Conservative Fact Check has been a labor of love for more than a year. While it's always had its core base of fans -- and was even referenced by Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate -- we got a huge boost in exposure when our piece on the definite proof of Politifact's bias was covered by breitbart.com. And from there, it's snowballed even more.
The reaction has been most interesting. Many first-time visitors took the time to tell us how glad they were to finally see a conservative fact-checking site. But as you can imagine, the very notion has annoyed a fair share of liberals. And any time you annoy a liberal, you know you're doing something right.
Many people have asked why we have so many articles that don't appear to be fact checks. That's because several weeks ago, we broadened our coverage to include news, commentary, and the occasional tutorial. You'll see each article's classification on the home page, where you'll also find a menu for sorting our content by category.
All of this exposure has brought with it some lessons. One of those lessons has brought about a change. As of today, "TechDude" is no longer on our masthead.
One of our readers has shown us strong evidence that "TechDude" is using credentials that aren't accurate; in fact, they are copied from somebody else. Here are the credentials in question:
20 years experience in the computer field; performing computer forensic investigations since 1993. Board certified as a forensic computer examiner and for the previous six years also licensed as a private investigator. A certificated legal investigator, served close to 6 years under the direction of a practicing attorney. Testified in numerous trials at the state level...written (winning) briefs and motions that have been presented for state's Court of Appeals and state's Supreme Court.
U.S. Department of Justice clearance for access to sensitive but unclassified information and has personally handled the investigation of over 7,000 cases. Previously received training from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA as well as countless forensics seminars and specialized training events over the years. Five years ago, opened his own computer forensic science lab and often accepts cases pro bono. Active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American College of Forensic Examiners, Computer Forensics Volunteer Project, a Member of Federal Bureau of Investigation's InfraGard program, International Information Systems Forensics Association, The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, and others.
But it turns out that these are actually the credentials of one Mr. Adam Fink.
I should point out that I have not met "TechDude" in person. He contacted me via email shortly after this site was launched, and pointed me to his work featured on the Atlas Shrugs blog. I was impressed, and offered him the (unpaid) position as our resident technical expert.
When I confronted him with the information about the plagiarized credentials, he first claimed not to be the same "TechDude" who had forged those credentials. But then I pointed him toward his emails in which he claimed to be the same "TechDude" who had helped Atlas Shruggs with their Obama forged birth certificate investigation, in which Pamela Gellar listed those same credentials.
So is it the same "TechDude"? I don't know. But I don't think that he's exhibited adequate honesty.
To be clear, I don't doubt for a second that Obama's birth certificate is a forgery -- many other people, including Mr. Donald Trump, have said the same thing, so the evidence is overwhelming. But given this revelation, it's best if "TechDude" and CFC part ways.