When I was in graduate school in 2000, a professor once told my class to never put anything in writing that we didn't want to see in the Washington Post. These days, if you work for any potential target of a conservative activist with a video camera and a copy of Final Cut Pro, the rule now appears to be: "Don't say anything that could ever be edited and spliced and put on YouTube to embarrass your organisation, lest you enjoy being humiliated and fired."Suck it up, love. It’s what left-wing ‘heroes’ like Michael Moore have been doing for the last few years.
Now it’s your turn in the hotseat.
The latest victims of James O'Keefe's notorious brand of activism – joining the ranks of Shirley Sherrod (fired over a Breitbart hatchet job and later vindicated) and CNN reporter Abby Boudreau (targeted by O'Keefe for a sexually-charged takedown before being warned off) – are the now former NPR employees, Ron Schiller and Vivian Schiller (no relation).Ahhh, victimhood status.
… as with most of O'Keefe's videos to date, releasing selectively edited, embed-friendly clips got him exactly the coverage (and notches on his Flipcam) that he wanted – even as the full footage showed that almost everything he claimed to have discovered was untrue.Well, not quite.
So, for all the evidence that should lead to the contrary, the great likelihood is that O'Keefe's headline-baiting videos will continue to claim victims. And reporters and editors will vow to learn, and then be unable to resist a good, truthy story – even if it's not the actual, you know, truth. After all, they can always run a correction – without losing their jobs.My heart bleeds for you. Not.
* All you need to know is that she was, until it entered into bankruptcy, the editor of news and politics at Air America.