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Andrew Breitbart-- Major Right wing Echo Chamber Architect and Voice

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In a recent special comment, Keith Olbermann called Andrew Breitbart "scum" three times.

You might think that Andrew Breitbart, involved in fraudulent, unethical faux journalism efforts attacking ACORN and Shirley Sherrod, is simply a small-time, ethically impaired lowlife-- pond scum. You would be wrong. Andrew Breitbart is, scum-metaphor-wise, BP grade, ocean destroying, gull oil well destorying major scum.

Breitbart is no lone wolf. He is not an unethical oddball faux journalist doing weird projects.

Breitbart is at the center of the right wing's media echo chamber system. He is a core, integral player who plays a major role in defining the conversations on the right.

That makes it a much bigger deal, a more important story, when Breitbart engages in such aggressively, blatantly unethical, dishonest reporting.

Wikipedia reports, "Andrew Breitbart helps run the Drudge Report website." That puts Breitbart dead center in the middle of the right wing's messaging system, since the Drudge REport is used as the go to place for right wing pundits on Fox and the talk radio echo chamber, to find talking points each day.


Andrew Breitbart editor for Drudge Report by mashup of drudgereport logo and image of breitbart from wikipedia

That means that millions of right wingers read the stories Breitbart presents as news. Millions!!. The links appear on Drudgereport and often take them to Breitbart's breitbart.com.

Or, if the links do not go to Breitbart's page, then the links create a daily news picture that frames a negative picture of Democrats and the left, of climate change and the Obama administration.

The attack job on Shirley Sherrod offers a glimpse inside the mind and mentality of Breitbart and the right wing echo chamber he plays a major role in orchestrating.

Not all right wingers think like Breitbart, Drudge or psychopath Glen Beck, who makes up whole histories for his 1.5 million viewers. Yesterday, Peggy Noonan, in her weekly Saturday Wall Street Journal column, wrote,

There is beauty in the speech, and bravery too. It was brave because her subject wasn't the nation's failures and your failures but her failures. The beauty is that it deals with the great subject of our lives: how to be better, how to make the world better. It's not a perfect speech--she's tendentious in her support for health care and takes cheap shots at Republicans. And it's not the poor versus the rich, it's the powerful helping the powerless. But it's good.

You know what happened this week. Someone cut the 45-minute speech down to less than two minutes, to the part in which she talked about not wanting to help white people. Andrew Breitbart ran it on one of his websites and made Ms. Sherrod look like a race-game-playing government bully.

It was trumpeted all over conservative media. The Obama administration panicked and forced her to resign. She wasn't even given a chance to explain.

And then the Spooners stepped in, and this time they saved her. Is Ms. Sherrod a racist, they were asked. "No way in the world," said Roger Spooner. "She stuck with us." Eloise: "She helped us, so we're helping her."

Then people started bothering to watch and read the whole speech.

Not all right wingers have lost their moral compass. And let's not forget that someone in the Obama White House knee-jerked a dump Shirley response. The NAACP knee-jerked a dump Shirley response. The episode showed a lot of weaknesses and liabilities and flaws. But under it all, was the man who perpetrated the fraud or lie, whatever you choose to consider what Breitbart did. And it allowed the world to get an idea of the soul of America's right wing leadership. Be assured, Breitbart is a part of that leadership, as surely as Sarah Palin is too.

If you didn't like what happened to Shirley Sherrod, then you really need to take a second look at the drudgereport.com. You really have to consider that Breitbart has a very powerful role in setting the conversation every day for Fox news, for GOP senators, for Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and the whole spectrum of right wing radio hosts, even the ones who are not anywhere near as toxic as Breitbart.


 

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A nation of people sucked into the dysfunctional r... by rini920 on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:42:13 AM
Echo, echo, (liberal) echo...Is anyone here, here,... by Bram Floria on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:47:57 AM
Yes someone is hear...this is Beck, how can I hel... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:02:53 PM
you could regale us with tales of how Andrew Breit... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:29:21 AM
John, has Breitbart ever claimed he was a born aga... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:11:08 PM
I have caught writers on OP/Ed doing the same thin... by siriusss on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 10:43:50 AM
You've caught writers on OEN editing people's stat... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:13:53 AM
Jim he doesn't have an example,he's just jacking ... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:07:47 PM
Jim he doesn't have an example,he's just jacking ... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:12:46 PM
You stop this by shunning and boycotting Breitbart... by Gustav Wynn on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:29:01 PM
It depends on who the falsehood is aimed at. Dan R... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:58:53 AM
I think we all need to be aware of sources and whe... by siriusss on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:39:01 AM
Good analysis. It's not one rotten apple. It's the... by W Lorraine Watkins on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:13:45 AM
behind the New Black Panther video. He's the owner... by Elizabeth Ferrari on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 1:33:50 PM
Honesty has become a liability to the right wing r... by Donald on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 1:36:00 PM
The issue is less the selective editing (and we do... by Miriam Callaghan on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 2:30:12 PM
There is still a question swinging in the wind. Wh... by Marika on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 3:42:20 PM
I remember when he got in an argument with Joseph ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 7:59:57 PM
There is a very good reason why these scummy folks... by Bill Dugan on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:43:28 PM
So Breitbart is scum and those so called journalis... by 50texanthinker on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:54:45 AM
that Andrew Brietbart is showing us the "seemy und... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:41:11 AM
You seem to be defending Breitbart for his fabrica... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 7:35:07 AM
While we are entitled to our opinions, we aren't e... by 50texanthinker on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:17:12 AM
They are only entitled to Dick Armey's and David K... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 2:06:35 PM
First... I can't stand Glenn Beck (or Hannity or R... by 50texanthinker on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:32:14 PM
but you might have gathered as much by looking at ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:03:02 AM
I've never seen a war that I support in my 50 year... by 50texanthinker on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:57:46 AM
Although the opinions you express are at odds with... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:17:43 PM
Please... Please, don't think I'm being rude or sa... by 50texanthinker on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 2:18:51 PM
by people with no real knowledge of it except as a... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:52:30 PM
hope and change must've been lost on you. I keep h... by 50texanthinker on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:20:27 PM
Queen Sheila Jackson Lee (D ) is a laughing stock ... by 50texanthinker on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:31:56 PM
For someone like yourself who values thinking so h... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 5:21:53 PM
they won't beguile me to sleep through an election... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 5:55:17 PM
The freedom of being able to speak is one we canno... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 7:13:05 AM
This incident is disappointing. The biggest disapp... by Marlene Brown on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 8:45:16 PM
Rob, in as much as you describe Glenn Beck as a ps... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 9:58:31 PM