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Media Matters: "Context is everything": Why you should (still) never trust Andrew Breitbart‏

Sat, Jul 24, 2010 - 07:07 AM

Posted by Eric Saporito in U.S. Politics

Viewers Duped Again:

The Republican Noise Machine within the "Fox News Channel," or the Faux News Channel as I prefer to call it, did it again to roil up the right without even verifying Andrew Breitbart's story first or getting a second source to confirm the story involving USDA official Shirley Sherrod. It's typical conservative journalism-run with a story that riles your viewer/political base and ask questions later. Too often the "Fox News Channel's" yellow journalistic practices mimic those of the late nineteenth century newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst and his message to artist Frederic Remington concerning the start of
the Spanish-American War "You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.", the "Fox News Channel" has thrown out traditional objective journalism practices that should be first and foremost when informing the public and replaced them with a political motive first and profit second. Viewers should question Breitbart's motives since he was also the source for the controversial ACORN videos that surfaced in the 2008 Presidential election. Is he incompetent or a malicious journalist intent on race baiting?

On July 21, the Associated Press published an article titled, "Sherrod case shows power of conservative media."

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