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The Top 25 Profoundly Ignored News Stories of 2009

Posted on January 7, 2010

The Best of the Worst Press Releases 2009

A modeling agency landed assignments for Rudi the cat and Enrique the dog, a dentist went to Hawaii on Boondoggle, and the head of R&D at the Hookah-Hookah Company proclaimed: “When you’re dealing with the task of emulating the taste of America’s number one snack food, there’s no fooling anybody."

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Breitbart’s Sticky Situation

Posted on January 6, 2010

Andrew Breitbart and White House Visitor Logs

It's a story as old as the hills, the story of how impatience, insolence, arrogance, and a rush to judgment creates a 'sticky situation' which is only aggravated by attempts to extricate oneself (known as stickfast stories, many predating the Uncle Remus story most Americans associate with such fables).

Andrew Breitbart has gotten himself into quite a sticky situation over a name on a list, and what he's read into it. 

The more Breitbart tries to extricate himself from his unsubstantiated and apparently false claim that the Bertha E. Lewis who showed up in White House records as a visitor was ACORN CEO Bertha M. Lewis, the more he compromises his reputation as a journalist.

The harder and harder Breitbart tries to make his original assumptions 'stick' the more 'stuck' he seems to become.

So is it mere coincidence that, among the 132 words one can ferret out of Breitbart's name, we find the following?

Brer, Rabbit, Tar, Babe.

To quote Breitbart: what are the odds?

And like Brer Fox, the White House lays low, says nothing, and chuckles.


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More Perspective:

 


Andrew Breitbart

Dec 30, 2009: “White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence Week Before Sting Videos Launched”. Article Quote: Of course, just 5 days after this visit, James O’Keefe would release the first video of his undercover journalism on the systemic corruption within ACORN...

January 4, 2010 UPDATE: White House Spokeswoman Says Different Bertha Lewis on Visitor’s Log Article Quote: Big Government will err on the side of prudence and grant the White House its side of the story...

January 6, 2010 "You Are a Bad, Bad, Bad Journalist" Article Quote: Back to the weird phone conversation: 'I issued a correction on my site clarifying that I couldn’t prove whether you were at the White House or not. 'That’s good,' she said...

Generally Even-Handed

Dec 31, 2009: Ben Smith "Wrong Bertha Lewis." Article Quote: An administration official tells me that, indeed, this is a different Bertha Lewis, an ordinary visitor who came in through the White House visitor's office...

January 6, 2010: Michael J. Gaynor (WEBCommentary Contributor) "Andrew Breitbart, Take Solace, Woodward & Bernstein Made a Mistake Too." Article Quote: Waging war against bias is good, but liberal bias should be combatted with the truth, not a different bias.

Liberal Slant

January 6, 2010: Media Matters County Fair Blog "Big Journalism, Bigger Ego" Article Quote: And, of course, it wouldn't be a Breitbart dispatch without a little ridiculous self-contradiction. After recounting how Bertha Lewis denied visiting the White House, Breitbart wrote...

Conservative Slant

January 4, 2010:  "The Most Dishonest White House In American History" Article Quote: And this Bertha E. Lewis person, who nobody’s ever heard of, got to change around her schedule at the last minute so she could check out the residence and get a staff tour...

Related

January 4, 2010: Fox & Friends trumpets ACORN story days after it is debunked (Media Matters)

January 5, 2010: Is This McCarthyism 2.0? Inside the Right's Battle with ACORN (Esquire.com)

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More ‘Wave a Dead Chicken’ Media Mumble Jumbo

Posted on January 5, 2010

More from the 'wave a dead chicken over it' school of strategic thinking:

Shoe bomber? Take off your shoes! Underwear bomber? Show us your underwear! And tomorrow, when we hear about the "Tampon Bomber" and the corresponding uptick in placement services specializing in freelance gynecologists, remember: you heard it here first.

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The Superficial Hypocrite: I Know You Are But What Is Tiger Woods?

Posted on January 4, 2010

Wang has kept the +$2.7M sale of The Superficial.com to Buzz Media a secret from fans

On December 18, 2009, The Superficial.com tried serious journalism and the result was so embarrassing for them one can only hope they'll never try it again. The writer watched a 2007 video of Tiger Woods where, according to the writer, Tiger makes critical remarks about Michael Vick that proves Tiger is a hypocrite. (ESPN actually replaced originally lead in commentator with a new one prior to 're-releasing' the 2007 interview, and have since replaced the link with an ad. Sorry).

There are so many things wrong with the writer's logic in making his arguments that a separate post is required to deconstruct it. Suffice to say it went something like this:

Bulldog fell in a well.

In trying to get out, Bulldog just made the well deeper.

Tiger told Bulldog how to get out of the well without making it deeper.

One time, a weasel threatened to push Tiger in the well, but Tiger gave it a bone so it didn't.

Therefore, Tiger is a hypocrite.

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Brit Hume: Is Christianity Offering Tiger Woods a Sponsorship Deal?

Posted on January 4, 2010
(unaltered photo top of page:Reuters: Aaron Josefczyk)

(Underlying photo=Reuters: Aaron Josefczyk)

A Tiger Fallen-from-Grace may not be worthy enough to sell razor blades or consulting services, but can you imagine what he could do for God?

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Woods Advice to Michael Vick 2007 Transcripts:Two Versions

Posted on December 28, 2009

2007 Woods/Vick Video as introduced in 2007

2007 Woods/Vick Video as introduced in 2009

In 2007, the biggest sports story was Michael Vick and his involvement in an extensive and illegal interstate dog fighting ring.  As with the Tiger Story in 2009, the media pursued every angle in its effort to feed the public appetite for 'news' and to fill the bandwidth. One of those 'angles' was the fact that Vick lied, denied, and otherwise evaded taking responsibility for his actions, and ESPN, along with others, explored that angle by asking various professional athletes for their 'take' on the Michael Vick story.

One of those athletes was Tiger Woods. The actual question to which his response would have to be measured in order to be taken into context is not available to us. The question to which Woods seems to be responding is: How could Michael Vick have better responded to public revelations of his criminal behavior? Or perhaps: What advice would you give Michael Vick on handling a damaged reputation?

In 2009, after the Tiger Woods Scandal story broke, ESPN 'resurrected' the 2007 video, adding a new commentator lead in different from the original. The new lead in may be more or less accurate in relation to what Tiger Woods is actually commenting upon.

Here you will find both versions: Version 1 ("An Opinion") is the Tiger Woods video interview as you would have seen it in 2007  and Version 2 ("Damaged Reputation") is the Tiger Woods video interview currently making the rounds in 2009.

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ESPN to Some Guy from Forbes: ‘Be Like, Mike’.

Posted on December 27, 2009

Who the Hell is Mike Miller from Forbes Magazine?

You know why this ESPN story on the Financial Impact of the Tiger Woods Scandal is so credible? Because once in a while the words 'Forbes Magazine' flashes up on the screen. And when you see the name 'Forbes Magazine' you think 'financial stuff.' And then you conclude: 'Wow! This story on the financial impact of the Tiger Woods scandal is obviously a work of real journalistic integrity!'
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