For what it’s worth, as a writer for the Huffington Post, I don’t like the idea of Breitbart being featured on the front page.
I understand and support Huffington’s mission to host all sides in their blog section. But there ought to be standards. Breitbart has admitted to being a scam artist, and it seems to me that his dishonest and deceptive work falls way short of meeting the Huffington Post’s editorial standards.
His fraudulent attack on Shirley Sherrod cost Sherrod her job. His fraudulent attacks on ACORN resulted in ACORN being shut down — hundreds of jobs were lost, along with a valuable resource for disadvantaged, low income Americans vanishing forever. Now the same thing appears to be happening to NPR. And it’s all based on admittedly dishonest reporting. Therefore, his opinions and “facts” can’t be trusted as being reliable, regardless of his ideological biases.
Breitbart will say or do anything to achieve attention for himself. He’s a professional instigator and opportunist. He’s a carnival geek. And so his work has no intrinsic value or integrity.
Much to the chagrin of many readers here, I still vigorously support Arianna and I still embrace the Huffington Post as a valuable media source, and as an editorial outlet that gave me an open invitation to contribute, while elevating my work to above-the-fold status. I’m eternally grateful for that. (And, by the way, Breitbart was a staff member at Huffington in early 2005 — long before I was ever a blogger there. Breitbart, for better or worse, was involved with the founding of the Huffington Post, and, despite his obvious and utter lack of integrity, knows a thing or two about establishing an online media presence.)
So I’m not about to rip the Huffington Post across the board. They don’t deserve that. But it would be conspicuous of me to remain silent about Andrew Breitbart, given that I spend so much time here commenting on his mendacity.
I suppose the upshot here is to respectfully suggest to my editors that Breitbart isn’t worthy of their space, and to reconsider hosting his work.