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Zombie Journalism Moves to MSNBC


Remember the nice little "Virginia girl" and her "send a brick" campaign that we talked about yesterday?  You know, the one profiled by the NYTimes — who turns out to be a GOP PR flack, as discovered by Will Bunch at Attytood?

Well, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but her face on my teevee on MSNBC this morning, with zombie journalist "Donna" (I think it’s Donna Gregory — I’ve been waiting for twenty minutes now for them to flash her last name on the screen, to no avail — will update when I get that firm from the network, but thus far they’ve only given her first name, so I’m not absolutely sure with her new do.) saying to her something to the effect of "Good luck with your campaign.  It’s always nice to see a grassroots movement get something going." 

Grassroots, hell!  Can you say full-on GOP anti-immigrant faction PR blitz?  You know the drill: viewerservices AT msnbc DOT com.  Please let MSNBC know what you think of lopsided interviews and failure to do any follow-up research and fact-based reporting.

Good lord, how tough is it for some summer intern to spend five minutes on Google, for heaven’s sakes, before they stick a talking head on the air to do an interview?  You know, facts, research, actual journalism instead of a fluff piece?  Hellooooooo?!?

UPDATE:  And this just in from the Department of WOO HOO! — Glenn’s book will debut on the NYTimes bestseller list at #11 on Sunday.  Congrats to Glenn!  By the way, Glenn will be here on Sunday afternoon beginning at 5 pm ET for Part II of our discussion of his book, How Would a Patriot Act? — please join us for what will, I’m sure, be a fantastic Q&A session.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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