Snarky title of the day: Tom Scocca at Slate tells us that “Fred Hiatt Is Not Sure Why Republicans Keep Telling the Untruths That He Keeps Printing in the Washington Post“.
Politico (you have been warned) is mildly alarmed as the Center for American Progress news team takes aim at GOP:
The liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund is ramping up an in-house full-fledged, ideologically driven news organization aimed in part at tripping up Republican candidates on the ground in the early presidential contests.
The group, executives told POLITICO, now has 30 writers and researchers at ThinkProgress, its blog, which is being redesigned and relaunched in the coming weeks. The editorial staff, similar in size or larger than that of many political websites, marks the latest phase in the deliberate, decade-long construction of a liberal infrastructure for reporting, research, and hammering home a message that the right is scrambling to match…
“The newsroom side is absolutely competing with all the leading news organizations,” said Faiz Shakir, the editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress. “We’re not out there to peddle research – we’re out there to make news.”
“It undermines our case if we spin it too hard,” he said, making a practical case for a different strategy from guerrilla conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, whose aggressive film editing has undermined his claims. “We don’t dress people up as pimps and prostitutes. We don’t misrepresent who we are. It’s not different from you guys holding a pen and pad or audio recorder.”
And I wish to express my thanks to whichever commentor linked to the video below, not least because I’m sure that song title has tripped up a few lost Tolkienologists…