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Did Breitbart Lie About ABC Election Night Role?

Reported by Alex - October 30, 2010 -

Andrew Breitbart, the Fox News darling already known as a proven liar and rightwing propagandist (is there a difference?) may have added a few inches to his nose in the past day or so. Yesterday morning the front page of his blog, bigjournalism.com, featured an announcement that “founder and head of the Breitbart empire Andrew Breitbart will be bringing analysis live from Arizona” on election night. Since then, not only centrist and leftwing bloggers, but members of ABC’s newsroom, have been up in arms. However, it turns out Bretibart has not been hired by ABC. Funny how he sat back and let everyone come to the conclusion that he had been, isn’t it? Screenshot after the jump.

Here is what an ABC executive had to say early this evening:

Since conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart announced on his website that he was going to be a participant in ABC’s Town Hall meeting at Arizona State University, there has been considerable consternation and misinformation regarding my decision to ask him to participate in an election night Town Hall event for ABC News Digital. I want to explain what Mr. Breitbart's role has always been as one of our guests at our digital town hall event:

Mr. Breitbart is not an ABC News analyst.

He is not an ABC News consultant.

He is not, in any way, affiliated with ABC News.

He is not being paid by ABC News.

He has not been asked to analyze the results of the election for ABC News.

Mr. Breitbart will not be a part of the ABC News broadcast coverage, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. For the broadcast coverage, David Muir and Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg will contribute reaction and response gathered from the students and faculty of Arizona State University at an ABC News/Facebook town hall.

He has been invited as one of several guests, from a variety of different political persuasions, to engage with a live, studio audience that will be closely following the election results and participating in an online-only discussion and debate to be moderated by David Muir and Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg on ABCNews.com and Facebook. We will have other guests, as well as a live studio audience and a large audience on ABCNews.com and Facebook, who can question the guests and the audience’s opinions.

I love this: “Since conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart announced on his website that he was going to be a participant in ABC’s Town Hall meeting at Arizona State University…” Take a look at this screen shot and tell me what it says:


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Interestingly, if you follow this link to the page where the original announcement of ABC's election night coverage appears, you won't find Andrew Breitbart's name anywhere in the text.

Did Andrew Bretibart deliberately allow his colleagues on bigjournalism.com to inflate his role in ABC's election night coverage, and then sit back and let ABC take the heat? Why is the ABC exec spinning what was said on Breitbart's site? We report, you decide.

(Edited by Alex, Sunday, Oct 31st, 6 AM)