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As Soledad O’Brien Searches for Breitbart ‘Bombshell,’ Breitbart Editor Says It’s ‘Happening on this Program’

Before he died a week ago today, conservative author Andrew Breitbart and his team were in the process of vetting videotapes from Pres. Obama’s college days. One of those videos is now out and posted on Breitbart.com. This morning on “Starting Point” Soledad O’Brien had on Joel Pollak, EIC of Breitbart.com.

The video shows the late Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell being introduced and embraced by Barack Obama at a rally. After playing the video and debating its merit, O’Brien asked Pollak: “If your bombshell is that Derrick Bell is a radical … is that what you’re trying to say? I’m just trying to understand what the bombshell is, because I haven’t seen a bombshell yet.”

“The bombshell is happening right here on this program,” said Pollak, “Where we have a story and you’re not interested in telling your viewers who Derrick Bell actually is.” Watch:

The conversation continued with a panel including the actor Jay Thomas and Amy Holmes of “The Blaze.” Watch that, after the jump, via Breitbart.TV.

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VIDEO: Jonah Peretti Remembers Andrew Breitbart

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti was in our mediabistroTV studio today for an upcoming Media Beat interview and he shared his thoughts on Andrew Breitbart, who died Thursday morning.  Peretti worked with Breitbart in launching The Huffington Post.

“It’s easy for internet commenters to say, you now, ‘It’s good he’s dead and look at all the damage he’s done,’” Peretti said. “But it’s harder when you’ve met someone to feel that way.”

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Was CNN Planning a Show With Andrew Breitbart and Anthony Weiner? Nope.

The U.K. Daily Mail reports that CNN was allegedly having talks with the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart and Anthony Weiner, the former New York Congressman that left office after a sexting scandal was revealed… by Breitbart.

While it makes for a good story, a source familiar with Weiner’s plans tells TVNewser that it is utter fiction. Weiner–who has been laying low since leaving office, and just became a new father–has not been talking to CNN about hosting a show, and would “never” host a program with the man that helped remove him from office, the source says.

CNN also told Politico’s Dylan Byers that the story was “totally false.” The author of the Daily Mail story defended himself to Byers, saying that he was just reporting what Breitbart was telling friends.

While the Weiner-Breitbart “Crossfire-esque” program wasn’t realistic, the possibility of Breitbart joining CNN in a paid capacity may have been. A source at the channel says that Breitbart was believed to be having discussions about joining in a paid role, though it would likely have been as a political analyst.

Update: CNN tells me that it was not considering Breitbart for a paid position at the network.

Reporting the death of Andrew Breitbart

The death of Andrew Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed while walking in his Brentwood, CA neighborhood. He was pronounced dead just after Midnight.

Over the last few years, despite his disdain for the mainstream media, Breitbart had become a regular on cable news, taking a conservative stand, defending his latest scoop or just taking part in the conversation. His last national appearance was Tuesday night with Piers Morgan following results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries. “I’ve cleaned up and got my hair into an aerodynamic fashion for you,” Breitbart joked with Morgan.

FNC reported Breitbart’s death at 9:33amET and began a conversation for the next half hour with several of their anchors and contributors including Sean Hannity: “He had a level of courage that is really almost unmatched today in media;” Greg Gutfeld: “He is leaving a powerful legacy. He will be a legend.” Tucker Carlson: “I talked to him last night, seemed totally exuberant as he always does.” And Monica Crowley: “I have known very few people in my life who lived life to the hilt the way Andrew Breitbart did.”

CNN reported the news at 9:34am. CNN conservative contributor Erick Erickson phoned in at 10:19. “He really is like a super nova who has gone dark,” said Erickson. Another CNN contributor, Dana Loesh phoned in at 10:40. Loesch is the editor of Breitbart’s Big Journalism site. “Once you got to know him… to know him was to like him. Regardless of what you thought about his politics.”

MSNBC reported the breaking news at 9:41. Breitbart’s politics did not align with the political leanings of MSNBC, which may be why he always seemed to relish his appearances with anchors including Martin Bashir and Dylan Ratigan, and, when he was with MSNBC, David Shuster. Because of their contentious nature, those interviews often made headlines.

Breitbart, who was prolific on Twitter, sent his last Tweet at 11:26 PT, about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. It was a response to a blogger in Louisiana: “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize.”

Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43

Conservative commentator, author and web publisher Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43, according to his website, Big Government. Breitbart died of natural causes shortly after midnight in Los Angeles.

Breitbart was a regular guest on the cable news circuit, having appeared on CNN just this past Tuesday. He was on Fox News two and a half weeks ago.

Update: As of 9:45 AM, Fox News is the only cable channel to cover Breitbart’s death, and has brought on Tucker Carlson and Greg Gutfeld to talk about their former colleague.

MSNBC Shoots Down Proposed Chris Matthews Cameo in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Pilot

New York’s Joe Adalian reports that MSNBC has apparently nixed a proposed cameo by Chris Matthews in Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot about cable news. Sorkin followed Matthews for a time while he was researching for the show. According to Adalian, Matthews was supposed to appear as part of a roundtable scene with Andrew Breitbart.

As noted in the item, cable news anchors routinely appear in scripted films and TV shows playing themselves. So why nix the cameo? Adalian writes:

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Sean Hannity talks with Meagan Broussard

After her interview with ABC’s Chris Cuomo, Fox News’s Sean Hannity sat down with Meagan Broussard, one of women with whom Rep. Anthony Weiner had a sexting relationship.

Like ABC, Hannity got Broussard’s name from Andrew Breitbart — also a guest on “Hannity” last night — whose relentless coverage of this story culminated in Weiner’s public admission yesterday.

Hannity sat down with Broussard at the Fox News studios last night around 7pmET. The show aired short clips of the interview and will air the entirety, tonight.

This morning on “GMA”, conservative author Ann Coulter — also on “Hannity” last night — gave credit to Cuomo and his team for their reporting. “Congratulations to ABC. You guys own the Weiner story. You did all of the reporting.”

ABC News Busts Open Anthony Weiner Story, with Help From Andrew Breitbart and their Checkbook

This afternoon, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) acknowledged that he had sent inappropriate photos and messages to various women through email, text and social messaging sites. ABC News’s Chris Cuomo had been requesting an interview with Weiner all day as he has an interview with one of those women, Meagan Broussard.

How that interview came to pass, however, is almost as interesting as Weinergate itself. The news is buried toward the bottom of the first page of ABCNews.com’s story:

Broussard said she confided about her experiences with several close friends, including one with Republican political ties. The man, whom she declined to identify, encouraged her to share her story with Matt Drudge and conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart, who first published details of Broussard’s story on Biggovernment.com, shared her identity with ABC News.

ABC News then contacted Broussard and licensed a handful of photos from her.

How much did ABC News pay?

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Andrew Breitbart crashes Rep. Anthony Weiner News Conference. How the Cablers Covered

If you were watching Fox News, CNN or MSNBC around 4pmET today, you saw the same story, reported three different ways.

First, let’s back up to this morning when conservative author Andrew Breitbart posted new images purported to be of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) on his blogs. By the early afternoon, after the new pictures had cascaded through the political/media blogosphere, Rep. Weiner called a news conference for 4pm in New York City.

But at 4pm sharp — instead of Weiner speaking to the assembled press at the New York Sheraton, Breitbart took to the stage. CNN’s Mary Snow, at the news conference, called it “a little bit surreal.”

Surreal for viewers at home, too, as each news channel covered Breitbart’s comments differently. Fox News, for the most part, kept the audio up, allowing viewers to listen to what he was saying, as Neil Cavuto and Bret Baier anchored. CNN kept the live picture of Breitbart up, but did not carry the audio as Snow and anchor Brooke Baldwin discussed what was happening. MSNBC only took the image of Breitbart as he left the podium at 4:12pm. “I’m told that Andrew Breitbart may have hijacked the Anthony Weiner news conference,” said anchor Dylan Ratigan.

Breitbart’s message: I’m vindicated.

Weiner’s message — when he turned up at the podium at 4:25pmET:  I lied.

Weiner admitted that he’d taken pictures of himself and sent them via Twitter; he apologized to his wife and family and the women he’d sent the photos to. He said he did not break any laws or violate the Constitution of the U.S. and therefore will not resign his Congressional seat. He left the podium at 4:52pm.

Glenn Beck: ‘MSNBC. I mean how long does that stay in business like that?’

The media — specifically MSNBC — was a big topic last night as Glenn Beck went on Bill O’Reilly‘s show.

The conversation kicked off with a clip from Andrew Breitbart‘s interview with Martin Bashir Wednesday.

“MSNBC. I mean how long does that stay in business like that?,” asked Beck. “The ratings are abysmal. I don’t know how long they go with it. Comcast is a good company. I don’t know how long they go,” said O’Reilly.

One issue that did not come up: Beck’s battle with Fox News host Mike Huckabee. Because we all know who can’t stand shooting inside the tent.


(h/t HuffPost)

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