19 Mar 2010 Why Read Time or McClatchy, When You Can Just Visit the Media Matters Website Directly?
Kate Pickert of Time magazine’s Swampland column complains that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh responded to the left’s exploitation of 11-year-old Marcelas Owens in its desperate 14-month effort to pass its health care takeover.
According to Pickert, Limabugh said:
“Now this is unseemly, exploitative, an 11-year-old boy being forced to tell his story all over just to benefit the Democrat Party and Barack Obama …And, I would say this to Marcelas Owens: ‘Well, your mom would still have died, because Obamacare doesn’t kick in until 2014.'”
and Beck said:
“That’s the George Soros-funded Obama-approved group fighting for health care… Since all of the groups are so concerned and involved now, may I ask where were you when Marcelas’ mother was vomiting blood?”
I don’t see either of those statements as an attack on Marcelas, so if that’s the worst Pickert can come up with, it appears the gentlemen were holding their fire, probably in deference to the boy’s age.
Pickert then rather hypocritically says:
Since Democrats are trotting Marcelas before the cameras, there’s nothing wrong with reporters or pundits checking out his story to see if it’s true. That’s fair game.
O-kay. Reporters checking out the family’s personal history to see if Mercalas is a liar is one thing, but Limbaugh pointing out that passage of ObamaCare wouldn’t help Mercalas’ mother if she were alive and sick today, or Beck wondering why the groups exploiting Mercelas now didn’t help his family when it could have used the help, is not?
Pickert linked to a McClatchy Newspapers story by Les Blumenthal as the source of her Limbaugh and Beck quotes. The Blumenthal story tracks extremely, extremely closely with a March 6 post by the left-wing Media Matters organization.
By sourcing Blumenthal rather than the Limbaugh and Beck shows themselves, Pickert essentially admits she did not listen to, or read a transcript of, what the two men said in context. By citing only the same quotes Media Matters reported, along with quotes from a Michelle Malkin column that the Media Matters post linked to, McClatchy’s Blumenthal pretty much signals he reguritatated left-wing talking points and called it news.
Media Matters, for its part, was appreciative: It ran a post today commending Blumenthal for his article that “simply lays out the facts.”
Addendum: Ed Schultz at MSNBC also seems to track pretty closely to Media Matters talking points, too:
Amazing how they all use the same quotes, isn’t it?
Hat tip: YouTube – PoliticsNewsNews’s Channel for the Ed Schultz video.