Friday, March 1, 2013
Today is the sad first anniversary of the death of Andrew Breitbart. And what more fitting tribute could there be than a journalist actually standing up to speak truth to power and being threatened by the Whitehouse for it.
Bob Woodward of the Washington Post wrote a story which clearly and factually points out that the sequester was initially proposed by the Whitehouse, and approved by Barack Obama before it was put on the table. And now that the sequester cuts are actually going to be enacted, the president and his toadies are lying about who's to blame. But those lies won't get traction if a journalist with Woodward's authority calls them lies.
Which is why Gene Sperling, one of the president's top economic advisers yelled at Woodward for a half hour, and then said if Woodward stuck to his story he would "regret it."
Thankfully, Woodward isn't impressed by the threats from this most rancid and anti-American of administrations. But tragically, the anniversary of Andrew Breitbart's death reminds us that the vast majority of alleged journalists are easily cajoled or bullied into spreading government-issued lies, and that there are too few courageous voices actually trying to get the truth out to a fact-deprived nation.
Andrew Breitbart, the man, can never come back - but his influence is still alive and kicking and causing headaches aplenty for the liars, cheats, and manipulators in high office.
Let us all continue to be inspired and motivated by his brave example.