Them

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 9:30 am

In today’s politico-media sphere it is easier than ever to define some evil Other and blame “them” for the problems “we” face. The right-wing attacks on teachers and other public servants are the most recent example of a pernicious human habit that is now and always has been a real threat to a civilization’s social, political and economic viability.

 

Sarah Palin, David Wynn Miller, and the Ministry of Truth

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 1:20 pm

The conservative/Republican version of Orwell’s Ministry of “Truth” is at it again, hijacking and corrupting yet another set of words — this time it’s “blood libel.”

Progressive Bloggers Refuse Appearance with Breitbart at ABC Town Hall

By: Monday November 1, 2010 4:30 pm

This is part of a larger question in the progressive community over whether to share stages with the likes of Breitbart, or whether to appear on Fox News, or what have you. Some argue that they should not allow the lies of a Brietbart or a Fox to go unchecked, and that progressive voices have to be heard in those venues. Others think that no progressive should de facto legitimize a Breitbart or a Fox News. This was the argument behind the ultimately successful boycott by Democratic candidates of a 2008 Fox News Presidential primary debate.

I think the debate gets a little too intense sometimes, but in this case, with ABC dealing with their own self-inflicted drowning, I would see no reason to hand them a lifeline and a way out of it. Let them have their little Breitbart show, and I will enjoy checking the ratings the day afterwards.

Frank Rich, the War Diaries and the “Fractionalized Media”

By: Sunday August 1, 2010 4:00 pm

Frank Rich often gets it right, as he does in today’s column on the Afghan War and the comparison between the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks’ publication of the Afghan War Diaries. His zingers, however, can derail an entire column. (Unlike, say, David Brooks or Ross Douthat, whose zingers make up their columns.) First, what Rich gets right…

With Legal Reckoning for Right Wing Attack Media on Horizon, Milbank Continues to Defend Beck

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 1:00 pm

In a pitiful column in the Washington Post, Dana Milbank outlines links between Glenn Beck’s on-air rants and the actions of a murderer and would-be murderer. Yet, Milbank says we should not blame Beck for his viewers’ actions. Fortunately, the legal team that will soon take Andrew Breitbart to task for his attack on Shirley Sherrod will likely bring real consequences for its actions to the right wing attack media. Will the corporate media then continue to hold them blameless?

Shirley Sherrod Suing Andrew Breitbart

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 12:15 pm

It’s unclear what the charges of the lawsuit will be that Shirley Sherrod will bring against Andrew Breitbart — perhaps defamation or libel — but the discovery phase, at least, should be interesting.

Exclusive! Andrew Breitbart Tells ABC: “I Got Lucky with Matt Drudge”

By: Friday July 23, 2010 10:50 am

Maybe all the pressure’s getting to him. In a candid interview, Andrew Breitbart opened up to ABC News, and revealed some rather personal information.

Sherrod Asks President Obama the Right Question: Do You Believe in My Principles?

By: Thursday July 22, 2010 8:45 am

After being offered a new job with USDA, Shirley Sherrod told the media she indeed wants to hear from the President, to acquaint him with some realities from her life that he may not understand. So she needs to be convinced that he — the President of the United States — believes in, and will fight for, the principles he claims to hold.

New York Times Whitewashes Breitbart’s and Fox’s Dishonest Smearing of Innocent People

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 7:15 pm

Anyone following the Administration’s shameful treatment of Shirley Sherrod also knows that the entire episode began with a premeditated act by Andrew Breitbart, an unethical right wing thug who knowingly smeared both Ms. Sherrod and the NAACP with an obviously and misleadingly edited video.

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