Friday, July 23, 2010

Breitbart: 'I am public enemy No. 1…'

The man who manufactured the recent controversy concerning Shirley Sherrod has accused the left of "manufacturing a controversy".

He produced a tape which manufactured, through judicious editing, a controversy over nothing, and yet that is the very charge he now throws at others.

Apparently, the problem here is in the lefts reaction to his disgraceful journalism, it is not with the journalism itself.

An unrepentant Andrew Breitbart told POLITICO on Thursday that the Obama administration and its allies have manufactured a controversy over the video he posted of Shirley Sherrod’s speech to the NAACP as part of an orchestrated effort to take him down.

“I am public enemy No. 1 or 2 to the Democratic Party, the progressive movement and the Obama administration based upon the successes my journalism has had,” Breitbart said in a telephone interview late Thursday morning as he headed to the airport for what he said was a long-planned, three-day vacation.
So, he is skulking out of the country to hide but wants us to know that there is a Liberal plot to bring him down.

Those darn liberals apparently want to make a big deal out of the fact that he - for the second time - has been revealed as someone who pedals in libellous edited junk, which utterly defames the people in the videos which he - or his accomplice, if anyone still believes he has one -passes to the public as "evidence" of wrongdoing.
“The desire here is to make it about me and not the Democratic establishment and the NAACP vs. the tea party,” Breitbart said, defending the footage he posted as “a self-contained newsworthy video that established the media standard of pointing out that the NAACP countenanced racism in its own award dinner setting. That was the point. That was the point. And the video proves it.”
Except the video doesn't "prove it". The crowd did not behave in the manner which he says they did. And, let's be honest, he never wanted us to watch the crowd in the first place. He only asked us to look at the crowd once the entire video was released and the size of the lie he was telling about Shirley Sherrod became blatant. At that point he suddenly decided that this "wasn't about Shirley Sherrod", it was about the crowd.

And then, the man who has turned race baiting into a national sport, reveals his true feelings about Sherrod.
"If anybody reads the sainted, martyred Sherrod’s entire speech, this person has not gotten past black vs. white," he said.
So, even after all that has transpired, even as he is slinking out of the country to hide, he still implies that she is a racist.

What a toad, what an unbelievable little creep this man is.
Asked whether he would have more thoroughly vetted the original video if he had it to do over again, Breitbart wouldn’t say.

“Let me think about that,” he said.
Even after all that has transpired, he still has to "think about that". This supposed "journalist" put out a tape which was libellous. It took someones views and distorted them. He made this woman seem as if she was a racist when her story was the very opposite. Her story was about overcoming racism.

And he still has to "think about" whether or not he would do this again?

As always with these right wing man-boys, these stunted adolescents in adult form who have never really grown up, there is this propensity to always view themselves as the victims of the piece, this astonishing failure to ever accept responsibility for the pain caused by their own actions.
All I’m seeing is people right now seeing blood in the water and coming after me.

“I believe that I’m held to a higher standard. If this video showed a picture of a Caucasian talking in the exact same way but talking about a black person with an audience affirming and clapping that behavior, the reporter would be getting a Pulitzer Prize right now.”
And, to end it all - Pat Buchanan style -he plays "poor little whitey". He's saying that he is being held to "a higher standard"; meaning, if he was black, no-one would be condemning him.

The world is political correctness gone mad, he believes. Now the black man has all the advantages. This is a recurrent theme amongst conservatives since Obama's election.

Megyn Kelly imagines that we live in a world where the DOJ refuse to prosecute black people when the plaintiff is white. Glenn Beck believes that "We have turned this into the 1950s overnight, except the races are reversed". Indeed, he goes as far as to predict "They want a race war ... and our government is going to stand by and let them do it". Rush Limbaugh believes that Obama and Oprah are successful simply because of their skin colour.

There is a recurrent theme amongst some on the right, it is a story where the white man is the person who is being discriminated against in a thousand subtle ways.

It was to prove this point that Breitbart released those libellous tapes. And the fact that they have been dismissed as utterly false only proves, in Breitbart's mind, the central point of his argument. This wouldn't be happening to him if he was black.

Their entire argument is a form of race baiting. And what I find funniest about it is that the people making these arguments - Breitbart, Beck, Limbaugh, Kelly, - are amongst the richest, most privileged, people in the country. And yet all they can see is a land where the black man holds all the advantages and they are being persecuted.

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