Breitbart to NYT reporter at CPAC: “You’re a despicable human being”

posted at 9:02 pm on February 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

An entertaining 20 minutes on a slow news night, the highlight of which comes at around six minutes in of the first of Newsbusters’ two clips. If you watched Ed’s interview with Jason Mattera yesterday, you already know what this is about, but even if you didn’t, don’t let that deter you. The NYT hit piece is just a tiny piece of Breitbart’s indictment of the media generally. Too bad he didn’t get going on the attempts to paint Joe Stack as some sort of tea-party spokesman, eh?

For the record, James O’Keefe claims his next video is already in the can and ready to go. Hmmm. Click the image to watch.

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How could he have picked just one?

cthulhu on February 19, 2010 at 9:04 PM

ressentiment: a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. the ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. thus, one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

That was cool – “Are you in the room? You’re a despicable human being”.

FACE

peski on February 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM

one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

It’s Bush’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM

ressentiment: a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. the ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. thus, one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Have you been snooping in ObaMao’s analyst’s office for that diagnosis…or has this been a description of your own malady?

onlineanalyst on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

For the record, James O’Keefe claims his next video is already in the can and ready to go. Hmmm. Click the image to watch.

That’s nice. Kid is still a douche. Let’s hope his next venture repairs some of the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

It’s the fault of the Republicans!!!!!!!

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM


Those bitter, gun and bible clinging rubes are being misled by the triple evils of Rush, Rove and Beck (four-letter words, all!)

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM

A.B. blasted Rachael Maddow also in a video interview to a Politico reporter.

aquaviva on February 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM

“No more cocktails with the “elite” reporters”…a win-win situation…

lovingmyUSA on February 19, 2010 at 9:18 PM

The media is trying to select “Tea Party Leaders”. Please join us is fighting back, using a Spartacus-like video campaign:

I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER!

Mutnodjmet on February 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Breitbart’s correct. I’m from flyover country, and although I may not be that bright, there are people in my family who are extremely intelligent.

ERRR ERRR!

alohapundit on February 19, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Bout time we had a fighter.

noblejones on February 19, 2010 at 9:23 PM

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I have known some douches and you sir are a douche

CWforFreedom on February 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM

“Breitbart, you’re my hero!” —- Liberty Loves Company

MikeZero on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Let’s hope his next venture repairs some of the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

It was extremely inconsiderate of him to be so effective with his Acorn videos to force the left to misrepresent him as soon as they had opportunity. Hopefully that will teach him.

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Breitbart is great — articulate, well-informed and with no ax to grind except his genuine pursuit of the truth. Watch for the MSM to start going after him more as his public profile rises. He seems like he can take the heat.

cynccook on February 19, 2010 at 9:29 PM

cynccook on February 19, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I agree. I really enjoy his work.

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Hopefully that will teach him.

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

MadCon is just out to be an idiot . It is all he knows. That kid has more bravery in his little finger than MadCon has in his entire being.

CWforFreedom on February 19, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Breitbart is a Mensch.

daesleeper on February 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Tear down the shields B!

I really like that guy.

javamartini on February 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

The uniformity of the bias problem in the media and creative arts has convinced me that their brains are actually wired for functioning as they do. They can’t help it. Bad for them. Even worse for us.

IlikedAUH2O on February 19, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Have you been snooping in ObaMao’s analyst’s office for that diagnosis…or has this been a description of your own malady?

onlineanalyst on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5529/pub_detail.asp

Itchee Dryback on February 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

I think MadCon is referring to the stupid stunt he tried to pull in Mary Landreiu’s office.

And whatever his point, the stunt was stupid, at best, and possibly criminal at worst.

I tend to give more allowance to the exuberance of youth than to call him a “douche,” however.

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

We need to echo Breitbart in criticizing the lamestream media. Letters, interviews, any opportunity to express our disgust with them – hell, we should have a major tea party in front of all the lamestream media outlets. Let’s give the jackasses a collective finger.

atheling on February 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM

one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I agree, Obama moans way too much about inheriting some mess, he should take your advice and follow in Breitbarts footsteps by taking the bull BY THE HORNS…you dirt bag.

javamartini on February 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM

ressentiment: a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. the ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. thus, one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”
sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Oh, the irony. Have you sent this to the president yet?

Slublog on February 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Oh, the irony.

Slublog on February 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM

+1

CWforFreedom on February 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM

That’s nice. Kid is still a douche. Let’s hope his next venture repairs some of the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

It must be comforting for a coward like you to hurl insults from the cheap seats at one of the VERY FEW people who is actually out there putting his neck on the block trying to fight the evil that’s eroding our country. Kid got caught trying to make a difference, and sluggards like you immediately abandon him. Classy.

When you get off your fat ass and put yourself out there at risk and actually fight for the country instead of being a l33t interwebz warrior, let us know. Until then, lay off people like O’Keefe. If you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem.

fossten on February 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

The media is trying to select “Tea Party Leaders”. Please join us is fighting back, using a Spartacus-like video campaign:

I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER!

Mutnodjmet on February 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM

That is awesome! I AM A TEA PARTY LEADER!

conservnut on February 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I know what he was referring to, and I am aware of the fact that the facts were misrepresented, especially the day the story broke.

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Damn this man is good; really good. This man reminds me of the vampire slayer, sticking the wooden spike right through the hearts of these mindless vampires in the state controlled media.

You rock Breitbart!

Keemo on February 19, 2010 at 9:46 PM

fossten on February 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Nice work.

Remember that a Madison Conservative is about as conservative as a Euro Conservative. In other words he is not.

CWforFreedom on February 19, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Breitbart is a hero for trying to take down the MSM, which are totally corrupt. I wish he had more help so it could happen faster.

silvernana on February 19, 2010 at 9:49 PM

sesquipedalian places the bag of excrement in front of himself. sesquipedalian cannot resist the urge to step in the bag of excrement.

daesleeper can’t resist the deliciousness.

daesleeper on February 19, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Breitbart better have good security. The more he exposes teh left and the more precarious their hold on the mainstream of thought is, he will be a big target.

daesleeper on February 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Keep teh Pimp Hand strong, Able!

Christien on February 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Breitbart is right, Maddow, and the MSM own the state of our union. They got the won elected. We need to keep saying it over and over.

wi farmgirl on February 19, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I know what he was referring to, and I am aware of the fact that the facts were misrepresented, especially the day the story broke.

Spirit of 1776 on February 19, 2010 at 9:46 PM

And….Brietbart has said James never got representation either, they would not let him call a lawyer. For a whole day.

wi farmgirl on February 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM

daesleeper,

Amen to that… The war is on, and people such as Breitbart and Beck are very much at risk. No doubt in my mind that the modern day mafia is none other than the Democrat Party. How many people disappeared under Clinton. How many people were destroyed under Clinton. How is it possible that Obama accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign donations, including donations traced back to Hamas HQ; and no one is willing to hold him accountable for this breech of American law.

People like Breitbart, Beck, and the young man MadCon decided to rail on, are in harms way big time.

Keemo on February 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM

ressentiment: a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. the ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. thus, one was thwarted not by a failure in oneself, but rather by an external “evil.”

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

But enough about Obama’s relationship with Bush.

What do you think of the NY Times pushing a racist meme where one doesn’t exist? More importantly, how do you feel about the NY Times thinking a Brooklyn accent = Chris Rock immitation.

uknowmorethanme on February 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Breitbart/Beck 2012

Elizabetty on February 19, 2010 at 10:01 PM

I think MadCon is referring to the stupid stunt he tried to pull in Mary Landreiu’s office.

And whatever his point, the stunt was stupid, at best, and possibly criminal at worst.

I tend to give more allowance to the exuberance of youth than to call him a “douche,” however.

notropis on February 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

You mean the stunt that was widely reported on until the allegations of Landreiu jamming her own phone were revealed and the story dropped from the face of the Earth?

That stunt?

Yeah. Criminal at worst.

uknowmorethanme on February 19, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I have been waiting a long time for someone like Mr. Breitbart to take on the monopoly media. I wish for him huge success.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Hey Andrew used to be a lib? Ha you know what they say ‘there is nothing worse than a reformed anything’.
Get them varmint cong Andy.

sonnyspats1 on February 19, 2010 at 10:09 PM

I would have stopped at dispicable….human, well, human excrement works at NYT.

HornetSting on February 19, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Breitbart’s star continues to rise, while the MSM slowly fades away. The MSM is in denial about this too.

Good.

Good riddance.

Pythagoras on February 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM

More importantly, how do you feel about the NY Times thinking a Brooklyn accent = Chris Rock immitation.

uknowmorethanme on February 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM

it hurts my brooklyn pride.

sesquipedalian on February 19, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Breitbart is building an empire that he is going to build on the rubble of the MSM. If they haven’t got it by now, he is going right for the heart of those organizations. They are large, bloated and bureacratic guilds, whereas his organization is nimble, small and lethal. He has an unconventional warfare mindset about him and absolutely does not play nice–a characteristic that is admirable and uniqe on our side. He is developing warriors, guys like OKeefe and gals like Giles are his young Jedi Knights. They are force multipliers, two of them have undone ACORN, only to have it propped up by the president, a fact that will weaken him.

Breitbart is a warrior for freedom, his efforts need to be multiplied.

ted c on February 19, 2010 at 10:21 PM

That’s nice. Kid is still a douche. Let’s hope his next venture repairs some of the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Yeah, I can imagine how perfect your world is…he made a mistake, among making hundreds of great decisions to expose one of the most corrupt organizations in the world.
People who get things done, also make mistakes…others sit on the sidelines and complain…time for your dose of reality….

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

right2bright on February 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Pythagoras on February 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I think some might be getting it. Especially those laid off at CBS, while Katie rakes in $14 million a year, yet glorifies socialism. To bad she doesn’t spread some of her wealth to those getting laid off, and help them keep their jobs.

capejasmine on February 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM

fossten on February 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Very well said!!!

But remember…for some, it’s just easier to pass judgements from the computer in the basement, while waiting for entitlements to start rolling in, than it is to go back, and read up on what this country was truly founded on, and work hard for something better for themselves, and the future.

Pity these fools, because they don’t realize. The wealth won’t be handed to them. That’s the hard way. The easy way, is to make those with anything, have nothing. No one benefits. They’re just to insipid to realize that.

capejasmine on February 19, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Good talk.

It’s a relief to hear people unabashedly exposing the Left for what they are and exposing the old media as their propaganda arm.

Truth is a powerful weapon.

justltl on February 19, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Breitbart is becoming my hero. Ace had a good line:

Jason Mattera’s Brooklyn accent sounds “black” to Kate Zernicke, but Jason Mattera, you see, is the one indulging in racial stereotypes.

misterpeasea on February 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Guts and Brains!!! That is what it will take to clean up this Liberal, Obama mess. Good for you, Breitbart!!!!!

mobydutch on February 19, 2010 at 10:34 PM

People like Breitbart, Beck, and the young man MadCon decided to rail on, are in harms way big time.

Keemo on February 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I think they are relatively safe as the left relies primarily on slander which they will rely on as long as they control the lamestream media.

docdave on February 19, 2010 at 10:35 PM

The lying MSM must be destroyed and Andrew’s just the guy to do it.

redridinghood on February 19, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Breitbart better have good security. The more he exposes teh left and the more precarious their hold on the mainstream of thought is, he will be a big target.

daesleeper on February 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I used to worry for Rush back when he was virtually the only sane voice in the wilderness.

He is still the strongest voice, but the media movement that he began will never be stopped. There is too much demand for the conservative viewpoint and the truth, and there are plenty of skilled people to carry the torch.

This, at least, affords these patriots some protection.

justltl on February 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”right2bright on February 19, 2010 at 10:22
PM

Theodore Roosevelt.

atheling on February 19, 2010 at 10:47 PM

I think they are relatively safe as the left relies primarily on slander which they will rely on as long as they control the lamestream media.

docdave on February 19, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Are you kidding? What’s to stop some nutjob who listens to Keith Goebbelsman’s rants from stalking them and ambushing them somewhere? Michelle Malkin has had to move numerous times because of threats. No, any high profile conservative is in danger.

atheling on February 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM

atheling on February 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM

One of my favorite ways to rile up lefties is to point out that, despite Chicken-Little rhetoric and their opponents’ love of guns, they are in far less danger of some whacko coming after them.

Dark-Star on February 19, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Breitbart Rules!!

Palin/Breitbart 2012 :D

sarahpalinfan99 on February 19, 2010 at 10:56 PM

docdave,

The average progressive is not to be worried about, lot’s of talk and anger; mindless sheep who follow rather than lead. I was a member of a large Union in No Cal and I can tell you from first hand experience, these are the people that will bring the harm without blinking an eye. These thugs are spread out around the entire country.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the rioting that’s taking place in Greece right now comes to our streets by way of Union thugs who just got their sweetheart deal cut back. These people will rise up, mark my words. Romney just got a taste of violence by way of a rap artist (union member?) who simply made a decision that Romney needed to have his a** kicked because he’s a right winger. These people are spoon fed hatred…

The country has armed up for good reason.

Keemo on February 19, 2010 at 11:08 PM

I listened to this earlier today and I thought, somebody else finally gets it. I mean really gets it. Breitbart understand what I’ve been saying for years, the Corrupt media Establishment must be broken for real change to be possible. We need a truly free, fair and impartial press rather than people who are purely advocates of a Leftist ideology creating false impressions to manipulate people.

TheBigOldDog on February 19, 2010 at 11:31 PM

People who get things done, also make mistakes…others sit on the sidelines and complain…time for your dose of reality….

You be right…

Everyone used to advise me to hire do’ers. I held out for the done’rs. I didn’t need people who were always at some increment, along the way, of doing the job. I needed people who got the job done, and moved on to the next. DONE’RS.

Done’rs make mistakes, but if they are right 51% of the time, you’re ahead of the game.

Yoop on February 19, 2010 at 11:36 PM

The country has armed up for good reason.

Keemo on February 19, 2010 at 11:08 PM

We didn’t get where we’ve been by being dumb.

Yoop on February 19, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Was that reporter’s dirty mouth left bloody or just kool aid stained? It so hard to tell!

abobo on February 19, 2010 at 11:58 PM

the story dropped from the face of the Earth?

uknowmorethanme on February 19, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The story may have been dropped; I haven’t heard that the charges have been dropped.

You’re not allowed to commit crimes in your pursuit of investigative journalism (unless your name is Woodward or Bernstein).

He attempted a stunt that flopped, and it was stupid at best.

Since he was in fact arrested, it was, by definition, criminal at worst.

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

You’re not allowed to commit crimes in your pursuit of investigative journalism (unless your name is Woodward or Bernstein).

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Or Dan Schorr or Sy Hersh.

(now I’m channeling TheRaceCard, responding to my own posts….)

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Kate Zernike you ignorant racist slut who did you sleep with to get this job anyway?

DANEgerus on February 20, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Since he was in fact arrested, it was, by definition, criminal at worst.

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Have you ever heard the term “non sequitur”? It’s latin.

fronclynne on February 20, 2010 at 1:42 AM

I…… HEART……. Andrew Breitbart.

ms on February 20, 2010 at 2:17 AM

fronclynne on February 20, 2010 at 1:42 AM

?????

I took a few years of Latin in school, and I teach logic.

I haven’t the faintest idea what you’re getting at.

The (definitional) worst case scenario, if you are arrested, is that you are found guilty, i.e. found to have engaged in criminal behavior.

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 3:18 AM

Can’t watch it now but I’ve seen some bloody twitter fights with Breitbart.

- The Cat

P.S. Video is mightier than the Pen

MirCat on February 20, 2010 at 5:48 AM

Conservative women have our place, and no better example than the super-intelligent, resilient, hard-hitting ex-boss of HA.

But hey, libbie men, meet a real conservative man: Andrew Breitbart. Conservative men KA first and take names later. Their value statements are expressed in single words: honor. Valor. Courage. Perseverence. Faith. Family. Duty.

They don’t equivocate, they don’t need prompters, they don’t extend “open hands” to enemies. They know truth, speak it, and defend it–and they care more about truth than the pansy, feminized “feelings” of lesser men.

Thank God in heaven for conservative men. May the good Lord increase their number and prosper their plans.

Grace_is_sufficient on February 20, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Grace_is_sufficient on February 20, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Allow me to repeat my conservative code I live by, in these times: :-)


So, let us get something straight. I may be old, but:

I can still think straight, talk straight, and shoot straight.

Therefore, let us reach an understanding. You need to:

Get out of my face, away from my Constitution, and off my lawn.

Good morning, world. :-)

Yoop on February 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

I am glad that Andrew Breitbart is on our side. He is acting as an extraordinary counterweight to the MSM dinosaur. I particularly commend his unconventional journalism style and breeding of new Jedi Knights. I know he is conducting deep strike operations upon the media, an organization and conglomerate of immobile and perilously doomed structures.

ted c on February 20, 2010 at 6:57 AM

Out of all the good people we have on our side…this guy is by far my favorite. He doesn’t mince words…he has balls unlike most of those on our side.

That Jason Mattera’s pretty darn good too.

LtE126 on February 20, 2010 at 6:58 AM

unless you blast and embarrass some of these reporters they will always try this garbage.

rob verdi on February 20, 2010 at 7:13 AM

sesqui – glad you’ve finally seen the light.
Great job Andrew! No note cards, no teleprompter…

elifino on February 20, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Andrew Breitbart is a real stand up guy. We need more like him.

OmahaConservative on February 20, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Breitbart, Bozell, Malkin, Coulter, Beck and many others out there calling these Leftists out for what they are. Thank God for ‘em.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM

He totally gets it, and his autobiographical comments explain why. Like most of us who came out of the liberal bubble, either geographically or educationally or genetically (Mom!), Breitbart has confronted a reality that was in stark contrast to our worldview.

It’s shocking.

Jaibones on February 20, 2010 at 7:55 AM

God Bless you Breitbart! Pour it on ‘em…that deserve it!

FloridaMike on February 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM

As much as The Man Who Arena, a most quoted part seen above, of T. Roosevelt’s speech to the Sorbonne is appealing, the part just prior to it is most exacting in that it points to the elites and their failures that we continue to see to this day:

It is well if a large proportion of the leaders in any republic, in any democracy, are, as a matter of course, drawn from the classes represented in this audience to-day; but only provided that those classes possess the gifts of sympathy with plain people and of devotion to great ideals. You and those like you have received special advantages; you have all of you had the opportunity for mental training; many of you have had leisure; most of you have had a chance for enjoyment of life far greater than comes to the majority of your fellows. To you and your kind much has been given, and from you much should be expected. Yet there are certain failings against which it is especially incumbent that both men of trained and cultivated intellect, and men of inherited wealth and position should especially guard themselves, because to these failings they are especially liable; and if yielded to, their- your- chances of useful service are at an end. Let the man of learning, the man of lettered leisure, beware of that queer and cheap temptation to pose to himself and to others as a cynic, as the man who has outgrown emotions and beliefs, the man to whom good and evil are as one. The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement. A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticise work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life’s realities – all these are marks, not as the possessor would fain to think, of superiority but of weakness. They mark the men unfit to bear their part painfully in the stern strife of living, who seek, in the affection of contempt for the achievements of others, to hide from others and from themselves in their own weakness. The rôle is easy; there is none easier, save only the rôle of the man who sneers alike at both criticism and performance.

Do remember he was one of the elites speaking to other elites at the Sorbonne. It was to these well educated, well heeled individuals he was directing his speech – to his fellow elites in Europe as well as America. He is calling for the elites to get their hands dirty… and not go the route of the distant critic, the one who sneers.

He clearly contrasts those in the Sorbonne with those outside it and lets those inside know they cannot just sit above and be respected:

There are a few people in every country so born that they can lead lives of leisure. These fill a useful function if they make it evident that leisure does not mean idleness; for some of the most valuable work needed by civilization is essentially non-remunerative in its character, and of course the people who do this work should in large part be drawn from those to whom remuneration is an object of indifference. But the average man must earn his own livelihood. He should be trained to do so, and he should be trained to feel that he occupies a contemptible position if he does not do so; that he is not an object of envy if he is idle, at whichever end of the social scale he stands, but an object of contempt, an object of derision.

He then goes on to speak of war, which is a crime but only because it is unjust, not because it is war. When faced with international injustice and the choice of the unjust war, he comes to this conclusion, which will shock many of the elites who chose the path of snobbery, and standing above his fellow man:

The choice must ever be in favor of righteousness, and this is whether the alternative be peace or whether the alternative be war. The question must not be merely, Is there to be peace or war? The question must be, Is it right to prevail? Are the great laws of righteousness once more to be fulfilled? And the answer from a strong and virile people must be “Yes,” whatever the cost. Every honorable effort should always be made to avoid war, just as every honorable effort should always be made by the individual in private life to keep out of a brawl, to keep out of trouble; but no self-respecting individual, no self-respecting nation, can or ought to submit to wrong.

I do indeed admire Teddy Roosevelt, as well as his character. His Progressivism, while in a positivist mode that has not been seen for decades, even that being given and its positive values attached to it, the idea of the elites being the ones who will predominate in our governments and be the ones to lead us as is their right of position is not one I can really go for. That Man in the Arena is not the common man, but the elites he is calling to arms to fight their ideological battles and win through with superior intellect and fortune to make a positive stand in the world:

So it is with the orator. It is highly desirable that a leader of opinion in democracy should be able to state his views clearly and convincingly. But all that the oratory can do of value to the community is enable the man thus to explain himself; if it enables the orator to put false values on things, it merely makes him power for mischief. Some excellent public servants have not that gift at all, and must merely rely on their deeds to speak for them; and unless oratory does represent genuine conviction based on good common sense and able to be translated into efficient performance, then the better the oratory the greater the damage to the public it deceives. Indeed, it is a sign of marked political weakness in any commonwealth if the people tend to be carried away by mere oratory, if they tend to value words in and for themselves, as divorced from the deeds for which they are supposed to stand. The phrase-maker, the phrase-monger, the ready talker, however great his power, whose speech does not make for courage, sobriety, and right understanding, is simply a noxious element in the body politic, and it speaks ill for the public if he has influence over them. To admire the gift of oratory without regard to the moral quality behind the gift is to do wrong to the republic.

It is well to use The Man in the Arena against those who presume to be our superiors by right of position, favoritism, education and wealth…but none of those things make them fit to lead or be representatives of the common man… you know, the schmuck who has to work for a living?

In that elite class, and the most appropriate for Andrew Breitbart, is this passage following the orator in politics:

Of course all that I say of the orator applies with even greater force to the orator’s latter-day and more influential brother, the journalist. The power of the journalist is great, but he is entitled neither to respect nor admiration because of that power unless it is used aright. He cna do, and often does, great good. He can do, and he often does, infinite mischief. All journalists, all writers, for the very reason that they appreciate the vast possibilities of their profession, should bear testimony against those who deeply discredit it. Offenses against taste and morals, which are bad enough in a private citizen, are infinitely worse if made into instruments for debauching the community through a newspaper. Mendacity, slander, sensationalism, inanity, vapid triviality, all are potent factors for the debauchery of the public mind and conscience. The excuse advanced for vicious writing, that the public demands it and that demand must be supplied, can no more be admitted than if it were advanced by purveyors of food who sell poisonous adulterations. In short, the good citizen in a republic must realize that the ought to possess two sets of qualities, and that neither avails without the other. He must have those qualities which make for efficiency; and that he also must have those qualities which direct the efficiency into channels for the public good. He is useless if he is inefficient. There is nothing to be done with that type of citizen of whom all that can be said is that he is harmless. Virtue which is dependant upon a sluggish circulation is not impressive. There is little place in active life for the timid good man. The man who is saved by weakness from robust wickedness is likewise rendered immune from robuster virtues. The good citizen in a republic must first of all be able to hold his own. He is no good citizen unless he has the ability which will make him work hard and which at need will make him fight hard. The good citizen is not a good citizen unless he is an efficient citizen.

Really it is a fascinating speech, one that criticizes the elites who do not take part in society yet feel themselves fit to lead society… and those who feel they must impart their wisdom to society and lead by their example to their own righteous ends. If you are dictated to by your superiors who care, why nothing bad could come of that, could it? Nothing like the Federal Reserve, Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie, SEC… all great goods for everyone which never, ever will be abused to the good of the elites against the common man because they will always do the right thing… TARP, corporate bailouts, the ‘stimulus’… these are but the symptoms of a disease. The disease of trusting the elites to know what the hell they are doing.

Do forgive my length… but Teddy Roosevelt must be remembered for more than a few passages here and there. I like the man and his character… the methods and conclusions he comes to, however, I have come to suspect most deeply.

ajacksonian on February 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM

The Man in the Arena… must check previews better… grrr…

ajacksonian on February 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM

That was such an awesome and outstanding presentation!

A free press was meant to be a guard against repressive government, that the people might know the truth and vote accordingly. I took a journalism course many years ago, and truth of fact was stressed as much as detailing all the facts.

Sure, the press can be a cheerleader of sorts, like editorial endorsements of a candidate (which I prefer doesn’t happen). But to be blind and biased is despicable.

Thank God for the alternative media!

Liam on February 20, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The Truth is an amazing concept that balances out everything the left says of does.

MSGTAS on February 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM

ajacksonian on February 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Wow, very nice commentary! Worthy of a blog post I think!

gator70 on February 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Since he was in fact arrested, it was, by definition, criminal at worst.

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

You really should pay attention to connecting all the dots when you make such subtle statements. Many people would read your sentence and conclude that you believe that a man is guilty until proven innocent.

fossten on February 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

That’s nice. Kid is still a douche. Let’s hope his next venture repairs some of the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

At least he’s trying. I’d be willing to bet he’s done more to advance the conservative cause than you have.

And. What, exactly, was the damage his last stupid stunt wreaked? The damage, I mean, to anyone but himself.

misterpeasea on February 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Andrew Brietbart is my Person Of The Year, and The Decade.

It is a shared award with whoever was the mastermind of the CRU tapes exposure.

They should be on icons, on Mount Rushmore and on the seriously deflated US dollar.

redneck hippie on February 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I took a few years of Latin in school, and I teach logic.

I haven’t the faintest idea what you’re getting at.

The (definitional) worst case scenario, if you are arrested, is that you are found guilty, i.e. found to have engaged in criminal behavior.

notropis on February 20, 2010 at 3:18 AM

Hell, I was born on the moon and I gouge out sailors’s eyes and use them as pencil erasers.

The phrase “criminal at worst” is at best meaningless in this context and at worst an obvious attempt to insinuate guilt. But since you teach logic I suppose you need to be spoon fed:

Until you’ve been dead long enough for the statute of limitations to have passed on every crime you could have possibly committed, you are obviously and inherently “criminal, at worst”.

Hundreds or thousands of people are arrested every year and (a) not charged & subsequently released (b) charged but later dropped (c) adjudged not guilty in a court of law. I suppose you’re perfectly happy just blithely tossing around “well, whatever they did is criminal at worst”? You should definitely look into a career at the NYT, since they seem to enjoy hiring gossips and insinuators.

fronclynne on February 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

With regard to James O’Keefe, at least he was trying to get something done, whatever the real mission may have been, rather than sitting around talking about it and being “intellectual”. One eight-second ride is worth more than a life in the stands. I’ve done a lot of things and I’ve made lots of mistakes. Can’t screw up when your bootie is parked in a chair.

LarryG on February 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Andrew Breitbart, a true American hero. More, please.

IrishEyes on February 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM