Hacks-R-Us

In the continuing battle for ratings at the cost of journalistic integrity, ABC joins the latest news gang trend of adding meme-spewing hacks to its line up for election coverage.  This is from Media Matters.

Media Matters has confirmed that noted propagandist Andrew Breitbart will provide analysis for ABC News during their election night coverage.

After Breitbart’s BigJournalism.com website reported that Breitbart would “be bringing analysis live from Arizona” for ABC, Media Matters confirmed his participation in a town hall meeting anchored by ABC’s David Muir and Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg that will be featured in the network’s coverage.

Asked about Breitbart’s history of unethical behavior and misinformation, ABC News’ David Ford told Media Matters: “He will be one of many voices on our air, including Bill Adair of Politifact. If Andrew Breitbart says something that is incorrect, we have other voices to call him on it.”

Media figures and outlets from across the board rejected Breitbart’s race-baiting lies after he smeared former USDA official Shirley Sherrod as a “racist,” using as “proof” a heavily edited video of comments she made during a March NAACP event that he posted on his site BigGovernment.com.

If all it takes to get a prime time news gig these days is a crazy mad following on the web, may we suggest dramatic-look prairie dog every time an incumbant loses?


25 Comments on “Hacks-R-Us”

  1. mablue2 says:

    This is nothing new: The media has been sucking up to crazy Rightwingers for a long time. They think that would show them how “fair” they are. Just on top of my head:

    – Mark Halperin tour through Rightwing Media world, being humiliated and asking for more. One just needs to Google Mark Haperin’s interview with Hugh Hewitt

    – NYTimes just had a long slobbering piece about Pam Geller who showed her thankfulness by trashing the paper.[i] (Hey, she has to keep her creds) [/i]

    – The same day, NY Times also had a story on the “new” Ann Coulter, since crazier people appeared on the scene and stole her gig.

    – Ann Coulter making the cover of Time magazine, and thanked those people by trashing them and published distorted pictures of the woman who was photo editor (IIRC)

    – The gazillion slobbering pieces Brian Williams and NBC did on Rush Limbaugh

    – The gazillion slobbering articles Howar Kurtz wrote on Rush Limbaugh

    An on and on an on…

    • dakinikat says:

      I find the Andrew B thing especially disturbing since he was affiliated with that nut job that broke into Landrieu’s office, tried to sexually harass the CNN reporter on a boat, and then the entire ACORN pimp hack edit thing and then the hack edit job done on Shirley Sherrod. The National Inquirer has more ethics and higher journalistic standards. And this is ABC, not Fox or CNN. I thought there were enough old schoolers there to raise a stink. I’d expect this from Fox.

    • Dee says:

      ABC is now backing off and changing Bart’s role.

      This is fun – Bill Clinton will be in Orlando Monday night to campaign for Meek and Sink.

      http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2010/10/clinton-spends-eve-of-election-in-fl-with-meek-sink.html

      tee hee

      • dakinikat says:

        Good on both accounts! That Leak was weird. I hope it goes well for Meek.

        • mablue2 says:

          But I think the damage is one. The confusion is complete:

          Bill Clinton’s Role in Florida Senate Race Seems to Cost Democrat Some Black Votes

          Former President Bill Clinton’s political bank shot appears to have hit its mark with many black Democrats who were lined up at the polls here Friday.
          They were not voting for the Democratic congressman and neighbor they had long supported — Representative Kendrick B. Meek — but rather for Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is running for the Senate as an independent.

          • dakinikat says:

            Okay… I’m confused.

          • newdealdem1 says:

            Confusing: you said it, Mablue. But, the result that the WH is looking for (if Mr. Meeks did bow out) might materialize if enough African Americans feel as those in the NYT’s report feel: that Mr. Meeks chances have steadily decreased (before BC was in the picture) and continued to decline and their apprehension of a Rubio win. If enough people do decide to get out and vote and that is what is motivating them, then who knows what could happen in Tuesday. Rubio truly is a nightmare for anyone is not rich, white, heterosexual, religious, male or conservative or all of these combined. Unfortunately, Crist is the only viable door now through which Rubio can be stopped. It stinks. Although as I said the other night, I understand the pragmatism of it even if I don’t trust Crist. In a way, it’s like Sophie’s choice. In fact, that what voting on Tuesday will feel like for lots of us except when there is a decent Dem choice and, there are a few of those for me on Tuesday.

          • dakinikat says:

            yup, I’ve got two hobson’s choices for Tuesday too.

  2. mablue2 says:

    Rightwingers are never crazy or vile enough for the MSM. Never.

    • dakinikat says:

      What really gets me is how they scream unfair and act like victims and then some folks get all patriarchal chivalry and bend over for them. The right wing defends itself well and is wicked good at getting others to do so too. That’s how they get into the mainstream.

    • newdealdem1 says:

      I’ve wondered this for a very long time. They seem to be truly afraid of upsetting rightwingers (and I’ve seen this time and again on CNN especially now as they struggle with their identity complex). It’s truly stunning. Liberal media bias my azztec.

  3. Laurie says:

    nice video from the BBC on secret campaign money/corruption following the Supreme Court ruling in January that corporations and unions have the same rights as individuals to secrecy over unlimited campaign donations. “Secret money in elections is guaranteed corruption”.

    In the US mid-term election races, House and Senate candidates have shattered previous fundraising records and are set to surpass $2bn (£1.3bn) in spending for the first time.

    Three candidates alone have spent almost a quarter of a billion dollars, much of it their own money.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/9133849.stm

    The BBC’s Washington correspondent Katty Kay has been taking a closer look.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/9133849.stm

    • dakinikat says:

      That is the wooden stake in the heart of democracy.

      • newdealdem1 says:

        This is truly despicable. I’ve argued privately and online that money is the culprit here. And, not only this stealth financing of political adverts. It’s the core of why our system is rotten to it’s core because politicians running for office or trying to stay in office have to fund raise constantly. And, human beings will be human beings and many will be swayed by the quid pro quo of who finances their campaigns. It’s a never ending vicious cycle.

        That’s why when I read someone’s comment or listen to someone in life say about the current elections “throw all the bums out and let’s get a new bunch in”, I can’t support that tactic because it will never stop the reasons why people want to throw all of them out to begin with. If we don’t fix how campaigns are run and financed, there is no way in hell that we can fix what most of us desperately want and need fixed, so throwing everyone out may feel good but it serves no good purpose.

        And, that vile SC decision you annotated by the Conservative Activist Judges only underscores that Corporations have steadily enjoyed more and more privileges after gaining “corporate personhood” over a century ago. Over the years, the warped legal concept of treating corporations as persons has resulted, in many instances, with corporations evading their fair share of taxes, finding protection from regulatory agencies, being allowed to exploit and trash the environment, gaining control of trade and the media, and have escaped from criminal prosecution. Goldman Sacs is a prime example.

        One of the things needed to be done is someone needs to file a lawsuit that challenges the bestowed “personhood” of corporations. That is why who the POTUS nominates for the SC is so vitally important. I wish no one ill even those I consider my philosophical enemies like conservatives, but I truly hope Scalia or one of RW’gers on the Court resigns or retires before I die so this godawful law that made a Corp a person will be overturned as I hope the Citizens United decision will be overturned. It truly is one of the worst decisions if not the worst decision made by any SC. It’s right up there with Plessy v. Ferguson

  4. glennmcgahee says:

    I’m not really worried about right wingers or the Republicans at the moment. I’m still worried about the administration of Obama, particularly The Justice Dept and its shady dealing for Goldman Sachs. WWhere are the hearings that will show us why we had to bail them out? At least we should see some daylight through the courts, right? Not if the justice dept has anything to say about it – http://tinyurl.com/246d6hl.

  5. glennmcgahee says:

    That Supreme Court Ruling made all us voters irrelevant and they knew it. Thats where I always figured the big money came from anyway one way or another.
    Dakinikat, I didn’t get a chance to say it, but thanks for continuing your writing here. No matter anyone’s “feelings”, we need your knowledge and wisdom.