Just What Is "Breitbarting"?

Well, for one thing, it is not journalism.When I wrote "The Pride and Reward of Falsification: Post-Objectivity as Post-Responsibility" for the recent book News with a View (edited by Burton St. John and Kirsten Johnson) centering on Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe, I wasn't thinking in terms of a specific, definable strategy, certainly not one … Continue reading Just What Is "Breitbarting"?

Breitbart and O’Keefe: The Legacy

Last week, News with a View, an anthology of essays edited by Burton St. John and Kristen Johnson appeared. In it is an essay of mine, "The Pride and Reward of Falsification: Post-Objectivity as Post-Responsibility," an examination of some of the "journalism" of Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe. Two weeks and a day before publication … Continue reading Breitbart and O’Keefe: The Legacy

Breitbart: Confusion Over Cause and Reasoning

Andrew Breitbart, who really is David Horowitz 2.0, connects his conversion from left to right with personalities and hypocrisy, not with reason or conviction--just like Horowitz 1.0.  Both of them found people on the left to be inconsistent and dishonest, and both offer that as a reason for moving to the right.Not that they make any … Continue reading Breitbart: Confusion Over Cause and Reasoning

The "He Said/She Said" Dodge

Want to avoid controversy yet continue to style yourself as a journalist?  Use "he said/she said," the surefire way of removing yourself from the debate while retaining a sense of personal gravitas!  Yes, kids, "he said/she said" can save you the trouble of real reporting, for it ties perfectly into the here-today-and-gone-tomorrow news cycle.  All … Continue reading The "He Said/She Said" Dodge

A Silly Season Upon Us?

Update: Yes, I was wrong about Weiner, and owe McCain an apology.  So, here it is: Robert Stacy McCain, you were right and I was wrong.  I will leave this post here just to remind myself that I can be just as wrong as anyone.The supposed "scandal" related to Representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter account is … Continue reading A Silly Season Upon Us?

Lies, Damned Lies, and Ourselves

The interlocking stories of Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe, right-wing agitators who came to prominence during the first years of Obama's presidency, show how a little expertise with the Web along with video editing can be used effectively when regard for truth is cast aside.  They also show how the intoxication of power (or the … Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and Ourselves