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ABC News pulls plug on Andrew Breitbart

ABC News sends over the letter that Andrew Morse, the chief of their digital division, has sent to Andrew Breitbart, pulling the plug on their much-discussed, widely-parsed-over invitation for him to join in their election night coverage:

Dear Mr. Breitbart,

We have spent the past several days trying to make clear to you your limited role as a participant in our digital town hall to be streamed on ABCNews.com and Facebook. The post on your blog last Friday created a widespread impression that you would be analyzing the election on ABC News. We made it as clear as possible as quickly as possible that you had been invited along with numerous others to participate in our digital town hall. Instead of clarifying your role, you posted a blog on Sunday evening in which you continued to claim a bigger role in our coverage. As we are still unable to agree on your role, we feel it best for you not to participate.

Sincerely,

Andrew Morse

Cue up conservative sh*tstorm...

UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Media Matters releases a statement congratulating ABC News but not taking any credit for the decision.

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: ColorOfChange.org, which pressured ABC to nix Breitbart, also issues a statement.

By Greg Sargent  | November 2, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections, Political media  
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'bout time. He tried to roll them and got punked. Have fun broadcasting from your basement, Breitbart.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think it can't get any better...

Posted by: uberblonde1 | November 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if there's going to be a shatstorm, but that's just an hornets nest that ABC shouldn't have kicked in the first place.

Good news for Breitbart. He'll be able to milk this for all it's worth.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Has FNC offered him an analysis job yet?


Honestly, ABC comes across as chickensh!t in this and Breitbart's gotta love it.

Posted by: sbj3 | November 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Fine, I won't watch ABC News tonight then.

P.S. to uberblonde1: you are aware that the GOP is taking back the House today, right?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am still not going to watch ABC tonight. They have only their selves to blame for the situation they put their selves in. Breibart is the same person today, as he was when they first selected him.

This is not the first time that ABC news has been way off base. I still remember Wee Georgie and Charlie Gibson beating then Senator Obama over the head for forty minutes, for not wearing a lapel flag pin. They never asked Hillary why she wasn't wearing one, and even offered her a chance to also whack The Black Guy over the head, because he was not wearing a visible icon, that would make white people feel more comfortable. On that night, Charlie, Wee Georgie, and Hillary wore no flag-pins, but of course they did not need to, because, they were......... after all.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@Fairlington: "Have fun broadcasting from your basement, Breitbart."

Don't feel sorry for Breitbart. He'll be able to use this to his advantage. Better for him, really, than if they had just asked him 3 questions on-air and called it "on air analysis". Much better, actually.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Poor Andrew Breitbart. ABC is taking away his First Amendment right to flap his gums on their TeeVee. It must be a widespread conspiracy between ABC, George Soros, the Obama Administration and James O'Keefe.

Posted by: tbetz | November 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

No one is going to watch them tonight -- best of BOTH worlds ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Poor Andrew Breitbart. ABC is taking away his First Amendment right to flap his gums on their TeeVee. It must be a widespread conspiracy between ABC, George Soros, the Obama Administration and James O'Keefe.

Posted by: tbetz | November 2, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Way to handle that nasty,evil windbag Breitbart!

Posted by: FoundingMother | November 2, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

BB remember when I said (after tapegate) that Breitbart's career as a journalist was over but that it would take awhile? No?

Well somebody over at the fix was arguing that he had somehow skated and a double standard was ok now and that it was a terrible day for journalism...it is all coming back to me...it was Drindl (of course!) mad at me again because I wasn't Lynch mob angry at Breitbart.

Well today was his last day.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart lashes out at ABC News

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201011020028

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sanity Prevails!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | November 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Haha ABC, when you lay down with dogs........I'll probably watch Brian Williams anyway and keep up via the internet and Greg.

And since it's election day and I've been a good non-partisan gal lately, for the most part, I've just gotta give you a taste of the Bluetexan today. He's got the talking points for tomorrow which I'm sure Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough and all of Fox will have tattooed on their foreheads. LOL

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1) The electorate punished the Democrats for “over-reaching.” Very Serious People like George Will and Jeb Bush are already saying this, and it’s absurd on its face. The simple retort: what did Obama and the Democrats do that they didn’t explicitly campaign on? Health care? Actually more conservative than what Obama promised. The stimulus? An emergency measure that a) staved off an even worse collapse; b) was nearly 40% tax cuts and c) was probably much too modest. TARP? That’s Bush’s baby, and with it, Obama saved a million auto industry jobs. Financial regulation? Perceived by the public as insufficient. There’s no “liberal over-reach” except in the minds of conservatives who think Democrats controlling the White House, Senate and House is ipso facto an over-reach.

2) Obama should move to the middle if he wants to save his presidency. Given that Obama has cut taxes, opened up offshore drilling, passed Mitt Romney’s health care plan, appointed a deficit commission for the purpose of curtailing socialism entitlements, doubled down in Afghanistan, continued and amplified the Bush/Cheney national security policies, expanded the War on Terror(TM) into Pakistan, retained a huge footprint in Iraq and increased the defense budget, where exactly is this “center” he’s supposed to move to? Between Jim DeMint and Lindsay Graham, apparently.

3) Republicans will now be more sensible and work with Obama to get things done. David Brooks trotted this one out today and it’s just absolutely hilarious. In the Senate, you’ve got Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying his goal for the next two years is to destroy Obama, while in the House, you’ve got John Boehner (R-OH) saying “we will not compromise.” Very bi-partisany! And these two look like wise elder statesmen next to the mob of deranged Teahadists storming the gates of Congress. Don’t believe it for a second, Charlie Brown.

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ims: "passed Mitt Romney’s health care plan"

YES!! Shout this over and over. "Passed Mitt Romney's Health Care Plan!" Poor Mittens...

Posted by: suekzoo1 | November 2, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg

You are doing election return live blogging tonight right? I made cookies.

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Kevin:

"Better for him, really, than if they had just asked him 3 questions on-air and called it "on air analysis". Much better, actually."

Exactly. I figured that, after the blow-up, that is just what ABC would do.

And yet...maybe this was all a set-up to enhance Breitbart's profile. Isn't that just the sort of double-bluff manipulation that the right-wing propagandists in the ABC news division would come up with? ;)

Posted by: ScottC3 | November 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Too funny! That lying paranoid schizophrenic lunatic deserves to be dumped. There's no way this sleazeball belongs on a reputable news show!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | November 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

lmsinca:

1) Leaving GTMO open.

2) You and wbgonne will be very lonely on 2012.

3) Harry Reid (D-NV) said the war in Iraq was lost, that Bush was a "dummy", so we know that his goal for two years was to destroy GWB. Were you complaining then?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I guess I have to watch ABC tonight, just to reward them for handling Breitbart this way.

Why is it that to be on the right side of the political spectrum you have to be allied with Breitbart, Rove, et al? Can't I be correct on issues AND hang with sane people? I guess not - this cycle, anyway.

Posted by: bjorn99 | November 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Awesome post. Rock on!

Posted by: wbgonne | November 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1:

The key difference, of course, is that the Massachusetts State Constitution permits Mitt Romney's Health Care Plan only in that State whereas the FEDERAL Constitution does not.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Breibart's Co-conspirators (ABC)

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

First thing we do in the Senate is get rid of the filibuster!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1:

The key difference, of course, is that the Massachusetts State Constitution permits Mitt Romney's Health Care Plan only in that State whereas the FEDERAL Constitution does not.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Really? I live in Massachusetts and I am fairly familiar with our state constitution. Yet I cannot recall seeing the health care clause anyplace. Where is it, exactly?

Posted by: wbgonne | November 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin_Willis

Since you dodged my question on the Angle thread, here it is again:

You're telling me that you think a Democrat [Tom Periello] would sabotage his OWN OFFICE the night before the most important night of his political career?

Do you honestly believe that?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@ScottC3: "And yet...maybe this was all a set-up to enhance Breitbart's profile. Isn't that just the sort of double-bluff manipulation that the right-wing propagandists in the ABC news division would come up with?"

Nah, Breitbart played them like a fiddle. First, he used NLP to brainwash ABC execs into sending him an email . . .

Ah. What's that I smell? Smells like victory.

Tonight, we take our country back. Who's with me? Let's Take Back America!

Yay!

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a sh*t about ABC and the other media dinosaurs?

Posted by: djo4 | November 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The guy refused to understand and accept the role he was assigned.

ABC had no obligation whatsoever to Breitbart.

ABC canned him.

Logic and common sense win...for once!

(Not that I'm expecting the Neandercons and COnservatards to UNDERSTAND.)

Posted by: grosmec | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart will play this to his advantage to fund another creepy criminal activity for O'Keefe.
He and Palin have probably already sent out emails whining about the evil lamestream media and begging for money to buy crying towels.
And rightwingers will obey - cha-ching!

Posted by: angie12106 | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"First thing we do in the Senate is get rid of the filibuster!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:47 PM"

lol

Posted by: mikefromArlington | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a sh*t about ABC and the other media dinosaurs?

Posted by: djo4 | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a sh*t about ABC and the other media dinosaurs?

Posted by: djo4 | November 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If it was Sarah Palin and Obama then, yes, I'd definitely vote Palin.

I just hope is that Chris Christie runs, and is elected president, in my life time. ;)

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 10:49 AM |

................

You would actually vote for Quitter Palin to become President of the USA? She is a dangerous, and vindictive ignoramus.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@grosmec:

First: "Logic and common sense win...for once!"

Then: "(Not that I'm expecting the Neandercons and COnservatards to UNDERSTAND.)"

Is there some irony there, or am I missing it under all that calm, detached rationality and common-sense plainspokeness? ;)

@djo4: "ABC and the other media dinosaurs"

Ain't it the truth?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"First thing we do in the Senate is get rid of the filibuster!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:47 PM"


With your continued minority status in the upper house I find that idea implausible.

Posted by: holyhandgrenaid | November 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Harry Reid (D-NV) said the war in Iraq was lost, that Bush was a "dummy"."

2 for 2, not bad. But he has been wrong about a lot of other stuff.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"ABC dumps Andrew Breibart".

Mr. Breibart is now busy editing tapes, in order to show that ABC were caught plotting to establish illegal toxic dumbs all over the country.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Kevin:

"Let's Take Back America!"

Heh.

Posted by: ScottC3 | November 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

For this who think that Breitbart "played" ABC: how exactly does this excite anyone who isn't already a Breitbart fan? It's not likely he'll be lining up new fans just because ABC finally figured out that the man has no interest in reasoned discourse.

Posted by: tpsteele | November 2, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

THIS email from ABC to Breitbart sure does seem to me like the parties had agreed on his "role":

Andrew,

So great speaking with you, and I cannot thank you enough for joining us in Arizona on election night. We truly appreciate it.

NY is booking your travel right now, and want to make sure your name on your ID reads “Andrew Breitbart”.

I really look forward to meeting you, and would love to take you out to lunch or dinner before our election coverage.

See below about ABC New’s coverage on election night.

Cheers, and will see you soon.

XXXX

XXXX XXXX

Producer's name withheld to protect the guilty

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Harry Reid (D-NV) said the war in Iraq was lost, that Bush was a "dummy"."

2 for 2, not bad. But he has been wrong about a lot of other stuff.

Posted by: shrink2
-----------------------------------
Post.of.the.Day

Any sentence that has the words Bush, Iraq, dummy and lost, in any combination, will turn out to be true.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | November 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

wbgonne

Now that I can get out of campaign mode for awhile I can let it fly at the Dems again. LOL

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

grosmec:

"ABC News is conducting a live event from Phoenix, Arizona for our election night special on Tuesday, November 2nd 2010. I am looking for political figures and newsmakers to appear in our Town Hall style panel.

ABC News is providing live coverage of the midterm elections hosted by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in New York, and correspondents across the country.

ABC News has partnered with Facebook and The Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University to live stream the entire event on abcnews.com, ABC News Now and Facebook.

The Town Hall is hosted by ABC correspondent David Muir and Randi Zuckerberg from Facebook, as well an ASU student leader.

The audience will consist of 150 students equipped with laptops and Ipads who will participate in online political conversations.

The issues include health care, the economy, immigration, terrorism, and the environment. We will have panelists who will contribute to these conversations remotely from Washington, DC, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

This program will broadcast on the ABC Television Network, abcnews.com, ABC News Now, and ABC News Radio.

The show will be live on the web and ABC News Now as well as on the network from 4:00pm till 11:00pm MST.

We would love for you to be a part of our program, and please let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

I am booking the guests for the event and will be in Phoenix starting Thursday, October 28th.

Feel free to email me back or call me at the following number with any questions.

Thanks so much,

XXXX XXXX

Producer"

http://bigjournalism.com/abreitbart/2010/10/31/email-reveals-abc-news-walked-back-bigs-publisher-participation-in-election-night-coverage/

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Jake -

All I see there is that they were flying him out to AZ and possibly taking him to dinner. That email in no way conveys any "role".

Posted by: tpsteele | November 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Imsinca,

I completely agree with wbgonne: "Awesome post. Rock on!" Reading that was so much fun.

Wish I could have some of your cookies. As I said earlier, if I hadn't had work to do, I would have made some black-eyed peas and skillet cornbread--good for comfort or celebration. As it is, I'll have to settle for leftover Halloween candy and possibly a glass of wine.

As to Brietbart, I don't care what he tries to do with this little dust-up. He's a person without principles and deserves every slap-down he gets, no matter where it comes from.

Posted by: carolanne528 | November 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

tpsteele:

Keep reading (maybe you can take some solace in ABC News pulling the plug on Andrew Breitbart, but you won't be smiling tonight ; )

"In addition to the two times that an ABC News producer confirms in the email that I will be part of ABC News’ network broadcast, David Ford of ABC News confirmed to Media Matters that I “will be one of many voices on our air” on election night.

I was promised no specific amount of airtime, nor payment for my analysis, but was told that I would be a part of the broadcast coverage in addition to participating in the online event, as the email above clearly reveals.

And, clearly, I was being asked to give analysis – or, was ABC News paying for me to fly to Arizona and to foot my hotel bill so that I could perform avant-garde interpretative dance?

Apparently, a Daily Kos blogger has also been asked to participate. Daily Kos, as many of you may know, has been widely discredited for spreading malicious falsehoods and political extremism. It’s creator Markos Moulitsas is currently promoting his book, whose title says it all: American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right.

I do not ask that the Daily Kos blogger not get air-time. To the contrary, I have a long history of trying to bring as many voices to the fore as humanly possible. One need look no further than my creating the Huffington Post – a project that’s underlying politics I never embraced – with Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer in 2005.

During its creation I explained to many bewildered observers: “Bringing my former boss and longtime friend Arianna’s intriguing friends to the blogosphere, the ultimate level playing field, makes perfect sense to me, and I am thrilled to be committed to such a groundbreaking project. Will my pals on the right have a place to offer their two cents at the Huffington Post? Absolutely. Will I agree with everyone’s written word? Of course not. But that’s precisely the point. May the best ideas win.”

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

For the love of god...please jake, get a life. (I mean one outside of your mothers basement covered in doritos crumbs)

Posted by: kindness1 | November 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just voted. People were lined up for the next parking spot. Poll worker told me, at their rate/hr, 2/3 of their ballots will be voted. This is a heavily Democratic district.

I don't know what 2/3 of their ballots means? Does than mean 67% turnout, or ? Anyone know.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | November 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Kevin... um, any response to my questions at 4:48 PM?

Man-up and answer.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

kindness1:

I'm 76 years old and my mother passed on several years ago. How about you?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Realize, of course, that in the Conservative realm, victimhood reigns supreme (see 'Palin'), and Breitbart will play this to the hilt. He'll get more publicity and likely more $ from this "censorship" than he would have had he participated in the digi town hall.

Posted by: plooger | November 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what role Andrew Breitbart HAD at ABC?

Now, he has no role. His first name is now Remember.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | November 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice going ABC, enjoy the fleas.

I can't wait to see how many Un-American windbags claim this is a violation of his 1st Am. rights.

In the meantime Andy is hard at work on a doctored tape that PROVES ABC offered him his own T.V. show and a pony.

Posted by: whowhat | November 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

We all know that ABC invited Breibart to participate in their Election night coverage.

Isn't that the whole point of the discussion; why the hell did they think that he was a good choice, and aren't they now admitting that they should never have done such a stupid thing?!

ABC keeps making their selves look desperatly ratings drien, and reveals them to have been making decisions, that could make them more appealing to the Birther Loons.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

wbgonne

Now that I can get out of campaign mode for awhile I can let it fly at the Dems again. LOL

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ditto. The future of the party's commitment to Liberalism is at stake. Not to mention the well-being of the country. Modern Conservatism must be exposed as the failure and fraud that it is.

Posted by: wbgonne | November 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Certainly wouldn't be the first time that Breitbart selectively edited something. Just saying.

Posted by: tpsteele | November 2, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Today's GOP: They put the Con in Conservatism!

Posted by: wbgonne | November 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

tpsteele:

Did you read the following?

"I can state with absolute certainty that the verbal pitch to me to participate was punctuated by the opportunity to appear as part of ABC News’ broadcast television for the night."

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Liam: "We all know that ABC invited Breibart to participate in their Election night coverage."

Yeah. From what I have seen, I don't think BrightFart lied about what role he was offered. ABC News has seemed in a panic ever since Friday. AFAIK they deserve each other.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | November 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with Greg Sargent attempting to define and devine conservative movements, opinions and reactions?

For some reason they are always obscenely biased, and I am not even a conservative.

Posted by: pj48 | November 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@Liam-still: "You would actually vote for Quitter Palin to become President of the USA? She is a dangerous, and vindictive ignoramus."

But, Daddy, you just don't see her good side!

This is one of those cases where I think we'll have to agree to disagree. I'm not saying that she'll run or that if she runs, she will win, but I'd vote for her. But I'd vote for Chris Christie over Palin.

And I don't think she'd be dangerous, though I'm a big fan of Reagan, and most liberals at the time thought he was trying to start a nuclear war on purpose to destroy the world because, you know, he was a conservative, and they're like, evil, and stuff.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@liam,

ABC was stupid to offer this guy any kind of "role". They promptly found out why they were stupid, while Breitbart went into helicopter crazy mode, spewing his venom in all directions. He can't even wait for election night to start kicking ABC's shins.

Finally, cutting their losses, ABC "de-roles" Breitbart.

The only thing that would make this cockup more so, would be if Breitbart shows up anyway and demands to be let in, ala STRF mode.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | November 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

BGinChi

Great question on Howard Dean - because Rahm is gone, the trouble was mainly between Dean and Rahm.


I actually saw Dean at Navy Pier in the primaries - that one year 2004

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Jeebus

Just got a call to go back out and do transport to the polls. I hope at least some of them are voting for Dems, or at least NO on 23. I'll look forward to checking in later all. Doesn't seem like enthusiasm is down much to me.

Posted by: lmsinca | November 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1:

Can you please talk to "tpsteele" about that?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@ScottC3: "'Let's Take Back America!' . . . Heh."

I'm serious. Conservatives are Taking Back America. It starts . . . tonight!

You know exactly where I'm coming from, dontcha, Scott? ;)

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Sue,

They invited Breibart(Bribe Art?) because they calculated that he would make a tasty morsel of bait, to try and attract shoals of the Tea Bagging Birther Striped Half Basses.

They ended up getting snagged on their own hook.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of issue that helps Breitbart - what harm could he do on a panal of analysts???

This is something that ABC really has to ask themselves - if they have adequate balance on their panels.


Viewers have more than 3 options now - and cable is more than willing to pick up viewers with better music and better looking women.

It is that simple - check it out.


ABC is running the risk of being marooned as "just another liberal voice"

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

pj48:

Yes.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Too much. Chris Christie is the GOP flavor of the month because he hates teachers and is screwing his own state to make himself look properly austere. Then he'll be running for higher office when NJ falls apart. Sort of like Bush's Iraq strategy, declare victory and let the next guy pay the cost. Just like Jindal is doing to LA. Come to think that is today's GOP philosophy in a nutshell: take what you want, blame someone else, and never feel shame about anything. No wonder Chris Chris is so popular.

Posted by: wbgonne | November 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan2010: "Since you dodged my question on the Angle thread, here it is again:"

Sorry. While I know you sit at your computer all day hitting refresh repeatedly, waiting for my next post, I just can't return to favor. Even if I had the time, I wouldn't.

"You're telling me that you think a Democrat"

Yes.

" [Tom Periello]"

No.

" would sabotage his OWN OFFICE the night before the most important night of his political career?"

It wasn't Tom Periello. But do I believe that sabotage is probably a fraud? 3rd party. Over-anxious liberal. Former staff member. Over-motivated intern. Something like that. Yup, I do.

"Do you honestly believe that?"

Can a person believe something dishonestly?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Jake -

Sorry, Breitbart's credibility (or lack thereof - Shirley Sherrod, anyone?) does not deserve the slightest benefit of the doubt, especially where a "verbal conversation" is concerned.

Posted by: tpsteele | November 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

MyHairLooksFantastic:

ABC News didn't dis-invite the DailyKos blogger ...

P.S. to everyone who still gets a paycheck and wants to join Santelli's "Chicago Tea Party" -- print out a new W-4 form and max out your allowances to 9 -- that will send a HUGE message to Obama and the Dems:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

pj48 at 5:17 PM


Yes you are correct -

It's too bad - because Greg could easily be more even-handed

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

tpsteele:

I accept your apology (maybe someone else can convince you ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to Obama and the liberals


Today's miracle already happened in France


An 18-month-old boy survived after falling seven floors and bouncing off a Paris cafe awning into the arms of a passer-by, witnesses said Tuesday.

"My son saw a little boy on a balcony. He had gone right outside the railing... I said to myself I mustn't miss him," the toddler's saviour, local doctor Philippe Bensignor, told AFP, recounting Monday's drama.

"I had time to move from side to side to get in the right position," he added. "The little boy was fine. He cried a little bit but calmed down straightaway."

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Yup, I do."

Then you're disturbed and delusional.

"Can a person believe something dishonestly?"

You can if you're disturbed and delusional.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

To the liberals without a sense of humor:


My handle is my tribute today to Barbara Boxer.

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

losthorizon10 at 4:42 PM


Please don't talk about Obama that way.


Thank you !


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Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

ABC should stop pulling Andrew Breibart's plug, before Christine O'Donnell hears about it.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I already have my allowances at 8 and I still get a big refund. My accountant told me if I go to 9 I'll get audited, which sounded like a bad idea.

What, no one else has kids and some tax dodges?

Posted by: shrink2 | November 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan2010: "Then you're disturbed and delusional."

Given your expertise in that area, I'll have to defer to your diagnosis. Now if someone could arrange some medication . . .

"Can a person believe something dishonestly?"

You can if you're disturbed and delusional.

Ah! Beautiful. It's like poetry.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Kevin and Ethan

Glad to see you two have elevated the conversation to such intellectually high levels

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

From Politicalwire.com

"An AP analysis of exit polling shows voters around the country "are intensely worried about the economy and dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working... Nearly all voters are worried about the future direction of the economy, and about 4 in 10 say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago."

"Voters are expressing dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and the Congress, and they don't have a favorable view of either the Democratic or Republican parties."

Jim Geraghty: "I am told that one Democratic strategist, helping a television network with Election Night analysis, just declared that the Democrats were experiencing something on par with mass murder. The GOP counterpart looked at the same numbers and concluded the Democrats are, so far, not getting the urban turnout they need; suburban and rural areas are seeing big turnouts."'

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama manipulating the data ???

For political advantage - to try to stir up class warfare feelings around the nation?

The Social Security Administration asked its inspector general to investigate how a $32.3 billion mistake skewed its statistics on 2009 wages in the U.S.

Two people were found to have filed multiple W-2 forms that made them into multibillionaires, an agency official said yesterday. Those reports threw statistical wage tables out of whack and, in figures released Oct. 15, made it appear that top U.S. earners had seen their pay quintuple in 2009 to an average of $519 million.

The agency yesterday released corrected tables that showed the average incomes of the top earners, in fact, declined 7.7 percent to $84 million each.

Posted by: MyHairLooksFantastic | November 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Poor FOX News. Now they're going to have to draw up another $2million contract.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 2, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow 6 in 10 are better off than they were two years ago! You see my Daddy told me that in life, things are getting better for you or worse, there is no such thing as staying the same? That is awesome. Democrats should shout that from the rooftops, or get those (nouvelle) Black Panthers shouldering people as they try to vote to whisper the good news.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Leaked exit polling : )

WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

All, let's get started: Here's our results open thread:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/11/election_results_open_thread.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | November 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Re: Tom Perriello.

I dunno. But I'm finding it entirely credible that an over enthusiastic supporter might have staged a little attack. You know, to make the point how bad those crazy teabaggers are.

http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/11/what-were-up-ag.html

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin_Willis: "I'm finding it entirely credible that an over enthusiastic supporter might have staged a little attack"

I'm finding it entirely credible that you are delusional.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 2, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Re: Tom Perriello.

I dunno. But I'm finding it entirely credible that an over enthusiastic supporter might have staged a little attack. You know, to make the point how bad those crazy teabaggers are.

http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/11/what-were-up-ag.html

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 5:55 PM |
............

Anything is possible. Recall that young woman from Texas, who claimed that a black man had carved Obama's initials on her face, but soon confessed that she did it to herself.

There is also the story of Karl Rove, in his first campaign, having set a fire in his office, and having a brand new fire detector go off. The investigators were able to tell that the fire alarm had only been used for fifteen minutes ever, so Karl plugged it in, started the fire, and claimed that when he arrived the fire had already been started. Quite a trick, since the fire detector had just been plugged in, at the same time he arrived on the scene.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@Liam-still: "There is also the story of Karl Rove, in his first campaign, having set a fire in his office"

I'd believe it.

"Anything is possible. Recall that young woman from Texas, who claimed that a black man had carved Obama's initials on her face, but soon confessed that she did it to herself."

That was the example I mentioned in the previous thread. It was the first thing I thought of. And, when that happened, I immediately thought it was total BS. Frickin' B was *backwards*. And I was right!

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart is to news what gonorrhea is to pancakes.

Posted by: bernielatham | November 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Bet the Fox "News" Propaganda Channel gives this conman his own show. Then he'll write a book that sells like hotcakes to all the gullible poodles that buy such garbage. Then he's well on his way to joining the Palin/Limbaugh/Beck gravy train. They call it "Millions from Morons".

Posted by: wilder5121 | November 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan2010: "I'm finding it entirely credible that you are delusional."

I agree. I keep talking to you. It would explain a lot. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. ;)

Happy election night!

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

@bernie: "Breitbart is to news what gonorrhea is to pancakes."

That's like comparing apples to rectal examinations.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 2, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

red delicious?

Posted by: bernielatham | November 2, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh thank God! Now, lecture who weren't going to watch ABC coverage can continue to do so. Our long national nightmare is over, Breitbart has pulled down all his websites, put on sackcloth, covered himself in ashes and flaying himself throughout the night. Bernielathem's paranoid conspiracies hit hardest.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | November 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually; Breibart is now busy editing tape to make it look like he invited ABC to join him, and it was he who decided to drop them. He is going to provide a video clip; showing ABC Brass coming to visit him, wearing their Pimp costumes.

Posted by: Liam-still | November 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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