Andrew Breitbart: 10 media moments
Andrew Breitbart didn’t have a big cable news show, but his political commentary was heard by the masses just the same. The author and blogger, who died Thursday, spent years expounding on his conservative views and aiming to expose liberal hypocrisy. Let’s take a look back at some of his more notable media moments. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Via BigGovernment.com, Andrew Breitbart helped activist James O’Keefe (pictured) and his partner Hannah Giles release hidden camera tapes documenting how employees at a community organization called ACORN gave advice on how to qualify for government housing funds, lie about their profession for tax purposes and even launder money. O’Keefe and Giles were dressed as a pimp and a prostitute.
Breitbart’s claims were attacked by government and media outlets, which argued about the validity of the tapes, the editing that had occurred and the fact that the couple was turned down many times in other branches before recording the meetings that made headlines.
Congress did not renew ACORN funding. (Bill Haber / Associated Press)
In 2009, Breitbart took to
On Jan. 19, 2011, the conservative gay rights group GOProud announced Breitbart had joined its advisory council. He served alongside fellow conservative activists and commentators Margaret Hoover, Grover Norquist and Tammy Bruce. “I applaud GOProud’s strong, principled conservatism and admire their courage to defy the left’s stifling demand for group conformity,” Breitbart said in a statement about the group. (Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images)
Andrew Breitbart was a strong proponent of the
Breitbart called her claims “lies” and called her something worse, at a tea party gathering, claiming her story was conjured to make the tea party seem like a racist organization. Combing through tapes, he found no evidence of the alleged incident. Breitbart offered a reward for anyone who had footage proving otherwise. No one stepped forward. (Joseph Kaczmarek / Associated Press)
In July 2010 on BigGovernment.com, Breitbart posted a video of Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia state director of rural development for the
Soon after her departure, the unedited video was released by the NAACP proving that Sherrod’s comments had been taken out of context. Sherrod received an apology from the
Weinergate started in May 2011 when Rep.