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Breitbart: Prepare for a “blockbuster” “from left field” next week; Update: It’s the NEA; Update: A Buffy Wicks twofer

posted at 10:31 am on September 19, 2009 by

Below is what appears to be the full interview of Andrew Breitbart from yesterday’s Savage Nation radio broadcast. I’ve cued up the relevant portion, which is in Part 2; just press play.

Speculation? I would guess he’s got something on SEIU, but given the union’s close relationship with ACORN, that may not fit the “from left field” bill. Other guesses?

UpdateBuffy Wicks? That name has popped up in the comments stemming from a comment/photo posted by Iowahawk — who says he’s talked to Breitbart about the revelation — at the Ace of Spades blog. Quoth Iowahawk:

Heheheh. I talked to Breitbart on the phone last night. Seriously. It’s gonna be good.

I have no idea what this is about now. She was connected to the Obama campaign, particularly in Missouri, and has worked with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, formerly part of the AFL-CIO. A Google search of her name has this video as the top hit:

From the YouTube description:

Buffy Wicks, the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s Director of National Service Day, introduces USAservice.org.

Visit the site today and sign up to host or attend a service event on January 19th as part of President-elect Obama’s call to “Renew America Together.”

Could be anything.

Update: Or… the NEA. Even before Wicks’s name came up, Patterico had a guess, and it appears at this point to be a very good one.

If I were a betting man, I’d be betting big that the upcoming bombshell will relate to the NEA. You read it here first.

And then, there’s this:

Pardon me? The taxpayer-funded NEA is trying to recruit sympathetic artists to push the Obama agenda? Yes, it sounds wacky, and it sounded wacky to Courrielche, too. “Artists shouldn’t be used as tools of the state to help create a climate amenable to their positions, which is what appears to be happening in this instance,’’ Courrielche wrote in an Internet post. Speaking on the phone, he explained in greater detail how the organizers – NEA communications director Yosi Sargent, a promoter of Shepard Fairey’s famous “Hope’’ poster; Buffy Wicks, a former Obama field organizer now with the White House Office of Public Engagement, and three others – “said we had the ability to shape the people around us.’’

I wonder what Breitbart has that’s new.

Update: I hope Patterico made a few bets, because I think he’s about to get a payout.

At the very least, filmmaker James O’Keefe and actress Hannah Giles deserve a Pulitzer Prize for their expose of deep corruption and unspeakable immorality at the ACORN housing division. But more important, I won’t rest until they receive a grant to continue their partisan artistry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

That’s this week’s mission.

BigGovernment’s “Pre-Game Report” is here. Also, regarding Pulitzers… I agree.

Update: The new post is up. Looks like administration involvement in the politicization of the NEA was greater than first thought/admitted, but will this translate into a blockbuster scandal? Stay tuned.

Update: Oof. It’s a Buffy Wicks twofer, with the first post on her involvement with the NEA and the second her involvement with… wait for it… ACORN. And it’s her Union connections (which I noted above) that get her in trouble there.

United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union bosses have paid ACORN over a half-a-million dollars.  While Wicks coordinated UFCW sponsored Wakeup’s “political” organizing campaign, UFCW bragged about its coordination with ACORN.  UFCW also coordinated numerous voter registrations with ACORN.

It’s also worth a read.

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The fraud was pushed on the American people by the fourth estate fifth column

phreshone on September 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

phreshone on September 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Only because people were not paying attention

chacker on September 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Even now probably only 10 percent of the people have any inkling of what is going on.

chacker on September 19, 2009 at 12:25 PM

The Rathke interview is good. Is it recent? There’s no date on it.

He says, why do you have to register? Well, if someone is so stupid or uninterested to register, why should they vote at all? Makes it harder for folks like him to round people up, give them five bucks, and tell them where to check the box.

We also read in newspapers that it’s too bad about Acorn, boo hoo, because they work with poor people helping them to buy houses, etc. Where’s the statistics on that? Who have they helped?

PattyJ on September 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

My guess? ACORN pushing bad loans on people and assuring them that “the Government” or something will pick up the tab if they default.

I suspect it was SOP at numerous locations of theirs.

Techie on September 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

ACORN going away?? Perhaps. The group may but the people will still be around. Need to watch and see if they don’t just form another new group.

JellyToast on September 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I just wonder if this is going to some how bring down big media? It seems that this ACORN expose’ is done so that not only does it take down ACORN but exposes big media as a culprit as well. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part?

d1carter on September 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Think about this…if Biden did become Pres., who do you think he would make his VP??????

HRC

Could this all be some sort of grand scheme, or am I sipping too much scotch?

tatersalad on September 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I’m not in the US currently and I don’t get FOX where I’m at. What was Megyn Kelly’s big suprise that was coming? …or hasn’t is been reported yet?

JetBlast on September 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Megyn says big Fox News special report coming up next week! Wooohooooo!

petefrt on September 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

PattyJ on September 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Sorry, it’s a preview of Megyn Kelly’s interview NEXT week!
She memorized interviewed him for 3 hours.

batterup on September 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

My guess…well…I have two.

1. Hidden video of them going into NBC, CBS, ABC only get told those networks don’t want to scandalize their boy.

2. Admissions of voter fraud.

SouthernGent on September 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Don’t you see? The pimp n prostitue videos were soley for making the MSM pay attention to the story.

Now that the MSM is covering it, they get to drop the A-Bombs for EVERYONE to see. It’s deliciously genius.

uknowmorethanme on September 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

My wife walked in about halfway through the Rathke interview and said, “Who’s that? He’s lying through his teeth, whoever he is….”

Vntnrse on September 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I wouldn’t criticize Breitbart for going on Savage – Breitbart understands the publicity game. Savage has an audience, and when you’re trying to build publicity on a movement you take advantage of every opportunity you get to raise your awareness with every audience you have the ability to reach.

Hannity and O’Reilly should be calling around the clock and *Begging* Breitbart to come on his show. This is the story of the decade, and they’re letting it slip by them.

But it doesn’t matter – Breitbart is a maestro, and is giving the performance of his life.

WWS on September 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

This thing seems to be directed to NBC(Brian Williams) and CBS(Katie Couric)…Am I just hopey, changey?

d1carter on September 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Megyn says big Fox News special report coming up next week! Wooohooooo!

petefrt on September 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

BOR has got to be crapping in his pants for not getting that interview.

Knucklehead on September 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Hannity and O’Reilly should be calling around the clock and *Begging* Breitbart to come on his show. This is the story of the decade, and they’re letting it slip by them.

WWS on September 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Andrew Breitbart has been on Hannity several times….last week I do belive. And he’s too darn smart to go on BOR. Why would he want to be talked over while Billy bloviates?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Obama’s college transcripts and thesis?

kagai on September 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Speaking of Acorn and Breitbart’s Big Government, here’s another scandal revealed.

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Another money item: Breitbart replies that, yes, ACORN is finished. Start at 9:20:

We’re going to report to you what their own manual says

In other words, they will use ACORN’s own training manuals and OD manals to show that ACORN is not just corrupt, but a Cloward-Piven subversive organization.

petefrt on September 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Man, it just keeps getting better and better. I’m becoming a huge fan of Dana Loesch.

Knucklehead on September 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Big Government is kicking major butt.

d1carter on September 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM

It sounds like it won’t be about ACORN, so I have to hope it’s going to be about the President himself. College records finally released? Frank Marshall Wright and Vernon Jarrett? Will Valerie Jarrett be the next to be exposed?

Oh, the possibilities are endless!

yogi41 on September 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Oh, I dunno, Rahm, Axe and the O-ster secretly taped conspiring with ACORN and their affiliate mobs to gin up millions of votes to steal an election? (Not that I believe that happened, of course!) ;-)

TeeDee on September 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Megyn says big Fox News special report coming up next week! Wooohooooo!

petefrt on September 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Has to be massive.

the_nile on September 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Think about this…if Biden did become Pres., who do you think he would make his VP??????

HRC

Could this all be some sort of grand scheme, or am I sipping too much scotch?

tatersalad on September 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Uh, perhaps? And perhaps?
I’ll join you in the scotch.

SagebrushPuppet on September 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM

ACORN has a manuel! This is the key. I was wondering how it was that the same advice was given in the various states. The type of behavior seen in the videos must be in the manuel.

Think of all the questions about this manuel. Where did it come from? Who directed them to use it? Who wrote it? Who used it for training?

So much for ‘a few isolated instances’.

Freddy on September 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

how about housing? ACORN is all over the housing collapse, they helped cause it and are now funded to rework mortgages, its utterly sickening.

ginaswo on September 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

I agree: If Savage didn’t spend half his time insulting his natural allies like Rush and Palin, he might not have to whine about how they aren’t supporting his “plight” re the UK ban. The guy’s got a galactic-sized inferiority complex, which will always hold him back.

During his Breitbart interview he kept stepping on AB’s comments. Free clue, Mike: when you have a guest on who has a huge story, let….them…..talk.

Finally, I keep reading allusions to Barack losing his law license. What is the evidence? It takes a court proceeding for that to happen. The claim above, that he lost it for “lying about” ACORN relationships, seems thin, since he obviously wasn’t ACORN’s lawyer if he didn’t yet have a license to practice. Or was he licensed somewhere else before taking the exam in Illinois? Simply being associated with ACORN, or supporting it, isn’t enough. If it wree then Burris and everyone else who voted to retain funding should be disbarred as well.

fulldroolcup on September 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

tatersalad on September 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

FREE HILLARY!

ginaswo on September 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

This is getting huge, bigger by far than Watergate. The ‘progressive’ movement, the radicalism that started in the ’60′s, may be coming finally to an end… at least for the foreseeable future. God bless Beitbart.

petefrt on September 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I think Megyn Kelly has Rathke in an interview discussing their new plan for automatic voter registration like thru DMV. Once that happens and TOTUS pushes through an amnesty it would be a Dem majority in perpetuity (at least that is what they think)

ginaswo on September 19, 2009 at 1:14 PM

IS ANDREW BRIETBART THE NEW DANIEL ELLSBERG?

I know … it’s an extreme comparison.

HondaV65 on September 19, 2009 at 11:55 AM

It’s an insulting comparison. Ellsberg makes his bucks giving speeches. Any left leaning organization, i.e., higher education and certain professional organizations, pay him to give speeches. I was forced to listen to this tool 3 times, giving the same poor me speech where he cries on cue. I poo poo you not.

Blake on September 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM

ACORN has a manuel! This is the key. I was wondering how it was that the same advice was given in the various states. The type of behavior seen in the videos must be in the manuel.

Think of all the questions about this manuel. Where did it come from? Who directed them to use it? Who wrote it? Who used it for training?

So much for ‘a few isolated instances’.

Freddy on September 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Somesuch like that. They were all on the same page.

the_nile on September 19, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Wow! I went to one of the government websites that Big Government links to and see that they are offering paid opportunities in Ohio for voter registration drives which are “available to”:

“Anyone, including kids under 13″

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Daggett on September 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I hear ya. Trevor Loudon of New Zeal broke the Van Jones story before anyone, but I don’t think Beck has ever given him credit for it.

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The one major flaw that seems to haunt Glenn Beck is that he has, in the recent past, had a propensity for using other people’s work, quoting without attributions. He’s caused some animosity among certain bloggers and radio talk show hosts because of that. They’re assuming he wants the credit for their work. I’m not sure what to make of it, but Beck would be wise to be more responsible about attributing significant stuff others have said and/or written if he uses it verbatim, in order to build his own credibility.

KendraWilder on September 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Each of us must be equally engaged in the fight to protect our nation. Phone calls, protests, letters, we must educate ourselves with the facts and not back down. Future generations are counting on us. Too many people died to provide us with such blessings. We have no right to give it up so easily.

pjean on September 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

“Anyone, including kids under 13″

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Does that include young girls from ElSalvador?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Breitbart needs to release to the public a “smoking gun” – mainly, a good batch of documents that state ACORN’s intentions to overthrow the system using Coward-Piven… or worse.

newton on September 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Remember, ACORN has it’s filthy mits all over South America and into Europe. Hopefully, this stateside story gets legs and gets some of these other nations digging for dirt as well.

pjean on September 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM

I agree: If Savage didn’t spend half his time insulting his natural allies like Rush and Palin, he might not have to whine about how they aren’t supporting his “plight” re the UK ban.

fulldroolcup on September 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

I guess you didn’t hear this, but Savage probably will have to change his radio station. The station in SF where he was broadcasting just dumped him. They said that it was time they went on “a different direction.”

newton on September 19, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Michelle Malkin had an updated (she blogged it a few months ago) in depth post on the Acorn whistleblower and NYT’s killing the story – the NYT’s reporter knew it was blockbuster even though it saddened her that O’s team was involved and it would help the GOP.\

BUT Michelle wrote this:

The files that Strom was planning to get from MonCrief (files that I have since obtained and reviewed) were spreadsheets of donors from Democrat campaigns — Obama, Clinton, Kerry — as well as from the Democratic National Committee that had been passed on to non-profit, tax-exempt, and supposedly non-partisan Project Vote. There were no Republican donor lists.

I had not read that before, that Michelle had the Project Vote donor spreadsheets given them by Democrats and that the NYT’s reporter never actually got them.

Perhaps it’s nothing, but I have a hunch what Breibart has either has to do with illegal collusion 501c with campaigns or DNC and/or medias involvement with covering it up most probably NYT’s

From Breibarts article a week before the ACORN drop:

When the next big scandal hits – and it will, and it most certainly won’t come from traditional journalism – all eyes will be on “Pinch” Sulzberger to see if he does his job.

Topsecretk9 on September 19, 2009 at 1:39 PM

KendraWilder on September 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Yikes. I hadn’t realized this was a continuous omission on his part.

Does that include young girls from ElSalvador?
Knucklehead on September 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Why not? Barack’s National Civilian Security Force does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, or citizenship status.

Buy Danish on September 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM

According to this, there won’t be a Chicago ACORN video.

That’s because there no longer is an ACORN Illinois. As CBS-2 News Political Editor Mike Flannery reports, activists here broke away two years ago, calling ACORN’s national leadership “bad people.”

flyfisher on September 19, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I think it will be those supposed gift card campaign donations.

bloggless on September 19, 2009 at 1:50 PM

How about: Acorn admits to election fraud in Franklin election to senate?

TimothyJ on September 19, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Posted by: yarrrrr at September 19, 2009 02:56 PM (6ynte) at ACE

Hi. Can’t post at ACE my IP is banned but I am not banned — Ace’s working on it. Wish I could though!

Topsecretk9 on September 19, 2009 at 2:01 PM

The Rathke interview is good. Is it recent? There’s no date on it.

PattyJ on September 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The time stamp on YouTube shows that it is from Megyn’s September 18, 2009 show.

slp on September 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Or I can’t post form home IP, that is.

Topsecretk9 on September 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM

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