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Friday, October 29, 2010

It pays to be a right wing fraud

Andrew Breitbart originally gained fame for featuring a doctored video toape that purported to show a second grade class; largely made up of African American kids praying to "Obama". The right wing blogosphere exploded with accusations that liberals were trying to create a 'cult of Obama'. It turned out the kids were saying "Oh God" not Obama but few if any corrected their initial reports so the story is still in wide circulation.

Next was the famous Acorn tapes where Breitbart's protege James O'Keefe and his sidekick dressed up as a pimp and 'ho' to cajole some Acorn employees into giving advice that appeared to be aiding and abetting a child prostitution ring. Acorn, whose main role was protecting minority rights in housing issues was defunded and forced to shut down. It turned out the pimp and 'ho' outfits were used only for the video and O'Keefe and associate were dressed normally when they secretly taped the Acorn employees. It turned out that the tapes had been carefully edited to make it appear as though the Acorn emplpoyees were breaking the law but when judges in New York and New Jersey saw the unedited tapes, all charges against Acorn were thrown out.

Next came the carefully edited Shirley Sherrod tape in a speech to the NAACP which purported to show an African American employee of the Dept. of Agriculture making racist comments, In a hysterical overreaction Sherrod was immediately fired. The full context of the tape proved just the opposite, that Shirley Sherrod had actually helped a white couple in Georgia save their farm. The couple came to Sherrod's defence but by then, the damage was done. Breitbart refused to apoligize, claiming both she and the NAACP were racists because a few people in the audience laughed.

His protege O'Keefe was then arrested for illegaly entering the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D - Louisiana) posing as a telephone repair man, to tinker with her phone system. We never found out what he intended to do as he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to community service and probation.

You would think someone with a track record like Breitbart's would be shunned by everyone except those who think the Rand Paul supporter who stomped on a woman's head while she was pinned to the ground was the real victim in that incident.

You would be wrong. ABC News, part of the vast liberal media conspiracy out to turn Americans into terrorist loving socialists, will be using Breitbart's wisdom and integrity to analyze the election results on Tuesday night.

Damn this integrity thing. It's obviously not doing my career as a political commentator any good.

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