Saturday, October 30, 2010

No Redeeming Qualities

When CNN gave a contributor spot to doofus Erick Erickson, I was one of the few center-left who offered a lukewarm defense of it. Yeah, Erickson's a firebreathing turd, but he traffics in opinion and as somebody who's offered up his share of offensive commentary in the past, it's not like I could say that he somehow has less right to be inflammatory simply because he's on the opposite side of the fence from what I believe. There was of course an argument to be made that anyone -- left or right -- whose contribution to the national discourse was that uncivilized didn't deserve a seat at the big kids table, but such is the state of the established media these days.

This, however -- this is a light year beyond a bridge too far:

TPM: Andrew Breitbart To Provide "Analysis" for ABC News on Election Night/10.29.10

You're kidding, right?

It's one thing to have a very specific opinion on a subject and to demagogically slam it into someone's face with all the subtlety of a bar fight, but Brietbart isn't simply about that; the man is, as Cesca put it perfectly, a serial liar and a scam artist. Sure he's colorful because he's a raging maniac with a short fuse and a decade-long therapy session's worth of anger issues, but in his self-proclaimed and self-serving war on the "liberal media" and the institutional left -- what his legion of Twitter critics mockingly refer to as the coming "Breitbartocalypse" -- he's ignored facts, knowingly created phony scandals, willfully aided, abetted and perpetuated hoaxes engineered by irresponsible con-men like himself, and given no thought at all to the consequences of his mendacity and his flagrant defamation. He's a pompous schoolyard bully who's not to be trusted even for a second because he's proven time and time again that he has no regard for the truth if it doesn't serve his end. So knowing this, how do the media he's supposedly out to destroy respond to his bullshit? They spread their legs for him, of course.

After the disgrace heaped on him in the wake of James O'Keefe, Shirley Sherrod, etc. ABC News is willing to lend this asshole the credibility of a night in the big league press box.

Jesus, every time I think I'm desensitized to the media's cynicism and stupidity to the point where nothing they do could shock me anymore, they pull a truly inspired fuck-you out of their hats.

By the way, ABC News says that Bill Adair from Politifact will be on hand to correct Breitbart should he start spewing his special brand of crap. Here's a tip, guys: You won't need a lion tamer if you don't have a lion. Or maybe the better way to put it is that you won't need a lying tamer if you don't have a fucking liar.


idiosynchronic said...

I'm reminded of Jon Stweart's righteous slam on Crossfire - ABC is going to present Breitbart and whomever is supposed to be his ideological opposite and pretend that they're covering the issue wholly from both sides. What they're actually doing is legitimizing outright factual fuckery.

The Daily Show next Wednesday should be a bowl full of fun . .

Chez said...

That was what I said in the original piece on Erickson -- that CNN puts these extreme partisan hacks on the air under the guise of "balance." But Breitbart's a completely different animal. It's one thing to be a firebreather; it's another thing to be a flat-out perverter of the facts and hoaxster.

becky said...

this is beyond anything. if i had ever gone to ABC for news in the first place, i sure as hell wouldn't now.

Eric said...

I think everybody's jumping to a conclusion about what Breitbart's role will be and is assuming he'll be in front of the camera. Maybe ABC brought him on board as a video editor.

Jester said...

::grins:: You say it, but you don't really believe it yet, do you?

Network news priority #1: money. Priority #2: ratings. Priority #3 (up three slots from last year): appearance of being hip.

Truth is #17, between "useful website" and "anchor's hair must be greying only slightly".

Anonymous said...

Stewart's closing remarks yesterday were uplifting to me. Now with this news? I give up.