Monday, April 4, 2011
The Yellow Kid
James O'Keefe, the conservative political activist who's much-edited film was responsible for destroying Acorn, who, in the proud tradition of Watergate, was convicted of attempting to bug the office of Louisiana Sentaor Mary Landrieu, who tried to film himself seducing CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau (and if the thought of catching a glimpse of that little worm's worm doesn't make you want to toss your cookies, I don't know what would), has once again trained his camera on the liberal left.
This time, he filmed NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller making racist statements to two supposedly Muslim potential donors. As a result, Schiller and his boss, NPR's CEO, both lost their jobs.
Now it turns out O'Keefe's sting film is, how can I put this delicately? a big fat bunch of bullshit.
1) He edited out Schiller's careful, and repeated, explanations that NPR donors have no input into the news process.
2) He removed Schiller's more balanced descriptions of the Tea Party, leaving only the parts where he called them racists. (By the way, if you don't want to be called a racist, don't hang out with guys whose other suit is a sheet.)
2) He altered the video so that answers Schiller gave to one question appear to answer a completely different question.
In the world of evasions, distortions and pants-on-fire horseshit, I will argue that, while the first two bits of editing may fall under "evasions and distortions" that last one, where he actually changed which questions went with which answers, is a flat-out lie.
O'Keefe admits to being "yellow" and says his work is in the proud tradition of muckraking. But muckraking has no proud tradition. A hundred years ago it was garbage and it's still garbage today.
And, just in case you're wondering why I'm so torqued about this, it's because I initially bought this load of crap. Which means I'm as gullible as he is yellow.
(Note: The Yellow Kid was the first newspaper cartoon. Drawn by Richard Occault, it emerged at the turn of the last century, as William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer battled for the title of king of the New York newspaper market. They are famous, not for setting any sort of bar for journalistic integrity, but for catching the public's attention. Sound familiar?)