Patterico's Pontifications

3/1/2005

Ted Rall: Still a Liar

Filed under: General,Scum — Patterico @ 5:01 pm



Remember what Ted Rall said when he issued his challenge to right-wingers:

So here’s my challenge: Please email your worst, most vicious examples of liberal/leftie blogger vitriol (with links, natch), and I’ll post ’em right here. If they exist, obviously.

(Emphasis mine.)

He didn’t say: “I’ll post one representative e-mail and then allude to the rest.” He said: “I’ll post ’em right here.”

Now he’s going back on his pledge.

First, Rall set up an e-mail address that didn’t work. Then, after Rall got called on the fact that e-mails to him kept bouncing, he changed the e-mail address — but didn’t update the original post in which he issued the challenge, to reflect the new address.

Despite all these roadblocks, he still received an appalling number of entries.

So: did he “post ’em right here”? Nope. After posting one single entry, Rall says:

Don’t doubt, my fellow progressives, that there are more–many more–where these came from. I have about 20 more acceptable entries along these lines. And I received a few that were so ugly that I won’t even post them because they were so racist and bigoted that I’m afraid people might think *I’d* posted them.

Nonsense. Rall had no such qualms when he posted — at great length — hate mail that he claims* was sent to him in the past.

The reason Rall isn’t posting all the entries he received is obvious: the more left-wing hate-filled crap he posts, the stupider his challenge looks. So he pretends to take the high ground by (sort of) admitting he was wrong — but fails to follow through on his pledge, and hopes we won’t notice.

Well, we do.

*I refer to hate mail that Rall “claims” he received, because I don’t know whether Rall really received it. After all, Ted Rall lies — this very post is evidence of that.

P.S. This post initially also contained the following language:

Rall is well-known as a left-winger. Nobody is going to think that Rall posted rantings against left-wing personalities. This is an obvious and pathetic dodge.

Huh? I gotta get more sleep, because this argument made no sense. If I were someone else, I’d be making fun of myself. As commenter Dafydd points out, I had it exactly backwards.

But it’s still a dodge, just not for the reason I said. As Dafydd also notes, Rall could easily show that these are not his sentiments. For example, he could put them in a different typeface.

The guy has no excuse for not keeping his word.

UPDATE: Joshua in the comments notes a couple other entries Rall has posted, in other posts. He still admits he is withholding many more entries.

7 Responses to “Ted Rall: Still a Liar”

  1. So: did he “post ‘em right here”? Nope. After posting one single entry, Rall says:

    “Don’t doubt, my fellow progressives, that there are more–many more–where these came from. I have about 20 more acceptable entries along these lines. And I received a few that were so ugly that I won’t even post them because they were so racist and bigoted that I’m afraid people might think *I’d* posted them.”

    Nonsense. Rall is well-known as a left-winger. Nobody is going to think that Rall posted rantings against left-wing personalities. This is an obvious and pathetic dodge.

    Er… Patterico, one presumes that Rall is speaking about rantings by “left-wing personalities” against right-wing personalities. So he would indeed be in danger of being mistaken for the poster, considering the typical IQ of his readers…!

    Still no excuse. He could select a different typeface or make them all italics or somesuch, much as I did above.

    Dafydd

    Dafydd (df2f54)

  2. LIKE I SAID BEFORE . . .
    Responding to Ted Rall is a waste of time….

    Pejmanesque (2ae9b5)

  3. Good Lord.

    I gotta get more sleep, Dafydd. The exhaustion is starting to show in lack of logic.

    Thanks for the heads up. I have done an update.

    Patterico (756436)

  4. Rall did post three other qualifying entries, two of which included multiple qualifying threats:
    here and here.

    Since Rall admitted that there are, indeed, death threats by liberal/left bloggers and commenters against conservatives, I am willing to give him credit for that.

    However, Rall just said something which baffled me: “Tens of millions of Americans believe that Bush bullied the Supreme Court into violating the Constitution, and threatened a military coup during the Florida election crisis.” See this entry. What’s he talking about? How could tens of millions of Americans believe something I’ve never even heard them claim? Did I miss the Democratic Underground post the day that came up?

    Joshua (f05398)

  5. The local St. Louis, Mo newspaper no longer carries Rall…

    Is it in anyone else’s local paper?

    russ (5f8988)

  6. In case there are any pedantic left-wingers reading this, I mean that I can’t remember anybody claiming that Bush bullied the Supreme Court or threatened a military coup — not even one person, much less tens of millions.

    Joshua (f05398)

  7. Can you folks write a complete, coherent sentence? If anyone ever needed proof that “there is no such thing as a conservative intellectual,” this nutty collection of outbursts and timid babble would be a good place to start.

    T.W. Day (e1e4e1)


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