Ed Driscoll

"Two Fish, One Barrel"

Andrew Breitbart responds to Conor Friedersdorf:

As you well know, I was the person who came up with the idea behind the Huffington Post, and even helped Arianna and Ken Lerer launch the sucker. At the time I did not abdicate my point of view as a right leaning voice. I stated what I believe today: Let’s put it all out there, and may the best ideas win.

Is it insignificant that I was behind the left’s most prominent blog/media site?

Is it insignificant that I have written for the liberal-leaning Daily Beast which carried Conor Friedersdorf’s criticism of me?

I believe that you and Conor would like to paint me into a corner, the one you are currently trying to paint Glenn Beck into. You are trying to marginalize me because of the net effect, pun intended, of the White House/NEA “propaganda” series on Big Hollywood, and the explosive ACORN expose´ on Big Government. Protecting President Obama and the left at all costs is your prerogative.

But anyone who knows me, has conversed with me, understood my complexities and paradoxes, does not comprehend the “obvious point” that Conor is trying to make, and you are attempting to affirm.
The New York Times is a daily read. It always has been. I loved its recent profile of my college pal, hotelier Jeff Klein.

No daily publication can capture the essence of the cultural elite — good, bad and ugly — like the New York Times. The paper has its merits, no doubt. But when it comes to the political scene, its ascent into monolithic partisan hackery in its news pages — never mind the op-ed experience —  is worthy of exploration granted its self-identified motto “all the news that’s fit to print” is disproved day after day when the news that hurts the political left is either ignored or distorted to sate its diminishing readership’s need for political conformity.

At no point have I attempted to hide my political leanings as I have endeavored to create Big Hollywood and Big Government. There is a need for a checks and balance against the New York Times and the rest of the supposedly neutral traditional press. Just as there was a need in 2005 for Arianna to put her platinum Rolodex online so that the world could see how the power brokers, power agents and power left felt on matters that face us all. Information is gold.
I don’t resent criticism. I embrace it. But I do resent self-superior journalists attempting to malign me and my vision without coming to me to get my thoughts. I’m glib and quotable and even prone to slip up. Try me!


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