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"?
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
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
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
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?
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
The cowardice of the drive-by shooter: Never put yourself at risk.That's what Andrew Breitbart does.With no responsibility to anyone, Breitbart can manipulate anything any way he wants, never caring that he will be caught, never caring who he hurts, for no one can do anything to him.If they try, he can hide behind the shirts … Continue reading Drive-by Lying