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Old 08-03-2010, 01:09 PM
Don Zeko Don Zeko is offline
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Default Re: Post-Post-Racial America (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Originally Posted by cognitive madisonian View Post
I agree that Breitbart was remiss in his journalistic duties in not doing the necessary factchecking to verify that the excerpts were not out of context. But this whole 'discredited' argument seems nonsensical to me. If Breitbart is discredited, then so is the White House and the NAACP.
"Discredited" is a description that one applies to a journalist and not to a public official or interest group, because a journalist is primarily a source of information in the public debate. When a journalist develops a history of providing information that is so false or misleading that it could not have been supplied by a reasonable and honest person, it becomes reasonable to immediately assume that the information that person supplies is not true. One wouldn't describe the NAACP or the White House as discredited in this case because they a) didn't publish the video, they only reacted to it and b) are evaluated on all sorts of other criteria than the ones involved in this case.

Originally Posted by cognitive madisonian View Post
Breitbart got sloppy but he's not a fool and only a fool would intentionally post misleading excerpts when the full video was bound to pop up.
Are you so sure of that? This incident hasn't had any obvious negative effect on Breitbart's standing in the Conservative media universe, his ability to drive media coverage, or his financial success, nor did the ACORN videos. Why isn't it at all reasonable to assume that he has learned that dishonest editing that conforms to the more conspiratorial attitudes of his audience is a winning strategy?
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