Liberals rip Breitbart.com for false report based on erroneous Boston Globe article

Earlier today, Breitbart.com published an article by Larry O’Connor that falsely claimed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman had filed for bankruptcy. The false claim originally appeared at a parody website called the Daily Currant.

Liberals, always happy to see a conservative media outlet slip up, were gleeful:

Even Krugman himself got into the Breitbart-blaming act:

On Friday I started hearing from friends about a fake story making the rounds about my allegedly filing for personal bankruptcy; I even got asked about the story by a reporter from Russian television, who was very embarrassed when I told him it was fake. But I decided not to post anything about it; instead, I wanted to wait and see which right-wing media outlets would fall for the hoax.

And Breitbart.com came through!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go give a lavishly paid speech to Friends of Hamas.

Ha ha ha! Get it? Conservatives are so stupid! And everyone knows liberal journalists never make mistakes.

Of course, Krugman and the other Breitbart-bashers had nothing to say about the Boston Globe, which also ran an article repeating the erroneous bankruptcy claim.

Indeed, according to O’Connor, the Breitbart.com article was based on the Globe’s article:

Like Breitbart.com, the Globe has deleted its article.

Erik Wemple of the Washington Post asked The Globe  to explain why it picked up the incorrect Krugman story. The answer to that question is very interesting indeed:

Brian McGrory, the Globe’s editor, explains that no editorial official at his paper ever made a decision to post the piece. “The story arrived deep within our site from a third party vendor who partners on some finance and market pages on our site,” says McGrory. It was never on the Boston.com homepage, says McGrory. “We never knew it was there till we heard about it from outside.” Since the posting went up, McGrory attests to having done “urgent work to get it the hell down,” something that appears to have happened, though not as quickly as McGrory would have liked. “The idea that we’d have a partner on our site is actually news to me,” says McGrory, who vows to “address our relationship with that vendor.”

So the Boston Globe is now running stories written by third-party “vendors” that Globe editors neither review nor edit. That’s perfectly OK with liberals because … Breitbart!

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, probably the only liberal to acknowledge the blatant double standard, penned a post defending Breitbart.com:

Liberal bloodlust for Breitbart is not an excuse for scapegoating Larry O’Connor for the far greater sins of The Globe, it is a betrayal of the very phenomenon they’re trying to critique.

  • $45065723

    Didn’t Daily Currant dupe some libs on a Palin story? These guys are on fire right now.

    • Iacobus

      Why, yes they did…SQUIRREL!

      • $45065723

        Definitely not a squirrel. I think that the main objective of satirical “news” organizations is to fool legitimate (or semi-legitimate MSM) into thinking their absurd stories are true. By that definition, they’re on fire.

        • E Quilibrate

          Too bad that’s just a euphemism.

    • Elaine

      Notice Krugman did not come out right away and deny the planted story? He even said he waited to see who would “bite.” This was just a set up using Boston Globe as a co-conspirator to dupe Breitbart or any Conservative source. They must be scared of what is going to happen in 2014. Shut them down now! Surprised Mother Jones isn’t involved somehow in this con.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I’m sure these same folks were slapping their knees while watching the hilariously edited video that NBC news routinely runs each night.

    • http://twitter.com/RWBBobb Robert P Moscato

      That’s right. Just ask George Zimmerman.

    • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

      When did James O’Keefe get a job at NBC?

    • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

      When did James O’Keefe get a job at NBC?

  • TJ Wright

    It is very sloppy of Boston.com but no one of any level intelligence has ever believed a single word on breitbart.

    • TexSizzle

      Sorry, TJ Wwrong, just the opposite is true. Bless your heart.

    • E Quilibrate

      That is the most stupid post I’ve ever read.

  • Guest

    Libs have never fallen for fake stories before?!? All the time you hypocrites!

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      Libs fall for it at a ratio of 10:1…

      • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

        What’s the rate of contrived Conservative statistics used to prove a point?

      • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

        What’s the rate of contrived Conservative statistics used to prove a point?

  • $23629333

    Wasn’t it the “Daily Current” who came up with the story about Sarah Palin being hired by Al-Jezeera?

    • SpaceRacer423

      yes, they also had idiot libs convinced that Todd Akin said breastfeeding prevents babies from growing up gay.

      • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

        Interestingly enough ACTUAL Todd Akin quotes are more shocking than any satire.

      • http://twitter.com/kyleco kyleco

        Interestingly enough ACTUAL Todd Akin quotes are more shocking than any satire.

  • Scott Carroll

    “Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, probably the only liberal to acknowledge the blatant double standard, penned a post defending Breitbart.com”

    Attention liberal vanguard of the Twitterverse, if hacktastic Tommy Christopher is coming to Breitbart’s defense, you need to let this go. His intellectual gas tank is perpetually on ‘E’.

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    i have to admit, im dissappointed at Breitbart.com

    • dwok

      Whats to be disappointed in? Breitbart is part news aggregation (which this was) and part editorial. Should Breitbart be more careful in the future? Sure. But this is just another example of gotcha.

  • mucholderguy

    Libril hypocrisy, libril hypocrisy! There, I said it again: libril hypocrisy!

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    So basically they are giving Breitbart hell for something that happens to them on a weekly/daily basis?

  • BobbyBulivia

    So Krugman isn’t a member of the Lollipop Guild?

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    There are lazy folks on the left and right…………….I of course would never hire a lefty, they are always lazy.

  • RogueRose

    So NYTimes columnist, Paul Krugman slams Breitbart for falling for a hoax.. 2 words… Jayson Blair.

    • E Quilibrate

      SWEET!

  • Rob Stevely

    Yea these are the same libs who think Sarah Palin actually said she can see Russia from her house.

  • RushLpig

    Bloodlust, snicker. No responsibility from the so called party of personal responsibility. But…but…but.. they did it too.