Media outlets don’t generally practice this kind of transparency.
In a HuffPost Live chat on Friday, the Huffington Post’s Zach Carter criticized the efforts of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) to reform/neuter (depending on your viewpoint) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Upon introducing Duffy, Carter said that Duffy was “best known” for an odd video clip that he showcases in the segment itself (check the video above, at the one-minute mark). The clip in question depicts what appears to be Duffy from his days on MTV’s “The Real World: Boston” many years ago, relaxing with a cigar and jaw-boning with a couple of people.
After the video runs, Carter explains, “Now, this seems like a joke, but that guy is actually in Congress and he is on the House Financial Services Committee, and he is the author of the bill to kind of, sort of repeal the CFPB.”
Arthur Delaney, another Huffington Postie, asked Carter on the show whether the video was intended to make Duffy look bad. Yes, Carter answered: “I’ll be honest — we clipped that to make him look bad.” Nah, said Delaney — that’s just a guy “shortly out of college.” Correct.