Cable Provocateurs…

The New York Times’ David Carr writes about Shirley Sherrod and ideological talking heads…

Where once there was a pretty bright line between journalist and political operative, there is now a kind of a continuum, with politicians becoming media providers in their own right, and pundits, entertainers and journalists often driving political discussions.

There have been times when it seemed that Rush Limbaugh was acting as de facto head of the Republican Party, as the Democrats picked up talking points from Rachel Maddow. And Sarah Palin, through Facebook and Twitter accounts, has become an important source of political wisdom for many Americans.

Bill Adair, who is the editor of PolitiFact.com, a fact-checking Web site run by The St. Petersburg Times, said that, at the beginning, his Pulitzer Prize-winning site vetted only pronouncements of government and party officials. But that soon proved to be out of step with how politics actually works.

“We realized that we had created an artificial wall, and that talk show hosts, Web sites and pundits were as much a part of the discourse as politicians,” he said. So now the site also truth-squads talking heads from Glenn Beck to Ms. Maddow.

This article has gotten Carr in Keith Olbermann’s Twitter sights

Sorry @carr2n If you propagate the false equivalency between Limbaugh and @Maddow you’ve become part of the problem

11 Responses to “Cable Provocateurs…”

  1. smh3477 Says:

    “And Sarah Palin, through Facebook and Twitter accounts, has become an important source of political wisdom for many Americans.”

    It’s not often that the words “Sarah Palin” and “wisdom” show up in the same sentence.

  2. imnotblue Says:

    This article has gotten Carr in Keith Olbermann’s Twitter sights…

    Isn’t this man supposed to be on vacation?

  3. Breitbart: “I didn’t edit the Sherrod video & I didn’t produce the ACORN videos.”
    Interesting way of describing his input on the ACORN videos. It says, to me, that he did edit them before he released them. Otherwise why the distinction between the two videos releases as he could just as easily said ‘I didn’t edit the Sherrod or ACORN videos.
    I don’t think (but stand to be corrected) he has admitted before he edited the ACORN tapes even in a roundabout way.

  4. stevemg Says:

    If you propagate the false equivalency between Limbaugh and @Maddow you’ve become part of the problem

    So tweets the man who compared Shirley Sherrod to Alfred Dreyfuss.

    And Fox News to the Klan.

    And Republicans to terrorists.

    I’ll stop at three.

  5. Shirley Sherrod is a made for CNN narrative.

    In fact by the end of the week, they had her life story turned into a mini documentary. They had only black people commenting on the presentation. Don Lemon interviews no one of any other ethnicity or view point.

    It was obviously pushing a common CNN narrative, and it was predictable.

  6. Two points:

    1. Why does Olbermann tear his hair our every time someone compares him or a MSNBC co-worker to a Fox or talk radio personality? Is he so deluded that he believes he has more professional integrity than the rest of the talking heads?

    2. Sherrod’s story is a study in over-reactions, first against her, then for her. To me, the bottom line is that if you reverse the races, no one would question the firing. If a white government worker made the same speech to a predominantly white organization about how he had treated a black farmer, that government worker would be out on his ass.

  7. -has admitted before he edited the ACORN tapes even in a roundabout way.-

    Taken in context, Breitbart doesn’t admit to editing anything within his statement, “I didn’t edit the Sherrod video & I didn’t produce the ACORN videos” or anywhere else I’m aware of. James O’Keefe may have been accused of editing the ACORN videos but not Breitbart. Some had suggested, however, that his money was behind those recordings and here he denies that. He has been accused of being the one who edited the NAACP video of Sherrod, which appears to be the reason for the statement.

    Fritz’s earlier guess that someone at the NAACP sent it to him makes sense… but I’d add that the SecAg had a “head’s up” about it.

  8. joeremi Says:

    …but I’d add that the SecAg had a “head’s up” about it.

    …and Willie Brown says (in an SF Chronicle column I can’t link yet) that she was a “pain in the USDA’s side”. I think someone else here mentioned that, and it goes a long way towards explaining Vilsack’s quick move. He thought Brietbart had done him a favor..

  9. “I think someone else here mentioned that”
    That would be me. I’m big on Coen bothers style conspiracy theories. 🙂

  10. laura l Says:

    ^ As opposed to the Glenn Beck-style that’s too complicated to really work. NAACP biting itself in the butt is just crazy enough.

  11. joeremi Says:

    NAACP biting itself in the butt is just crazy enough.

    Most of them are Democrats. They’re good at it..

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