Bad journalism

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on August 20, 2009

MSNBC wanted to use one of the recent town halls as a jumping off point to paint Obamacare protesters, as Janeane Garafalo puts it, people who “hate that a black man is president.” Take a look at the first part of the video – you don’t need to watch the roundtable discussion.

Notice anything odd about the shots of this guy carrying an AR-15 – a weapon that’s legal to openly carry in Arizona? There’s close-up shots of the gun, but what’s missing?

That’s right, MSNBC doesn’t show a single wider shot of this guy. Why don’t they get a shot of this guy’s face? Here’s why:

That’s the culprit on the right. Yes, the example MSNBC uses to talk about racists hating on President Obama because of his skin color is … a black man.

Journalism. Wound. Self-inflicted.

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Actually, no serious person is sure what the conservative majority will do here. That's common in these politically charged cases. Meanwhile, literally nobody doubts what the *Democrat-appointed* justices will do. So who is "deeply partisan" again? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/01/supreme-court-abortion-argument-roe-dead/

Doing some research and checked out @TheDispatchFC front page. It turns out the answer to every single one of these is "No." But one doesn't have that simple explanation on the main page. Why?

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