Honestly, I swear I’ll never understand just how the minds of those that run Conservapedia work. It’s fairly common knowledge that long-time administrator and de facto leader of Conservapedia, Terry Koeckritz, has passed on. Yet, besides a passing comment in the sysops’ chat group, where they had to rely on information from RationalWiki, not a word has been said about it. Andrew Schlafly discouraged any mention of it on CP’s main page, with vague references to “vile liberal trolls” – kind of ironic, given the number of graves he’s danced on in the past.
Where it gets really weird, however, is when Andy and his cohorts – in this case John Patti – actively lie through their teeth and then in true Conservapedia fashion, punish the editor and remove any evidence the question was asked.
Case in point: long-time (and slightly weird) editor Willminator (who’s been around long enough to have earned minor rights from Andy), pops up on Andy’s talk page and asks a perfectly reasonable question: “I’ve been trying to email my friend Terry for days to ask him something, but he doesn’t respond. I found out that he recently died because of some coronary artery disease. Do you have any information on this? I ask you because I assume that you were close to him.”
Now one would expect Andy to maybe say, “Yes, I’ve heard the sad news,” or act surprised if it was the first he’d heard about it – nearly 2 months after the event. Yet all he says is, “Sorry, I don’t have any information for you about this.”
Now, technically, that’s not a lie, it’s just Andy being evasive as always. No, it takes loyal minion and TK wannabe John Patti, to do the really disgusting stuff. He runs in and blocks Willminator, citing “Deliberate insertion of false information; lying” and adding as an afterthought, “I’ll be watching to see if you try to unblock yourself again.” Of course, he didn’t have to watch for long, because he scurried off to Andy, and had Willminator’s rights revoked. I wonder if little Johnny boy would care to crawl out from under his rock and explain just what the “false information” was. He could have simply mailed Willimator a message to confirm, but no. In true Conservapedia style, he has to lie, bully and cover up evidence.
So, as Andrew Schlafly quietly removes TK’s rights and blocks his account, sending one of his most loyal (and yet ultimately disloyal) servants quietly into the night, it’s fair to assume that TK’s death will become just another FBI incident, and an opportunity for the rats that inhabit Conservapedia, to squirm away from that nasty thing called Truth.