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Last night Brian Cates, self described political columnist and writer for UncoverDC, The Epoch Times, and frequent poster on social media, continued his days-long harangue against attorney Lin Wood. What began several days ago, the attacks were a screed about social media’s respected and highly regarded figure, the enormously successful defamation attorney Lin Wood.
It was nasty. And too complicated to go into, so I won’t waste your time or mine.
I have previously commented on Cates’ unattractive arrogance and overblown ego which prompted put-downs of those he considers to be of lesser intelligence and talent. But… I gave him leeway and plenty of “ink” here on the Radiopatriot because I regarded what he wrote to be of value to you.
That ended last night after reading a slurry of unsubstantiated claims Cates wrote against attorney Wood.
Many were horrified. Lin Wood’s readers piled on. And then Cates was called on it by a contributor who goes by the name The Professor’s Record, whose opinions are highly regarded by MAGA movement readers. The Professor’s Record was appalled at what he read on Cates’ channel, and promptly removed any support he might have had for Cates. What follows below pretty much expresses my assessment of Brian Cates at this point. Here’s how it went…
The Professor’s Record:
It looks like I owe many of you an apology.
I often want to see the good in people, especially those with great talent. I search for patriots to unite with, because there are so few leading the charge.
Many of you know that I have often shared Brian Cates’ work. Months ago, I asked many of you to join his channel when he had far fewer subscribers.
My wife and I even donated money to support his work.
However, as the weeks have passed by, I’ve started to regret that decision more and more.
I’ve observed a mean streak in Brian’s work. Pride. Arrogance. Chastising folks in his chat rooms. Making things unnecessarily personal.
Brian makes it a consistent point to share how he, a “real journalist,” investigates matters by checking his sources and doing a thorough job.
I’ll revisit this last point shortly.
Brian has pieced many things together that I think are true. But in other areas, I believe he has profound blind spots.
I’ve interviewed both Joshua Merritt and Lin Wood, and have the future honor of interviewing Sidney Powell.
I’ve researched each extensively. In fact, I’ll wager I’ve researched their lawsuits, and the affidavits in support thereof, far more than Brian Cates.
And, I mean it’s not even close.
I am also in possession of Joshua Merritt’s military service discharge records, and conducted a three hour interview with him months ago.
At no time, has Joshua misrepresented his military experience. In fact, the first 30 minutes of my first interview, includes a painstaking history of his service in the military.
Instead of doing his homework, however, Brian has recirculated talking points from a mainstream media hit piece written by professional liars.
Now for the law.
Under Rule 701 of the Rules of Evidence, Joshua would easily be qualified as an expert in cyber-security. Expert designation can be acquired in a variety of ways. Experience, training, and education are all avenues.
Brian, a non-lawyer, conflates the evidentiary standard, suggesting incorrectly, that Joshua would have to have served in an official military intelligence capacity, to warrant an expert designation.
Brian is wrong. Dead wrong.
Joshua had expertise in hacking prior to his military service, and acquired cyber security experience during, and after, his military service.
Joshua was wounded in the service of our country and deserves far better.
A “real journalist” ALWAYS seeks comment, and solicits both sides of a story before publishing.
Brian failed to do either in the case of Joshua Merritt.
I will be unsubscribing from Brian Cates’ channel, and I apologize if you subscribed as a result of my initial enthusiasm.
I invite Brian to do a real time interview with Joshua, and myself, so he can do the right thing.
And that’s print a retraction and apology.
Next up, let’s address my foxhole buddy, Lin Wood.
Again, I apologize for my misjudgment. I will strive to do better.
If you haven’t looked yet, Lin Wood is correcting Brian Cates’ myriad of investigative blunders on his channel.
Therefore, I will not duplicate Lin’s efforts. Brian is ill-informed on so much, however, that I feel compelled to dedicate some time tomorrow on exactly what he is mistaken about.
I pulled over on the side of the road outside Tucumcari, NM texting this message. It is 12:40 AM, and I have another hour before I reach my destination.
I promise I will comment further.
Lin Wood is a good and honorable man.
I wish I could I say the same about Brian Cates.
I really do.
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The Professor’s Record con’t
Any attorney worth their salt knows the election lawsuits filed in November would normally take several MONTHS to PREPARE, and perhaps much longer to INVESTIGATE.
Because of strict election deadlines, the attorneys involved, had WEEKS to do BOTH.
The law requires attorneys to submit their filings in good faith.
Moreover, the law recognizes that rarely, if ever, do the parties have perfect knowledge at the outset of a case.
Thus, the law provides mechanisms to amend pleadings, and to drop or add parties to the litigation.
Oftentimes, persons can be added in a compulsory fashion because they are indispensable, even though they may not wish to have anything to do with the litigation.
Sometimes, legal theories must be asserted, or parties added, because to not do so, constitutes a sort of legal waiver. In other words, attorneys can be prohibited from asserting claims at a later date if they don’t “place mark” persons and requests for relief in a complaint.
After an exhaustive review of the lawsuits filed by Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, absolutely no disciplinary action is warranted under our rules.
Any reporter suggesting otherwise, needs remedial education on the law.
What is warranted, however, is an investigation into those RINO attorneys that have subverted justice and weaponized the rules through perverse interpretations.
What is also warranted, is the investigation and routing out of so-called journalists that enable and promote such treachery.
These evil men and women have targeted the few innocent and honorable attorneys that have fought for our elections and President Trump since day one.
Seek the truth.
It will set you free.
Meanwhile, alerted by his readers, Lin Wood addressed Cates’ claims, taking considerable time to explain the truth of the issue. Always a gentleman Lin Wood kept it professional, and did not return the personal and venomous attacks that Cates (and his brothers Brent and Duane in a video podcast) are so free and fond of using.
So why am I telling you this?
Well, I think you should know that I will no longer post anything here by Brian Cates.