TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
While you're at it, take a look at his tape: Until this week, we didn't know much about Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga).
In fact, we didn't know anything about him. Watching Rachel Maddow last night, we did learn that he has a funny name.
(For background, see this morning's report.)
After sharing that observation, Maddow treated viewers to an amazingly selective account of a recent flap involving Loudermilk. Included was a brief, selectively edited excerpt from a recent videotape by the Georgia congressman.
We don't know what the ultimate facts might turn out to be with respect to this recent flap. (To date, we've seen no evidence that he did anything wrong in the run-up to January 6.) We do know that Maddow's presentation last night struck us as an example of dissembling all the way down.
If you watched Maddow's show last night, you saw that brief excerpt from that videotaped statement. The excerpt ended with a classic "Maddow edit:"
Loudermilk's statement was abruptly cut off as he continued to speak. For her part, Maddow mugged clowned and wonderfully joked about the tiny excerpt she'd shown us.
With that in mind, go ahead—take the Loudermilk Challenge! Just click here, then watch the entire tape. This will allow you to see the various disclaimers Maddow edited out of her presentation.
We don't know what the ultimate facts will turn out to be in this contretemps. We do know dissembling and selective presentation when we see them—and given the way our "cable news" works, we see then a lot of the time.
You can't assume that the things you see on "cable news" are accurate and fair. That's plainly true of the various bogus things you see at Fox, but it's also true about the statements and entertainments issued by our tribe's stars.
As a journalistic system, partisan news has totally broken down. Especially if you watched Maddow last night, we'll suggest that you go ahead and look at that (complete) tape.
You can't assume our stars are right. Our stars are routinely wrong.