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@HatingBreitbart Shall Be Seen Alongside 2016 As Essential For Understanding The Obama Era

Posted on | October 21, 2012 | 16 Comments

by Smitty

An absolute must-see. And must-own.

My old Nokia N97 was immortalized about midway through the movie, where, after he was done addressing the Tax Day Tea Party in 2010, I asked him a question:

Other famous folks included, but not necessarily making the credits, were Da Tech Guy, Marooned in Marin. Dave Weigel is in there a bit, though his position is ambiguous on a good day. Also, some guy named Dan Riehl. Stacy says his voice is heard in the New Orleans party scene, but I missed that.

The new thing that I learned from the movie was the influence Orson Bean had on Breitbart; I had heard Andrew say that the Clarence Thomas hearings had affected his thinking, but his father-in-law seems to have impacted Breitbart’s transition to conservative stalwart, as well. But the movie isn’t really so much a biography of Andrew Breitbart as it is a summary of his actions while prosecuting his #War against the mainstream media. I personally attended and blogged considerable portions of the 2009-2010 events in the movie. Thus, it’s a fantastic summary of events to which I stood on the edge, observing closely.

Will there ever be another strange, inverted period in American history like the last four years? God forbid. We are witnessing the death of the Commie-infested media, and Andrew Breitbart played the role of its Jack Kevorkian. Someone was asking on Twitter if there will ever be another Breitbart, as though Andrew were some Arthurian figure. Responses:

  • No: Breitbart, MLK, George Washington, &c are all Highlander figures. “There can be only one”. But they do precipitate out of the solution that is history, as needed.
  • Yes: there is a Breitbart in each one of us, albeit a microscopic grain in the case of Lefty tools. That is, even the gimpiest Legacy media gimp, and I’ll throw out Chris Matthews for a name, probably still at least dreams of his pre-gimp days. Breitbart, while no military veteran, can be seen as having ‘supported and defended the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. . .domestic’.

And thus I salute this fine American.



16 Responses to “@HatingBreitbart Shall Be Seen Alongside 2016 As Essential For Understanding The Obama Era”

  1. Becca Lower
    October 21st, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    As “brushes with greatness” go, Smitty, that’s darned impressive! I bet you treasure that moment even more now.

  2. higgins1990
    October 21st, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    “We are witnessing the death of the Commie-infested media…”
    If only this were so. Alas, the commie-infested media, after coddling Obama the last four years, will prove itself the fourth estate during the Romney Administration and will be all too eager to carry water for their next crusader in 2016.

  3. Pat Phillips Austin Becker
    October 21st, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Add Runaway Slave to that list of must-see films. It’s available now on many cable on-demand networks and iTunes. Must.See.

  4. Garym
    October 21st, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    All true, but that is the power of new media Andrew was always ranting about. The commie media wil have no more power as long as we fete out the truth and expose them.

  5. rosalie
    October 21st, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    ” Will there ever be another strange, inverted period in American history like the last four years? God forbid.”
    After watching 2016 last night, I second “God forbid”.
    Orson Bean is not a liberal as most actors are? That surprised me.

  6. smitty
    October 21st, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Bean gave Breitbart a Rush Limbaugh book. So go figure.

  7. Adobe_Walls
    October 21st, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    Attempting to “…prove itself the fourth estate during the Romney Administration…” in and of itself will not be enough to save the commie-infested media. Much of FNC’s margin of superiority in ratings isn’t due to conservatives but rather due to the ideologically ambivalent. They cannot regain the credibility they’ve lost by simply switching from bashing Romney the candidate to bashing bashing Romney the president. The Media’s fundamental dishonesty in furtherance of their radical leftism may yet be their undoing or at least further substantial diminishment. By any objective standard Mitt Romney is a moderate but the left media simply cannot grasp that. They’re incapable (I believe) of ceasing to characterise him as a rightwing lunatic, since he is not this will be a tough sell, but they can’t see that either. They are enslaved by their radical world view and can’t see the need, much less succeed in attempting to escape that bondage. They simply can’t grasp that the average person doesn’t share that view.
    After Comrade President was elected much of the conventional conservative commontariate offered sincere hopes for his success for the good of the country. They also expressed genuine pride that we had elected our first openly Bolshevik President ( who is Black incidentally) and truly thought he might actually believe and act according to the nonsense platitudes he used to get elected. If Mathews or Maddow or any of the rest express such sentiments they will be hollow and insincere. In no time it will be wall to wall OMG the Nazis have seized the government. That will not overcome the public’s growing skepticism of the MSM.

  8. rosalie
    October 21st, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I always liked the guy, now I know why.

  9. Wombat_socho
    October 21st, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    At least as important, as the LameStream Media lose eyeballs, they also lose ad revenue; the newspaper cohort is already bleeding money and is desperately thrashing around for a different business model.

  10. Adobe_Walls
    October 21st, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Absolutely, losing eyeballs won’t shut them up or make them go away. The only way for that to happen is for them to go out of business. Newsweek going only digital should be most instructive.

  11. K-Bob
    October 21st, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    They are simply going to settle for being the American version of Fleet Street. They’ve all had to downsize the paper versions, so the size is right. Their big problem is that they have to compete with the National Enquirer.

    …Which broke the Edwards baby daddy story. Not exactly something the left is comfortable with.

  12. Wombat_socho
    October 21st, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    It’ll just be the first of many. USNW&R has been mostly-digital for a while now, and I expect Time to follow suit in the near future. Then, of course, there’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which isn’t printing daily editions any more, joining the Seattle Post-Intelligencer which went online-only in ’09. Faster, please. 🙂

  13. Bob Belvedere
    October 21st, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    The proper term, I believe, should be ‘Fifth Columnists’.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    October 21st, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    In the tradition of Mort Sahl, Mr. Bean, even when he was on the Left, was always an honest man – honest with himself and with his ideas. Unlike most humorists, his barbs were never filled with malice.

    Perhaps he made the journey to the RIght because he always saw Life as absurd.

  15. Quartermaster
    October 22nd, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    You beat me to it. That’s what I thought the instant I read fourth estate. Our newspapers have never been a fourth estate. Tehy’ve always been partisan muck rakers. In fact newspapers were openly known to be party affiliates. At least they were honest about it at one time.

  16. Bob Belvedere
    October 22nd, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Exactly. This whole ‘Objective Journalism(tm)’ meme is just a front created by the Left to allow the Left to pass their propaganda to us quietly.