Hating A Dead Man

‘Hating Breitbart’ Review: How Andrew Tortured the Media with the Truth

“Hating Breitbart” introduces movie goers to the man the mainstream media despised for telling it like it is.

The film, opening in select theaters Friday, will certainly be greeted with head nods and high fives by those who followed the late media mogul’s work. Those unfamiliar with Andrew’s mission or his successful take down of media memes will walk away with a better understanding of what he was fighting – and why so many people wanted to personally destroy him.

The documentary captures Andrew using his media empire to savage ACORN, the media lie that the Tea Party movement was hopelessly racist and reporters who cared more about attacking Andrew’s minions than doing actual journalism.

Andrew did it all with great humor, a ferocious spirit and a willingness to sign up every citizen journalist he could to join his army.

“Everybody has the ability to break a story … it’s the most exciting era in the history of the First Amendment,” he says during the film.

I have to admit that I missed most of the Breitbart experience while he was alive. Now I wish I had paid more attention.

Forget about his political views. The man was onto something that could be a real game-changer. For decades the mainstream (corporate) media has held a stranglehold on information. Yes, “the truth is out there”, but you gotta go look for it. Propaganda comes right into your living room every night.

A very small group of people, answerable to no one, exercise control over 90% of what we call news. They decide what to tell us about and what to ignore. They even try to tell us what it means. Joseph Goebbels would be envious.

People talk about starting new political parties when they should focus on joining what Breitbart called the “new media.”

“The new media is taking over where the old media failed. Yes, they failed, my friends. Yes, they failed.”

Breitbart believed in citizen journalists, armed with digital cameras, smart phones, internet access and social media, who would bypass the old media. In other words, what the progressive blogosphere was supposed to be before the progressive bloggers sold out (he helped create Huffington Post).

This is not about ideology. Truth has no ideology, it just is what it is. But truth is a double-edged sword that doesn’t care which way it cuts.

Remember Occupy Wall Street? They recorded their activities and posted them on YouTube. Then they discovered that people didn’t like what they were seeing so the Occupiers started deleting their own stuff. But even though it was bad for the Occupy movement it was a win for the new media. People didn’t have to take anyone’s word about the Occupiers they could see for themselves.

The prevalence of recording devices has provided shocking proof of how police officers really act. We’ve seen people punched or tasered by cops for little or no reason. This has resulted in some states trying to criminalize the recording of the police!

The truth is out there. Let’s go get it.

Hating Breitbart starts today in selected theaters.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32

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98 Responses to Hating A Dead Man

  1. Gonna have to sneak out and see it ;~P

  2. votermom says:

    People talk about starting new political parties when they should focus on joining what Breitbart called the “new media.”


    • elliesmom says:

      If a citizen press could morph one of two major parties back to what it once was, that would great. Say, maybe the Democrats under Clinton or the GOP circa Rockefeller. While I appreciate the “new media” idea, unfortunately it means sifting through a lot of real garbage to find the good stuff. As soon as you let someone else do the sifting for you, you’re right back where you started. A good example is the Huffington Post, which started out as a good idea, but it’s right up there with the NYT for bias, and for “quality” they rely on celebrities who want to see their name in print to write for them. I think for those of us with enough time on our hands to read lots of stuff, the “new media” is great. But if you have 20 minutes a day to keep yourself informed about the political world, you choose a site in your comfort zone (like Cheetoville) and stay there.

      • votermom says:

        That’s a great point – way too much info out there. But just the act of filtering creates a slant.

        • Glennmcgahee says:

          Or try googling any fact about Obama and you’ll find everything you ask for links you to his re-election campaign website. It was more prevalent in 2007 than now but its still the same basically. You really have to sift past the first few pages of results and then you also may find what you’re looking for has been deleted or disappeared.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I always admired his gutsy-ness by inserting himself in the corrupt MSM stories seeking the truth. Not many people know he was a former liberal and started out with Matt Drudge and the then conserative Ariana Huffington. Highlights of his incredible journey at wiki:


  4. tommy says:

    Toure over at Time says that the idea that blacks overwhelmingly support O just because hes black is racist. This dude is full-on insane. He sees racism everywhere. Why the heck is this guy writing in Time?

    • ME says:

      Even left leaning blacks are fed up with Toure. He actually said that enslaved African women wanted to be raped by slavemasters. Google it, he’s a fool. He should be doing the entertainment and pop culture reporting he used to do. I don’t know why he is the voice of Black America on MSNBC. There must be someone else.

    • yttik says:

      Toure is a fool, but this idea that black folks overwhelming support Obama because he’s black really is racist. It’s also an idea that has been perpetuated by a mostly white, Obama supporting media. Just like everybody else, about half of black folks don’t care enough or are too discouraged to even bother to vote and participate. So now we’re down to about half and some of them are Republicans, conservatives, greenies, libertarians.

      We’ve been told a lie about black folks for four long years. The motivation behind this lie of course, was to take black folks hostage and make them think they’re race traitors if they didn’t support the President.

      It’s a racist meme.

    • tommy says:

      Toure might want to have a conversation with Samuel.L.Jackson who famously told Ebony magazine : I voted for Barack because he was black. Cuz thats why other folks vote for other people – because they look like them. Thats American politics, pure and simple. (Obama’s) message didn’t mean s**t to me.

  5. tommy says:

    Rassie has Romney reach the 50% mark in Virginia. R-50, O-47.

  6. wmcb says:

    I have come to like what Breitbart started for reasons that have little to do with whether I always agree or think they are *right*.

    It’s as simple as this: It is unhealthy for a society for the views of a significant portion of that society to be squashed and told STFU. The media, academia, etc need pushback. For too long, conservatives and libertarians seemed to accept the verdict of being “fringe”. To lie back and think, well, we may not be mainstream, but we’re right. Bullshit. Sorry, but political views held by roughly half the country are NOT fringe. They are by definition mainstream. Whether you agree with those views is another matter, but it’s a FACT that they are not fringe.

    I admire Breitbart because he stepped up and basically said, “Stop meekly accepting being told to STFU. Stop whining that the media won’t cover X. You go cover X.” The media poobahs and academics bemoan the “confusion” of all this. “Too much information, some of it might be untrue!” they shriek. SO? And this is different from what you’ve done for decades HOW?

    Put it ALL out there. Lots and lots and lots of information. Let people judge for themselves. Stop with the “approved” narratives, let there be 12 competing narratives. NO ONE is completely unbiased. Yet biased is not necessarily the same as untrue. Could be, could not be. Might as well get all those biases out in the open, and judge the truth for ourselves.

    • votermom says:

      What we have now with new media is almost like a digital version of the Athenian agora. Whoever shouts the loudest gets heard.

    • Exactly. Breitbart wasnt saying read stuff in different places in the media. He wasnt saying consume new media. He was saying MAKE new media. That’s why he would tell people to hold up their cellphones and digital cameras at his speeches and rallies. What the internet has revolutionized is the platform. Now anyone can put their own content out there and it may literally be seen by millions, picked up by bigger hosts etc. This makes it SO much more difficult for the powers that be to hide stuff. They can only control the message so long as they control the platforms.

      Think of how many cases of police brutality have been exposed prosecuted simply because of the internet. What if the media had chosen not to broadcast the beating of Rodney King? They dont have the power anymore to NOT cover stuff they deem “not important’ or off message.

  7. yttik says:

    Somebody once told me, what if crime had been declining for the past 40 years? What if teen pregnancy rates were really way down? What if the vast majority of Americans were generous and charitable with their time and money? What would the world look like if all these things were true? Well, all these things really are true and if we had a media that didn’t demand and endless supply of dirty laundry both true and false, we would know about it and it would change how we think.

    Unfortunately because the media shapes our perceptions, it’s nearly impossible to convince people that crime is declining, that people are healthier than ever before. Instead we’re left muttering, what is the world coming to?

    In politics it means we’re robbed of our leadership. The media won’t report on Romney’s vision for America, or his plan to lift the country up because that isn’t “news.” Instead they’re looking for scandal so they carry on about Binders and Big Bird. Nobody wanted to talk about peace and prosperity during Clinton’s terms, they wanted to talk about impeachment and sexcapades. President Bush did many awful things, but we were also deprived of hearing about his work in Africa, his support of women in Afganistan, his efforts to build hospitals for women damaged from rape as a war crime.

    What we are told makes a huge difference. One view of the world causes you to hunker down, lock your doors, and arm yourself, and the other view causes you to join in and make the world a better place.

  8. Constance says:

    Media reform is a great cause for people to take on. At the very least it would be helpful if we could push the corporate TV media into a free market. As consumers we deserve the right to pick which channels we want and pay for only those channels. That would be a free market and under those circumstances MSNBC and probably CNN would have been out of business long ago or they would have stopped bringing obviously slanted “news”.

    It would make a difference if Congress would pass legislation giving consumers the right to choose and pay for only the cable channels they want.

    Alternately it would be helpful to start a cut the cable cord movement that teaches people easy ways to stop paying for cable and still get the few programs they actually want without subsidizing the garbage.

    For now check this site out, it tells you how much your cable bill would be if you paid for only the channels you want and weren’t forced to subsidize channels like MSNBC.


    • yttik says:

      I would dump cable totally, if it weren’t for my husband. I much prefer Netflix and Hulu because there’s no commercials and you can choose what you want to watch and when.

      I think cable and TV is going to go the way of the dinosaurs. Most of it is just obnoxious.

      • Constance says:

        Well that is another issue, women consumers are really getting screwed by the cable package. Have you ever noticed how men actually like the “men’s channels” but the “women’s content” channels have no women viewers (some men do watch them for the tit and ass advertising every 5 mins). Why should we pay to have offensive advertising venues force fed into our homes? This is a BS system.

        • votermom says:

          would love love love an a la carte cable pricing system

          • myiq2xu says:

            I have DirectTV with no pay channels. I have 32 “favorite” channels programmed and I probably only watch about 10 of them on a regular basis (once a week or more).

          • myiq2xu says:

            Not counting Raiders and Giants games, I doubt I watch 4 hours of television every day. My favorite channel is CMT

        • Glennmcgahee says:

          I cut the cord 2 years ago and couldn’t be happier. As a matter of fact there’s a channel called USATV that allows you to get almost anything thats available on cable. You do have to pay but its well worth it. I can pick and choose what I watch and pay for. The only thing I can’t get is TCM which I’d really like to have. A bunch of us are writing to ask that they stream and we’ll pay alot for it.

      • We have the cheapest, basic cable that comes with ESPN for hubby, and we add showtime for me. Otherwise I would also just use Netflix.

        We did go cable free for four months last year. During baseball season. Sorry Myiq. Hubby is not a fan.

  9. blowme0bama says:

    The crap that has been pushed off as “news” and “journalism” is abso-fucking-lutely worthless for anyone seeking truthful information. The ONLY value it has is as an indicator of where the leftists want to push us next.

    It is beyond ridiculous that person has to exercise the mental acuity of a card counter in a casino while listening to “the news” in order to parse out the information from the opinion.

  10. votermom says:

    new R ad – what do you think of the split screen at the end?

  11. Constance says:

    My ballot came yesterday! I have to go to work now but I have ballot and voters pamphlet, snuggy blanket, and waiting tea cup ready for this evening. I mail it tomorrow and then this whole nasty episode will be over for me! YEA! Gosh, I’m giddy at the prospect!

  12. votermom says:

    Sarcasm will be the death of me

  13. votermom says:

    non-PC laugh of the day

  14. votermom says:

    This is why I am brain-washing encouraging my older kid to pick a math major of some kind

  15. votermom says:

    So OT Is it ok to wait 8 months to pull a teen’s impacted wisdom tooth (no pain)
    Trying to decide whether to wait until summer break …

    • Lulu says:

      Christmas break might be better if can get an appointment. An oral surgeon here works six days a week during school breaks.

    • Constance says:

      They aren’t sick that long from the surgery. Halloween might be the perfect time. My kids chose to go to school slightly puffed and still black and blue so they could tell wisdom tooth war stories and suck up the sympathy.

      • votermom says:

        I think I am more nervous about this than she is, honestly.
        They will have to put her under to remove the impacted tooth and the thought of anesthesia always makes me freak out.

        • Lulu says:

          They won’t let her leave until she is awake. If she gets sick from anesthesia ask for an anti-nausea shot or pill that last 6-8 hours when you make the appointment so you don’t have to deal with that. Then my kids just went home and went to sleep. Trying to feed them mush is the most difficult part because they are still hungry.

        • votermom says:

          Yeah, figuring out what kind of mush to feed her is another thing.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I went through this in my 20’s and kept putting it off til it became painful and infected. Keep in mind, that could be a much longer recovery time for her. I vote for the sooner the better 😀

        • votermom says:

          I never had to have my wisdom teeth removed – growing up with 3rd world dentistry, I had more than enough space in my mouth for them by the time they popped out.
          Or it may just be proof that I have a big mouth. 😀

        • both my kids had it done. It was much harder on me than it was on them. They didn’t suffer long and bounced back pretty quickly.

    • piper says:

      Better to do it as soon as possible before pain. Mine were done under anesthesia by an oral surgeon. Sleepy during the first day but almost no pain or swelling from procedure unlike the other wisdom tooth pulled by regular dentist. Best to your daughter.

      • votermom says:

        thanks piper! (But they want to stick needles in my baby! – who happens to be taller than me now, but still!)

        • jjmtacoma says:

          Will they leave open sockets or stitch her gums? If the gums are stitched, she should recover in a couple days – open sockets take more care but within about two days she will be feeling normal while eating soft stuff and mouth tastes horrible for days no matter what.

          Sadly, I have had my share of dental work… bicycle meets pavement with me in between.

          I HATE it when my kids have to get surgery of any kind.

        • jjmtacoma—me too. I even hate it when my CATS have to have surgery. I can hardly stay in the room when they get their shots….

        • votermom says:

          One they are definitely stitching – the other one I’m not sure since it is a straight extraction (she only has two wisdom teeth – lucky girl will apparently never get upper wisdom teeth)

  16. votermom says:

  17. Constance says:

    New Agenda has surprising “binders” related story up.

  18. tommy says:

    2 stories from the savage side. ‘Teen lashed for talking to men – A 15 year old girl in Timbuktu received 60 lashes after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street. The girl was allegedly caught speaking with men by Ansar Dine, the militant Islamist group, which controls Timbuktu and much of northern Mali. “The girl was warned five times by the Islamist police,” one resident told the Daily Mail’. And. ‘Girls’ hair cut for not wearing veil – A teacher in Luxor, southern Egypt punished two 12 year old schoolgirls for not wearing the Muslim headscarf by cutting their hair, the father of one girl said on Thursday, in an incident that stokes concerns over rights following the rise of Islamist political movements. The governor of the province called the teacher’s actions “shameful” and said she had been transferred to another school. The teacher, Eman Abu Bakar, could not be reached’.

    • darraghcmurphy says:

      Remember when obama went to Cairo right after he was elected and reassured the gf*ckers I mean islamacists that they had a right to not be interfered with for “allowing” their women to “choose” the hijab?

      Fuck that fucking fucker.

  19. angienc says:

    Forget about his political views. The man was onto something that could be a real game-changer. For decades the mainstream (corporate) media has held a stranglehold on information. Yes, “the truth is out there”, but you gotta go look for it. Propaganda comes right into your living room every night.

    I completely agree about wishing I had paid more attention to Breitbart sooner — I’ve really come to appreciate him now. Of course, haven been such a blindly tribal “D” for so long, I thought he was nothing but a hack troublemaker — even after May 31, 2008, it took a while to shed old prejudices & wrong perceptions I didn’t even know I had.

    And he was so right about the media. Even little things they lie about to further their agenda. I’ve been unable to get how much Mitt killed it last night at the Al Smith dinner — we know both candidates have professional writers, etc.– but everyone — even the people there — were so shocked at Mitt’s performance that it made him even *funnier* because it was so unexpected from him. And you know why that is? Because even though we know the MSM is lying to us, we kind of bought into the meme that Romney is stiff, awkward, etc. In fact, in retrospect there have been ample opportunities where the press could have shown his *humor* but chose, if they reported on it at all, to use the remarks to make him look *stupid* (for example, the “I don’t know why you can’t roll down windows on airplanes” or the “Trees are the right height” incidents).* Last night at the Al Smith dinner — just like the first debate — we got to see Romney unfiltered by the MSM interpretation of him — and their bullshit lies about him crumbled.

    *ICYMI: I posted a really good article last night from March (with links to video) that shows Mitt’s humor — it’s worth the read if you haven’t had the chance to see it & the link in it to video of Romney in 2007 at a GOP fundraiser/dinner making fun of his “hunting small critters” gaffe is hilarious.


  20. myiq2xu says:

    The apocalypse is here:

  21. a little post traumatic stress flashback today—-MSNBC on Morning Joe this morning IN SPITE OF THE LATEST POLLING talked for a good 10 minutes about how Mitt can’t win because there is little to no pathway for him to get to 270 electoral votes. They said the race is over, Obama has won. Sound like 2008 all over again???????

    • myiq2xu says:

      Why were you watching MSNBC?

      Huffing paint is better for you.

      • well myiq—you are probably right. I’m doing my “bucket list” half marathon on Sunday and was just warming up for a small run. I got too warmed up listening to that crap and needed something to calm me down. I turned it off and listened to my ipod to finish the warm up.

        they are hypocrites and idiots and they look like they have food all over their faces when they talk and don’t care if they look ridiculous. Amazing what kind of prostitution you do for a paycheck. (no offense to the ladies and gents of the night—-at least they’re not hypocrites)

  22. ME says:

    More people need to see this, pass it around. Please.!

  23. wmcb says:

    Ashley Bell is helping Romney form his Black Leaderahip Council, which will continue into the Whitehouse if he wins. Looks like Mitt is serious about healing the divides.

    Bell speaks of the great hopes he had for Obama (his wife was a delegate), and why he’s now supporting Mitt.


  24. angienc says:

    Speaking of “corrupt media” — Yahoo has a story up right now titled “Does Romney Have an In-Law Problem?” in which the AP tries to create a scandal over Mitt’s nephew by marriage having a company that filed bankruptcy (a green energy one at that!).

    Mitt Romney’s rise in business and politics has served as a marketing bonanza for two of his wife’s closest relatives, both Utah-based businessmen who have benefited from, and are said to have traded on, their connection to the presidential candidate even as they suffered a succession of embarrassing business and legal difficulties.

    Ann Romney’s brother Roderick Davies, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and nephew Ryan Davies, who oversaw a now-bankrupt green energy venture, have both been out on the campaign trail to offer support for Romney. But back in Utah, the two men have left a trail of unhappy business partners, a number of whom spoke with ABC News to express concern about how the two might try and capitalize on a Romney presidency.


    Oh yes, lets worry about how Mitt’s in-laws might capitalize on his presidency instead of the taxpayer money Axelrod’s firm –his SON still works there — was paid to promote Obamacare. And that’s not even getting into all the other shady characters like Valerie Jarrett, with her own Secret Service detail, capitalizing on the Obama presidency.

    On the one hand, if this is the best they’ve got after Big Bird & Binders for the “October Surprise” Mitt is sitting pretty. On the other, this is such fucking bullshit that I want to scream.

  25. tommy says:

    Sean Trende over at RCP has an interesting article up. Dude is good. Subject : Did JFK lose the popular vote in 1960. Man, those days were a mess.

  26. votermom says:

    They got nuthin

  27. So many good comments! About tribalism, about having to filter etc. To add- now that I have gone after the truth that is available- half of my first tribe (family) that has sustained its ties with the D tribe- just treat me like I am a screaming maniac deserving the boyz in the white coats. They do not want to hear any version of reality other than the one they have known and been comfortable with all their lives- the Blue, Kennedy supporting, MA reality. They still all watch George Stuffitupyourass and CNN.
    I have given up trying to convince them. The younger generation of family seems to be following my lead- thanks be to God- except the one son who still lives in Kool-Aid central, Cape Cod, MA. At least they follow the links I leave on FB, send me questions in emails so I can direct them to sources etc. We are now divided with two sisters and two brothers anti obama, two sisters pro. Sigh. Well, they live in MA and there is no chance of that state turning anytime soon.

  28. HELENK says:


    today’s picture and caption is great

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