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Fool me Three Times … WTF?

Don’t we ever learn? I mean seriously.

First conservatives release hidden video of ACORN employees supposedly breaking the law. Congress responds by destroying ACORN. Then the videotapes are found to have been highly doctored and didn’t show any wrongdoing on the part of the employees, but oops, it is too late for ACORN.

Then conservatives release a hidden video of government worker Shirley Sherrod, which supposedly show her admitting to racism. Sherrod is forced to resign. Then the video is shown to have been edited to completely change what happened. But too late for Sherrod.

So now, conservatives release hidden video of NPR executive Ron Schiller supposedly saying unkind things about conservatives. Schiller and his boss, the CEO of NPR, are fired.

And now, just like clockwork, these videos are shown to have been highly doctored. When Schiller was supposedly saying something unkind about the Tea Party, he was actually quoting Republicans.

New rule: the next time conservatives release a hidden video, let’s demand to see the original footage before we jump to any conclusions.



  1. C.S.Strowbridge wrote:

    “New rule: the next time conservatives release a hidden video, let’s demand to see the original footage before we jump to any conclusions.”

    At this point, it’s safer to assume they are lying and sue for libel. I really hope that’s what happens in this case. Sue them for whatever they’re worth and leave them homeless.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink
  2. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Isn’t it ironic that one of the most hated media guys by the left is the guy who exposed this issue. What, we can’t even say good job Beck, finally you got something correct. Thats hypocrisy. Heres a link to Becks’s site with the other 8 instances only his investogators found.

    If you bash um, give um their due when they deserve it. Remember, we want to encourage good behavior and upholding the truth. 🙂

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5:25 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    I have to laugh, because when I read the article about Schiller last week,it is the first thing I thought about. “Is this another one?” Pew research is reporting that people watching mainstream media on television MSNBC,Fox, CNN is dropping. They are listening to local news and eschewing the media that lies. (If they don’t investigate their stories, then they are lying right?)

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  4. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    1. Beck didn’t write that article.

    2. How did The Blaze obtain the unedited footage? Was it sitting online all this time, linked out everywhere, and The Blaze was the first to watch it?

    I reserve the right to be wrong, but this seems like yet another obvious ploy. The right wing machine certainly understands at this point that it no longer matters whether they are reporting facts or fiction. As long as it damages the left, it is valuable. The only thing that even MILDLY came back to bite them were the reports that the video was doctored.

    Easy solution? Continue releasing doctored footage that causes damage, and then have the “oh this is edited in an unethical manner” report coming from right wing spin sites to give them an air of credibility.

    It just seems way too obvious to me. What am I missing?

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink
  5. C.S.Strowbridge wrote:

    PSGT: “Isn’t it ironic that one of the most hated media guys by the left is the guy who exposed this issue. What, we can’t even say good job Beck…”

    Glenn Beck joked about poisoning Nancy Pelosi on TV. He fantasized about killing Michael Moore on his radio show.

    He didn’t write this article, it was published on his website.

    He shouldn’t be praised. He should be in a mental institute. And I’m 100% serious about that.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink
  6. Patricia wrote:

    Disclaimer: The following is an ironic statement 🙂

    In case no one has noticed, there is no NEWS in America. If you don’t believe this, check out the difference in reporting on huge issues like the level of danger from nuclear damage in Japan between us: “Let’s not over-react” (no pun intended!) and Canada, UK and Europe: “danger is quite real” to “get our people out of there now!”

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink
  7. Jeff wrote:

    The pattern of releasing an edited video, waiting for the firestorm of controversy to be echoed across the airwaves, and then quietly letting the real video go is getting pretty tiring. The problem is that the Left has been trained to apologize and bend over backwards every time somebody accuses them of something. If one person at NPR had talked to Schiller or watched the tape, they might have realized the media version of events was carefully and crudely edited into a slanderous attack. But they didn’t. They were sloppy, quick, and wrong.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  8. Don in Texas wrote:

    The ACORN video still lives on in its edited form and so, likely, will this video. The trophy is mounted and hanging on the wall for all to admire, even if poached. Why do liberals always take the bait so easily? The knee-jerk reaction is frequently wrong it seems. Sigh…

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  9. Sammy wrote:

    This is not news to me. The second I heard the name James O’Keefe was behind the video I instantly knew without doubt it was doctored, edited and deceptive. He’s a petulant little punk who seriously needs someone to recognize him and shove his camera up his ass.

    O’Keefe is probably just waiting for Hannity to hire him as chief video editor.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  10. Iron Knee wrote:

    PSgt, I gave the link to “The Blaze”, so I did give them credit. If you are saying that I need to go further and make a point of praising the right when they tell the truth, then that’s an awfully bad sign about how often they tell the truth.

    I use conservative sources quite frequently. I’m even a fan of Andrew Sullivan.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  11. Eric Vinyard wrote:

    If you have to lie for your ideology to come out winning, your ideology doesn’t deserve to win.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  12. ebdoug wrote:

    Patricia: If you read Yahoo and those news sites, you don’t get the real news. If you go to AP news “raw” you get the lates updated news. Yes, they had the wrong news on Schiller.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  13. PatriotSGT wrote:

    1032, CSS, IK – You all are right, but we do need to encourage whatever meager signs of good behavior exists. It could be a setup all the way with a great conspiracy to show the edited version and then have Beck riding in to the rescue. That’s entirely possible.

    Now, what about Majority Ldr Reid’s son Rory creating 90 PACS to illegally funnel money through to his father’s campaign?–Rory-Reid-PACS/#

    Whether its illegal will be determined, but how ethical is it for the 2nd most powerful democrat to play those games. We need fresh democratic talent in our leadership. Not these dinosaurs that will bring the party down and make the senate and Whitehouse susceptible to loss in 2012. I like the balance we have now it forces elected officials to work together, in theory anyway.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  14. Iron Knee wrote:

    PSgt, I didn’t see anything in your link about funneling money to his father’s campaign. How did you pull Harry Reid into this?

    It is also unclear whether what Rory did was either illegal or unethical. Can we wait until that is determined before jumping to conclusions?

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
  15. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    More urgently, what about the price of tea in China?

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  16. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think it is just his idea of “fair and balanced”. Anytime we say something negative about the right, we also have to say something negative about the left to stay balanced.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  17. Sammy wrote:

    @1032: In answer to your question:


    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  18. PatriotSGT wrote:

    IK, here is another link that better describes what is being questioned. It is in the beginning stages of investigation but basically it is alleged that to circumvent NV law limiting contributions of PACs to 10k, Rory set up 90 Sub PACs (all at the same address) to funnel 750k to his fathers campaign. Immediately after the election the 90 PACs were dissolved.

    It’s not my idea of “fair and balanced”, it’s that we’ll never see it in left print anywhere. If Boehner had done the same, how much news coverage would there be? How can we label others as not broad minded if we are not? For instance, did anyone hear about Mahr calling the Koran a “hate filled holy book”, or saying radical Islam is our greatest problem of all the religious extremist groups in his discussion with Rep Ellison. Probably not, but if Juan Williams, or Bill Oreilly said it the view ladies would be tearing them apart no doubt along with MSNBC.

    Expose all the hypocrisy and irony not just 1/2.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink
  19. Iron Knee wrote:

    Seriously Sarge, neither one of those articles mentions anything about any money being funneled to Rory’s father’s (Harry Reid’s) campaign. It is all about Rory and his failed run for governor. Why do you keep saying that it involves Harry Reid?

    I’ve never been a particular fan of Bill Maher, but I’m not sure what your point is about what he said. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have said far worse things about Muslims.

    Do you seriously think that 1/2 the hypocrisy going on right now comes from the left?

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  20. Sammy wrote:

    Maher is a comedian (and points this out on just about every episode of his show). He routinely drops f-bombs on the show to distinguished journalists and representatives. He makes sarcastic and over-the-top comments that attack conservatives and liberals. And his show, unlike almost every show on FNC, regularly schedules conservatives for its panel, so anything he says can instantly be challenged.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink
  21. Sammy wrote:

    Patriot: MSNBC is routinely referred to, by conservatives, as part of the leftist media. Here is an article regarding Rory Reid and the story you’re mentioning…on the leftist MSNBC.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  22. Sammy wrote:

    And one last thing. The reporter who broke the Reid story said Rory Reid allegedly funneled the money into HIS campaign, not his father’s, AND it was not yet clear if he broke campaign finance laws.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  23. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Ok fella’s I feel like a fox turd. I did not analyze my jumped to conclusions and I do apologize. It is Rory Reid’s gubanatorial campaign that is under scrutiny. Apologies Harry!

    With Maher and my left accusations It is clear I am also wrong on that account. Apologies to the left media!

    Thanks for keeping me honest. 🙂

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink
  24. Iron Knee wrote:

    Goodness! No need to apologize to the “left media” — there is no left media! Pretty much all the mainstream media in the US is owned — lock stock and barrel — by large corporations who tell them what to say. Either that, or they will say anything to get attention and improve their ratings (the truth be damned).

    Thanks for (sometimes) being our punching bag.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
  25. ebdoug wrote:

    It is always nice to know that money can’t always buy campaigns. Rory Reid was defeated as was Meg Whiteman. It is nice to know people (not corporations) still have a choice at the ballot box. My very conservative Republican town thinks Obama is doing a great job.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  26. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Yep, you’d never hear about that story in any left wing rag. /begin_ignoring_reality /end_ignoring_reality If only the lamestream media would start reporting on those hard hitting stories like fox does.

    On the other hand, log onto and see how many “Palin/Huckabee said something stupid” stories you can dig up. How many “Republican did something dishonest” pieces have they run? How about some “Rush/Hannity/Beck lied about something” stories? Good luck.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 5:16 am | Permalink
  27. starluna wrote:

    1032: the price of tiger testicle tea in China is actually at a high at the moment. Also illegal, but that is another story.

    Jeff: I think you are mistaken. The left does not bend over backwards in these instances. It appears to me that they bend forward and bring their own lube.

    Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink