Thursday, November 13, 2008

David Shuster: Pwned

SNBC Presstitute, and Douche Nozzle, David Shuster has been pwned... AGAIN! This time it was a phony source and story about Alaska Governor, and former GOP Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin allegedly not knowing that Africa is a continent rather than a nation. This is what our vaunted Mainstream Media has come to. David Shuster keeps the bar of standards at an all-time low, and now he has to wipe the stool sample from his grin and retract the story. Nice job, Douchie!

David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent.

Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Eisenstadt claim had mistakenly been delivered to Shuster by a producer and was used in a political discussion Monday afternoon, MSNBC said.

"The story was not properly vetted and should not have made air," said Jeremy Gaines, network spokesman. "We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes."

Gaines told the Times that someone in the network's newsroom had presumed the information solid because it was passed along in an e-mail from a colleague.

The hoax was limited to the identity of the source in the story about Palin — not the Fox News story itself. While Palin has denied that she mistook Africa for a country, the veracity of that report was not put in question by the revelation that Eisenstadt is a phony.

Eisenstadt's "work" had been quoted and debunked before. The Huffington Post said it had cited Eisenstadt in July on a story regarding the Hilton family and McCain.

Among the other victims were political blogs for the Los Angeles Times and The New Republic, each of which referenced false material from Eisenstadt's blog.

And in July, Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones magazine blogged an item about Eisenstadt speaking on Iraqi television about a casino in Baghdad's "Green Zone."

Stein later realized he'd been had.

Now Shuster joins the ranks of the bottom feeders at the Fluffington Post and Mothah Jonez that had already been pwned by this phony source much earlier this year. That's "Journalism", 2008 folks!


Nigel said...

Sean Hannity has been maintaining that "Journalism is dead".

Sadly...he is right.

"Journalists" don't even bother checking their sources anymore. The important thing in the industry now is to be first, be sensational, and be liberal...truth be damned.

B. Smith made an EXCELLENT point on my granny-assault Prop 8 it. Despite the obvious evidence right in front of her, the reporter tried to frame the story as to give conservatives some culpability for the mob mentality the "no on 8" crowd has been exhibiting.

And Shuster? Did he bother reading the hoax evidence right in front of his nose? The HARDING institute?!?! Named after perhaps the 2nd worst presdent ever. That would be like naming a Jewish Center after Jimmy Carter.

Yiddish Steel said...


Anonymous said...

Love the shit-eating grin on his face in that photo of him - a picture IS sometimes worth a thousand words.

B Smith said...

Why thank you, Nigel.
That just sort of jumped out at me, watching that video.