Video: Breitbart goes nuclear on Salon writer at CPAC for smearing James O’Keefe as racist

posted at 4:55 pm on February 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Big Journalism. I’m kicking myself for not having covered this at the time because most of you won’t know the background before watching. Briefly, lefty smear merchant Max Blumenthal dropped a hit piece on O’Keefe at Salon a few weeks ago alleging that he had helped plan some sort of white-supremacist conference in 2006, and even manned a table there at which racist literature was being sold.

Minor problem one: It wasn’t a white-supremacist conference. It was a debate on “Race and Conservatism” featuring a panel discussion between mainstream conservatives and racist radicals. Among the mainstreamers was Kevin Martin, a black conservative who spoke up after the Salon piece was published to say that O’Keefe chatted with him at the conference and “voiced personal support for me and my positions. He also repudiated the radical elements in the room that night.”

Minor problem two: Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent, the alleged source for the detail about O’Keefe manning the table with racist lit, also spoke up after Blumenthal’s piece hit to say that he had no reason to believe O’Keefe had helped plan the event and had never claimed that O’Keefe manned a table there.

And those weren’t the only “minor problems.” The end result: Salon had to formally retract the detail about O’Keefe planning the event, although as far as I know, the fact that O’Keefe allegedly told Kevin Martin he was on his side remains unreported.

You’re now pretty well prepared for what you’re about to see, although I recommend following the links above and reading Patterico’s reports on this, which were stellar as usual. Exit question: Breitbart’s having a good week at CPAC, isn’t he?

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I have a new favorite person in the world and his name is Andrew Breitbart.

TheBigOldDog on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Breitbart is a MENSCH!

daesleeper on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Breitbart is AWESOME.

I hope MadCon sees this, incidentally.

Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

He’s got lib pelts hanging from his belt. Go get ‘em AB!

d1carter on February 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM

He’s using the husky, pony-tailed blogger’s tactics. Sees a racist behind every blade of grass.

rightside on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

The truth will always win. The ones who lie will be found out. Thank you Breitbart for the truth.
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letget on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

The guy who follows him gets a great admission there as well.

It gets tricky when you rely on lies.

Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Oh wow that was great! Hey hey hey goodbye!

conservnut on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I love Breitbart. He is a warrior, and he is fearless. We could use a lot more like him.

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Damn, Destroyed.

Trov on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Blumenthal looked a bit scared. I don’t blame him, for a second I thought Breitbart was about to lay into him.

Free Constitution on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I hope MadCon sees this, incidentally.

Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Where is he? I just saw his Twitter last night (I rarely check stuff like that) saying he would be away for a while. Is he all right?

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Clone those stones!

Maquis on February 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I love Breitbart. He is a warrior, and he is fearless. We could use a lot more like him.

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

He sure doesn’t mind backing his ears and diving in to anyone. Gotta love it!

conservnut on February 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

No idea.

Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

More cowbell Andrew Breitbart!

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Salon just got neuterd.

Indian Outlaw on February 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Blumenthal looked a bit scared. I don’t blame him, for a second I thought Breitbart was about to lay into him.

Free Constitution on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Most libs are only brave when they’re in groups or hiding behind a monitor.

darwin on February 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Nice lesson in how to battle the unfounded cheap shots that come from leftist goons.
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He shoots… He Scores!
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RalphyBoy on February 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Okay, thanks. Hmmmmm.

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Another liberal scumbag gets a taste of his own toejam.

GnuBreed on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Every dog has his day….and today it was Max Blumenthal’s turn!

GoldenEagle4444 on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Sweet. The tool ran away with his tail between it’s legs.

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

The truth will always win. The ones who lie will be found out. Thank you Breitbart for the truth.
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letget on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

With respect, the truth does not always win. In fact, the truth dies the first death. It’s a delicate flower that if not protected and defended is quickly choked out by the thicket of weeds which are the lies trying to kill it. That’s what makes what Breitbart is doing so important. Direct face-to-face confrontation is the only thing that is going to put a stop to it.

TheBigOldDog on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

That was a fully loaded banana split with extra whipped cream.

Where are the politicians with Breitbartesque stones?

pugwriter on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

He’s using the husky, pony-tailed blogger’s tactics. Sees a racist behind every blade of grass.

rightside on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

It’s getting old. And I don’t even think they sincerely believe most of these people are racists – they’re just so anxious to smear the right that they just spray everywhere.

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Exit question: Breitbart’s having a good week at CPAC, isn’t he?

ALmost as good as Ed. I am GLAD Breitbart is on our side. I am loving this more agressive defense of conservatism and offsenxive on the statists media.

With Ed’s award, I expect HotAir, Ed and AP, to me under the liberal microscope this year…bring it on!

WashJeff on February 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Larry O’Conner did well, too.

Disturb the Universe on February 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM

The lefties don’t know how to handle the conservatives fighting back and confronting them over their lies.

behiker on February 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Blumenthal looked a bit scared. I don’t blame him, for a second I thought Breitbart was about to lay into him.

Free Constitution on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I imagine Breitbart was pumped up. BLumenthal is the classic weasel that we find these days. (similar too CRR and FINS. Big mouths yet not much else )

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Who was the reliever that finished Blumenthal off?

pugwriter on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I meant O’Connor.

Disturb the Universe on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

The guy who follows him gets a great admission there as well.
Spirit of 1776 on February 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

That’s Larry O’Connor.

LastRick on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Max Blumentool

darwin on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Wow. Deer in headlights. These despicable liars and hate-mongers are sooooo not accustomed to being called out on their crap. It’s a brave new world, baby! More of the same, please.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Allah,

Don’t forget that Max Blumenthal is a self-hating Jew to nth degree.

Lance Murdock on February 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Confrontation makes me nervous–Osama Bin Laden

chaswv on February 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

We need a vast army of Breitbarts confronting these people at every opportunity and holding them accountable for their demonstrable lies.

TheBigOldDog on February 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

I love the reactions of the bystanders.

Jvette on February 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Blumenthal is a mindless, GUTLESS, little worm. And you can quote me.
When he was in school daddy likely bought lunch for every bully in the neighborhood.

poteen on February 20, 2010 at 5:17 PM

“Despicable” is a word that hasn’t been used enough in recent years. I’m glad to see Breitbart bringing it back into popular (and utterly accurate) usage.

Russ on February 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Can I assume the big camera that was inches from their faces was a Salon camera and you’ll never see this footage ever?

Marcus on February 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Not a good idea to try and take a victory lap in enemy territory.

OxyCon on February 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I half expected Breitbart to go Epic Beard Guy™ on Max.

daesleeper on February 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Nice to see a boss stand up for a defamed employee and colleague

Defector01 on February 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Andrew is on a roll, isn’t he! I love this smackdown, loved his CPAC speech, and particularly loved his funny description of what happened when he went to college in Louisiana.

The first time I remember really noting his fabulousness was when he was on Hannity last St. Patrick’s Day and talked about how his kid’s school was using cultural Marxism to call it “Happy Potato Day”. He’s just awesomely awesome.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

The Liberal “journalist” are really going to have a BAD YEAR in their attempt to defend their dear leader and his marxist/socialist policies. When they’re down to playing a race card, there’s nothing left in their stained hands.

Rovin on February 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Hey Bill Maher…see what real men do? What they don’t do is smirk into the camera and take shots at a mother and her disabled child while like-minded guests and audience cheer.

Anyone know what Breitbart was talking about around the 40 mark about Christopher Hitchens? What did he do to Hitchens?

CarolynM on February 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I have a new favorite person in the world and his name is Andrew Breitbart.

TheBigOldDog on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I’m with ya on that.

Colorado Anne on February 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

What Breitbart is doing is awesome! He is getting in their faces and calling them out. We need so much more of this!!!

brewcrew67 on February 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I had the privilege of speaking on the phone with Andrew Breitbart last year, and I can tell you I was a fan of his before he launched the Big Hollywood site.

Breitbart has followed in the footsteps of, or if you like, stood on the shoulders of giants in the establishment of the original Breitbart.com aggragation site, and he has come into his own as a purveyor of more than news; he will tell you he deals in truth, as well.

Andrew Breitbart has a future in the internet age. And I mean that as a high compliment.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

I don’t blame him, for a second I thought Breitbart was about to lay into him.

Free Constitution on February 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I was hoping he would lay into him. Damn.

I don’t think he was expecting a more aggressive response from conservatives.

We need more conservatives with stones of steel.

Conservative Samizdat on February 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

He made Blumenthal his woman.

I haven’t seen a beating so one sided since Tyson ran over Spinx in ’88.

Breitbart is like Batman at this point. He’s on the case, he’s exposing the crooks, making the right people sweat and taking down MSM scumbags one at a time.

Especially liked the part were he just cut it right down to the bone and called Maxie a punk.

I got a fevah…and…the only perscriptionIS MORE BREITBART!

SuperCool on February 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I read somewhere that Breitbart spoke early on this morning… can anyone post it???

What’s amazing is Salon.com is posting some of their ‘interview’ with Breitbart on Youtube…

phreshone on February 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Breitbart is now officially my hero. Maybe we can arrange a Breitbart lecture to Congressional Republicans on the subject of bipartisanship.

misterpeasea on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh! Ruh-Ro!! That internet is a mother…..Uh Oh!!

tommer74 on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

O.T. – Ron Paulnut won the CPAC straw poll. Oh noooooooes!

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The was money!

These smear merchants are not going to get away with it anymore. BRAVO!

Max, the truth hurts does it not?

jdsmith0021 on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Poor Maxie:

No one is echoing Breitbart’s screeds. Okay, some people are. The Breitbart attacks by Larry O’Connor are getting lots of traction on the racist far-right, including support from a group called “European Americans United.” Surprise!

daesleeper on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Most libs are only brave when they’re in groups or hiding behind a monitor teleprompter.

darwin on February 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Couldn’t resist that FIFY……

Rovin on February 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Got that? you are racist far-right.

daesleeper on February 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

OT–RON PAUL won straw poll at CPAC!!!! WTF???????

lovingmyUSA on February 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

The guy following Max is another big Gov/Big Jouralism contributor…

phreshone on February 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Poor Maxie:

No one is echoing Breitbart’s screeds. Okay, some people are. The Breitbart attacks by Larry O’Connor are getting lots of traction on the racist far-right, including support from a group called “European Americans United.” Surprise!

daesleeper on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

This exactly what I expected Blumentool to do. Write another smear from the safety of his cave somewhere.

darwin on February 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Breitbart! Saying what we all wish we could!

conservador on February 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Wow, Bluementhal is an effete piece of trash, sort of like a ginger David Brock. Rocky Maddow has more testosterone than \”he\” does.

PimFortuynsGhost on February 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

O.T. – Ron Paulnut won the CPAC straw poll. Oh noooooooes!

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Brace yourselves for an invasion. The internet will be under seige.

misterpeasea on February 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

O.T. – Ron Paulnut won the CPAC straw poll. Oh noooooooes!

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

If this is true, CPAC just lost half its credibility IMO.

Rovin on February 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Can I assume the big camera that was inches from their faces was a Salon camera and you’ll never see this footage ever?

Marcus on February 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Or severely chopped up and edited.

William Amos on February 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Ugh, Breitbart really lowers himself when he goes after the likes of Max Blumenthal and his bilge. Blumenthal loves this response.

As the saying goes, “Never shoot down.”

And in Blumenthal’s case, really really down.

SteveMG on February 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh! Ruh-Ro!! That internet is a mother…..Uh Oh!!

tommer74 on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

O.T. – Ron Paulnut won the CPAC straw poll. Oh noooooooes!

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

OT–RON PAUL won straw poll at CPAC!!!! WTF???????

lovingmyUSA on February 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Opps…but still..W.T.F! ?????????

lovingmyUSA on February 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

OT–RON PAUL won straw poll at CPAC!!!! WTF???????

lovingmyUSA on February 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

There’s hope for the GOP yet!

Rae on February 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Wow, is CPAC a joke????????????? LOL!!!!!!!! Ron Paul, seriously?

deidre on February 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

You know how long that scumbag would have lasted in my Artillery unit At CampPen? (Hint: not more than 5 minutes.)

BKeyser on February 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

we need to continue exposing these liberal hacks! wave after wave after wave!!

moonbatkiller on February 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Why is Salon at CPAC?

Who invited them?

Keene needs to resign.

Sapwolf on February 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

It’s over, it’s completely over… Breitbart is the new “John Wayne” of this country! Finally, we have a real man for our youth to look up to rather than a pencil necked limpy Liberal playing broke back mountain.

Andrew, you rock pal…

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

And in Blumenthal’s case, really really down.

SteveMG on February 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Do you step on cockroaches?

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM

We know Ron Paul won the straw poll because CPAC is more for college kids and the Paulists love to go to CPAC.

But man, this is a big loss for the Mittster. He was expected to win this poll handily in his own home territory of rich, country-club country and their prep school kids.

Epic fail.

(Oh, and Pawlenty shows up and gets what….6%, and Sarah cheering Todd up in Alaska still gets 7%. Amazing.)

Sapwolf on February 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM

BOOOM! Headshot!

liquidflorian on February 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM

FINALLY!

rrpjr on February 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Andrew should have knocked him on his lying liberal ass.

rplat on February 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Oh, and BTW: Ron Paul is a compete nutter; 100% nutter to the core.

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

It’s over, it’s completely over… Breitbart is the new “John Wayne” of this country! Finally, we have a real man for our youth to look up to rather than a pencil necked limpy Liberal playing broke back mountain.

Andrew, you rock pal…

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I agree. I didn’t go to CPAC this year. My new company’s annual employee event was this weekend and Sarah did not show up. I made the Tea Party Convention and Briebart was awesome there too.

This guy will be a good person to get the youth standing up for conservatism. They desparately need brave role models to latch on to.

Sapwolf on February 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

The relief man delivered the killing blows. Thumbs up to both of them.

SC.Charlie on February 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Do you step on cockroaches?

I hire a guy to spray for them. I don’t do go after them myself.

SteveMG on February 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I hire a guy to spray for them. I don’t do go after them myself.

SteveMG on February 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Even when they walk right in front of you? Sure.

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I wonder if Ed voted for Ron Paul…LOL!

deidre on February 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

O.T. – Ron Paulnut won the CPAC straw poll. Oh noooooooes!

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Ron Paul President when Polls replace Elections and digital people instead of real people vote !

William Amos on February 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I wonder if Ed voted for Ron Paul…LOL!

deidre on February 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

All your votes are belonging to Paul.

William Amos on February 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I didn’t realize that the little punk, Max, is the son of the vile Sidney Blumenthal. The acorn doesn’t fall far from that tree.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Morning Joe just tweeted this:

JoeNBC – The Revolution Lives. Ron Paul wins the CPAC poll.

Spathi on February 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

FINALLY! — Breitbart delivers the inner righteous ferocity conservatives have been unable to find in themselves. We’re stricken with either paralyzing cordiality or fear of perception, of what they and their masters in the mainstream media will write or say about us. Leftists are punks and cowards yet every Republican politician walks on eggshells around them. Call them out — straightforwardly, clearly and relentessly!

It takes one man — Breitbart is THE MAN.

rrpjr on February 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Amen William…

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Ron Paul must have hired ACORN and disguised them as Conservatives. We’ll have to stick Andrew on the case.

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Even when they walk right in front of you? Sure

I don’t go looking for cockroaches. I have better things to do.

The pesticide guy does it.

Breitbarts needs to let his exterminator handle the likes of clowns like Max Blumenthal.

All he’s doing is raising the profile of Blumenthal. Blumenthal loved this.

SteveMG on February 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

That guy is going to be icing his lady parts for a few days. Bravo.

Metro on February 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

SteveMG,

Did you see the look on the limpy’s face? Did you see the body language on that limpy?

He loved this; wow…

Keemo on February 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

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