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Posts Tagged ‘Shirley Sherrod’

Big Government Picks a Fight With The eXiled

Andrew Breitbart seems to have fully recovered from his Shirley Sherrod scandal. But he just helped pick a fight that has the potential to get a whole lot uglier. Former Illinois Tea Party candidate Joel B. Pollak just published a lengthy “investigation” on Breitbart’s Big Government site into eXiled founder and editor Mark Ames. At the heart of the piece is the contention that Ames and his fellow eXiled editor Yasha Levine are the ones who originated the anti-Koch brothers meme so prevalent in the media these days. Which is true. However, since Pollak is a huge fan of the Kochs, the piece is mainly a rhetorical strategy to deflect attention away from the Koch brothers–by dismissing the critiques against them as originating from the degenerate Ames. Ames, you see, unapologetically uses drugs and has solicited prostitutes, which automatically makes him unreliable–or so the thinking goes.

Ames and The eXiled were at the forefront of the anti-Koch movement. It would seem logical for those looking to turn the rhetorical tide against the brothers to target Ames. But Pollak and Breitbart should have let this one go.

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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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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, 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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Great: Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe Have Both Returned to Media Darling Status

Looks like James O’Keefe‘s latest prank has not only gotten NPR‘s president to resign, it’s gotten Andrew Breitbart back in the national spotlight. Breitbart was on Piers Morgan‘s show last night talking about his protege’s capers, and the left wing bias that prevents them from being properly acknowledged. We thought the Shirley Sherrod incident would finally send Breitbart to the media glue factory, but now he’s back galloping around like nothing happened–saying calculated, counterintuitive things like “the best coverage on this incident has been NPR. It’s been impeccable…I respect NPR more than you would actually think.” And he’s actually right about the bias against this latest O’Keefe prank.

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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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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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