Blogger Breitbart cuts corners and a whole lot more
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.”