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July 22, 2010

Nightline: Breitbart's Moment

Breitbart gets results, even if by an odd combo off the rail.

In this year of American voter anger and discontent, Andrew Breitbart has found his moment.

"I get to be me right now," he said. "That's the best part of this entire thing. This, to me, is the beginning of the beginning."

And what is beginning is, he hopes, the age of Breitbart.

He's everywhere. On Fox News -- a lot. Hobnobbing with Republican leaders in New Orleans. Rallying the Tea Party faithful in appearances across the country. Launching the websites Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Hollywood.

He's also lobbing grenades of controversy -- like his most recent revelation this week of an old speech by Obama Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, in which she confessed that she once, decades ago, was deeply reluctant to help a white farmer who needed her aid.

"I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land," Sherrod said in the video.

Sherrod resigned under pressure -- and then it turned out Breitbart had released only a clip of her speech that distorted her real meaning: that she had been wrong and learned from her error.

The controversy continues -- to Breitbart's delight. He says he considers it a victory to have panicked the Obama administration and precipitated a public apology from the White House.

Note how the article implies Breitbart himself cut up the tape without explicitly committing itself to that claim. (Breitbart denies that, and I believe him -- the guy became a conservative watching Clarence Thomas get character-assassinated by the left; I doubt very much he'd set himself up for that).

Another point, which many people pointed out: The left does this sort of thing routinely, and no one bats an eye at it. There is no full-court media press to correct the misleading and/or utterly false charges of racism hurled at the right on a daily basis. Quite suddenly, the media is very interested in correcting false allegations of racism while continuing to allow a large number of previous false allegations to remain on the table.

Isn't that strange.

Link to full article at the link.

Question for the MFM: Light content warning for language.

Why did you turn?!?!

Thanks to Dave @ Garfield Ridge for that.

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