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Fox News And Hannity “Forget” Breitbart’s History Of Deceit And Dishonesty While Helping To Flog His Book

Reported by Ellen - April 19, 2011 -

Andrew Breitbart may have caused the firing of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod with his deceptively edited tape he admitted he used to advance his political agenda (she was later offered her job back but declined), the ACORN tapes he vouched for were later thoroughly discredited and his employee James O’Keefe was arrested (and pleaded guilty) for posing as a phone repairman at a U.S. Senator’s office and later accused of trying to seduce and humiliate a CNN reporter. And remember when Breitbart tried to blackmail the president? None of that was deemed worthy of mention to the “we report, you decide” audience when Breitbart appeared last night (4/18/11) on Hannity. Instead, Breitbart was presented as some kind of new journalism hero during an interview designed to help promote his new book. It’s not even published by News Corp.

Without a single word about the seamier side of Breitbart’s record, Hannity said in his introduction that Breitbart’s websites “have helped usher in a new era of conservative investigative journalism.” There was no mention of O’Keefe’s unseemly history either. Instead, Breitbart called O'Keefe a hero and Hannity seemed in full agreement.

Breitbart crowed, “We’re gonna take on education next, go after the teachers and the union organizers.”

Hannity gushed, “You really want to save the world!”

Yawn. Remember when Breitbart was going to take down “the institutional left” within three weeks? That was more than a year ago.

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