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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
TruthRevolt Really Could Use An Editor
Topic: Horowitz

A Nov. 11 TruthRevolt item claiming the Columbia Journalism Review that "has now suggested that CBS News ought never to cover issues negative to Democrats because CBS also owns the conservative imprint Threshold Editions" adds in parentheses: "Full disclosure: Threshold Editions is my publisher as well."

Why bother to highlight this when TruthRevolt performed an increasingly rare act of disclosure? Because the post carries no byline. Therefore, we do not know who exactly is making this disclosure, thus defeating the purpose of it.

Actually, it's a blog by Ben Shapiro first posted at Breitbart then rearranged for TruthRevolt consumption. The fact that the TruthRevolt version is anonymous yet carries a disclosure from the author is a sign that the folks at TruthRevolt could really use an editor.

Another sign: While the blog post correctly identifies the publisher involved in the CBS "60 Minutes" Benghazi debacle as Threshold Editions, the blog's subhead identifies the firm as "Threshold Books," which is not the name.

And both versions of the post exclude one point of contention that even TruthRevolt should agree was a problem: Nowhere in the "60 Minutes" piece was it mentioned that a division of CBS published a book featured on "60 Minutes." (It wasn't disclosed in the retraction, either.) As the Columbia Journalism Review article TruthRevolt criticizes notes, CBS essentially "ran a 12-minute infomercial" for a book published by another CBS division.

If TruthRevolt can't do any decent editing, it has no hope of growing behind the pale imitation of NewsBusters the site currently is.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:12 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:49 PM EST

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