Tim Blair p*wns the Johnson – again!Posted: July 26, 2010
Tim Blair – Monday, July 26, 10 (04:59 am)
By now, you can predict right wing tactics almost to the letter. Whenever Fox News, a Tea Party group, or a Congressman from Texas is caught saying or doing something stupid, misogynist, racist, or kinky, the tactic is: pick out an irrelevant or minor point in the criticism that can be portrayed as inaccurate or wrong in some way, then relentlessly hammer away at it while ignoring any and all substantive issues. This minor point will often involve a deliberate misrepresentation of the criticism, as well.
You can see Fox News using this depressingly familiar tactic today, in their excuses for their role in the right wing lynching of Shirley Sherrod.
The talking point on which Fox settled very early was that they had not even mentioned the Sherrod story on air before she resigned from the USDA. And while this may be true …
… it just doesn’t matter! Apparently Fox still lynched Sherrod, despite the fact that she’d already been lynched (according to Johnson’s use of the term). Impressively, despite his mistaken (and uncorrected) attempts to frame Fox over Sherrod’s resignation, Johnson now faults the network itself for poor “fact-checking”. In more ways than one, this boy ain’t right.
UPDATE. I wrote this response before Charles wrote his post. That’s how things work now.
UPDATE III. Little Dean Footballs! Howard Dean goes ponytail:
DEAN: Did you play, did Fox News play the clip that turned out to be inaccurate?
WALLACE: After she was fired.
DEAN: Right. I don’t think it matters whether it was before or after.
UPDATE – from the comments on Tim Blair’s blog
from former LGFer Spiny Norman
Howard Dean goes ponytail:
This exchange at the end is hilarious:
GINGRICH: …If the Obama Administration is this afraid of Glenn Beck, how do they deal with the Iranians? I mean, if, if they, a news show, forces this level of…
DEAN: There may be some similarities, Newt. There may be some similarities.
GINGRICH: I’m just saying, if they’re that frightened by an American TV show, how do they deal with the real world?
(Noel Sheppard) Well, Mr. Speaker, if the Iranians lobbed a nuclear device at Israel today, Dean and the entire liberal media would likely blame it on Fox News.
The Obama Administration is exhibiting a level of incompetence I haven’t seen since the Jimmy Carter disaster.