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Weiner Fesses Up to Crotch Shots While Andrew Breitbart Milks Confession Like a Hormone-Filled Dairy Cow

Married U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner tearfully fessed up today that his Twitter account wasn’t, in fact, hacked and that he’d tweeted a picture of his junk to some young woman he didn’t know. After nearly a week of lies, Weiner was forced into confessing today after more reports surfaced about multiple women who said the Congressman had sent them glamor shots of his naughty bits. This came only a few days after Weiner called the police on a CBS reporter for showing up at his office to question him about the scandal.

Before Weiner could even take to the podium to sling his watery mess, Andrew Breitbart hopped up there to show off his “A” game. His site Big Government was widely bashed in the press for breaking Weinergate–mostly because Breitbart had no credibility after the Shirley Sherrod scandal. But, we hate to say it, he’s right about this one. And he’s expertly milking this story for all it’s worth.

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Big Government Unleashes Latest Contribution to the Journalistic World: Weinergate

The Woodward and Bernstein wannabes at Big Government just broke their latest story of import: Weinergate. Wildly important, we assure you. An anonymous BG blogger posting under the handle Publius somehow got hold of a private tweet sent from New York Representative Anthony Weiner‘s account to a young lady Twitter follower of the Congressman. That tweet contained an image of an underwear-clad man sporting what appears to be a generous stiffy. Potentially big news, considering Weiner recently married longtime Hillary Clinton aid Huma Abedin.

Weiner claims his Twitter account was hacked, as was his Facebook account. Which seems pretty plausible, because as dumb as our politicians are these days, the majority of them have the sense not to tweet pictures of their junk to random girls they don’t know. That’s what email is for.

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Framing Andrew Breitbart

Let’s face it. LA’s resident conservative agitator Andrew Breitbart isn’t going away. His involvement in the Shirley Sherrod flap threatened to put him out to the woodshed of the public consciousness. But now, thanks largely to his protege James O’Keefe‘s NPR sting, Breitbart is back on Bill Maher and at the LAT Festival of Books and even written up by the Times itself. Breitbart has even inexplicably reemerged as one of the left-wing media’s go-to conservative pundits–much to the incredulity of the liberal blogosphere. Several weeks ago Huffington Post decided to give Breitbart a front page blog on its site. About a week after putting him up there, under intense online liberal pressure, HuffPo eventually found an excuse to take Breitbart off the front page.

Breitbart even found his way to MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan show last week–where the typically ornery liberal Ratigan went out of his way to call Breitbart a “sharp shooter who gets results.” That didn’t sit well with Color of Change activist and Firedoglake blogger James Rucker–who felt Ratigan was bending over backwards to help restore Breitbart’s undeserved credibility.

Rucker interviewed Ratigan about Breitbart’s appearance.

When I spoke with Ratigan, he explained what he was trying to do. He quickly agreed that Breitbart was a race-baiter, dishonest, and undeserving of credibility — without question. And he frankly hadn’t thought about the legitimizing effect that having Breitbart on his show — without clearly labeling him as the race-baiter and deceiver he is — would have.

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Andrew Breitbart Booted From HuffPo Front Page: Equates Plight With Nazi Persecution

Well, that didn’t take long. Andrew Breitbart has officially been kicked off Huffington Post‘s front page. Breibart’s arrival on HuffPo had not been very well received by the site’s liberal base–and Breitbart saying some nasty things about Color of Change‘s Van Jones gave HuffPo the pretext it needed to relegate the conservative blogger to some less prominent real estate on the site.

Writes HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz in a statement:

The Huffington Post is committed to fostering a lively and often provocative debate about the issues of the day and encourages a wide range of voices from all perspectives to participate. Andrew Brietbart’s ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller — right down to calling him a “commie punk” and “a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak” — violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched. As a result, we will no longer feature his posts on the front page.

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Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post

Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”

Big news. But we want to talk about something else. Andrew Breitbart is now blogging for Huffington Post. Here’s the first graph of his very first post.

The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.

Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”

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Shirley Sherrod Sues Andrew Breitbart After All

She waited a few months, but former Georgia director for rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Shirley Sherrod is filing suit against blogger and conservative agitator Andrew Breitbart. The suit claims Sherrod suffered “defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress” after Breitbart and fellow Big Government blogger Larry O’Connor, who’s also named in the suit, posted out of context video of Sherrod, in which she appeared to advocate discrimination against white farmers. The ensuing controversy cost Sherrod her job, before it was discovered Sherrod’s story was a redemptive tale and she was highly thought of by farmers of all stripes in her home state.

According to the LA Times, the suit “seeks punitive damages. It also requests that Brietbart and his company remove all “defamatory language and video” from his blog at BigGovernment.com — as well as from YouTube.”

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Big Government Publishes New Planned Parenthood Sting Video

Live Action founder Lila Rose has published a new–once again, highly suspect, highly edited–video on Andrew Breitbart‘s Big Government site, purporting to show Planned Parenthood workers in Virginia helping a “pimp” to circumnavigate the law to get abortions for his underage prostitutes.

Writes Rose:

Young girls are going into Planned Parenthood clinics every day, too many the victims of abuse. According to the Department of Justice, an estimated 300 to 400 thousand children are trafficked for sex every year.

Some are taken to Planned Parenthood clinics for secret abortions. Instead of reporting the abusers of minors and young women, Planned Parenthood is enabling pimps and predators with their refusal to report abuse and willingness to assist the pimp’s underage prostitution business.

Yuh, huh…

Well, that’s the biggest bullshit we’ve seen in quite some time. If what Rose says is true, then, as a journalist, the natural thing to do would be to find several of these trafficked girls and tell their stories. Then you send reporters out undercover to corroborate the girls’ stories. Instead of, you know, making the whole thing up.

This new video could not be edited in a more patchwork fashion. It reminds us of one of those Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard phony phone calls.

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LA Has More Than a Few ‘Loathsome Americans’

The Buffalo Beast has published its annual Matt Taibbi-inspired (he founded the paper) list of the “50 Most Loathsome Americans.” Not surprisingly, a few Angelenos made the cut.

Media creatures Perez Hilton and Andrew Breitbart were on there–along with Breibart’s truth-challenged protege James O’Keefe. Celeb-wise, Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga were also on there. Yawn. Far more interesting is the Beast‘s writeup of “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof.

As co-creator of “Lost” and co-writer of the monumentally terrible final episode, Lindelof first conjured a confusing yet entertaining sci-fi epic but then, despite its mechanical sound, the “Smoke Monster” turns out to be the ghost of the father of liberal philosophy, side plots about mental illness and alternate universes go nowhere, paper-thin characters inexplicably commune with the dead, and finally, in a clichéd, Old Testament-inspired supernatural battle, evil is defeated when a big rock dildo is crammed into a shiny hole by a handsome, emotionless doctor. And the whole damn thing—concocted entirely on the fly, with no eye toward resolution—from the plane crash to the time travel was actually just some brightly-lit, stained glass, feel-good, new-age, ecumenical afterlife delirium. Right. Fuck you, Damon Lindelof. Fuck you, for stealing 127 hours of our lives, giving us hope that television needn’t be utterly awful, and then shitting out the most hackneyed, series-diminishing, spiritually pandering, lowest common denominator deus ex machina to ever air on TV. Fuck you. Fuck you with a fake beard.

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LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm and Mickey Kaus Make Salon’s List of Media Hacks

Salon just published the first wave of its “Hack 30” list of the worst pundits in America. Not surprisingly, LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush press aid Andrew Malcolm made the grade at number 28.

Malcolm’s snide disdain for every living liberal politician and media member would probably be no big deal if it weren’t for the fact that he’s the editor of an ostensibly objective L.A. Times news blog, not some punk writing for the Weekly Standard or BigGovernment.com. Malcolm notoriously finds poll numbers newsworthy only when they’re good for Republicans. He’s a reliable Sarah Palin apologist. But, again, his biggest crime — besides his official portrait — is that the Times allows him to masquerade as a regular news blogger instead of your bog-standard right-wing crank.

Meanwhile, former Slate blogger and Democratic political candidate Mickey Kaus made the list at number 25 for pioneering “pointless contrarianism” on the Internet, among other ills.

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Dissecting ABC’s Breitbart Debacle

On his PressThink blog, media critic and NYU professor Jay Rosen tries to figure out what in the world ABC News was thinking when they invited LA’s most infamous right-wing Internet troll Andrew Breitbart, to participate in their election coverage.

Breitbart’s aims are not a mystery. “I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard,” he has said. ABC News is obviously a part of that old media guard, the destruction of which is Breitbart’s leading cause. Anyone who has watched him operate understands this. “Conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart has always wanted to take down the ‘liberal media establishment,’” said The Atlantic in June.

Only a political moron and culture war innocent would fail to realize that the “liberal media establishment” includes the people in charge of election coverage at ABC News— especially on-air personalities like Stephanopoulos, who co-anchored with Diane Sawyer. Breitbart openly seeks the demise of those who invited him to contribute to their election night journalism. Don’t you think that’s odd?

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