First of all, let me start this by saying that Anon C, one of my favorite regular posters on this Blog is not me. We are two separate entities, even though we seem to see eye-to-eye on most issues.
In fact, we've never even met in person, and my understanding is that her profession is outside of the legal field. However, she does appear to be very interested in the criminal justice system and the way the media treats it.
Anon C's first interaction with Alan Bernstein came awhile back when I was first bothering Bernstein about why he wasn't running the yarmulke story. Anon C posted a request to Bernstein on his own blog over the Chronicle website, asking him personally why he wasn't running the story.
For those of you who aren't aware, when a person sets up their Chronicle poster ID, they have to set up an account with their personal information on it. When Anon C posted a message on Bernstein's blog, she received an e-mail on her home computer from him.
Not only was Bernstein refusing to post her message to him on his blog, he referred to her by her true first name, and let her know that he "knew who she was". He went on to further elaborate that he knew where she worked, and listed that in his e-mail to her, as well. He wondered in his e-mail if Anon C's employers knew that she was writing him.
(NOTE: Through Mark Bennett acting as a go-between for me and Anon C, I saw her original message to Bernstein, and there was nothing off-color about it. It simply asked him to run the article.)
Although there wasn't anything legally wrong with what Bernstein wrote to Anon C, it absolutely freaked her out. Clearly his intentions were to have a chilling effect on her criticizing him.
Bad news, Alan. That didn't work.
Anon C kept on writing.
Fast forward to Saturday, when I wrote my Chronicle bashing article (which, by the way, that felt good to get off my chest). I was pretty tough on old Alan.
Does he respond here?
Nope. He e-mails Anon C on her home e-mail address. He writes several ramblings and obscure things that are now listed in the "Comments" section of the above listed article.
For the life of me, I can't explain it, unless he thinks Anon C is me. Or maybe there's something I'm missing.
Either way, it doesn't make sense to me.