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Over at the Media Research Center’s website Newbusters (which we like to call around here the “Special Olympics” of media watchdog sites), Brent Baker is flailing his arms wildly in order to distract everyone from Britt Hume’s embarrassing admission that his “fair and balanced” news reports were ripped and read from Newsbusters’ right-wing ramblings:
I want to say a word, however, of thanks, to Brent [Bozell] and to the team at the Media Research Center and all the contributors for the tremendous amount of material that the Media Research Center provided me for so many years when I was anchoring Special Report. I don’t know what we would have done without them. It was a daily, sort of a buffet of material to work from, and we — we — we certainly made tremendous use of it.
Needless to say, this led to lots of snickering and giggling from us leftards. And Keith Olbermann even pointed to Hume’s statement when naming him “Worst Person in the World” on the following evening.
Baker’s idea as to the best way to take the sting off of Hume’s unwittingly candid statement is the tried-and-true technique of trotting out some liberal bogeyman — Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Kyle Broflovski — and then start bawling about how they did the exact same thing. In this case, the bogeyman was Keith Olbermann, and Baker got all “as if” on him:
As if Olbermann doesn’t graze a “buffet of daily talking points” from an “ultra-liberal media site.” The headline over a post earlier in the day on Media Matters’ “County Fair” blog: “Accepting Buckley award, Fox’s Hume thanked Media Research Center ‘for the tremendous amount of material’ they ‘provided me for so many years when I was anchoring Special Report.’” Unlike Olbermann, however, Hume almost always credited the MRC so viewers were informed of his source.
You may want to read that again just to savor the full measure of Baker’s gob-smacking stupidity. Baker “proves” that Olbermann gets his talking points from Media Matters by finding a story on Media Matters about Hume’s speech. Of course, Baker neglects somehow to mention that Olbermann might have gotten his “talking points” from MRC’s own site, which posted the video of Hume’s speech. Or better yet from Newsbusters itself, which posted a transcript of Hume’s remarks, including the bit about how the news went straight from Brent Bozell’s pen to Britt Hume’s lips. Perhaps the reason that Olbermann didn’t credit Media Matters is because he, um, didn’t get the story from them.
I really want to apologize for referring to Newsbusters as the Special Olympians of media watchdogs. That is profoundly insulting to participants in those games, all of whom know how to get from the starting line to the finish line, unlike Brent and his colleagues at MRC who simply jump up and down at the starting line screaming “I won! I won!”