Dave Weigel at Slate highlights the latest flailings of Andrew Breitbart’s virtual houseboy and his little buddies:
Keach Hagey [warning: Politico link] welds together a few ongoing storylines and sees a pattern: Conservative blogs and news sites are going after reporters who seem to be giving aid and comfort to Occupy Wall Street. The last example, which hasn’t drawn too much attention yet, is a video of New York Times stringer Natasha Lennard on a panel about #OWS, at which she muses about movement ideas and strategy. Is it damning? Having seen a lot of reporters perform on panels (having been one a few times) I don’t see it, but I do see the pattern…
In the first week of October, The Washington Post‘s Stephanie McCrummen published a scoop about an old rock at Rick Perry’s childhood campground with an outdated, racist name. At RedState.com, lawyer Mike Robinson took the occasion to inform readers of McCrummen’s very petty crime record, mostly consisting of speeding tickets. (Disclosure: I’ve paid a speeding ticket and been caught by two speeding-tracking cameras this year alone, so this doesn’t really move me.) “It is pretty easy to throw mud on someone even if they didn’t do anything truly wrong,” he wrote. After Manuel Roig-Franzia wrote up the minor discrepancies in Marco Rubio’s biography, RedState’s Erick Erickson informed readers that Roig-Franzia had once gotten into a showy fight with his editor, and that he was “an apologist for the Cuban communist regime and a hater of the Catholic church.”
In both cases, a reporter had written something the bloggers didn’t like, so the hunt was on to prove he/she was unethical, untrustworthy. Look at the latest James O’Keefe expose, too. Earlier this month, Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein got a tip about fishy phone calls coming in to the Economic Policy Institute, people claiming to be union members asking if they could get favorable studies from the think tank. According to Stein, two of the people reached said no. According to O’Keefe’s eventual report, one professor who does work with the think tank, Jeffrey Keefe — he teaches at O’Keefe’s alma mater, Rutgers — did say that someone buying a study could get it killed, even though the buyer would have to pay for the work anyway. But O’Keefe’s sting video focused half of its attention on Keefe, and the other half on Stein…
Further detail at the link. Looks like Erickson’s
Trike Farce Strike Force is busy trying to move the rally cry “To the countertops!” from the Malkinite swamps into what passes among Kochsuckers as professional media.