Friday, July 20, 2012

Maddow can lie with the best of them

In a previous piece--Liberal Media Bias laid bare--I demonstrated quite conclusively that there was a built-in double standard for how deception is handled by pundits, depending on who is doing the deceiving. In that piece, I looked at two stories by Kevin Drum: one about Obama's recent comments with the money quote "you didn't build that," and the other about Romney's comments in January of this year with the money quote "I like being able to fire people."

For Drum, the use by the Right of that money quote out of context was beyond the pale, it was--in his words--idiocy. And indeed, the quote has been used by conservative and Republican voices, including in a Romney Campaign ad. In contrast, the Left's use of Romney's money quote out of context--including by the Obama Campaign--was treated by Drum as something to basically joke about, with him actually positing that using the quote out of context might even be justified.

And I used this evidence to generalize about the liberal media as whole, again arguing that Drum's attitude here was common, if not endemic, among such people. So, I give you all more grist for that same mill, in the form of progressive darling Rachel Maddow. First, watch this clip at RealClearPolitics. Maddow makes an ass of herself by claiming that Romney, Obama, and Warren have all made the same argument, with regard to business, government, and infrastructure, an idea that I have completely debunked. But forget that. Maddow finishes the bit with a rant about Romney lying, about how over the top it is for his campaign to use the President's words out of context.

Now, let's look at Maddow's blog from, yes, January of this year, discussing the same statement from Romney that Drum discussed: "I like being able to fire people." The blog--Maddow is not listed as the author of this piece, but I assume she "approved the message"--correctly notes the money quote as being culled from a larger statement which changes the meaning of the words. But then it offers up this bit of analysis, in that regard:
That's a little softer than just "I like being able to fire people," but still not wicked cuddly. National Democrats see enough value in it that they jammed the clip onto YouTube moments ago.
That's it. No excoriating folks on the Left for their misuse of the quote. The Obama Campaign ad--which I provided and also misuses Romney's words by truncating them down to just the money quote with no further explanation--came out a few days after the above blog entry. Did Maddow ever go after that ad and tsk-tsk Obama for lying? No, of course not. In fact, here is another of her blog pieces from April of this year. Check this line out (my boldface):
All of those examples followed Romney suggesting elective office is only for the rich, clumsily talking about his fondness for being able to fire people, demanding that talk of economic justice be limited to "quiet rooms," accusing those who care about income inequality of "envy," daring Rick Perry to accept a $10,000 bet, and suggesting that Americans should somehow feel sorry for poor banks.
Well shoot, that can't be right. It's the Maddow Blog doing exactly what Maddow is all steamed up about: using a quote out of context to convey an unintended message. Say it ain't so, Rachel! You're as big a liar as anyone else. And you have the nerve to accuse someone else of doing exactly what you have no problem doing. At least Obama and Romney are politicians; misrepresentation in politics is a given, we all know that. But Maddow--and her fanboys--like to pretend she's an honest, thoughtful journalist. Looks like she just another partisan pundit...

Cheers, all.

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