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In June, I touched on the oft-used cop out of the generic report -- "If I'm being attacked by the right and left, I must be doing something right!" -- noting:
In nearly four years that I've worked at Media Matters, the excuse I've heard most often from reporters and other media types when their work is called into questions is: "look, I get attacked from the right and the left, I must be doing something right."
Yes, the excuse is worryingly simplistic. The ridiculous assumption being that if a story or a reporter's work in general is getting attacked from both sides of the political spectrum than those attacks must not be valid.
Eric Alterman -- a senior fellow at Center for American Progress and a Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College -- destroys the excuse in his latest column looking at Andrew Breitbart's smearing of Shirley Sherrod as the jumping off point.
Excerpts of Alterman's stellar column can be found after the jump but I encourage you to read it in its entirety.