Andrew Breitbart is at it again, this time targeting adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri who, according to the propagandist Breitbart were advocating union violence in their labor-studies courses.
According to reports, a contributer to Breitbart’s web site produced two videos, each about 7 minutes in length that were spliced together from about 30 hours of lecture footage. After the videos were originally posted the University reacted and initially distanced itself from the statements of the instructors and issued a statement saying they were “looking into the situation.”
But once the university was able to conduct a thorough review it came out in support of the faculty and denounced both the videos and Breitbart. The University said it was clear that the statements were taken out of context and reordered the sequence of certain statements to change the meaning.
At this point, anyone with even a rough understanding of Breitbart’s usually modus operandi should be suspicious. Breitbart is notorious for his hatchet jobs and his calling card is the misleadingly edited video. Past victims include Shirley Sherrod, and ACORN.
Breitbart even announced his plan to “go after” educators and union organizers in an April 18th interview on Sean Hannity’s show.
But like the response to the ACORN and Sherrod videos, the university initially sided against its faculty, undoubtedly in response to pressure from Missouri Tea Party activists who have called for the suspension of the labor-studies program. The faculty in the videos also report being barraged with angry phone calls, letters and even explicit death threats.
At this point we really can’t be surprised by these videos, but we can be surprised by the fact that people continue to believe Breitbart and his minions have anything other than malicious intent in their publication. This latest attack shows that not even a free and open exchange of ideas is tolerable to Breitbart and his Tea Party supporters. In fact, given the obvious nature of their work and their attacks, a free exchange of information is probably one of Breitbart and the Tea Party’s greatest fears.
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