Responding to that Matt Damon video, O’Donnell first calls Reason “right-wing” and “Republican,” then asks why Reason criticizes teachers, but never bothers to criticize cops.
MORE: Mediaite picks up O’Donnell’s rant. But not Gillespie’s response, of course. Nor did author Frances Martel bother to check the veracity of O’Donnell’s claims in the video before reiterating them. It really wouldn’t have taken long to check. Type “police” into the Reason search engine. That’s about it.
O’Donnell’s fact-free rant is also picking up steam on Twitter. Really aggravating. I would wager that Reason has dedicated more coverage to police and prosecutorial abuse over the last five years than any left-of-center magazine or website, save for the ACLU. And it’s not just the work I did when I was there. Tim Cavanaugh, Jacob Sullum, and now Mike Riggs all regularly write about police abuse. Reason.tv has thoroughly explored various police abuse of power issues.
O’Donnell thoroughly embarrassed himself here, and he owes Reason a correction and an apology.