The moving Hating Breitbart has been re-released as a PG-13 movie, thereby dropping its R rating from when it was released last year (so, it has been slightly edited as the only reason for the R rating last year was a small amount of foul language). I saw it last year when it was released the first time. I would definitely watch it again this year, but it isn’t playing in the Dallas area this time around. Hopefully the powers-that-be can rectify that.
I was recently musing about what a field day Andrew Breitbart would be having with these White House scandals. First of all, he probably would have already discovered the extent of the abuse in the IRS (before Congress) complete with names and dates, etc . He likely would have been carrying the banner on this months ago, even before the election. Breitbart had a way of being connected, and he fearlessly pursued truth. He found his way to stories that at first seemed crazy (like Anthony Wiener Tweeting pictures of himself and then vehemently denying it and lying about it on CNN), and yet they always ended up being true.
Breitbart was recently vindicated in the Pigford scandal which he uncovered long before anyone else did. He would be leading the way right now in the fight against the MSM narrative in this latest round of scandals.
Breitbart is the person that inspired me to keep fighting at a time when it seemed that just about everything was lost. I met him at a Tea Party event in Mesquite, TX in 2010. He had given an articulate speech about the reality of the “organized Left” in the media. I had followed politics for years (I even majored in Political Science in college) but had never put the dots together about the intentional coercion that goes on with the what information flows to the general public and how dangerous that really is. Breitbart explained it so well and afterwards I shook his hand and told him how inspired I was by his speech. I felt like I had just learned something profound and things would never be the same.
Since that day when I sat riveted in my chair listening to him speak for the first time, I’ve devoured the news like never before in my life. And, I can say with certainty that every single thing he asserted that day was true. Every iota. The Left is organized. They are well-connected with the MSM. The MSM themselves are either in cahoots with the Left or they are so entrenched in their narrative that they don’t even know what they are putting out there anymore. The “watchdog” role of the press has been greatly diminished in recent years. And, the important role the press is supposed to play almost disappeared when Obama was elected president as the press has fallen all over itself to support this man. Now that there is incontrovertible evidence against this administration, we finally see some measure of criticism. However, this is too little too late as the election already passed and the good that the press could have done with an honest assessment of the President’s first four years of office never came to fruition. Imagine if the election had involved a true assessment of the President for all to see. So many who voted for Obama would have had information in front of them to help make a more informed choice. However, instead the press did everything it could to re-elect Obama. So, as we sit here for 4 more years holding our breath that the President doesn’t entirely destroy the country, we know that if not entirely responsible, the press is certainly accountable for much of the blame.
Because of the Left’s infiltration into the MSM, Breitbart also rightly championed new media. This blog and the thousands of others out there counter the MSM narrative every day. Breitbart understood that the internet is the key out of this informational tyranny. And again, he was exactly right. The role that the internet and individual bloggers and regular people play in helping the truth get the light of day cannot be overstated.
So, was Breitbart pugnacious? Was he confrontational? You bet. He was only reacting to the power structure in place. He knew toughness was needed. He did everything he could to get attention so that his voice could be heard. I wish he was around now to be a part of the events of the day. I would love to see how he would have handled all of this. However, I know we can all take solace in knowing that he influenced many who get up every day and fight the good fight.
If you want to see Hating Breitbart (which I highly recommend), here is the official site where you can see if it is playing in your area.
Also, here is a great tribute by Rush Limbaugh about Breitbart.
Lisa @ AmericaisConservative.org