Dylan Ratigan gave Andrew Breitbart ten full minutes of MSNBC airtime the other day to promote his book, and predictably failed to corner Breitbart on any of his egregious lies and self-admitted scams.
After introducing Breitbart as a “controversial blogger,” Ratigan described the Big Government entrepreneur as a “sharpshooter who’s good,” a “smart man,” and “an incredibly passionate and effective man.”
This after Ratigan called Swift Boat financier T. Boone Pickens a “true patriot” a couple of weeks ago.
So, naturally, Twitter erupted with criticism of Ratigan’s pathetic Breitbart infomercial. My remarks are here. And here’s a pointed back-and-forth between Ratigan and David Shuster. Meanwhile, Media Matters compiled a series of questions for Breitbart that Ratigan should have asked.
I think it’s pretty clear that Ratigan can’t be trusted to expose known scam-artists and professional careerist trolls for who they are. Clearly, he’d rather promote Breitbart’s book and stroke his ego than to ask him serious questions about how he orchestrated “a trick” against ACORN leading to it being shut down — and its employees laid off. Or what about how Shirley Sherrod lost her job due to another fraudulently edited Breitbart-O’Keefe video?
Ratigan failed to even hint at either scam, and if he’s the broadcaster he claims to be, he needs to immediately account for this on his show.