Andrew Breitbart targets Missouri profs
Update: I received an e-mail regarding this post from Dana Loesch, radio talk show host and editor of BigJournalism.com.
She takes exception to the portion of the post in which I refer to the Shirley Sherrod video as “doctored.”
“Since when is a video excerpt identical to the full video ‘doctored?‘“Loesch asks. Point taken. I should have referred to the Sherrod video as “deceptively edited.”
Loesch also complains: “Your suggestion that Breitbart himself edited this is false and defamatory and I seek an immediate correction. This series, as with the ACORN tapes and Sherrod video, was presented to him and he acted as an aggregate.”
The two blog posts about the University of Missouri professors, compete with video links, are credited to “Publius,” which is further identified as “Posts from the Big Government Editorial Panel.” Generally the publisher of a site is affiliated with the content of its editorial panel. But if we’re splitting hairs, I’ll change my wording from “As is Breitbart’s way…” to “As has been the case with other videos on Breitbart’s site…”
Original Post: Two University of Missouri professors — one in Kansas City and the other in St. Louis — are in the crosshairs of Andrew Breitbart, the right-wing hitman whose doctored video falsely presented an exemplary black employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Shirley Sherrod, as a racist.
Breitbart’s website, biggovernment.com, has posted video of University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Judy Ancel and University of St. Louis professor David Giljam engaged in a discussion with students about when violence might be acceptable as part of the labor movement.
As is Breitbart’s way, the video skips among excerpted segments and places no value on context. The professors sound pretty far-out and irresponsible, but of course that’s the point. Anybody who draws conclusions from it without a complete transcript of the discussion is falling into Breitbart’s trap.