Saturday, July 24, 2010

Three Strikes, You're Out...

Even if I live to be a hundred, I'll never understand what makes a guy like Andrew Breitbart tick. Nor will I understand why the mainstream media haven't cut him loose completely by now. He's a confirmed serial liar, and the more they continue to give him air time, the more credibility they lose -- assuming the mainstream media have any credibility left. From William Saletan:

First Breitbart and his acolytes falsely accused Sherrod of discriminating against whites as a federal employee, despite having no evidence for this charge in the original video excerpt. Strike one.

Then they misrepresented Sherrod's story as an embrace of racism, when in fact she was repudiating racism. They later pleaded ignorance of this fact because they didn't have the full video. Strike two.

Now, with the full video in hand and posted on their Web site, they're lying about the reaction of the NAACP audience.

The excuses are all used up, Mr. Breitbart.

Of course, this is as far as we can go with it. Breitbart is the newest right-wing noise machine tool in town, and for whatever reason, he's perfectly willing and happy to play that part. As for the media, well, they simply refuse to learn from their mistakes. All they have to do is, basically, their job -- fact-check the story inside and out before running with it, and keep the shenanigans from tools like Breitbart to a minimum.

And they won't do it...

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