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September 27, 2007

David Shuster Grudgingly Apologizes For Cheap-Shot "Last Dead Soldier" Question

Transcript and video here.

Instapundit thinks the question is whether Shuster would have asked Hillary! this question. I don't think that's a question at all. Obviously he would not have.

No, the real question is where exactly is David Shuster getting his scoops and gotchas from. I'll offer the answer: The book on David Shuster is that he gets this crap from unhinged leftwing blogs and their network of unhinged commenters and tipsters. And what's more unforgivable is that he apparently doesn't even bother to do the most basic fact-checking of absurd shit he gets from his network of unhinged far-left tipsters, but instead puts it on the air directly as if it just came down from, as they say in law school, a council of 12 bishops.

Conservative Belle was able to refute this claim within (presumably) minutes simply by running a simple search for the fallen soldier's address, then comparing his zip code with the local Congressional districts in Tennessee. And yet David Shuster gets tipped some nonsense like this from one of his raving lunatic fans and simply runs it on the airwaves without the bare-minimum of fact-checking that an uncredentialed, and therefore inferior, amateur web journalist manages within 15 or so minutes.

I've got some good gotcha question for David Shuster for his many liberal guests. Think he'll take my emails? Think he'll consider asking embarrassing questions of his lefty buddies? Think he'll run my assertions as established "fact" without any checking whatsoever?

Maybe I should conduct a little web-based behavioral experiment and start contacting David Shuster and see if he's willing to ask "the tough questions," from both sides, of both sides. But it seems a test whose results we already know to a high degree of certainty.


Here's One Gotcha Question David Shuster Can Ask Of Himself: If the MSM poses as being such big supporters of the troops, why have they for just about the first time in history all but embargoed stories about Congressiona Medal of Honor winners (and winners of lesser decorations, and simple heroes who never got their medal at all)?

Hey, Shuster: Who was the last serviceman awarded the CMH? You must know that, right? You're in the media and your heart bleeds for our troops.

Or is it just the anonymous dead ones, listed as not much more than a fresh number for the latest Grim Milestone, you actually care about? Not the troops themselves, but their value as propaganda?


"The Book" On Shuster: I just sort of knew from "the word on the street" from Huggy-Bear that Shuster likes his tips from Jason Leopold, TruthOut, MediaMatters, etc.

TopSecretK9 sends this link to the American Specator reporting that Shuster's producers/monkey-handlers got this "lead" directly from MoveOn.

Journalism. It's really tough to take tips from your email box and broadcast them out to the world, eh? I can't think of any non-credentialed journalists capable of such an astounding feat.


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