“As [the WaPo’s Philip] Bump wrote when he was falsely accusing Barr, “it is the job of the media to tell the truth.” This would be a good time to start.”
—-Prof. Jonathan Turley in an epic defenestration of Washington Post Democratic Party propagandist Philip Bump
The Washington Post continuing to publish columnist Philip Bump’s “advocacy journalism (aka. lies) tells us as much about that once respectable paper as MSNBC continuing to provide a platform for Al Sharpton (and Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell, and Joe Scarborough…). Bump distorts facts and sets out to disorient Post readers, which is, I was taught in journalism class, the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do. “But he’s a pundit, not a reporter!” you protest? Fine: as the saying goes, he is entitled to his opinion, but not to his own facts.
I hadn’t checked Prof. Turley’s blog for a while, and was delighted to see that he gifted us with an extensive, legal brief-worthy take-down of Bump, listing most, but not all, of his previous deceptions in pursuit of a progressive paradise and permanent Democratic rule. Bump virtually asked to be eviscerated by accusing Turley of pushing falsehoods in the George Washington University law professor’s recent column for the New York Post. (Why is Turley reduced to writing columns for the NYC tabloid while Philip Bump is promoted in the august Washington Post? It’s for the same reason only Fox News allows Turley to comment on political and legal developments: he won’t follow the progressive talking points and positions that 95% of the mainstream media is committed to.) Bump’s attack was both inept and foolish, for two reasons: 1), Turley is smarter than Bump, and 2) Turley has the facts on his side and as a skilled lawyer, know how to marshal them.
I confess to having failed to adequately follow Bump’s serial disinformation-fests since quitting my subscription to the Washington Post years ago (yes, it really is worse than the New York Times). It is a wonderful public service that Turley was moved to do such an enlightening review of his partisan hackery.
Do read it all.
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(Why is Turley reduced to writing columns for the NYC tabloid while Philip Bump is promoted in the august Washington Post? It’s for the same reason only Fox News allows Turley to comment on political and legal developments: he won’t follow the progressive talking points and positions that 95% of the mainstream media is committed to.)
The NY Post is a “tabloid”, but the Washington Post is “august?” Ann Althouse calls Fox “barely literate” or words to that effect (as she’s making her weird observations on vocabulary), but she quotes from the august New York Times as if it’s revealed truth? Give me a break.
Sorry. The Daily Mail and the NY Post are two fairly reliable purveyors of basic facts. Fox is a little cranky and strident but at least it hosts contrarian voices. The NYT and the Washington Posts aren’t even newspapers anymore, unless you considered Pravda and Granma “newspapers.” (Francis Menton always refers to the NYT, his home newspaper, as “Pravda.” I’m not even sure he ever calls it the “NYT.”)
Fox, the Daily Mail and the NY Post shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as the NYT and the Washington Post. Apples and oranges. Newspapers and vicious state organs. I’m sure the NY Post’s and Fox’s money spends just as well for Turley as would anything the august institutions might pay him. It’s a new world. The NYT and the Washington Post are toast. See the man behind the curtain?
And by the way, one can always read Turley’s daily output at his own website. He’s now one of my go-to sites. He’s almost as prolific as our host. Not really close but probably closer than anyone else.
I try to read his posts as much as possible — but I totally skip the comments. I have rarely seen anything of worth there. EA seems to be a rare gem in terms of its commentariat.
Agreed, DG. I’ve seen some nasty professional lefty trolling in the comments. I skip ’em.
They can’t be any worse than the comments you get on Yahoo or YouTube, which are almost exclusively sexual or scatological insults. After all, what could a smart articulate conservative who disagrees with progressive nonsense be doing in commentary other than “strumming his bone,” “spanking his monkey,” or some other disgusting expression?
Steve Witherspoon frequents to Turley’s site and, trust me, HIS comments are worth reading; Lilies in a sea of despicable Lefty weeds!