The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

‘It’s Really Astonishing. It’s Just a Deliberate Lie From Start to Finish.’

So says Ace of Spades about the way the New York Times re-writes the history of the Anthony Weiner cybersex scandal. In a just world, Jonathan Van Meter of the New York Times — and every editor who signed off on this thoroughly dishonest article — would be fired, and effectively blackballed from the industry like Jason Blair […]

Who Andrew Breitbart Was

P.J. O’Rourke encounters Andrew Breitbart at the Manchester, N.H., Radisson Bar, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 In May 2007, I interviewed Andrew Breitbart while he was working — doing his shift as an editor at the Drudge Report — at the D.C. offices of Reason magazine, and described how he worked and why he did it: His […]

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Breitbart, Beck and the Dana Loesch Lawsuit

Back in the Day: Andrew Breitbart was a guest on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show In April 2011, Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller reported that Glenn Beck had been accused of using bloggers’ content without attribution: Mandy Nagy, a conservative blogger known online as Liberty Chick, spent untold hours last fall creating a chart […]

Further Tales of ‘Heroic Hatred’: Down the Rabbit Hole With Neal Rauhauser

Neal Rauhauser was a speaker at the 2010 Netroots Nation conference “I’ve been all over Patterico for the last several weeks, as he looks to be a pretty good candidate for the planner/operator behind Weinergate . . .” – Neal Rauhauser (“Stranded Wind”), Daily Kos, “Weinergate Perps Pay Dearly,”July 27, 2011 Patterico comments on the […]

Sociopathic Monsters: ‘Heroic Hatred’

In September, Ladd Ehlinger Jr. published “A Breathtaking Lack of Empathy,” an attempt to explain Neal Rauhauser’s sociopathic tendencies: He thinks of people as playthings to be toyed with. By categorizing them as “trolls” he can do to them whatever he wishes, and creates all sorts of elaborate games to entrap them. His revelry in […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Chains Rattling, and Who’s That Ghost?

P.J. O’Rourke encounters Andrew Breitbart at the Manchester, N.H., Radisson Bar, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 “At more than one point in the movie, Breitbart asks members of audiences he’s addressing to hold up their iPhones, pocket cams, and other recording devices and to turn them on. You, he says, are the media. That gesture is […]

Newsroom Management Training Video

“The idea that I could do for a living that which I would do in my free time, for free, is the single greatest thing on the planet.” – Andrew Breitbart, May 2007 “He had so much energy. He was so positive. . . . He was definitely a mentor. He was great to his […]

Dana Loesch, Indentured Servant?

Rumbles of discontent at, which I’d been hearing from various sources since spring, have finally erupted into actual news, as Dana Loesch has filed a federal lawsuit seeking (a) $75,000 and (b) to be released from her contactual obligations: St. Louis talk radio host Dana Loesch, also a frequent guest on CNN, alleges in […]

They’re Still Hating Breitbart

After screaming into the phone in frustration, I caught my breath and calmed down, finally paraphrasing scripture: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Never mind to whom I was talking or what the original subject of my rant was, the bottom line is something some of us have been saying for months: “Damn, […]

The Continuing Newsworthiness of the Weird Kimberlin-Rauhauser Story

Brett Kimberlin could have been sentenced to 230 years in federal prison “Keep in mind that Rauhauser, by inciting Nadia Naffe’s lawsuit against Patterico, has obligated Patterico to avoid writing about this subject on advice of counsel, and Aaron Walker‘s attorneys have advised him likewise. So two of the bloggers most knowledgeable about what I […]

You Should Watch This Video

A full hour long, this is an appearance Andrew Breitbart made in September 2011 at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. It starts kinda slow, but you really should grab a chair, get yourself a sandwich, click “view full screen” and watch the whole thing. I promise you, it’s worth your time and will […]

McKay Coppins, Concern Troll

Every newsroom is a seething cauldron of frustrated ambition. It’s been that way forever, and is true everywhere. Nobody goes into the news business with the goal of being the headline writer on the obituary page, but somebody’s got to do it, and the phenomenon of the “disgruntled staffer” is not really interesting unless the […]

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