As first reported by Mediaite: Media Matters Gives Glenn Beck’s Co-Hosts The Shirley Sherrod Edited Audio Treatment.
Of course, Media Matters does this sort of thing all the time. It is their entire business plan. They intentionally take people out of context to try and fire up their very stupid readership in effort to get conservatives off the air. Sure, they’re typically not quite as obvious about it, but their entire existence is based on a modified version of what happened on Friday.
As Mediaite put it:
Let’s end the week with some Shirley Sherrod-ing – editing a clip to make it sound like a person is saying something that is actually the complete opposite of what they’re saying.
In this case, the offender is Media Matters, which tries to prove that Glenn Beck’s radio co-hosts were saying Keith Olbermann was responsible for the deadly Manchester workplace shooting.
Here was Media Matters’ (sic’ed) headline: “Beck sidekicks Gray and Burguiere: Keith Olberman and media responsible for Manchester shooting.”
Why would we say such a thing? Well, here’s an indicator from approximately two sentences after their transcript ended:
Right after the Media Matters edit, Burguiere says:
Obviously we’re making a point here. Let’s move that to the case against the tea party members. They’re constantly convinced that the government is after them, that they are going to come take their guns. Well, who is always talking about that? Glenn Beck. So therefore he’s responsible for every time anyone does anything, even, you know, violent.
Then, after rehashing one of the more recent and pathetic attempts at blaming Glenn for murder, we went a little further:
Later, Gray says, “Just like he can’t blame Keith Olbermann for this dumb racist thing.” And Burguiere reiterates: “Keith Olbermann was not responsible for any shooting. Keith Olbermann is not, it’s not possible for him to sit there and inspire that by talking about a topic.”
The best part about this fiasco is not that Media Matters tried to take us out of context, that’s what they do every day. It’s not even that they were caught in such an embarrassingly public way that they were forced to issue a correction.
The best part is that Media Matters is one of the most guilty parties when it comes to idiotically blaming hosts for violence. When the target is Glenn Beck they find this “blame the host for violence” line of thinking to be completely sensible truth telling. But, when the name is switched to Keith Olbermann, it becomes so ridiculous that it warrants some sort of mega-media-alert.
In other words, Media Matters’ arguments are so awful, that when the names change, they issue alerts on themselves.
Here’s the truth. It’s ridiculous for either side to engage in this nonsense. If you want to blame celebrities for the murders committed by people who watch them—why stop there? Blame the magazines they read, the sports teams they are fans of, and the cereal they eat. (Remember: Count Chocula doesn’t kill people. People kill people.)
Did anyone blame Jodie Foster for inspiring John Hinckley to shoot Reagan? It wasn’t Jodie Fosters fault. It was Hinckley’s. If someone blamed Foster, than they were as idiotic as Media Matters is today. Crazy people do crazy things. Unless Keith Olbermann starts advocating for the murder of Tea Party members, it’s probably best that we just keep it simple–blame the murderers for their murders—and leave it at that.
VIDEO: And, don’t miss our Sherrod-esque firing from this morning…