Blog­ger Bre­it­bart cuts cor­ners and a whole lot more

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An­drew Bre­it­bart strikes me as one of those guys who just can’t fin­ish the job. If he was writ­ing a coun­try song, he’d prob­a­bly leave out mama, and trains. When he was a kid, he prob­a­bly told his daddy he’d mowed the lawn, when he’d only done the front.

Bre­it­bart is the blog­ger who got U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture worker Shirley Sher­rod fired. (No­body says fired any­more, ex­cept me and Don­ald Trump.) The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is just as half-cocked as Bre­it­bart for can­ning some­one with­out check­ing al­leged in­for­ma­tion com­ing from a blog.

You know how Paul Har­vey did a news seg­ment called “The Rest of the Story”? Well, the ad­min­is­tra­tion didn’t have the sense to go look­ing for the rest of the story, and Bre­it­bart got Sher­rod fired by not telling it. And he’s darned proud of it. If Bre­it­bart had done a term paper in school on slav­ery, he prob­a­bly would have said it pro­vided jobs, with­out men­tion­ing the dicey pay sched­ule. He can start, but he can’t fin­ish.

Don’t let Bre­it­bart walk your dog. He’ll leave the poor thing at the end of the block.

Here’s what Bre­it­bart did. He ran a video in his blog that he says some­body sent him. So, in his mind, the video wasn’t edited. OK, it wasn’t edited. It was chopped in half.

The video showed the front part of a speech Sher­rod made to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple. In that part of the speech, Sher­rod talked about how she re­sisted help­ing out a poor farm fam­ily be­cause they were white.

But Bre­it­bart didn’t run the rest of the

speech, when Sher­rod told about over­com­ing her feel­ings and help­ing the fam­ily out.

So the govern­ment made her pull over to the side of the road and Black­berry in her res­ig­na­tion.

I would de­scribe Bre­it­bart’s blog work as pro­pa­ganda. You know the dif­fer­ence be­tween pro­pa­ganda and bull­corn? Pro­pa­ganda re­quires be­liev­ers.

In his fa­vor, Bre­it­bart has his own unique lit­er­ary style. I’m wait­ing for the blog­gers new book, “Bre­it­bart’s His­tory of the World: Part ½.”

Here’s Bre­it­bart cov­er­ing the Get­tys­burg Ad­dress. “Pres­i­dent Lin­coln said yes­ter­day, ‘Four score.’” And three were left on base? Where’s the rest of it?

Here’s Bre­it­bart’s synopsis of the Iraq war. “Pres­i­dent Bush stood on an air­craft car­rier in front of a big ban­ner that said, ‘Mis­sion Ac­com­plished.’ Re­turn to your homes.”

Bre­it­bart’s lit­er­ary ap­proach re­minds me of that old Louis Arm­strong line: “Not too slow, and not too fast. Just half-fast, yeah.”

JOHN KELSO

An­drew Bre­it­bart

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