Conor Friedorsdorf, the guy who can’t be bothered to even get names right, is handing out instructions to “liberal bloggers” on how to talk about the Pigford case. This is a long-ago settled case of USDA discrimination against black farmers, one of whom was Shirley Sherrod. Even though the “discredited” Andrew Breitbart is obsessed with it, and Conor thinks he can’t be trusted, Conor instructs “liberal bloggers” to “acquire access” to a new subscription-only National Review piece which “reads like a solid piece” by a writer whose work he has “enjoyed”.
Conor, of course, can’t be bothered to fact-check that “solid” piece, but let’s take one of the facts Conor cites:
– According to Foster’s piece, a 1997 census study found a total of 18,500 black farmers nationwide.
– Yet there are nearly 100,000 claimants in the Pigford case.
He concludes “that gap between the number of claiments and the total number of black farmers in America is what struck me. If accurate it suggests widespread fraud.”
Unfortunately for Conor, the only thing this suggests is that he is too lazy to pull up the Wikipedia entry for Pigford v Glickman and check the first external link [pdf]. It’s a report by the Congressional Research service, issued two months ago, the first paragraph of which says:
The deadline for submitting a claim as a class member was September 12, 2000. As of November 2010, 15,642 (69%) of the 22,721 eligible class members had final adjudications approved.
It’s lazy journalism like this that keeps the Andrew Breitbarts of the world busy churning out bullshit, and all the tsk-tsking that Conor Friedersdorf doles out about Breitbart’s honesty is pointless if he won’t do the minimal legwork required to debunk his lies.