As a point of information both co-founders of this site have written for Breitbart. The website can be divisive to be sure. (It can also be quite good.) It also makes mistakes just like every news website sometimes does. But Breitbart is certainly no worse than the Huffington Post or Salon in its “outrageousness.”
This comes to us from The Future 500, my favorite progressivish Bay Area think tank, of which I am actually a senior fellow (if you can believe it). In the attached video I am moderating a panel at The National Press Club in Washington on “The Future of Conservatism.” Steve Bannon is on the panel. Below Future 500 has isolated Bannon’s thoughts from that afternoon and they are illuminating.
The former editor of Breitbart is a fighter. A fighter who tends to win.
This is one of the reasons why we asked our readers whether they felt the 1st Amendment was under attack. Breitbart doesn’t have a right to exist? What kind of bs is that?
As the attached article points out this is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Thing is the Clinton camp picking a fight with a seasoned scrapper in Breitbart. Bannon and company are unlikely to be as gentile as the Kochs.
The company says that it believes the audit is politically motivated.
I have to say that this website has seen amazing growth since its launch in the summer of 2012. Though we believe the only viable way to fight crony capitalism is by shrinking the catalyst of crony capitalism, government, we are read by many who may not fully agree with this assessment of the situation. And we are glad that we are.
He will file the lawsuit as a citizen, not as a US Senator. 300,000 people have already indicated that they will join the lawsuit.
In other news 300,000 new files have been opened at NSA headquarters.
An interesting article from the New York Times on how alternative media, which is becoming increasingly less alternative, is changing the game in Washington DC. The narrative, long crafted by an #oldmedia with a generally statist agenda is being outflanked in many ways. Syria, drones, to some extent the recent Obamacare debates, have been defined in large part by the new media.
We have a lot of love for Peter Schweizer at ACC. I know him personally and had him on a panel discussing crony capitalism that I did in New York last October. He is for real. He pulls no punches, and he punches both sides of the aisle.
Say what you will about the Breitbart suite of online media. Are they over the top sometimes? Absolutely. But do they also do great reporting and interesting and valuable news? Without doubt. The attached article is an example of this.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are just the big names. All of the news outlets are full of people at nearly every level who have spent time in government, then gone into the media, then back into government, then back into media, etc. This is why many folks in the news game (and for most of them it is a game) really do think of themselves as “The Fourth Estate.” They consider themselves part of the “government.”