June 18, 2011
The internet has lit up with stories about the exchange between "Conservative" blogger Andrew Breitbart and Progressive Blogger Ryan Clayton. Public opinion is critical of Clayton's questioning of Breitbart, saying that it is less than objectiive journalism.
But consider that Clayton asked straightforward questions, and clearly has a camera visible when so doing. Consider also that Clayton released the entire uncut video so that viewers may clearly see the entire exchange. Contrast that with the work of Breitbart protege James O'Keefe, who sets up interviews under false pretenses, uses hidden cameras, and edits video to substantially change the meaning of his interviewees answers.
This may not be great investigative journalism, but at least it is transparent. Perhaps Breitbart and his minions could learn from this? (Doubtful.)