Legendary (in his own mind) blogger Jeff “Podunk” Pelline has apparently been drinking some of Reinette Senum’s conspiracy theory Kool-Aid, conjuring up a coordinated effort to bring down Nevada City’s most high-profile public official.
Senum has apologized for the broad-brush statement she posted on her Facebook page suggesting police are hired assassins, but that hasn’t stopped her detractors from ramping up the criticism and heat.
The Nevada City Police Officers Association has called for her resignation, Placer County deputies want you to boycott her restaurant, a petition is being circulated denouncing her action, and the media is stepping up the drumbeat. Now the Nevada City Council has called a special meeting to show its support for police officers everywhere.
Podunk apparently sees a conspiracy in all of this. “To me, at least, it all sounds very coordinated,” he wrote in his blog. “I would vote for an investigation or ‘discovery’ proceeding.”
Larry Hoffman chimed in on Pelline’s blog, asking why were the “Sacramento news teams sent up here to push this to a broader level? Is one of our local puppet masters at work here?”
“Good question Larry!” Pelline replied.
Jeffy knows better. When you make an incredibly stupid statement on Facebook at a time when everybody is hypersensitive, negative reaction on the Internet will spread faster than a foothills brush fire. Protests that used to take days to organize can now be put together in minutes, and people who have never met can unite to champion a common cause. No conspiracy is necessary.
As Podunk has been telling us for several years, the Internet is changing the way we communicate.