I was going to post this as an update to the previous item on Sarah Palin, Matt Drudge, and Newsweek spiking the Lewinsky story, given that Newsweek’s Howard Kurtz famously tweeted, “To twerps demanding I cover Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal: Whole thing appears to be faked. Sometimes it pays to wait for the facts.” (In other words, “keep rockin’!”) But I thought this Breitbart.com item deserved a link of its own:
The Anthony Weiner episode was one of Andrew Breitbart’s greatest victories, though not because his reportage and public pressure led a Congressman to resign. For even though Weiner’s seat was taken by a Republican in blue New York, the bigger target for Andrew was culture. The entrenched media tried to bury this story–first by ignoring it, second by taking Weiner at his word, then by smearing Breitbart and his editorial team.
And Andrew won. An independent Los Angeles-based web editor scooped the national media, with its (comparatively) unlimited resources, and withstood their bile and mockery. Something in the balance of power changed forever when they called him to the same stage Weiner would soon occupy. Even though they hated him and would never accept him, the mainstream press could not silence him, and they had to treat him as an equal when his report was proven true beyond a doubt.
And in that hard-won victory, he had more fun than anyone.
Don’t think that last detail didn’t thoroughly anger the modern puritanical left, which treats its politics as a somber religion and lives out H.L. Mencken’s famous definition of a puritan — “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy” — on a daily basis.