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October 21, 2009

Eric Boehlert, Liar

First of all, you probably are asking, "Who the hell is Eric Boehlert?"

Well, he's a nobody. An odious, twisted pathetic gollum.

But he's a loud-mouthed dishonest nobody currently employed to peddle lies on behalf of George Soros at Media Matters.

Here's what he said about Andrew Breitbart recently. He begins by quoting another liberal (but of course).

Mr. Breitbart’s media empire, and the outlets with which he most closely associates himself, are thoroughly ideological enterprises, publish few if any ideologically heterodox pieces, seldom if ever correct factual mistakes, and ignore liberal insights entirely....

In his response posted at Andrew Sullivan's site, Breitbart remained completely silent about the fact that while attacking the mainstream media as being unfair and unprofessional, his sites regularly features falsehoods and almost never posts corrections when those falsehoods are detailed for all to see. And that was the Daily Beast's point: if Breitbart wants to be taken seriously, than he needs to start behaving seriously.

Right now, the junkyard of false accusations and pure fiction that litter his sites make it impossible to treat legitimately the right-wing critique of the press. i.e. Why should we listen to people who have no regard to fair play when they lecture the press about fair play?

And here is some months back whining that he wasn't getting a minor correction in a timely manner:

One of the Achilles heels of conservative opinion journalism is that most participants don't actually practice journalism. It's more like propaganda under the guise of journalism. Sure, they adopt the trappings of journalism. Meaning, they write opinion pieces for the New York Post and articles for the Weekly Standard, and they appear on Fox News and it all looks like journalism. But very little of it is.

And that's one of the great ironies in the right's long-running crusade against journalism and how awful and inaccurate and liberal it is. Conservative critics attack journalism even though virtually none of them actually practice it. They don't follow any of its rules and don't hold themselves accountable in any honest or meaningful way.


There's nothing wrong with opinion journalism. And conservatives ought to publish and practice as much as they want. But more and more of it has nothing to do with journalism, and everything to do with intentional misinformation and propaganda. There are no standards or rules, which is why people at the Weekly Standard can't even accurately report what people say at the National Press Club.

So: How does the paragon of journalistic integrity which employs Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, handle the fact that it propagated the made-up "racist quotes" by Rush Limbaugh? Does it offer a retraction or correction?

What do you think?

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posted by Ace at 08:56 PM

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