It seems I’ve struck a chord with Mr. Warren Boroson..
The 11th Commandment, so far as I am concerned, is: Thou shalt not suffer thyself to be Swift Boated.
If you permit yourself to be lied about without vigorously defending yourself, you are encouraging the perpetrator to lie about other innocent people, too.
Example: Someone named Grim has a blog that focuses on the supposed alleged bubble in New Jersey real estate, and he regularly lies about me. He has accused me of urging people to buy houses while I quietly unloaded my own.
It was a lie that I have in recent years urged people to buy houses.
In my column, where I can express my opinions, I have suggested that sellers sell and suggested that buyers not buy unless they are prepared to live in their new house for many years.
In news or feature stories, in which I may not express my opinion, I have quoted people worried about New Jersey residential real estate, such as A. Gary Shilling, as well as people who are not worried.
So, I defended myself against Grim’s accusation that I sold my house while urging others to buy.
Apparently he was startled. He referred to my vehemence and to my “insults.” (I had called him a liar and a creep.)
He quickly erased my comments, though. I guess he doesn’t think it’s insulting to accuse a journalist of double-dealing.
Warren says that I deleted his comments, which is absolutely untrue, they can be found here:
From Warren Boroson
I sold my house because I didn’t need 4 bedrooms, and I think older people like me should live in an apartment, for safety. I STILL OWN ANOTHER HOUSE. Since selling that house, it has appreciated $100,000.I have repeatedly written about selling my house. Ain’t no secret. In Kiplinger’s, in my own column.I have conveyed various people’s views in my column — the view that house prices are poised to plummet, the view that house prices will level off. My own view, which I have written about many times, is: Sell sooner rather than later.By the way, if I’m a shill for the industry, how come I wrote a book called, How to Sell Your House Yourself?You guys are a bunch of ignorant creeps. And terrible writers! But you are hilarious. And I love the publiciity!
and here is another one:
from Warren Boroson
By the way, GRIM says that I have urged people to buy houses now — while selling one of my houses. That is a lie. I have told everyone what Jim Hughes of Rutgers has said: If you buy now, be prepared to hold on for 10 years.What a creepy guy this GRIM is!
As far as I can tell, these are the only two replies that Mr. Warren Boroson posted on this blog, to which I replied:
Nice to meet you Warren. We were wondering when you would stop by.
You can read the rest yourselves. I don’t mind being called names, god knows I have enough emails calling me names. What I don’t like is that he said I deleted his comments. Absolutely untrue. I have only ever deleted 2 comments from this blog (spam aside, of course). One was due to the use of profanity, and the other was the posting of private information.
Mr. Boroson should have done some more research before stating that I deleted his messages. I did not. He was obviously mistaken, likely due to the fact that there have been a number of “Warren-Watch” threads posted on this blog. Everyone here knows this is an open forum. Anyone can post anything they’d like without fear of it being deleted or having their view oppressed.
Mr. Boroson, I expect an apology in print.