On Twitter, that is:
Was it something I said?
P.S. I suspect it was. I suspect Balko is annoyed at me because I have a habit of documenting when he omits or distorts critical information (as he did when reporting the facts of the Jimmie Duncan case), or when he makes a flat-out factual error (as he did in his recent response to me and Jack Dunphy).
I bet Balko wishes he could prevent me from reading his blog too.
P.P.S. Speaking of that recent factual error: is Balko ever going to correct it?
Recall the error: in a post that he put up both on Reason and his personal blog, Balko suggested that I wasn’t being straight with my readers, contending that I “neglected to include in [my] post” a phrase that (Balko claimed) undercut my argument. Only thing was, I didn’t neglect to include it at all — as I proved in this post, complete with a screenshot. The passage that Balko claimed I had omitted is right there, smack dab in the middle of my post. Let’s see that screenshot again:
I have no idea where Balko got the idea that I had omitted that passage. But by saying that I had, Balko was able to use two separate web sites to suggest that I was being a little bit slippery and hiding information that supposedly undercut my argument.
I documented Balko’s error in a post at this blog published at 6:43 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday night. I rather suspect Balko has read my post, but just in case he didn’t, I left a comment about it on his blog at 10:10 p.m. Pacific that same evening.
The next morning, I left another comment concerning the error on his personal site, as well as a comment about it on the equally erroneous Reason post.
It’s not like Balko hasn’t been on the Internet since I pointed out the error. He has put up three posts since Wednesday night.
In fact, he has since participated in the same comment thread where I told him about the mistake. The morning after I left the original comment notifying Balko of his error, Balko posted a comment in the same thread.
In that comment, Balko responded to two commenters, Brad and Alex, who had expressed their belief that Balko had distorted Jack Dunphy’s recent post on the Henry Louis Gates matter. One of those commenters (Alex) also dinged Balko for credulously reporting certain stories that later proved to be false. In a five-paragraph comment, Balko defended his honor, and told those to go fuck themselves. (In a previous comment, commenter fluffy had said: “Brad and Alex, Go fuck yourselves.” Balko echoed the sentiment: “Brad, Alex: what fluffy said.”).
I’m sure Balko will claim that he didn’t have time to fix the error. But honestly: how long does it take to put a strike tag around an erroneous phrase in a post? Answer: a lot less time than it takes to write a five-paragraph comment telling your critics to go fuck themselves.
Is he waiting until nobody is reading the posts any more?
P.P.P.S. Blocking me doesn’t work, Balko. I can still see your Twitter feed on Google Reader.
UPDATE: Alex is the one who dinged Balko for his inaccurate stories, not Brad. The post has been corrected. Thanks to Brad for noting the error.