I Beg Your Pardon?


Breitbart.com is a conservative news site. It’s very much propaganda for the GOP and it caters to right wing nut jobs and often disguises conspiracy theories as news. It has a history of being very unreliable.

Yesterday Breitbart published a story on about how Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, was one of Bill Clinton’s defense lawyers during his impeachment trial and how she had a history as a political operative for the Democrats. How dare Obama nominate a political hack to such an important post. Unfortunately Brietbart had the wrong Loretta Lynch. The Loretta Lynch nominated by Obama is currently a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Another difference between the two Lynches is that one is white and the other is black. Can’t get anything past those eagle eyed journalist at Breitbart.

So how does Breitbart handle this journalistic snafu? They run a correction. Of course the correction ran at the bottom of their story which most of their readers would never bother to read. The correction destroyed the entire purpose for the story.

The page looked something like this: Horrible person nominated for Attorney General! Obama is terrible! Outrage! Sound the right wing alarms! Panic in the streets! Activist! Activist! We’re all going to be constitutionally violated! Oops. never mind.

You would think they would pull the story and replace it with another describing journalism fail along with an apology. No. They did eventually pull the story after the story became the story. Still following?

A good reporter finds sources. They research. They bone up. They look up history. They make phone calls. If all else fails they can do a simple Google search or even, Heaven forbid, consult Wikipedia. Any of that would have been more accurate and resourceful than Breitbart’s coverage.

Breitbart’s good at riling up it’s base with wacky inaccurate stories. Along with The Blaze and The Daily Caller it’s also a great place to find racist rants left in the comments under each of their stories. Keep that in mind next time you want to share one of their stories on social media.

It wouldn’t surprise me if this confusion isn’t still brought up by a Republican during Lynch’s confirmation hearing. Republicans are good at being ridiculous when they’re on camera.

And in case if you don’t get the “beg my pardon” or “rose garden” theme: Country singer Loretta Lynn had a song called “Rose Garden” back in the 1970’s. The line goes “I beg your pardon…I never promised you a rose garden.” My mom played a lot of country music when I was a kid.

Update: I received some messages that the song “Rose Garden” was a Lynn Anderson song, NOT Loretta Lynn. How could I mess up like that? I used Google. I found it on Youtube. Turns out I didn’t mess up. Yes, Lynn Anderson covered the song (it was written by Joe South, the same guy who wrote “Hush” which was covered by Deep Purple) and was also covered by several others including Loretta Lynn. I will give in that the Loretta Lynn version is probably the better known version.

Here’s the Loretta Lynn version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdCCqKPsVVE

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