'Real journalism': Talking Points Memo's Benjy Sarlin falsely lumps Twitchy in with conspiracists

As Twitchy reported, conspiracists are foaming at the mouth over a nutty theory that links the fathers of the Aurora and Newtown shooters to the global LIBOR banking scandal. After we debunked this hoax, Talking Points Memo’s Benjy Sarlin penned a column in which he debunked it as well — and lumped Twitchy in with the wackos.

TPM’s editor Josh Marshall also tweeted out a link to Sarlin’s post:


Sarlin linked to Twitchy in the bit about the hoax “quickly spreading across social media.” Not only did he fail to acknowledge Twitchy’s role in the debunking, but he suggested that we were involved in perpetuating the ridiculousness. Twitchy CEO Michelle Malkin wasn’t having any of it, and she called on him to own up to his slimy innuendos:

Sarlin reflexively denied any wrongdoing:

No, Benjy. Citing a post does not mean tossing it in as a vague hyperlink and twisting its intent. When Malkin reiterated that Sarlin had merely piggybacked on Twitchy’s post before insulting us:

Sarlin doubled down on the denial and even suggested that Twitchy be grateful for the attention:

He didn’t need to say it explicitly, though he may as well have. His column clearly implied that Twitchy was responsible for “fanning the flames.”

Then why didn’t Sarlin just say so in his post, rather than attribute the hoax’s spread to Twitchy?

Sarlin refused to admit that he’d made a mistake, so Malkin hoped that Josh Marshall would at least step up to the plate:

She was met with radio silence. For his part, Sarlin took the low road:

Ah, yes. When backed into a corner, hurl insults. That may fly in liberal circles, but not around here. Malkin took him straight to the woodshed, where he belongs:

Sarlin couldn’t handle it:

Again — he believes that we at Twitchy should get down on our knees and give thanks that he deigned to acknowledge our lowly presence. Unbelievable.

Let’s hope so. Sarlin’s certainly set the bar quite low.

Sarlin has yet to alter his post to reflect the truth. We have a feeling we’ll be waiting a while.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Liberal idiots…but I repeat myself.

  • Purple State

    It’s so terrible when political writers don’t own up to their false, hurtful and unfair insinuations. Oh, wait…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      I’ll bite. What false attacks have been made by the Twitchy staff that were not retracted?

      • TomJB

        Jillane haven’t you been properly “educated” on blogs? Comments on conservative-leaning sites are an inseparable part of the entire post and reflect the feelings of the post author. Comments on leftist sites are just “the fringe” and if not deleted outright to protect the integrity of “the cause,” are dismissed as conservative trolls.

  • Ronald

    Not everything rings true to these old ears. Guess I’m just a tad old fashion that way, but I don’t believe everything I read on the internet anyhow.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Be particularly suspicious of statistics. Research shows that 67.3% of all statistics cited on the net were made up on the spot.

      • Ronald

        I love the irony! Stats about stats.

  • DrSamHerman

    Oh, is Benjy Sarlin one of those “real journalists”? That would rank him with Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass and Janet Cooke–they were all “real journalists” and real frauds too.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Liberals would rather chew their fingers off than give unambiguous credit to conservatives.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Liberals would rather chew their fingers off than give unambiguous credit to conservatives.

  • Streetiebird

    Awww poor michelle :( Now that *You’re* the one who’s message is being distorted you’ve got a problem with it. Too bad you do this same thing all day long, it’s hard to have any sympathy at all tbh.

    • robcrawford2

      Choke on your hatred, troll.

      • Streetiebird

        Awwww :) I’m not the one with a heart full of hate.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          No, just a head full of fluff. What “message” has this site “distorted”?

          ;- )

    • rinodino

      Exactly, I thought conservative girls were so tough, stop whining and move on

  • mickeyco

    Why would I care about anything a grown up male calling himself “Benjy” thinks or says?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    This is exactly the sort of thing leftard trolls do all the time, even around here.Toss up some idiotic nonsense and when you call them out on it, “Oh, I never said THAT!” Or Loony Loomis, the Nutty Professor. “Aww come on guys, it’s only a METAPHOR!” Well yes, we know that, but it’s still bloodthirsty and violent. Honestly, it’s like children. “But all I said was…!” or “But all I did was . . .!” with that wide-eyed innocence.