Breitbart is Toast: In Memorium

Andrew Breitbart lies
Andrew Brietbart. Wingnut propagandist, pathological liar, race-baiter. Dead. Known for being a hard partying rageaholic (angry drunk), the verdict is still out whether or not other substances contributed to his early demise. Since the official cause of death is still out pending toxicology results, in true Andrew Breitbart style journalism, I’ll just make stuff up and do a fake video.

The following is documentation from all over the Internet of his pathological lies. In Memoriam.

Andrew Breitbart: Big Deal, Big Coronary, Big Corpse

Provocateur, website founder and collector of America’s largest wads of spittle Andrew Breitbart died last Thursday morning, when some sentient shred of his cardiac organ kamikazed out of an exhausted sense of justice.

The invertebrate response from journalists was exactly to be expected. Breitbart said, like, bad stuff in his lifetime, but he also married someone and fathered people; once he even objected to anti-gay GOP rhetoric. A malicious career and two milquetoast mitigating facts: It all balanced out, really, at least for the purposes of forced, quailing objectivity. To borrow a gross analogy lustily employed on Breitbart’s own websites, if today’s mainstream media was penning obits on May 1, 1945, they would have summed up with, “Despite initiating the Second World War, the German leader was fond of public architecture and is survived by his beloved dachshunds.” Read More.

Ted Kennedy’s death
( Doug Mills / Associated Press )
In 2009, Breitbart took to Twitter to unleash an attack soon after the death of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, calling him a “villain,” “duplicitous bastard” and more. The tweets referred to the July 1969 accident in which the politician drove his Oldsmobile off a bridge into the water on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, killing his 28-year-old female passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, and waiting to report the incident. Breitbart continued: “I’m more than willing to go off decorum to ensure THIS MAN is not beatified…. Sorry, he destroyed lives. And he knew it.”

In July 2010 on, Breitbart posted a video of Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia state director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appearing to make racial comments while speaking at an NAACP event. Breitbart accompanied the video with his own lengthy commentary. Sherrod was promptly asked to resign.

Soon after her departure, the unedited video was released by the NAACP proving that Sherrod’s comments had been taken out of context. Sherrod received an apology from the White House, a phone call from President Obama and was offered a new position with the USDA, but she declined. Breitbart added a correction to his blog post but never apologized. Sherrod came at him and his partner Larry O’Connor with a defamation suit in 2011, and the case is ongoing.

The Sherrod video was also an example of the limits of another of Breitbart’s gifts to modern media: the false “proof.” It is a sad fact of online publishing that some ridiculous portion of readers only read the headlines and look at the pictures before moving on. (The percentage of online commenters who do this is approximately 90 percent, according to studies I have skimmed and had strong opinions about.) Breitbart’s sites exploit this: “OBAMA MARCHES WITH NEW BLACK PANTHERS,” or something like that, goes the headline. The story can’t support the claim. It doesn’t matter. The headline means it’s true for the majority of the readership.

Shirley Sherrod’s anti-white racism became a “fact” that led to her firing because of that convention of online muckraking. The headline said she was racist and there was a YouTube video attached that probably proved it, if anyone bothered to hit play and listen.

This is how right-wing myths are created and sustained — did you hear that Oprah banned Sarah Palin from her show and Michelle Obama spent $30,000 on lingerie? Those are both lies, but they were also both Drudge headlines! — and in a media environment where, thanks to the work of activist/publishers like Breitbart, most previously agreed-upon facts are regularly up for debate anew, introducing new myths can be full-time work. Source

The calls for resignation remain a mistake, especially looking at new generations of potential politicians waiting in the wings. Social media mistakes will be common to many good people coming up the ranks in politics, which Krystal Ball represented in the last cycle. But it shouldn’t be a deal breaker, nor should we continue to expect what never can be delivered: perfection in our politicians.

Weiner’s no Jack Kennedy and he’s no Bill Clinton. But at least his wife Huma is carrying his child and his cheating is virtual (at this point, though it really doesn’t matter if it crossed over after his X-rated exposure). You can’t say that about Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards, David Vitter or the scores of other politicians who’ve been unmasked.

If Weiner had only paid a prostitute he wouldn’t be in this trouble, as David Vitter proves. The Washington political establishment can handle the oldest profession pitfall; they just can’t wrap their heads around virtual sex. Source.

The Three Lies of Andrew Breitbart

Just kidding! Obviously there are many, many, many more lies. But a video released yesterday of Breitbart yucking it up with the folks at Opie and Anthony while passing around a photo of Anthony Weiner’s cock—a rather cavalier little party trick that resulted in a photo-of-a-photo-of-a-photo of the cock shot seen ’round the world making its way on to Twitter and this here web site—exposes three. Let’s take them in turn.. Source

Breitbart: Obama “Plotted” With “Communists” In the ’80′s To Get The Presidency

Andrew Breitbart told CPAC how Obama and his “radical” friends who were “communists” who  “plotted” to get the presidency.

“I have videos, this election we’re going to vet him,” Breitbart disclosed to raucous applause. “We are going to vet him from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008…

“The videos are going to come out, the narrative is going to come out, that Barack Obama met a bunch of silver ponytails in the 1980s, like Bill (Ayers) and Bernadine (Dohrn), who said one day we would have the presidency, and the rest of us slept as they plotted, and they plotted, and they plotted and they oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars in the Annenberg Challenge and they had real money, from real capitalists. Then they became communists. We got to work on that. That is a parenthesis. Barack Obama is a radical, we should not be afraid to say that! Okay? And Barack Obama was launched from Bill and Bernadine’s salon. I’ve been there. Source

Big Falsehoods: A guide to Andrew Breitbart’s lies, smears, and distortions

Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” websites — Big Hollywood, Big Government, and Big Journalism — as well as his website, have in recent months laid claim to many “exclusives,” touting controversial and sensationalist storylines that have been picked up by other conservative media outlets, from Fox News on down. However, a closer examination reveals that many of Breitbart’s “scoops” have been based on speculation, gross distortions, and outright falsehoods. Source.

“Getting Wise to Breitbart’s Lies”: Missouri Professors Survive Right-Wing Smear Campaign by Andrew Breitbart

Two Missouri labor professors have been vindicated after a right-wing smear campaign almost cost them their jobs. Last month, the website—run by right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart—posted footage of a labor relations class taught by University of Missouri professors Judy Ancel and Don Giljum. In the video, the professors appeared to make a number of statements backing the use of violence in the struggle for labor rights. But it turned out the video was edited in a way to distort their words—similar to recent video campaigns against ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR and former FDA official, Shirley Sherrod. “I was just appalled, because I knew it was me speaking, but it wasn’t saying what I had said in class,” said Judy Ancel, director of the Institute for Labor Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Source.

On Acorn:
Prior to that Breitbart aired videos by James O’Keefe, featuring completely fabricated content. The videos seemingly showed O’Keefe, dressed as pimp with a “ho” in tow, entering the offices of ACORN on several occasions and interviewing ACORN employees; according to Wikipedia, O’Keefe asked ACORN employees “how to avoid taxes and detection by the authorities with regard to their plans to engage in tax evasion, human smuggling and child prostitution.” The staff answered him as best as they could.

These videos ultimately led to the end of ACORN, a major organizer of voter registration drives in poor, often African-American communities. But there was only one problem: O’Keefe never entered a single ACORN office dressed as a pimp; he wore a suit. The pimp scenes were shot well after the interviews had taken place. Later a judge determined the interviews had been substantially edited to misrepresent what had occurred. Source

How Breitbart Got Away With His Lies

News organizations found, for example, that the ACORN videos–which purported to show a young Mr. Breitbart ally named James O’Keefe posing as a pimp seeking advice from the organization about how to establish a brothel and evade taxes–actually presented a heavily edited account of what had happened.

An investigation by the California attorney general’s office concluded that O’Keefe had added footage of himself and an ally dressed in flamboyant costumes that they had not worn to ACORN’s offices. By then, it was too late for ACORN: Outraged conservatives in Congress stripped the organization of federal funding. Source

Andrew Breitbart says he’ll take a drug test after his anti-OWS rant goes viral

Looks like Breitbart’s little anti-Occupy Wall Street rant has more people than just me questioning his use of illicit substances – though I just wondered if he had a drinking problem.

Seems the Big Hollywood blogger-in-chief is on the defensive, if his Twitter feed says anything about it Source.

What killed Andrew Breitbart?
It’s true. Most 43-year-olds don’t die from natural causes. But while the mainstream media that Breitbart regularly blasted as a leftist “bully media cabal” has gamely picked up conspiracy theories about his death, they have pointedly ignored a much more plausible explanation, which is that Breitbart was a high-strung man with a hard-drinking history, who frequently worked himself into a lather of of rage as he did battle in a maximum-intensity industry.

“Andrew Breitbart is dead at 43 from ‘natural causes,'” read a tweet that echoed hundreds of others posted after his death. “Yes I suppose wine is pretty natural.” A commenter on an addiction site noted that Breitbart’s enraged appearances reminded him of his own behavior after an extended cocaine binge. “You can’t summon up that kind of insane rage naturally,” he said. “No one can be so angry all the time.” Source

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