July 26, 2010

Greg Sargent, allow me to introduce you to David Shuster

Greg Sargent of WaPo is convinced that only the right is capable of pushing information through the media, with a political agenda and without regard to factual integrity.

Right wing media are willing to engage in tactics that simply have no equivalent on the left -- even if mainstream news orgs and commentators keep taking refuge behind the notion that "both sides do it."
The leading lefty media organizations have teams of reporters who -- even if they are to some degree ideologically motivated -- work to determine whether their material is accurate, fair, and generally based in reality before sharing it with readers and viewers. They just don't push info -- with no regard to whether it's true or not -- for the sole purpose of having maximum political impact. Period.

Well, I can quickly call BS on this one.

Enter David Shuster, formerly of MSNBC, who in his attempt for glory in a "gotcha" moment with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), stated falsely the location of a soldier who lost his life in the war. His efforts were clearly to have a political impact, by embarrassing a Republican elected official on national television. Shuster wanted a Republican to condemn the actions of a conservative talk show host. And in order to point to "hypocrisy", he demanded she name the last soldier from her district, who died in Iraq. Of course, he didn't fact check and was forced to issue an apology for being wrong about the name of the soldier and the district. He completely used the death of a young hero to achieve his goal. He cared not for the family of the young soldier or anyone else who might have been hurt in the process. Shuster used an innocent victim as a pawn for the sole purpose of political gain. Shuster wasn't a blogger or an activist. He was a cable television news reporter and anchor.

Ouch, that log in Sargent's eye must really be hurting by this time.

Sargent published his biased opinions full of tripe, without fact-checking to see if the mainstream media is guilty of the exact behavior he condemns. So I suggest Mr. Sargent take those rose-colored liberal glasses off and STFU from the cheap, pious seats. Period.

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