When did entrapment replace journalism? Whether it's from the Left (Ian Murphy's fake-out with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker) or the Right (James O'Keefe's fake Muslim donors), it's suspect. Real investigative reporting can uncover the sins in any organization.
Besides, I thought the Right hated "gotcha journalism."
But let's take the NPR scandal -- and the political reaction -- as evidence of gigantic lies on all sides.
For openers, it's appalling that any reputable news organization would consider dining with donors connected with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood supports Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel. It also sanctions jihad.
NPR's CEO Vivien Schiller and fund-raising executive Ron Schiller weren't there to interview the (fake) Muslim organization for a news story; they were trolling for dollars. Diversity is fine; casually sanctioning anti-Semitism is not.
It's also true that O'Keefe heavily edited the videotape to mislead viewers and make Ron Schiller, who refused the donation, look as unctuous as possible. Schiller informed the faux donors of a "big firewall" between those who raise money and those who report the news. But Vivien? Did you forget you head a serious, respected news organization?
The second issue is Ron Schiller's purported Tea Party cracks.
The raw video shows Schiller largely recounting Tea Party views expressed to him by two top Republicans, though Schiller agrees with the sentiments "racist" and "scary."
Have you seen some of the Tea Party rallies? Have you heard their remarks about President Obama or immigration? Besides likening Obama to Hitler, the Tea Party frequently calls him a Muslim (he's Christian) and insists he was born in Kenya (actually Hawaii). Anyone who insists on spreading lies in the face of overwhelming truth is, well, scary.
Further, the Tea Party's violent disruption of town hall meetings to discuss health care was eye-opening. In May 2010, during a Tea Party protest in Washington, D.C., two African American congressmen were harassed: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat on by a protester, while Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called the "n" word.
Now, if NPR execs are sent packing over their comments, why is Glenn Beck, who likened Reform rabbis to "radicalized Islam" and has repeatedly demeaned the Holocaust, still on the air? Even Fox News chief Roger Ailes characterizing Beck's Jewish critics as nothing more than "left-wing rabbis" and labeled NPR execs Nazis for firing Fox commentator Juan Williams.
Here's an idea: Let's clean house across the political spectrum.
If Schiller is canned for her behavior, why not Ailes or Beck?
Williams added his hypocritical two cents about NPR: "They say that people like me are bigots because I tell you what I feel," he said. "These people are not only attacking the Tea Party ... they attack anybody who disagrees with their point of view." Apparently, Williams doesn't listen to his colleagues at Fox: Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity. All take egregious potshots at anyone who challenges their opinions. Had he never seen Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World?"
It's time to get real. Otherwise, the news media isn't championing ethics or truth, but muscular Darwinism. One in which the Left disassembles and the Right attacks, where the jackboot trumps fair play.
Such behavior makes the media look like dangerous idiots -- or worse.