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Breitbart sounds off on Miller tape critics

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Update: MONDAY 11:35 a.m.

Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent retaliated against Big Government publisher Andrew Breitbart’s responses to ABC News in a blog post Monday, saying his response “is worth noting, because it shows how insane it is for any serious news organization to play footsie with this guy.”

“He’s a relentless self-promoter who’s clearly seizing on this standoff to turn himself into some kind of First Amendment martyr, even if it means dumping all over the organization that originally extended him the invite to participate,” Sargent wrote in response to Breitbart’s comments that he would be on air in addition to online for ABC News on election night.

Breitbart responded to Sargent’s latest comments in a phone interview with The Daily Caller: “Self-promoter? I didn’t start this thing.”

“I was going to show up in Phoenix and be on the fucking town hall thing before they went and got a fact-checker,” Breitbart said. “JournoList happened this year and Greg Sargent wants to be a part of George Soros’s twisted world. This self-hatred shows no bounds.”

Sargent told TheDC: “Mr. Breitbart’s post speaks for itself.”

Breitbart had responded to attacks from Sargent and Politico’s Ben Smith on Sunday about the audio tapes he released showing CBS employees in Alaska conspiring to damage GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller’s reputation. In a voicemail accidentally left on a Miller campaign staffer’s phone, two reporters from CBS’s Alaska affiliate, KTVA, are heard discussing plans to seek out potential child molesters at a Miller campaign event in an apparent attempt to hurt Miller’s candidacy.

“There’s nothing better than being lectured by liars on what proper journalism is,” Breitbart told TheDC. “Greg Sargent never called me. Is that the standard for proper journalism? How many sources does he have to make this allegation?”

Miller campaign spokesperson Randy DeSoto said that what Breitbart published is everything the campaign released.

“Everything that was recorded on my phone is what we released without change,” DeSoto said in a statement that first appeared on Big Government.

Breitbart said Sargent should have called him, but instead, “He wanted to insert, on behalf of Media Matters and a George Soros-funded institutional left, wanted to muddy the waters by making it about Breitbart – Breitbart edited tapes, Breitbart edited tapes.”

“Of course it’s JournoList – it’s Greg Sargent,” Breitbart said in a phone interview. “Then you see Ben Smith say ‘a snippet,’ acting as if the audio, the information, isn’t telling enough. Then, you see Media Matters – the same players – the same ones that get invited to the White House, the same ones that get on special conference calls, the same ones that get the shout-outs at the press conferences, who get their presidential 15 minutes of fame, the same bloggers who have access to key people within the administration. They’re all working in cahoots with each other, it’s predictable. Every single damaging bit of revelation.”

In a blog post on Sunday, Sargent questioned Breitbart’s integrity, bringing up the Shirley Sherrod incident, and used language like “snippet,” and claiming that it’s “unclear from the recording precisely what, if anything, was being plotted.”

“The full audio is only on the cell phone of Miller’s campaign manager. Will the campaign release it? Also: Who edited the audio that Big Journalism posted?” Sargent wrote.

In an update to his story, Sargent added, “It’s possible that the audio Big Journalism posted is all that was recorded on the cell phone. But even if this were the case, running with this audio alone, if that was all that existed, seems pretty questionable.”

Breitbart responded: “If your campaign heard that the local media was conspiring against your campaign to hurt you, and was going to use social media to disseminate that false information, it’s news.”

Sargent’s piece includes a response from Jerry Bever, the general manager of KTVA, the station accused of plotting against Miller – in which he said they’ve learned a lesson. “If they learned their lesson,” Breitbart asked, “why are they directing it at me? Because they realized they got their hands caught in the cookie jar?”

Breitbart defended Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s description of the KTVA reporters as “corrupt bastards.”

“Palin pounces on it because it resonated with her experience with these people,” Breitbart said. “It’s a coordinated attempt to use journalists with names attributable to the Washington Post – we’ve been down this road together with Dave Weigel. Washington Post lends credibility to Soros’s predictable, traceable propaganda.”

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  • truebearing

    If Greg Sargent was asked to report on the phenomenon of water flowing downhill, two things would inevitably result: 1) He’d try to make himself sound like a physicist; 2) he’d manage to lie about it.

    Andrew Breitbart is one of the great heros of our time. He gets attacked relentlessly by the left, and is hated by the media. OK, that last sentence was basically redundant.
    The best measure of any one individual’s effectiveness against the conspiracy of the left, and its media outlets, is how much they hate you. They really hate Breitbart, which is a badge of great honor to his truthfulness and effectiveness.

    Breitbart is about truth, and we all know how the truth is despised by the lying left.

    All hail Breitbart!!! A man of great truthfulness and courage, and a true patriot!!!

    P.S. anyone disputing or mocking this comment thereby fully admits to being a troglodytic half-wit and a child molestor, and finds Bawney Fwank sexually attractive.

    • Matthew Boyle

      truebearing – Sargent didn’t even call Breitbart, or attempt to contact him in any way. I don’t know where he got his information to make the statements he did about Breitbart, but wouldn’t it be nice if we knew?

      • des1

        JournoList?

      • truebearing

        Sargent has two main sources: 1)His wellspring of ideologically polluted opinion; 2) The Shadow Party wire service. Maybe Podesta called him personally, at the request of the ThrallKing, George Soros.

        Did you notice Podesta correcting Obama’s “enemies” comment this weekend, and now Obama is dutifully following the Shadow Party prompt, and walking it backwards himself? This isn’t the first time that has happened, and it won’t be the last. Soros and the Shadow people aren’t happy with Obama, and Obama knows it. They are setting him up for a fall, so Hillary can jump in and keep the Open Society Institute transnationalist agenda from failing.

        Sargent is yet another leftist plant, masquerading as a journalist. He wouldn’t know objectivity if it sat on his head and crapped. Even his writing style is tortured and deceptive.

  • curmudgeon

    Spraying contest between skunks.

  • RowanGingerRaven

    The very best, compelling, and honest part about Andy. He was a lefty as a kid, then grew up. Now he knows exactly how to get under their skin with the facts, I adore it!

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  • DANIEL CABRERA

    TO WHOM MAY IT CONCERN
    ______________________

    What follows is all over the entire NET in many blogs and sites, it is sent to a great umber of radio talk-shows, all tv and cable networks in addition to ‘Washington DC KIndmom’…meaning, WHITE HOUSE,CONGRESS,SENATE, MANY POLITICIANS (corrupted and others that look not so corrupted),…virtually everyone out there.
    If you have the time read it,… if you do not want to read it,… then , just don’t.
    ______________________
    Reality is that because liberal-democrat candidates – NONE OF THEM – ARE RUNING ON MERITS OR POSITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT,… THEY ARE RUNNING ON THE BASSIS OF INSULTS AND FOCUSING IN SMALL AND PUNY DETAILS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS AT HAND…as for example, Mr Coons in Delaware,…Ms Murkouski in Alaska,…Mr Brown and Ms Boxer in California…and even Ms Murkouski in Alaska (for this candidate is behaving like a SOLD-OUT DEAL MAKER RINO-TYPE REPUBLICAN and possibly HIGHLY INCLINED to sing out with the OBAMA GANG…. beside to be a sour looser),…just to mention few.

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    …in others words they are trying DETOUR / DIVERSION.

    And after all that they will try the ultimate card; FRAUD!

    OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED – WE ALL HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED – BY THE CURRENT ADMININSTRATION NOW IN GOVERNMENT…are we not?

    AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS DETERMINED TO STOP THE INSIDIOUS AND NEFARIOUS ASSAULT.

    So,…anyone – I mean, ANYONE INTERESTED TO PREPETUATE OUR SORY SCENARIO, ANYONE THAT FEELS COMFORTABLE WIHT IT,WHERE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION REJECTS TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND DOES WHATEVER THEY FEEL LIKE IT… WELL,… BY ALL MEANS VOTE IN FAVOUR OF ANY LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT OBAMA SUPORTER OUT THERE…OR IN FAVOUR OF ANY SOLD-OUT, RINO-TYPE / ‘DEAL MAKER’ REPUBLICAN THAT GOES ALONG WITH THEM…

    …however if anyone want to PUT A STOP TO THE ONGOING BRUTAL ASSAULT TO OUR COUNTRY, TO OURSELVES TO OUR CHILDREN …THEN VOTE AGAINST EVERYTHING THIS CURRENT DESTRUCTIVE ADMININSTRATION DOES REPRESENT.

    CLEAR ENOUGH?….SIMPLE ENOUGH?…I don’t think that any of us needs a phD in quantum physiscs to understand with this one,…do we?

    So tommorrow, NOV 2 MID-TERM ELECTIONS…..how is going to be for anyone out there?

    YOUR ACTION WILL DETERMINE HOW OUR GREAT NATION IS GOING TO GO.

    Sincerely,

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    • des1

      You still need to work on learning to turn of your Caps Lock key.

      That plus I find it incredibly in poor taste for people to post spam at other people’s web site.

    • llama

      Thanks for illuminating us – keep up the good work.

  • nono524

    The liberals and Soro’s are trying to destroy the Republic, not on our watch!