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Archive for "Apr 12 2013"

Dispatch from the Fever Swamps: There’s Dumb; There’s Stupid…

… and then there is this book review…

English: Photo of Lee Fang

Lee [Fang] is one of the best investigative reporters out there, and his light shines brightest when he takes what he knows and puts it into the context of what we’re living through. Those astroturf groups cropping up all over the place during the health care debate? Lee places them with their founders and paints the larger picture of how all of the cogs move together to grind out the daily message. From top to bottom, Lee takes the reader through the mazes of lobbyists, front groups, think tanks, strategists and their associated social media branches.

As the guys at Powerline have shown on multiple occasions, “investigative reporter” Lee Fang is a journalistic juvenile delinquent, who pulls “facts” out of his ass as easy as most people breathe. His is one of those bylines you click on when it shows up out of a perverse sense of humor… you want to behold what kind of preposterous pap is being peddled.

Almost every “exposé” he’s ever released has quickly gone down in flames when subject to cursory scrutiny. A trip through Google will display a plethora of posts fingering Fang for various and sundry acts of journalistic malpractice, such as back in 2011, when Fang wrote up a hit piece aimed at Erick Erickson. Fang went through Erickson’s supposed sources of income, among which Fang listed “occasional paid opinion blogging at RedState.com,” when in fact Erickson was–and still is–Redstate’s Editor-in-Chief (Erickson’s entertaining answer to Fang’s attack is here). It’s a perfect example of the level of “research” Fang employs when constructing his screeds.

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