How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media

Whether you agree with this guy’s politics or not, it is worth knowing who Andrew Breitbart is. In the recent issue of WIRED, Noah Shachtman profiles someone who really does direct the major media discourse in the United States. I am sure lots of people heard about this story (and saw this video), but how many paid attention to this one?
Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart has been waiting 45 minutes for a filet mignon. He drums his fingers on the table in this plush Italian restaurant off Times Square, a place where the media types he regularly trashes used to flaunt their expense accounts — back when they still had them. Breitbart looks around for a waiter and launches into a stem-winder about collusion between Hollywood and the press — the “subtle and not-so-subtle use of propaganda to make a center-right nation move to the left.

“It’s not just the nightly news,” he says. “You’re also getting television shows that reflect the same worldview, where Republicans are always the bad guys. Al Qaeda’s never the bad guy. The Republican is always the bad guy.”

From anyone else, this would be just talk — or talking points. (No terrorist bad guys on TV? Really?) But Breitbart is one of the people who rams those points into the popular consciousness. Until last September, the beefy 41-year-old with graying blond hair was a largely covert power in the right-wing media, the hidden hand behind the popular Drudge Report who also, weirdly, cofounded the liberal Huffington Post. But then he struck out on his own. Today his collection of Web sites draws more than 10 million readers a month. He has a book deal worth more than half a million dollars, and he’s a regular presence on Fox News — where he’s headed later tonight, in fact. The covert thing is out the window.

The filet finally shows and Breitbart digs in, ignoring the risk to his mustard-colored sports coat. “The idea is that I have to screw with media, and I have to screw with the Left, in order to give legitimate stories the ability to reach their natural watermark,” he says.

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7 Responses to How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media

  1. BME March 17, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    i don't understand the line, “…to give legitimate stories the ability to reach their natural watermark.” As if all of his stories are pre-destined to be at a certain place. Who decides this “natural watermark”? Andrew Breitbart, maybe?

  2. 5by5 March 17, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    Quit whining, Breibart. Republicans ARE the bad guy. They did more damage to this country than any Al Qaeda dork in a cave could ever DREAM of doing.

    Always the Republicans with the victimization.

    Two words: Boo.Hoo.

  3. Spooky March 17, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    “al queda is never the bad guy”…i don't even know what to say to bullshit of this magnitude.

  4. E.B. Wolf March 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    As much as I want to hate this guy, I can’t help but admire him. He rubs elbows and drinks Cristal with the founder of Maxim, dines on filet mignon in Times Square, and spoon feeds stories to Fox News watching rubes!
    Breitbart is a Tea Party P.I.M.P., and those bitches better have his money.

  5. ebwolf March 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    As much as I want to hate this guy, I can't help but admire him. He rubs elbows and drinks Cristal with the founder of Maxim, dines on filet mignon in Times Square, and spoon feeds stories to Fox News watching rubes!
    Breitbart is a Tea Party P.I.M.P., and those bitches better have his money.

  6. Critic46 June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Actually, I have always thought that El-qaeda, Breitbart and the GOP are ALL bad guys.

  7. Anonymous June 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Actually, I have always thought that El-qaeda, Breitbart and the GOP are ALL bad guys.

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