So THIS Is The Video That Got Andrew Breitbart “Killed”??

I said the same thing then as I do now when I saw the video of the late rightwinger and blogger Andrew Breitbart announcing before his death that he had the goods on President Obama.

They ain’t got sh!t.

Earlier, I thought that someone had photographed or gotten video of the president in his youth smoking weed or something. The latter would have been impossible because the videocam wasn’t in consumer use until about 1983, either in Beta or VHS format. These cameras were, compared to current standards, rather ponderous to haul around. They weren’t made for being hand-held or for ambushing someone on the sneak. Except, of course, in the case of Rodney King, George Holliday recording those cops tasering and clubbing King. That’s the moment when I believe that everyone in the country saw its immediate and intrinsic value, and in this case, it was proving police misconduct or presenting a crime in the offing.

Then again, Obama had already outlined his drug abuse in one of his memoirs.  The only thing that would be new is seeing him as a young man doing what he said he had done.

Besides, equipment may be one thing, but motivation to show off is an entirely different matter. I don’t see the young Obama as the kind of guy who would want anyone recording him doing anything untoward or illegal, especially if he was contemplating Harvard or a big time law degree and career.  Nothing in his make-up thus far even paints him as a risk-taker.  No.  A much younger generation that likes to record every little thing on cell phones or iPads is more likely to do this kind of thing, and even post it on FB as if it is a finger-painting on a refrigerator. Unfortunately, things like smoking dope on camera could get someone fired off a job or something these days. Or keep someone from obtaining a security clearance.

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That’s why I said Andrew Breitbart ain’t got sh!t. And in death, he still doesn’t have anything. Not one thing. Oh, I’m sure that had he lived, Breitbart would have tried to make a big thing out of nothing by editing the video so that it looked far worse, but he didn’t get his chance. So embracing the late Professor Derrick Bell is considered to be radical politics?  Plus, the video had already surfaced in 2008 as part of a PBS Frontline documentary on the presidential candidates.

Is that all’s got? You’ve got to be kidding me. I mean, really.

Right after the right-wing blowhard dropped dead in Brentwood, CA a week back, the conspiracy theories began to bloom afresh like colorless mushrooms in a moldy bathroom. Namely, that the president had ordered a hit by remote control on Breitbart. BuzzFeed reported on the lunacy that was enveloping the TwitterRight that same evening. Lunacy like this:

And this one:

And yet again, this:

Sometimes, I don’t know what is worse, ignorance and hatred, or drug addiction.

Yesterday, BuzzFeed and then PBS released what they had of the entire extant video and footage from that sunny day in 1991 when President Obama was 30 and in graduate law school, proclaiming his support of Professor Bell.  I’ve chosen to retail the PBS version. This was footage that came straight from its satellite station, WGBH-Boston.  And in the light of day, everything Breitbart promised or hinted at upwind looked less than the source of a hard hitting exposé, and more like a fantasy.  That is, he’s wanting to see reverse racism and the usual militant suspects everywhere until he and his followers finally get meds.  This is what PBS had to say about its video and footage, which they say is exactly like’s copy.

But there’s nothing new about the clip or Obama’s role in the controversy at Harvard Law School. In 2008, as a part of our quadrennial election special The Choice 2008, FRONTLINE ran the same footage of the speech as a part of an exploration of Obama’s time at Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1991. It’s been online at our site and on YouTube since then. You can see that part of the film below.

FRONTLINE producers obtained the footage from the same source as BuzzFeed did this week: the archives of WGBH, Boston’s PBS station. The footage was shot in 1990 by a team of local news producers for the WGBH Ten O’Clock News. FRONTLINE is produced at WGBH and our producers were alerted to the footage in the station archives in 2008.

What further fans the suspicions of these wingers is that Professor Charles Ogletree jokingly referred to this video of Obama at the Harvard-Bell protest with this:

 “Of course we hid this throughout the 2008 campaign,” he said, as students laughed (at a lecture). “I don’t care if they find it now.”

Sean Hannity brought in that innocuous quote from Ogletree last night on his Faux Noise show, but it still looks like the Right can’t tell a joke from real life.  Or take one for that matter.

I’m still shaking my head over this idea:  Derrick Bell and Charles Ogletree seen by the Right as Raving-Radical-NAACP-Academic-“Burn Baby Burn”-Marxist-Black-Panther-Activists?  Yeah, right.  How long has the Sixties been over?

For RightPunditstan and their followers, it isn’t over yet.  There are still people online raving about the other Breitbart videos about Obama that have not been aired, and that this one couldn’t be the one.

Hey, I am not sorry that Andrew Breitbart is dead.  His hatred of black people, President Obama in particular; his hatred of liberalism, humanism and progressive ideas, as well as congestive heart disease, high blood pressure as well as suspected drug and alcohol abuse finally took him down.  To those people who knew him, hated his ideas, but liked him as a person, just remember one Hannah Arendt who spoke of the banality of evil. 

I remember the ACORN activists who are scattered, who worked for better communities, who fed and housed and empowered the poor and homeless, particularly in places like post-Katrina New Orleans.  I remember Shirley Sherrod, who helped everyone, and who no longer had the heart to work at what she was good at for the people in her state because she was betrayed by her president’s people.  And though I am a Buddhist, I remember very much the old African American adage:  g*d don’t love ugly…and he ain’t too particular about pretty.

~ by blksista on March 8, 2012.

One Response to “So THIS Is The Video That Got Andrew Breitbart “Killed”??”

  1. Wow! This is very eye opening! This is a great artcle. Thanks for postiing it.


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