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  •  that was tremendous (9+ / 0-)

    That was so good it should be front-paged here at DK, and I can't say I've ever remotely thought that about anything from Gawker. Packed with links. I didn't nearly go thru all of them, it just goes on and on. There was stuff in there that I either never heard about (like the encounter between O'Keefe and the dean of the Columbia J-School) or had forgotten.

    And some of the sentences and turns of phrase are just virtuosic, such as:

    Like a great many of the personal-responsibility shitkickers of the right wing's social-Darwinian moshpit, he didn't have to do much bootstrapping to go from a zygote, to Brentwood, to a place like Tulane, where people can drink a lot of beer and wake up seven years later as attorneys.
    Phew. I might end up using that as a sig.

    One of their important theses is that Breitbart was clearly not the outsider that he claimed to be (or implied that he was, anyway):

    As labor journalist Mike Elk recalled, having crashed a fancy DC cocktail party, he was shocked to find Breitbart "chatting up some black woman, making her laugh, and I was in a state of shock. Here was this man who had done so much to flame racial hatred, hitting on a black woman… hanging out with fancy liberals instead of poor, redneck Tea Party guys."
    I didn't care for the authors' "DC/establishment media = The Left" rhetorical frame, but I guess they're employing it in service of a larger, more provocative point:
    In anything other than a throughly beshitted republic, Breitbart's shamelessly pimping a false exposé like this would have seen him broken on a rack. That same magical land of justice and proper incredulity would at least have addressed itself to the quality of investigation brought by an accuser, rather than running like pageload mercenaries and buzz merchants to update their sites' banner headlines. Instead, Breitbart's allegedly sworn enemies did his work for him. They weren't his antagonists: They were his accomplices. When Andrew Breitbart mounted the head of a community organization onto his wall, it was the liberal media that had hoisted it into place.
    (emphasis mine, and "thoroughly beshitted republic" is going to have me giggling all week...)

    Anyway, other than that I thought that entire deconstruction was terrific. I've bookmarked it for later reference, because of the usefulness of having all that sordid detail of Breitbart's career collected in one place.

    Thanks for posting that.

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