Daily Archives: November 1, 2010


Surely the facts are of no concern to any of the parties involved.

“Online entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, known to many as the “noted propagandist” who created the racially-charged Sherley Sherrod controversy by deceptively editing a video, is likely to see his favor in mainstream media decline significantly after this debacle.
Days ago, ABC News drew a torrent of shocked reactions when it announced that the conservative blogger would be joining them for Election Day coverage. The network’s post outlining plans for on-air coverage did not mention Breitbart, but it did mention that an online town hall would be conducted at Arizona State University, moderated by David Muir and Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg.”

IOW a carnival geek who eats off the heads of live chickens has been hired by a supposedly serious news organization.

Surprising no one —

“Pouncing on this, Breitbart’s website declared that he’d be “bringing live analysis from Arizona.”
The circles of online journalism practically shook with dismay. An unnamed source within the ABC News political team told The Washington Post they were “blindsided” by the decision, “[and] not in a good way.”
Two days later, ABC News responded to the backlash, explaining that Breitbart is not an ABC News contributor, is not being employed or paid by ABC News and that he would not be appearing on any part of the network’s Election Day broadcast.
“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,” ABC News Digital Executive Producer Andrew Morse explained. “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.” “

Translation: “We’ve put the geek on a leash. Isn’t that better?”

“In response, Breitbart published two private emails, ostensibly from an ABC News producer (he redacted the person’s name), that do not appear to show any inconsistencies on the network’s behalf. While the emails do note that the town hall would be broadcast online and on ABC News radio, it does not specify how the network would use footage from the event. ABC later revealed that Election Day anchors would excerpt highlights of the town hall periodically throughout the evening.
To Breitbart, that means they’re liars — not that his site exaggerated its publisher’s importance.
The conservative blogger instead insisted that ABC News had “walked back” his role and that the whole fracas was part of a “well-funded” campaign meant to “crush dissenting voices” like his. He provided no further information on this alleged campaign or where the money may be coming from.”

Why should a pathological liar behave any differently?

“In spite of this, ABC News appears intent upon allowing Breitbart to participate in their town hall.
“This is worth noting, because it shows how insane it is for any serious news organization to play footsie with this guy,” Post contributor Greg Sargent wrote. “He’s a relentless self-promoter who’s clearly seizing on this standoff to turn himself into some kind of First Amendment martyr, even if it means dumping all over the organization that originally extended him the invite to participate.”
He concludes: “[What’s] remarkable is that the Shirley Sherrod affair wasn’t enough to persuade media people that Breitbart is nothing but bad news, and that if you get anywhere near the guy, you’re going to get badly burned. It’ll be interesting to see if this latest affair is enough to persuade them.” “

I doubt that very much. When You Go Geek You Don’t Go Back.

” In addition to Breitbart’s involvement with the deceptively edited Shirley Sherrod video, he’s long been seen as the man who created James O’Keeffe, the conservative media prankster whose rouse involving a fake pimp and prostitute deceived Congress into de-funding the community welfare group ACORN.
O’Keefe most recently tried to film himself seducing a CNN producer on hidden camera, but his scheme failed when his assistant outright told the journalist what was about to happen. In the aftermath, Breitbart threatened to sue media outlets that credited O’Keefe as one of his employees — even though the conservative blogger admitted to having paid O’Keefe for posts on his website.
“It’s a wild, ugly spectacle for ABC News,” Media Matters’s Eric Boehlert wrote. “And like I said, it’s not like we didn’t try to warn them: When you lay down with Breitbart, you’re gonna get fleas.” “

Or on this case, bedbugs.


Meanwhile, thanks to the sterling efforts of the great Joe Dante,


(a man who knows a deadly parasite when he sees one) the following quote has been “going viral”:

“As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.”

Neat, isn’t it? And you’ll never guess the author.

H.P. Lovecraft


Though sometimes compared to Poe, Lovecraft is as sui generis as they come. He didn’t simply write horror stories, but created an exceedingly complex mythos to go along with them. His work is never subtle. In fact its power derives from the blunt force of the physical revulsion Lovecraft felt about the world, his fellow human beings, and himself. As his Wiki entry notes Lovecraft was for the better part of his 47 years a devout racist. But towards the end of his life he changed.

“According to L. Sprague de Camp’s biography, Lovecraft greatly moderated his views toward the end of his life as he began to travel more and came into contact with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. He says Lovecraft was horrified by reports of anti-Jewish violence in Germany during the 1930s, which he regarded as irrational. Sprague de Camp also says that Lovecraft enjoyed getting a rise out of people he considered his intellectual inferiors by stating in a deadpan manner whatever he thought would offend them the most, and suggests that at least some reports of Lovecraft’s racism derived from this practice”

In other words this reverses the usual pattern common to leftists, especially Troskyites (eg. Christopher Hitchens), who become reactionarys in their dotage.

That said I very much doubt there’s a 180 in Breitbart’s future.

As for “Our Future,” Sing us out Randy.


“Dear Mr. Breitbart,
We have spent the past several days trying to make clear to you your limited role as a participant in our digital town hall to be streamed on ABCNews.com and Facebook. The post on your blog last Friday created a widespread impression that you would be analyzing the election on ABC News. We made it as clear as possible as quickly as possible that you had been invited along with numerous others to participate in our digital town hall. Instead of clarifying your role, you posted a blog on Sunday evening in which you continued to claim a bigger role in our coverage. As we are still unable to agree on your role, we feel it best for you not to participate.
Andrew Morse”