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Challenge to an LGF Basher

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Radley Balko has mounted yet another inept smear job on me personally and on LGF’s readers, saying that my “general thesis” is that “Arabs are vile, filthy, murdering animals.” I won’t even dignify that stupid straw-man ad hominem comment with a response.

But in addition to the personal attack, this time Balko has crossed a bigger line, alleging that an LGF reader sent him an “email death threat.”

I think he’s lying. I don’t believe he ever got any “death threat.” I think he’s just trying to pump up his smear job with an accusation that he can’t back up.

Yesterday, I made Balko an offer: post the “email death threat” with its headers showing the IP address of the sender, and I’ll look in our server logs to see if anyone with that address had accessed LGF in the past couple of days.

Balko ignored me, of course.

I know some people will ask why I’m posting this, and say that it just gives Balko the traffic and attention he so obviously craves. Well, I wasn’t going to mention it; but then I read a comment from reader Papertiger, who mentioned an old saying: to accept insult is to invite attack. And you know what? That’s exactly right.

So I’m challenging Radley Balko publicly to prove that he wasn’t making a false allegation against LGF and our readers. It’s a simple thing to prove. If he does post the email and its headers, and I find the IP address in our server logs (and it matches the address of a regular reader who posts comments, not just a random person out of the ~20,000 unique visitors we get each day), I’ll publicly retract my charge that he’s lying. If he continues to ignore my challenge, I’ll consider it proof that he made up this accusation to make himself look like a noble fighter against injustice, suffering “death threats” from evil troglodytic LGF readers.

I think he’s lying. Will he have the stones to put up or shut up?

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