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Jul. 21 2010 - 4:37 pm | 974 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Andrew Breitbart is the lawyer from The Man Who Wasn’t There

Andrew Breitbart is vying for the title of Worst Living American, and by all accounts the title may now be his.  After using his website to launch a smear campaign at Shirley Sherrod based on lies and innuendo , he has now appeared on CNN and claimed that Sherrod’s friend — the white farmer who Sherrod claimed she had mixed feeling about helping initially — isn’t actually the woman she claims to be.  OH FUCK EVERYBODY, GET OUT YOUR EPISTEMOLOGY TEXTS WE’VE GOT SOME WORK TO DO.

Here is ThinkProgress, ably documenting how we can be sure that the farmer’s wife is the farmer’s wife — which in itself sounds like a line from a Cohen Brothers film.

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Marcus Garner confirmed to ThinkProgress that the paper independently found Eloise Spooner for her interview.

– Eloise and Roger H. Spooner are listed in the Iron City, GA phone book.

– The Spooners’ 62nd wedding anniversary, according to a blog post of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, was celebrated at the 2009 Tennessee Truck Show.

– Roger Spooner has been cited in “mainstream” news reports, including a 2002 Associated Press story in the Lexis-Nexis database, claiming to be a “survivor” of the USS Yorktown at anniversaries of the Battle of Midway, which purportedly happened in 1942.

– In a 2009 article, USS Yorktown survivor Roger Spooner claimed to have “discharge papers” from the Navy in his “wallet.”

Now, here’s Breitbart saying, well, well, what is knowing, REALLY?!?!

You tell me as a reporter how CNN put on a person today who purported to be the farmer’s wife? What did you do to find out whether or not that was the actual farmer’s wife? I mean, if you’re going to accuse me of a falsehood, tell me where you’ve confirmed that had this incident happened 24 years ago. [...]

You’re going off of her word that the farmer’s wife is the farmer’s wife?

And now here’s Freddy Reidenschneider, played by Tony Shalhoub, explaining to Ed Crane, the protagonist in The Man Who Wasn’t There, their legal strategy.

They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it’s Werner. Anyway, he’s got this theory, you wanna test something, you know, scientifically – how the planets go round the sun, what sunspots are made of, why the water comes out of the tap – well, you gotta look at it. But sometimes you look at it, your looking changes it. Ya can’t know the reality of what happened, or what would’ve happened if you hadn’t-a stuck in your own goddamn schnozz. So there is no “what happened”? Not in any sense that we can grasp, with our puny minds. Because our minds… our minds get in the way. Looking at something changes it. They call it the “Uncertainty Principle”. Sure, it sounds screwy, but even Einstein says the guy’s on to something.



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