And you won’t see anyone crying about it.
The right-wing blogosphere is in the middle of nothing short of a crisis. The funny thing is that they’re so busy congratulating themselves on their very existence that they have seemingly failed to notice.
Sure, they had their annual BlogBash “mutual pat on the back” party and garnered some political coverage, but their ability to “control the narrative” has been deeply wounded from the onset of 2013. You can’t “control the narrative” or “fight big media” when you’re trying to create a narrative out of thin air, or refuse to check your ego when humbled by those pesky things called “facts”.
In fact, March 2013 may be the worst month for Breitbart-style journalism, ever..And it isn’t even over yet. In just the past month, a flurry of blatantly untrue stories were debunked from Breitbart News, and consequences are popping up for other attempts at media smears and fabrications.
- Breitbart.com reported on ties between (non-existent) “Friends of Hamas” organization to Chuck Hagel, taking a joke out of context to create a full-fledged conspiracy theory.
- Breitbart.com helped create a false narrative surrounding Gabby Gifford’s husband and his purchase of an assault rifle, even though he had clearly told the media he purchased the weapon to make a point – not to be a “hypocrite” as Breitbart news implied. Adding insult to injury, Ms. Giffords and her husband were subjected to a slew of hate from angry Breitbart fans in response to their act of protest.
- The infamous “union thug” who punched Steven Crowder was cleared of any charges or criminal case.
- Shirley Sherrod’s lawsuit is soldiering on, exposing the Breitbart estate to possible financial damages.
- Lee Stranahan was caught in the act of chumming up with Steubenville sources closely related to the criminal case, in the midst of defending the football players and smearing the rape victim as merely a victim of teenage drinking culture.
- James O’Keefe was ordered to pay $100,000 in legal damages stemming from the infamous Breitbart ACORN smear.
- Breitbart reporter Larry O’Connor fell for an Onion-styled satire article declaring that Paul Krugman had filed for bankruptcy.
- Lee Stranahan, who has been raising money since September, 2012 to help “fight criminal harassment” he claims he suffered at the hands of a liberal blogger and radio host, has had his criminal charges dismissed. (It turns out that what one blogger deems harassment, a Judge in Carroll County deems free speech.)
March isn’t over yet. Let’s look forward to just a few more months before Breitbart’s successors flub up a few more stories, and a few more lawsuits to get settled…. Hitler, however, may not be happy about how it all plays out, in the end.
- Breitbart uses satire website to smear Krugman with false bankruptcy report (rawstory.com)
- James O’Keefe pays ex-ACORN employee $100,000 settlement over faked tapes (dailykos.com)
- Breitbart’s Legacy: Self-Immolating Conservative Media (crooksandliars.com)