UPDATE – ABC lied when the pressure was put on. This is a very educational and interesting interview.
Andrew Breitbart is a nice guy and he doesn’t deserve this at all.
Friends, if you want evidence that newsrooms are mostly filled with like-minded elitist leftists, this fact doesn’t get illustrated much better than this story.
Kurtz was right to stand up for Brietbart, but is a also wrong about the so called “misleading video” comment. This is what happens when people believe the elite media narrative without checking the facts – more on that below.
Andrew Brietbart is a one man media empire. He is also a conservative activist. He has straight news web sites, commentary news web sites, blogs, a video news clips service, Hollywood connections and influence, D.C. connections and influence etc.. If you read the news regularly online you can be sure you have read news from Brietbart web sites.
Andrew Brietbart is the employer of the investigative journalists that brought ACORN and their illegal activities in tax fraud, vote registration fraud and other illegal activities burning to the ground. ACORN was a huge power player among leftist circles and wow is the left upset.
Brietbart is despised by the left. He is media public enemy number three among the left after Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
Andrew Brietbart wrote a blog post about a Youtube video of showing Shirley Sherrod at a 2010 NAACP event where she had talked about how she used her position to plot against a white farmer because he was white and she perceived a “superior attitude” from him. The story whipped up a big firestorm in the elite media. The elite media ran with the story, as they got excited when they saw “racism” and they aired snippets of the clip where Sherrod tells about the racist plotting. The media trimmed video clips down for time which is not unusual. The inflammatory nature of the story they thought they had was just too juicy to go back and check carefully. The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the clips they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves).
The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the snippet they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves). Sherrod said that when she was fired over the phone that they told her that Glenn Beck was going to blast her as a racist on his show the following day. Even though Beck got the story right the first time, the left started blaming him.. at first….
Glenn Beck did something the elite media did not expect. Beck spoke up against the firing of Shirley Sherrod and indicated that the story might not be as it appears in the elite media. After the entire “Glenn Beck and the Tea Party is racist” canard from the elite media you can understand why they were shocked. The question is WHY was Beck right about this story so early on? Keep that question in mind as we will return to it in a moment.
A few days later the NAACP released the 43 minute tape of the event. The tape showed that later in her speech Sherrod talked about how this event with the white farmer helped her to realize that racism is wrong and how it helped her in her journey to overcome racism. It turns out that Sherrod is not quite the racist as the elite media television narrative had made people think. The media and the administration realized they had egg on their face and the finger-pointing began.
Then the elite media en mass said that Brietbart carefully edited the tape to set Sherrod up and that they were tricked. This is the lie that the elite media and the left still puts out today…… BUT…
…it turns out that the elite media didn’t listen to the entire Youtube clip very carefully. It turns out that Brietbart did not chop it up to make Sherrod look guilty, in fact the Youtube video Brietbart linked to and blogged about includes a part of her mea-culpa. Brietbart was not even the creator of the Youtube video.
This is why Glenn Beck got the story correct the first time. Beck never believes the elite media narrative on face value and prefers to check the facts out for himself. Beck and/or his staff ignored the clips that the TV was playing and instead went to Brietbart’s web site to examine the entire Youtube video carefully. It was at that time Beck had realized the obvious, that Sherrod was starting to explain how she realized her racism was wrong.
The elite media and far left web sites like HuffPost, Daily KOS, Young Turks, Media Matters etc are still lying about this and claiming that Brietbart edited the video to set Sherrod up.
Here is part I of the the video Brietbart blogged about. Sherrod starts talking about how she plotted against the white farmer at 20 seconds and the NAACP audience is shown obviously approving of what she was plotting with nods, “that’s right’s” and approving laughter through the 55 second mark; as you can see scorn and condemnation of a racist act is no where near anyone in the audiences demeanor. At 1:25 in the video she starts talking about how she began to realize that her racism was wrong. –
Brietbart did not say in his blog post about the video that Sherrod should be fired as that was not even the point of his post, rather Brietbart made his point clearly. When Sherrod told how she plotted against a white farmer the NAACP audience laughed and nodded approvingly at her for that discrimination before Sherrod made her the mea-culpa and talked about how this event helped her to realize that racism is wrong. What Brietbart saw and blogged about at the NAACP event was exactly what the elite media falsely accused the Tea Party of, the applauding and/or tolerating racism in their ranks. [The NAACP also pressured the Obama administration to drop the case against members of the Black Panthers who showed up to polling places armed to intimidate white voters into not voting – Editor].
Just how bad is the elite media corruption on this issue?
Among the elite media culture, the first to get this story correct was Chris Mathews of MSNBC …but let us hold off our praise for just a moment till you see what comes next. The video below is the 5PM broadcast of Hardball with Chris Mathews. This is a sight to see:
Notice Mathews says that he saw the original Brietbart internet post and insists that the video linked to includes the part with Sherrod’s mea-culpa. Howard Dean tried to make the case that it wasn’t, accuses Mathews of being like Fox News for sticking to the truth, and then relents and admits that he did not go to Brietbart’s web site and view the original video, but rather all he saw was what appeared on TV. Howard Dean says that the entire clip is not what he saw on Fox…. guess what Howard, according to all of the blogs, comments, posted clips, and searches I can find, Fox never aired the clip until AFTER Sherrod was fired. Nice try.
But come 7PM the video was yanked from MSNBC’s web site and when the 7PM version of Hardball aired the part of Mathews getting the story correct was gone. BigGovernment.com has both clips side by side for your inspection. They also asked politico.com for a correction:
At the very end of one of the video excerpt’s, Ms. Sherrod begins to explain how she later realized her initial discrimination of the white farmer was wrong. In Andrew’s article about the speech he noted
Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help.
If we were trying to show that Ms. Sherrod was “boasting” of discrimination and were prone to editing the tape as evidence, wouldn’t we have cut that part out?
Politico would not correct the record or respond, which is becoming habitual for them.
Back to ABC. In a way I am glad Brietbart was not on ABC for several reasons. Brietbart is a brilliant guy and the media empire he has built makes that self-evident, but Brietbart is one of those guys who gets nervous and a bit choked up when in front of a camera with hostiles. There are some people who do not speak well in front of an audience no matter how smart they are. I know Andrew has been working to improve on this but he still needs improvement. I also do not trust ABC for many good reasons that we have documented over the years on this very web site. I believe that it would have been a three or four on one gang up on Brietbart for much of the evening if he were to appear.