Selective Outrage Over 'Selectively Edited' Videos

The Leftmedia has an interesting double standard when it comes to judging news sources.

Political Editors · Jan. 23, 2019

By now you’ve probably already heard — the media botched the “confrontation” between Covington Catholic High School boys and a Native American in the aftermath of Friday’s March for Life.

But there’s an interesting parallel that Becket Adams detects regarding the video that prompted the knee-jerk reactions. He writes:

Selectively edited videos are bad. Except when they aren’t.

That’s at least one of the big takeaways from the press’ disastrous promotion this weekend of bogus allegations of racism against teenagers at the March for Life. They were harassed by an elderly Native American protester, after being berated and abused by a hateful sect known as the Black Hebrew Israelites, but their situation got really bad only because of a single, selectively edited video of the incident that took place the day after the March for Life.

Forgive my eyerolling as I think back to the high standard of proof that the national media set in 2015 following the release of the undercover Planned Parenthood tapes. A court has since concluded that those tapes were kosher, but the media described them as “selectively edited” when they were released.

The video in this story, in contrast, actually was selectively edited.

Adams concludes by rhetorically noting, “It’s just so weird that certain newsrooms developed a standard for verification that lasted exactly as long as it took for the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue scandal to blow over. Quite a mystery.”

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