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Media Matters: Irony alert: Breitbart bloggers don't know what "lies" means

By FZ - Posted on 29 November 2010

November 28, 2010- Oh my, it seems my blog post from yesterday about how Sarah Palin overreacted to the media coverage of her North Korea gaffe upset not one but two Andrew Breitbart bloggers who have posted a name-calling response and accused me of spreading "lies." (i.e. "Media Matters Lies About Coverage of Sarah Palin North Korea Slip.") In an ironic twist, the Breitbart site, which plays home to countless lies and bouts of misinformation on a weekly basis, doesn't seem to understand what the word means.

The point of my post was to highlight that when Palin took to Facebook on Thanksgiving Day to attack the press for turning her radio slip of the tongue into a "major political headline," she was concocting a media sin simply because her verbal misstep never became a "major political headline." In fact, most mainstream news outlets didn't even report on the story.

In response, Breitbart's Palin apologists basically did lots of Googling and found examples of mostly online news outlets that briefly mentioned Palin's North Korean gaffe. Of course, simply referencing the story doesn't mean it ever became a "major political headline," as Palin whined that it did.

But more importantly, what the Breitbart duo failed to do was undercut a single fact from my post, which detailed how most of the country's 20 largest newspapers did not cover the Palin story as news in their daily editions, according to Nexis. And how ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR and PBS all failed to broadcast any mention of the story in real time.

That's a fact. Those are not "lies."


Mark Crispin Miller
Progressive Democrats of America