July 22, 2010

What Is With This "Old Speech" Lie?

Time and again I've seen Shirley Sherrod's now infamous "one of his own kind" speech referred to as an "old speech."

Let me put this in plain English: That speech was delivered March 27, 2010.

C-Span got it. The vast majority of bloggers got it.

If I didn't know better, I'd think there was a cabal of progressive journalists and pundits co-ordinating this disinformation.

But we know that would never happen.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 22, 2010 01:42 PM

Sorry, but I have to go with incompetence on this one.

Early on, somebody mixed up the concept that this was a recent speech about an old incident, rather than an old speech about a then contemporary incident. After that, the rest was just typical MSM parroting.

If the NYT reported that the sun was going to rise in the west tomorrow, 95% of the MSM would report the same thing without any question or further research.

In this instance, anybody with a clue would recognize that the clothing and hairstyles shown in the clip bear no resemblance to those from the mid-eighties.

Yes, this further underscores that the MSM virtually always operates in lockstep, but sometimes it's out of institutionalized ignorance rather than partisan collusion.

Posted by: Junk Science Skeptic at July 22, 2010 09:59 PM

I suppose that "institutionalized ignorance and/or laziness rather than partisan collusion" would be more accurate.

Posted by: Junk Science Skeptic at July 22, 2010 10:05 PM