Category Archives: Andrew Breitbart

Why Is A Congressman’s Staffer Playing Mini Breitbart?

Well, this is certainly strange! Via the New York Times (if you don’t subscribe, you can also read the story here), an attempt to pull a James O’Keefe-type scam on a Harlem community organization backfired when the organizer’s bullshit meter went off:

He wanted to know how to get higher wages.

And, oh yes, he had another question: If he formed a union, could his fellow workers join with the employer to shake down politicians for more money?

At this point, Rhea Byer-Ettinger, an organizer for Manhattan Together, felt her internal baloney detector go on red alert. “Beep, beep, beep,” she said. “I said to him: ‘Well, that’s not how we work. Tell me, why are you asking me about that?’ ”

This is the anatomy of a political sting.

Nothing this fellow said was true. Public records reveal that his real name is John M. Howting. He is active in the conservative movement and does not want to organize a union. His company — for which he built an elaborate Web site — and its officials do not exist. Ms. Byer-Ettinger suspects that he secretly recorded their conversation.

What’s interesting here is that, via Tommy at First Draft, we discover John M. Howting is no ordinary O’Keefe Junior. He’s apparently a staffer for Republican Congressman Thad McCotter of Michigan. Which begs the question: is this an extra-curricular activity for young Master Howting, or part of his duties for the Congressman? Fair question, seeing as how Rep. McCotter was a Breitbart fan, eulogizing him on the House floor for

“…fighting the good fight with every fiber of his soul…”

Either way, I think the people of Michigan’s 11th district might want to know why their Represenatives’ staffers are spending their time trying to trip up a community organization in Harlem, New York.

No wonder voters hold slime mold in higher esteem than Congress. Maybe Rep. McCotter should be more focused on his own district?

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Orwell Calling

In case you haven’t heard the latest anti-Obama “scandal” trying to make its way out of the right-wing cesspool and into the mainstream media, here it is: back when he was a state senator, Barack Obama attended a Chicago play about Saul Alinsky, and afterwards appeared on a panel discussion about the work.

This was Andrew Breitbart’s last scoop, the final devastating piece of information that was going to take down President Obama. It’s the scoop that convinced his tin-foil hat followers that Breitbart was taken out by Obama’s thugs. Because of a ’90s-era play about someone most Americans have never heard of.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha …

So let’s get this straight: the people waltzing around in George Washington wigs and knee britches hollering about how they’re “losing their freedom” and decrying “government involvement in our lives” are trying to attack the President over a play he attended back in the 1990s. So beware, future political leaders of America: be careful what plays and movies you see because “freedom” loving conservatives actually view this information as a legitimate target to attack you with. And why stop at theater? Next it will books, magazines and blogs. You read Catcher In The Rye? We know what THAT means! Only Atlas Shrugged and the Bible are acceptable reading matter!

Stop me if this all sounds a tad too hypocritical to be believed. And yet, this is what the folks blogging over at Breitbart’s ironically-named “Big Government” site are chewing over today. Oh, the utter lack of self-awareness. It’s just … sad.

Maybe I shouldn’t have taken in that touring production of “South Pacific” which played TPAC last month. And I’m sure “Lysistrata Jones” which we saw in New York last year has officially labeled me a Feminazi. If Mitt Romney gets elected in November will the fact that we saw The Book Of Mormon work for or against us?

Just trying to get a handle on the brave new world these conservatives envision for America. Oh, the unbearable hypocrisy of your modern conservative patriots!

I have to wonder if we aren’t seeing the last gasp of movement conservatism. With a second radio station dumping Rush Limbaugh today and over a dozen sponsors already saying “see ya,” it seems spewing hateful crazy crap is no longer cool. Who knew? Right wing bloggers are left picking apart such irrelevant information as what plays the future president attended? What panels he spoke on? And they say we’re the ones taking political correctness to extremes?

Okie dokie.

[UPDATE]:

More from SteveM at Balloon Juice

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Andrew Breitbart Has Died?

And of course the tinfoil-hat brigade reacts in typical fashion.

Apparently liberals are really ineffective at things like governing, policy-making, national security, and taking out terrorists… but we’re terrifically efficient at bumping off nationally-known conservative figures.

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This is bizarre, because Mr. Beale and I were just talking about Andrew Breitbart this morning. One is not supposed to speak ill of the dead, and as I did not know he had passed I will confess: my comments were not complementary. What’s even weirder is that what prompted our conversation was two bizarre dreams I had last night: one involved James O’Keefe and Breitbart (probably prompted by this story). In the other I was on a speeding boat and people were jumping out.

Make of that what you will.

I do not have anything nice to say about Andrew Breitbart. Let’s just leave it at that. A part of me wonders if this isn’t some bizarre hoax, and it’s a fair question considering Breitbart’s legacy of punking the media with his doctored videos designed to ruin reputations. Though the Twitter machine tells me the New York Times has confirmed his passing with the Los Angeles coroner’s office. So there ya go.

I will say this: I’m surprised he was only 43 years old. He looked a helluva lot older. He’d get into some big time arguments with liberals I follow on Twitter and usually these “conversations” would disintegrate into toxic bullying of the “LIAR!” “No YOU’RE the LIAR!” sort. The kind of stuff straight off a schoolyard playground. Children, all of us.

Sometimes I think we all need to chill out before we stroke out. None of this stuff is that important, people. I know we think it is, but it’s not. We all get whipped into a frenzy because that idiot said this and they’re doing that but fer crying out loud, the Republic has stood for over 200 years and it’s not going to crumble because Obama wants to give everyone healthcare or Paul Ryan wants to eliminate Medicare. Nothing is undoable down the road. Just because you don’t get your way on something now doesn’t mean you’ll never get your way.

Just .. you know, plod along. Keep working, keep your eyes on the prize, don’t give up, but don’t get so wrapped up that you forget the bigger picture: because last I checked, Breitbart had a couple of small children. And now there are some kids who have to grow up without their dad. That part is sad.

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They Don’t Get It, Do They?

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that right-wing assholes like Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe don’t understand the Occupy Wall Street movement. So let me explain it to them.

Perhaps you’ve heard that Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert was targeted at his home by someone pretending to be a Verizon employee. Details at the link but this should bring everyone up to speed:

“So he gets to the last questions, and he’s really reading intently off of his clipboard, and he says something about making the kind of salary I do, working from home, something something about the 99 percenters,” Boehlert said.

The man claiming to be a Verizon representative finally asked his question. “After he mentioned my salary and that I work from home, all the bells went off, and this is not who this guy says he is. Therefore, I kind of lost track of the exact wording of the question, but it definitely was like very accusatory of me and I’m a hypocrite and how do I have this supposedly cushy job while I’m writing about real workers and the people of the 99 percent,” said Boehlert.

We still don’t know who misrepresented themselves to Boehlert — Andrew Breitbart denies involvement — but this has all the classic hallmarks of one of O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” minions, where “veritas” is not Latin for truth but rather wingnut for misquotes and misrepresentation.

As HuffPost reported, Breitbart accolytes like Mike Flynn have been harassing Boehlert on Twitter with such taunts as….

#ows, @EricBoehlert is cashing 6-figure checks to support you. When u r run out of Zuccotti park, beers and brats at his place in NJ

… “ows” being the hashtag for Occupy Wall Street, of course. And here is what Mike Flynn, Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keefe and the rest don’t seem to get: no one really thinks it’s problem how much money Eric Boehlert earns. No one cares how much money anyone earns, as long as they are paying their share of taxes, helping the guy below them on the success ladder, and not actively working to pull the ladder up behind them so we have a permanent underclass whose only recourse is to work as slaves to the rich.

Amazing that conservative activists don’t seem to understand this. Naw, scratch that. It’s utterly predictable. It also shows how out of touch they are, how phony conservative populism is, but there you go.

Right-wingers love to play the hypocrisy card, as if anyone earning over $50,000 a year has no right to criticize the multimillionaires for their greedy ways or have sympathy for those on welfare. But what the left objects to is greed, oppression, and inequality, not a well-earned salary.

I doubt too many good Lefties are going to begrudge people like Eric Boehlert their six-figure salaries (if that is indeed what Boehlert earns, I have no idea nor is it any of my business). Why? Because he is working on behalf of the 99% to make the system more equitable! He isn’t pulling the ladder up behind him, he’s trying to extend it to those below him on the economic scale. There is no hypocrisy here. What there is, actually, is someone working against their own economic self-interest for the betterment of others.

This is not a difficult concept to grasp, and it’s why conservative claims that no liberal should be allowed to earn any money are so hilarious.

I don’t begrudge Bill Maher or Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert their millions. In fact, I want more rich liberals out there. That’s more donations to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU and the Sierra Club.

Rich liberals who extend a hand to those below them economically are not hypocrites. They’re altruists. Something we used to value in this country, by the way, until a godless conservative named Ayn Rand convinced some idiots that altruism was a bad thing. Now they’ve drunk so much Kool-Aid they don’t even recognize it when they see it.

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Served

Well it’s about damn time:

Andrew Breitbart, the owner of several conservative Web sites, was served at the conference on Saturday with a lawsuit filed by Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department employee who lost her job last year over a video that Mr. Brietbart posted at his site biggovernment.com.

The video was selectively edited so that it appeared Ms. Sherrod was confessing she had discriminated against a farmer because he was white. In the suit, which was filed in Washington on Friday, Ms. Sherrod says the video has damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work.

Mr. Breitbart said in a statement that he “categorically rejects the transparent effort to chill his constitutionally protected free speech.”

Yeah, ya know funny thing: slander and libel are not constitutionally protected. So, thanks for playing.

Hacks like Breitbart are no better than thugs and criminals. Worse, actually, because their slanderous attacks are politically motivated. It’s a craven attempt to swing power to their ideological side.

Seriously, who the fuck is Shirley Sherrod? Why pick on her? Who had even heard of her before Breitbart’s little stunt? Except that she’s black, and serves a Democratic president.

I never understood why John Kerry didn’t sue John O’Neill and Jerome Corsi over the Swift Boat smears. The lies cost Kerry the election, but it was also the most egregious smear campaign in political history: to take an actual war hero and somehow turn his military record into a negative, while at the same time pretending to be rah-rah support the troops, was just astounding. Our media and political establishment were truly asleep at the wheel on that one. It was probably as egregious a media fail as the non-existent Iraq WMD claims. And the failure of John Kerry to sue just opened the door for the professional right to turn these smears into a regular part of our political discourse.

So I for one and thrilled that someone is finally pushing back against the professional mudslingers.

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>Shorter ABC News: Online Stuff Matters?

>So now ABC News is trying to distance itself from crackpot Andrew Breitbart:

Mr. Breitbart is not an ABC News analyst.

He is not an ABC News consultant.

He is not, in any way, affiliated with ABC News.

He is not being paid by ABC News.

He has not been asked to analyze the results of the election for ABC News.

Mr. Breitbart will not be a part of the ABC News broadcast coverage, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. For the broadcast coverage, David Muir and Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg will contribute reaction and response gathered from the students and faculty of Arizona State University at an ABC News/Facebook town hall.

He has been invited as one of several guests, from a variety of different political persuasions, to engage with a live, studio audience that will be closely following the election results and participating in an online-only discussion and debate to be moderated by David Muir and Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg on ABCNews.com and Facebook. We will have other guests, as well as a live studio audience and a large audience on ABCNews.com and Facebook, who can question the guests and the audience’s opinions. 

This whole “clarification” reads to me like a slap in the face to its online audience. You know: “Hey! It’s digital! It’s the internet! We thought you kids loved the crazy shit!”

Jeebus, get a fucking clue or don’t do the internet at all. People don’t distinguish between ABCNews.com and “regular” ABC News, you idiots. The digital division isn’t some “other thing” “out there” in the hinterlands. It’s your same fucking brand. Fucking maroons, what the hell do you think the future of news is? It’s the shit that’s sent to your iPhone and iPad. You can’t downplay a stupid decision by saying, “oh well it’s just digital content and so it doesn’t matter because no one but a bunch of college kids in their pajamas is paying attention.” Are you really that dumb, or do you just think WE are?

Get. A. Clue.

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>Woot!

>You go, girl! Sue da bastards.

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