Eh. Maybe not. But that’s where my own addled, illogical, conspiratard mind goes when this thread gets hijacked into a conversation about TRUMP and 9/11, despite the fact that the actual interviewee joined the forum and made himself available for conversation in this thread.
Hmm. Maybe you were merely saying that Robert Forte joined this forum, and aren't saying anything about when and why your "blowhard" joined the forum. The "blowhard" I'm thinking of (who looks to be the same one you're thinking of judging by what you report he said) certainly didn't join for this thread, but several months earlier (click his avatar and check his messages). But then, all you'd be questioning is why he joined this particular thread, which doesn't seem at all remarkable to me. People do join in discussions in different threads. So I don't get your specific point, really. Maybe I'm being a bit dense?
While I get that threads often take on a life of their own, and tangents happen, I think there was some particularly aggressive and hostile comments being made by someone pretending to be in the know that likely turned off some less active members and perhaps people visiting this forum after being drawn in by the podcast itself.
I get it. There's a contingent of mostly conservative males here who don't want to take the discussions where Alex clearly would like to take them, judging by the focus of his podcasts. But, I think it sets up this strange situation where the most active/participating members are not aligned with Alex's current interests/worldview, while those of us who seem to be more aligned with it are put off by the circle-the-wagons refusal to dive into the topics Alex actually covers.
And the Trump thing. Why must every single forum become dominated by rabid Trump supporters who only want to discuss Trump's brilliance? I have no doubt that has cost Skeptiko some followers/members as well.
I will just email Forte privately and ask him my questions there. Incidentally, I don't think it's an accident that there are hardly any women on this forum anymore.