Mark Thompson over at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen completely and utterly demolishes the idea that there’s anything to the Pigford story being pushed by Andrew Breitbart and the National Review, and being facilitated by the sloppy, intellectually lazy work of Conor Friedersdorf. Conor himself shows up in the comments to regret his error, and to express hurt feelings over DougJ calling him a “useful idiot” in an earlier comment. Here’s the nut of Conor’s response:
I am at least glad that I blogged about this issue because a lot of folks who were wrong in the same way I was now have the benefit of understanding this controversy better.
Conor also points to this addendum to the original Pigford post, where he prints without comment the letters of three readers and links to some other commentary on his post.
I don’t know if Conor is being sly or whether he is really this obtuse. The point of Mark’s rather scathing post, the posts here from me, DougJ and John, and the reader emails Conor reprints is that there is no Pigford “controversy”. It is a lie generated by Breitbart and advanced by the National Review, born of a desire to stir up white resentment over the completely legitimate litigation of a national discrimination embarrassment and tragedy. The fact that Conor is apparently oblivious to his role pushing that lie forward into the mainstream media makes me think “useful idiot” is being a bit kind.