
My captain did an excellent job keeping me informed during the whole process and notified me that after a discussion with the lawyer representing their agency, they did not see any reason to take action against me. Certain first amendment concerns were also expressed, raising a serious question about the efficacy of pursuing these psychotic witch-hunts in the future.
I want to make several things abundantly clear about the current situation.
1. At no time has Christopher Mathias made an effort to directly interview me, completely belying his claims about doing “journalism”. I’m not hiding, we’re in the same space on Twitter. In what world do you not directly interview the subject of your story or contact them for comment?
2. After breaking this story, Mathias immediately cried about me simply doing some real journalism by exposing his smear tactics for what they are. Did you really think this wouldn’t eventually backfire on you, Christopher? Do you think the people you email have signed some kind of non-disclosure agreement? I can’t tell if this is a case of stupidity, myopic short-sightedness, or both. I am aware he immediately doubled-down and resumed trying to call other people in the county after I outed him, desperately looking for a fresh angle for his obvious political hit.
3. This January, after my mother killed herself with a .44 magnum and I saw her with a smoking hole in her chest, I went back to work in Patrick County that same week. I responded to two cardiac arrest calls, both of them women. Think that was an easy thing to deal with? Think you really want to tangle with an individual that determined and possessed with a sense of purpose that strong? I’m not like you, Christopher, I live and work in the real world. I’m not a recipient of Arianna Huffington’s social welfare program for spoiled failure-to-launch bloggers from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
4. In the case of David Carothers, the father of Michael Carothers, Christopher Mathias confused his identity with a murder suspect, which is par for the course given Mathias’s sloppy, clickbait, AntiFA sourced smear journalism. I fully expect him to goof-up and post some blatantly false material if he keeps pursuing his infatuation with me, and when he does we’ll see how much of Mommy Arianna’s money gets lost to a defamation lawsuit. Believe me when I say there is gonna be a steep transactional cost for lying about people so maybe its time to find a less tenacious opponent.
5. As always, I want to use any publicity surrounding this muck-raking character assassination back to a charitable cause since, unlike Christopher Mathias, I am concerned with the business of saving lives and Patrick County Virginia desperately needs support, especially after losing their hospital. Maybe Mathias doesn’t give a shit about the plight of people in small towns, but I certainly do. Please donate to PO Box 340, Patrick Springs, Virginia, 24133 made out to “Jeb Stuart Rescue”. Don’t worry about me, I’m sure I’ll be just fine.