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Big Journalism? No, Another Phony Breitbart Beatdown

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It's been a while since I've been called nasty names in public or accused of ill-defined but dangerous conspiracies which is a shame because it can be so much fun! Once, for example, the conservative crackpot David Horowitz (whom I've never met) told the Boston Globe I was a "hard core Marxist propagandist." Then there was the time South Africa's apartheid-era Defense Minister, Magnus Malan, denounced our weekly public television series South Africa Now as a Communist plot hatched in Mozambique"

That's why it was so thrilling to learn I'd just joined Shirley Sherrod as an actor albeit in an exceedingly minor role, alas -- in another gussied-up, phony "journalism" beatdown by the conservative crackpot Andrew Breitbart. The news came in the form of an email "heads up" from Tracy Van Slyke, Project Director of The Media Consortium, a professional network of progressive media outlets of which my company Globalvision is a "card-carrying," dues-paying member. Turns out that a hit job about The Consortium had been posted on one of Breitbart's web sites, comically called Big Journalism.

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The flimsy and inaccurate piece (hyperbolically headlined "JournoList, Shame of a Nation: The People Make the Party") demanded to know:


"Has a shadowy gang of left-wing journalists and intellectuals been plotting to manipulate the news cycle?"

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It also tried to smear the Consortium, its directors and its members as some sort of coordinating arm for JournoList, the now-defunct, mostly liberal journalism Listserv that has become a right wing bete noir of late.

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Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor writes the 'Media Is A Plural' blog, accessible at www.roryoconnor.org.
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