March 1, 2012

Well, here we go

Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:59 pm

I said, here we go

Rush Rips Into the AP’s ‘Outrageous Mendacity’ in Coverage of ‘Loudmouth’ Breitbart’s Passing

Anyone who saw what the Associated Press wrote when former Bush 43 press secretary Tony Snow died in 2008 (original AP article; related NewsBusters post) knew that the wire service would do what it could to subtly distort Andrew Breitbart’s considerable accomplishments in exposing leftist hatred, duplicity, and criminality. The only question was what form(s) it would take.

Not surprisingly, reporters/distorters Philip Elliott and Sue Manning misrepresented or omitted key elements of the three episodes for which Breitbart will be best remembered — the James O’Keefe-led ACORN stings; Shirley Sherrod, Pigford lawsuit opportunist; and his exposure (so to speak) of former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sleazy online escapades. The 11:44 a.m. version of their report (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purporses) was bad enough. In their 1:56 p.m. revision (saved here), perhaps egged on by the vitriol which has been posted all day at leftist sites, they descended into cheap-shot name-calling adjectives which would rarely if ever be used to describe activist leftists. In his opening hour today, Rush Limbaugh covered some of what happened during the three key episodes; I will expand on them later in the post:

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RIP, Andrew Breitbart

Filed under: Activism,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:59 am

TOPSIDE UPDATE: James O’Keefe’s tribute — “God bless you, Andrew Breitbart; thank you for all you’ve taught me and all that you’ve given to us all.”

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What an awful development.

Please pray for his family, friends, admirers, and fellow activists.

A video I posted in September 2010 epitomized how important his work was, and how critical it is that others carry it on:

Breitbart, all alone except for camera accompaniment, challenged a bused-in crowd numbering probably 100 or so protesting a Glenn Beck appearance to tell him specifically why Glenn Beck is a coward and what Beck has lied about — and got no coherent response, while enduring hateful homophobic slurs from the crowd members.

The result:

Narrator: “In the end, the protesters decided to throw in the towel and head back to their school buses (City of Chicago school buses — Ed.) for the long ride home.”

Andrew Breitbart, who was completely unafraid, will continue to inspire others who need to call upon their own courage for years to come.

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UPDATES: Reactions (will update throughout the day) –

  • Roger Simon — “America … has lost one of its truly great patriots.”
  • Ed Morrissey — “No one who saw it will ever forget how he seized the podium at Anthony Weiner’s press conference and demanded vindication from media outlets who had been disparaging him and defending Weiner when the former Congressman got caught literally with his pants down.”
  • Michelle Malkin — “Even in death, he succeeds in exposing the hate-filled intolerance of the tolerance poseurs.” Check out the hateful tweets at her post.
  • Matt Sheffield at NewsBusters — “He succeeded in ways greater than he likely ever dreamed in his desire to help the right learn to toughen up and understand how the left views politics as the moral equivalent of war.”
  • Sheffield also has the official statement from Brent Bozell at the NB’s parent, the Media Research Center — “Today we have a lost a truly brilliant mind and a tireless warrior for the conservative movement. Andrew was one of the few good guys who knew Hollywood inside and out. He coupled that knowledge with the creativity and passion that has become his trademark, offering it for the cause that he so believed in. The entire Breitbart family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.”
  • Gateway Pundit — “Thank you for your courage, strength, honesty and devotion.”
  • Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer has reactions from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.
  • Weasel Zippers — “Liberals Celebrate the News.”
  • Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs — “Andrew was our warrior, our leader. Fearless, unapologetic, brilliant. I admire few, but Andrew was in a league of his own. His herculean contribution to the war is incalculable.” From an Atlas commenter: “A powerful angel is now with us.”
  • Jeff Emanuel at RedState — “I can say, without reservation, that Andrew Breitbart the man was fully deserving of every posthumous accolade he will receive today and in the future. He also deserves a conservative movement that will carry on his work, with the same courage and dedication he brought to it every day …”
  • Students for Life director Kristan Hawkins, quoted at LifeNews.com — ““His passion to defend conservative and pro-life ideals – fueled by his own adoption – have made him a leader in exposing the corruption and bias of the media. I’m so happy that his mom chose life. He leaves behind an inspiring and beautiful legacy, including 4 children. Our team at SFLA is continuing to pray for his family.”
  • Right Scoop — “we lost one of our greatest fighters on the right against tyranny.”
  • DaTechGuy tweets: “I am andrew breitbart right now and if you are a blogger on the right so are all of you.”

UPDATE 2: Ed Driscoll

Andrew Breitbart’s entire mission, both on Twitter and on his Big sites, was to say to the MSM, you don’t get the final word anymore. It’s now a conversation. We’ll consider what you report, and how you report it, and determine for ourselves how factually accurate it is. How well it matches up with our worldview. How well it matches up with modern “liberalism’s” mission statement that promises tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism — and if you can’t respect your neighbor, simply because he disagrees with you on the size and role of government, you’ve failed that mission statement.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (030112)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: ‘A miracle tale’ — British Parachute Association amazed by teenager’s survival

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Scotland:

Published online : 21.02.12 @ 03.31pm

The survival of a teenager who plummeted thousands of feet after catching his parachute on a plane hatch has been branded a ”miracle”.

The 18-year-old was taking part in his fourth jump above the Perthshire countryside on Sunday when disaster struck.

As he leapt from the aircraft his backpack became entangled in the exit, which caused him to tumble ”uncontrollably” into the sky, the British Parachute Association (BPA) confirmed.

In a desperate bid to right himself, the youth — believed to be from the Glasgow area — tugged on his reserve chute, but it failed to open.

Thankfully, his landing was softened by a marshy quagmire, which experts at BPA believe saved his life.

He was airlifted from Strathallan Airfield near Auchterarder to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow with suspected neck and leg injuries, but was released a number of hours later with a clean bill of health.

The BPA is investigating the incident at Skydive Strathallan and another similar incident at Paragon Skydiving Club in Errol. They both took place on Sunday lunchtime.

Shortly after 1pm a 28-year-old woman was admitted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after sustaining a suspected broken ankle while taking part in an organised jump with Paragon.

BPA safety officer John Hitchen said he had been in contact with staff at both sites, but said there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.

Mr Hitchen, who has been a member of the association for the past 30 years, told The Courier: ”We inspect all skydiving companies every two years to ensure appropriate training, risk assessments and management structures are put in place.

”Centres are always quite honest with us as we have the power to stop all parachuting with immediate effect and take further action if required.”

Commenting on the Strathallan incident, he said: ”This really is a miracle tale of survival — it’s just extraordinary the boy walked away with just cuts and bruises. He fell all that way without a working parachute — it could have been fatal.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.