Radley Balko Exposed! (UPDATE)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

(UPDATE : Looks like they gave up. They took down the “exposed” post and the image they hotlinked.)

(UPDATE 2: The stupid continues here.)

My new friends in the Illinois chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus have apparently caught me embellishing my resume.

Their post reads:

Liberal (and ersatz libertarian) blogger and wanna-be pundit Radley Balko claims on his bio on his blog that he is a bi-weekly columnist for Forbes.com. But an investigation by the RLCIL demonstrates that Mr. Balko has taken extreme liberties — perhaps even license — with the term “bi-weekly.”

He makes his claim at, http://www.theagitator.com/about/, indicating, that, in addition to laboring over his poorly written blog, “I’m also a biweekly columnist with FoxNews.com.”

However, the claim is not bourne out by the evidence. We searched through the Forbes.com site, and could find only two URLs, from the summer of 2005, authored by Mr. Balko.

See,

http://search.forbes.com/search/find?MT=Radley+Balko&tab=searchtabgeneral

In the Reign of Cotton Mather | Story
May 09, 2005
Our laws are being rewritten by puritans, prigs and busybodies.
Hot Times For Online Gaming | Story
July 19, 2006
As the Justice Department cracks down, Congress has its own ideas.

You can check this out for yourself, dear reader. It is accurate as of 4:40 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, 10 February, 2009. We are sure he will remove the false claim momentarily.

Now, we wonder, can you take anything Radley Balko writes or says seriously, when he lies about his own resume? Wonder if his employers know about this?

Yes, it was quite bold of me to claim a bi-weekly column for FoxNews.com when only two search results for my name turn up at Forbes.com. That’s some fine detective work, there, “Puma.”

Here’s the screen cap:

Also, y’all should know better to hotlink from my site in the same post in which you’re attacking me. Enjoy your Obama dildo.

Here’s the screen cap for that one, on the off-chance they’re smart enough to realize what just happened to them:

MORE: Puma’s still digging. The post “exposing” me has since been edited to read:

Liberal (and ersatz libertarian) blogger and wanna-be pundit Radley Balko claims on his bio on his blog that he is a bi-weekly columnist for Forbes.com. But an investigation by the RLCIL demonstrates that Mr. Balko has taken extreme liberties — perhaps even license — with the term “bi-weekly.”

He makes his claim at, http://www.theagitator.com/about/, indicating, that, in addition to laboring over his poorly written blog, “I’m also a biweekly columnist with FoxNews.com.”

However, the claim is not bourne out by the evidence. We searched through the Fsite [sic], and could find only three URLs, authored by Mr. Balko.

I’m guessing “Fsite” is a typo for “Fox site,” because the post then lists the last three columns I’ve written for Fox, apparently as returned by the FoxNews.com search engine. Which I guess is somehow supposed to prove that I’m exaggerating my “bi-weekly” status.

Except that a Google search for my name on the FoxNews.com domain turns up about 4,400 hits. Which makes sense, given that I have actually been writing a bi-weekly column there for the better part of seven years.

At this point, I almost feel bad for them.

Here’s the screen cap:

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162 Responses to “Radley Balko Exposed! (UPDATE)”

  1. #1 |  Mike | 

    He’s back:

    http://www.rlcil.org/2009/02/12/obama-deputy-ag-nominee-former-kiddie-porn-lawyer-disavows-porno-playboy-penthouse-calling-views-immature/

  2. #2 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    And we should ALL go over there and ask Puma WHY we should believe ANYTHING posted there. I already did in the comments…but I’m sure they will not allow the posting.

  3. #3 |  Mike | 

    Zappa,

    This is what the comment under your name now says:

    Thank you for your excellent work. You are the best journalist in the U.S. — not like that idiot agitator.
    I read the URL you referred to and it was spot on as usual,
    http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/02/11/top_stories/doc499269b2c4d06801529275.txt
    The idiots at TechnoRati and other sites really need to read this URL.

  4. #4 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    LMAO…what a bunch of losers.

    Just shows EXACTLY what type of morally bankrupt people they are as the ONLY thing correct in the post under my name is….my name : )

    The rest is obviously manipulated. So now we know that not only can they not do proper research and they are hypocrites…they also are devoid of character.

  5. #5 |  Marc J. Randazza | 

    Such awesomeness! I can’t keep myself from laughing at the Obama dildo thing! You rock!

  6. #6 |  RLC-IL wounded while assaulting Radley Balko with Nerf hatchet « The Quick and the Dead | 

    […] wounded while assaulting Radley Balko with Nerf hatchet So what’s with the Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois, anyway? Did the Sleazy Politics virus creep across the aisle from the Blagocrats and bite them? Or […]

  7. #7 |  The Agitator » Blog Archive » Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus Coda | 

    […] received several apologies from various office holders of the Republican Liberty Caucus over last week’s debacle. That’s much appreciated, though to be honest, I think it’s probably better for them […]

  8. #8 |  Brian N. | 

    Mr. Sanchez wrote, “There’s something almost charming about the way this is presented as some kind of outlandish reductio position.”

    Sanchez, you’re alright.

  9. #9 |  Stephen Carville | 

    According to whois the domain name rlcil.org was registered on Feb 20, 2008 creating a suspicion it might be a false flag operation like huntersandshooters.org. However, the registrant and admin email is wgfinley@mac.com which eventually led me to:

    http://www.wguyfinley.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/people/W-Guy-Finley/726530165

    So the guy may really be what he appears to be.

    My basically charitable disposition would like to feel sorry for him.

    Maybe tomorrow.

  10. #10 |  My Secret Identity | The Agitator | 

    […] I think I’m going to start keeping a running tally of how many blogs, commenters (on this site), and Twitterers out me as a secret Republican shill versus how many out me as a secret Democrat shill. […]

  11. #11 |  kaishakaap | 

    Is dondero still around??

  12. #12 |  Kino | 

    Dear Puma : you are not a ninja

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxm6jMuwZ-0

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!