When we read this morning that ACORN-sting videographer James O'Keefe pleaded guilty today , we wondered how Andrew Breitbart would react. Breitbart is the right-wing, anti-mainstream media activist who championed O'Keefe's anti-ACORN work. When O'Keefe got arrested, Breitbart vociferously defended him and attacked anyone who said or seemed to imply that O'Keefe was arrested for wiretapping — notably MSNBC host David Shuster. Though originally charged with intent to commit a felony, officials reduced the infraction and O'Keefe eventually admitted to a minor crime of entering Landrieu's office under false pretenses. Despite the guilty plea (or because of it), today Michael Walsh of Breitbart's Big Journalism sent out a call to arms to seemingly all of the contributors to his website begging them to "hammer the media on this one."
From: Michael Walsh/Big Journalism
Sent: Wed, May 26, 2010
Subject: Pedal to the Metal Today re "Watergate, Jr."
Dear Contribs: we understand that, today, James O'Keefe will plead guilty to a misdemeanor in New Orleans, essentially to spitting on the sidewalk, and that will be the end of the Great Media Meme of "Watergate, Jr."
Today, Andrew Breitbart, Retracto and I would like to hammer the media for this one -- they simply couldn't control themselves, jumped to the most extreme conclusions, and widely predicted all sort of crazy things, including that Breitbart was behind the whole thing, that it was a break-in, etc. etc. Of course, none of this was true and now they have egg all over their faces.
Starting ASAP, I'm asking each of you to please contribute to a rolling series of posts taking the MSM to task, citing the lies, and charting the careers that have been broken over this, most spectacularly David Shuster's at MSNBC (you will recall Shuster's memorable shouting match with AB live from Nola just after the arrests). No waiting -- get it to me and I'll post it up on the site as quickly as possible.
Thanks in advance and best regards,
Update: The wording of this post has been changed to reflect the accuracy of the charges against O'Keefe.