Media critic asks Josh Marshall to retire
by truthseeker77, Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 02:44:20 PM EDT
Josh Marshall on Friday spread the falsehood that a woman (Gayle Quinnel) who spoke to John McCain that afternoon had called Barack Obama an "Arab terrorist."
The video, however, shows the woman called Obama an "Arab", which is admittedly false, but not "Arab terrorist".
Marshall's "lie" and other recent examples of bad journalism on his part have led the exasperated Bob Somerby, creator of the Daily Howler website, to call for Marshall's early retirement.
It's time for Josh to go: Then there's Josh, continuing downward in his own astonishing spiral. This post is simply astounding. It represents an astounding moral/intellectual breakdown. It's time for this guy to go.
Please note: That 75-year-old woman called Obama an "Arab," not an "Arab terrorist." (Not that it hugely matters.) The latter claim began with the endlessly hapless Ana Marie Cox, who engaged in some typically lazy "quotation" (click here), then disappeared for the weekend. (She finally corrected her error this morning, some three days later.) As Wonkette, Cox endlessly played the "dirty girl;" today, she masquerades as a "journalist." But Josh has become a black helicopter-level nut, as he displays in that ludicrous post. How does Josh do business these days? Even when the tape made it clear that Quinnell hadn't actually said the word "terrorist," Josh kept pretending that she might have done so, suggesting that the microphone might have magically turned itself off--no doubt when the black choppers swooped by the event. And he linked you to a tape/transcript of later interviews with Quinnell, saying that she called Obama a "terrorist" there. Except that simply isn't true either (a point which Cox also fudges today, as her own misstatements continue). For some unknown reason, Josh was determined to peddle this utterly pointless "lie." He was willing to play the consummate fool to keep this in circulation. (Since "lie" has become Josh's favorite word, he won't mind our using it there.)
Upon learning he was wrong, Marshall then told another LIE by claiming that the woman insisted in a post-meeting interview that Obama was a "terrorist". But the transcript of Quinnel being interviewed by one Noah Kunin proves this to be false as well:
Noah Kunin( The UpTake): Do you volunteer at the Republican Party Headquarters or the McCain Campaign office over in Burnsville?
Quinnell McCain. McCain Headquarters in Burnsville.
Noah: The McCain headquarters.
Quinnell It's out over by , over by that post station there.
Noah: Yeah, I know which one you're talking about. And just to be sure to make sure we got your quote OK, you called Obama and Arab terrorist?
Noah: You called him an Arab terrorist? Is that correct? Why do you think he is an Arab?
Quinnell Because his dad is. If you... I'll send you the paper.
As you can see, Quinnel answered the question of why she thought Obama was an Arab. The scurrilous Noah, of course, knew he had screwed up as reflected by the fact that he did not ask "why do you think he's an Arab terrorist". He chose to chop off the "terrorist" part that he knew she had never uttered.