To listen to the conservative media, the Daily Caller has exposed the discussion listserv Journolist as some sort of hotbed of liberal message coordination. Ann Althouse said it "was designed -- apparently -- to figure out how to structure the various news stories to serve the interests of their party," Limbaugh said the emails showed "mainstream coordination with the left," and Beck saw a plot "to help Barack Obama."
This theory of secret list coordinating all manner of nefarious activities gets debunked, however, by the latest Journolist story from the Daily Caller:
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, the founder of Journolist, quickly jumped in: "Nope, no message coordination. I'm not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character," he wrote.
So, here is list founder Ezra Klein, in about as explicit terms as you can get, telling the participants on the list not to coordinate any messages. He doesn't hint at it or speak about it in a confusing manner, he says "no message coordination." It couldn't be any clearer. The conservative conspiracy about Journolist goes up in smoke, as expected.
In his Washington Times op-ed today former congressman Tom Tancredo claimed (despite the evidence to the contrary) that President Obama had betrayed the Constitution with a statement to Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) that "the administration will not enforce security on our southern border because that would remove Republicans' desire to negotiate a 'comprehensive' immigration bill." Tancredo decided that this false allegation was grounds for impeachment.
Appearing on Fox's America Live, Tom Tancredo conceded to Megyn Kelly that the story at the heart of his column was false, after Kelly explained to him that she had personally seen Kyl reverse his accusation against the President during a Fox News interview.
The Washington Times printed an editorial from Tancredo whose central premise was false before they even went to press, and now even Tancredo has conceded that it was false. So will the Washington Times issue a correction?
Oh, Politico, why do you do this? We've noted time and again Politico's tireless devotion to the elevation of absolute nonsense into the national discourse, but even they aren't usually as blatant with their cluelessness. Politico has a list of what they term "50 Politicos To Watch," and among this crowd is - seriously - Andrew Breitbart.
No, this isn't an unfortunate coincidence where some poor congressional aide or K Street lawyer shares a name with serial fabricator and smear artist Andrew Breitbart. This is the Andrew Breitbart, in the same week where his dishonesty was exposed (yet again) in the attack on Shirley Sherrod. This is who Politico holds up as someone with "a certain mystique." That's not mystique, Politico, those are pants on fire.
Even worse, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post asked Politico editor John Harris why would they write a glossy ode to a charlatan like Breitbart? His answer: "The Breitbart piece for the 50 Politicos feature was assigned and reported weeks ago." But we've known for months now that Breitbart's stock in trade is blatant dishonesty. The episode with Sherrod is just the latest fabrication to come from Team Breitbart, but most notable was the undercover ACORN videos the California Attorney General described as "severely" edited. This information about Breitbart was well known and yet Politico still assigned a writer to tell us about Breitbart's "mystique."
What Politico is telling us with this selection of Breitbart is that what they choose to elevate and celebrate in Washington is a figure consistently associated with dishonesty and farce. So be it.
Fox News misreporting on health care reform? You could be excused if you saw the following exchange on America Live with Megyn Kelly and assumed it was a rerun from earlier this year or last summer, because the same old tired and incorrect assertions about the public option turned up again.
The video of now-former USDA official Shirley Sherrod released by Andrew Breitbart's Big Government discussing work she did with the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund was an excerpt from a longer speech. According to Sherrod, the video doesn't show the full context of her remarks and leaves a false impression.
But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren't told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago -- before she got the USDA job -- when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.
Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife.
"And I went on to work with many more white farmers," she said. "The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it's about the people who have and the people who don't. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race."
Conservative bloggers have raised questions about the abrupt end of Breitbart's tape, and wondered what the rest of the tape shows. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jay Bookman also raises questions about the full tape:
So let's see the rest of the tape, Big Government. Was Sherrod giggling among black folk about the time she put it to the white man, as the leaked excerpt suggests, or was the tape a deceptively edited excerpt of a longer story about getting beyond the issue of race, as she claims?
Let's see the tape. The evidence apparently exists to settle the question. Cough it up.
We've seen this before. When the Attorney General of California finally got ahold of the unedited version of the Breitbart-promoted Giles/O'Keefe videos attacking ACORN, he called them a "highly selective editing of reality."
Based on Breitbart's terrible track record with the truth, until he releases the full, unedited video, the version of the story that he's promoting lacks credibility.
At least 100 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his July 14 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
On his radio show today, Glenn Beck explained to his audience that he had obtained - via an e-mail - information on an "executive order" purportedly issued by President Obama on July 7. According to Beck, the order would do no less than "reconstruct" the economy of the Gulf Coast region. Even worse, Beck explained that by discussing "tribal councils" in the "executive order" it meant that some purported "debt" would be paid to Native American tribes.
Would you be shocked to find out that none of this is accurate? Because it isn't. First of all, there hasn't been a presidential executive order issued since July 2 (if you're curious, it was about securing biological agents and toxins). What Beck was apparently referring to is a "Memorandum from the President" issued on June 30 and placed in the Federal Register on July 6.
Since Glenn Beck began his weekly "Founders Fridays" sessions, he's generally had guests on-air willing to go along with his contorted history. Especially people like David Barton, whose version of American history -- no matter how far removed it is from actual history -- has thrilled Beck to the point where he considers Barton indispensable. Today's show was something of a departure from form, as his two guests (Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom Jr.) were clearly conservatives with their own takes on history but were at times visibly uneasy by Beck's spin on things.
Glenn Beck claimed that a quote from Obama appointee Donald Berwick "confirms everything" Beck and Fox News had said about how health care reform would result in rationing. In fact, Beck deceptively edited Berwick's comments to remove Berwick's accurate statement that the U.S. health care system already rations.
One might be tempted to give Fox Business something of a pass due to their miniscule ratings and recent on-air shakeups, but this segment from the David Asman-hosted America's Nightly Scoreboard about the New Black Panther Party and the U.S. Civil Rights Comission was really something to behold. The segment began with Asman getting just about every detail wrong.