Busted! MSNBC Caught Dishonestly Editing Town Hall Gun Footage

Newsbusters has Newsbusted MSNBC for applying some pretty clumsy edits to some news footage in order to conceal the racial identity of a black man who brought an AR-15 rifle to a Presidential town hall in Phoenix.  The segment was a discussion about a possible racial component to the recent rash of gun-toting town hall attendees.

Here’s the MSNBC clip:

Here’s a CNN clip that shows the same angle from which the MSNBC shot is cropped.

There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of sloppy work.  While a talking heads segment might not seem like the fulcrum upon which journalism rests, this is exactly the kind of manipulation that destroys the credibility of all journalists.

Which brings me to my busting of Newsbusters and Hot Air.  If you are going to excoriate someone for leaving out important information, then you ought to be including all of the pertinent information, too.

Neither Newsbusters, nor Hot Air, pointed out that the man with the AR-15 was actually put up to it by a conservative radio host.  They also each failed to mention that he was only one of twelve people who carried weapons to that event.

On the other hand, both Newsbusters and Hot Air are openly partisan websites, which, I imagine they’d say, is their entire point about MSNBC.

Billie’s Quickies…Sweet, sweet pecksniffery

bllieddoseHey, anti health care/insurance reform protesters are you organizing online?  Well, if so, conservative bastion of democracy Bill O’Reilly has a few words for you and your wacky 1st Amendment buddies:

The Internet’s driving this kind of stuff. … There was always this crew, this anarchist crew, these people can’t fit into society, they’re angry for whatever reason, they want to cause trouble. They’ve always been there. But now they’re coordinated by the internet, now they can talk to each other. It’s like child molesters, you know? I mean, child molesters have always been around but now they got a place to go and gather and do their evil deeds.

Oh dear.  Sweet, Sweet pecksniffery.

via http://thinkprogress.org/2009/04/01/billo-child-molesters/

Billie’s Quickies

bllieddoseMy proposal to combat astroturf protests – “Mosquito” repellent.

With all of the corporate sponsored town hall insurgencies cropping up, maybe speakers should employ use of the “Mosquito” – and, if protesters can tolerate the squealing maybe it means they’re actually serious when they disrupt town hall talks about high-speed rail with yammerings about socialism.

A lot of cars bought from the “Cash For Clunkers” program are from the likes of Toyota – egad – a MULTINATIONAL corporation with factories employing people in foreign sounding places such as Indiana and Texas.

Women and men work together often.  Often women have men for bosses, and often men have women for bosses, so of course: Often, men help female executives get to the top – wait, what?

Awesome talk about how to get the most out of your regular old cell phone.

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