In today's weird media age, up is down and left is right. The sun may or may not rise in the east. Fact and fiction are fungible, and the fungus among us is growing.
Take this odd story.
James O'Keefe, the super sleuth who recently exposed CNN with a series of undercover videos showing a producer and a liberal contributor calling the Russia collusion story “bullsh*t” and a “nothing burger," got into a tiff with a Washington Post reporter.
Because the Post is liberal, Farhi went on the attack. In a story headlined "What the latest James O’Keefe video leaves out," Farhi sought to discredit the devastating reports.
Farhi said O'Keefe's video of the CNN producer calling the Russia story "bullsh*t" didn't "disclose that he is based in Atlanta — not in Washington or New York, where most of CNN’s coverage of national affairs and politics are produced."
Well, O’Keefe’s video did disclose that, explicitly stating that the producer is based in Atlanta.
A reader, Jasun Doyle, emailed Farhi to point out the error:
In your article "What the latest James O’Keefe video leaves out" You explicitly lie and state that James O'Keefe never discloses that the producer is based in Atlanta which is a BLATANT lie.
In the introduction in the CNN Part 1 video from James O'Keefe he explicitly states that the producer is based in Atlanta!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So why on Earth would you lie so explicitly & definitively to your readers?
Farhi got his undies in a wad.
A lie? That's an amazingly ballsy thing to say. You mean I knew it was wrong and wrote it anyway? How would you even know that? I might have been in error ( I wasn't) but you don't know what the hell you're talking about if you accuse me of lying.
Apologize or drop dead.
Then O'Keefe and Farhi got into a tiff.
Eventually, Farhi tweeted "Sorry to disappoint you, folks. There is no retraction coming. Your tweet appears to be fake news."
But, it wasn't. The Atlanta disclosure was clear, so why not simply correct the error?
All that was at the end of June. On Monday, the Post finally corrected the obvious mistake.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to remove the assertion that the video in question did not say that supervising producer John Bonifield is based in Atlanta. In fact, the video says: “I’d like to introduce you to CNN supervising producer John Bonifield in Atlanta,” which is CNN’s headquarters and is where many of its journalists are based.
O'Keefe couldn't resist and had a bit of fun, vowing to frame the correction.
Again, just weird that the once-respected Post wouldn't correct a clear error. But then, everything's changed now, and who's to say what's right and wrong.