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NewsBusters, Rush Breitbart Yahoo Exec

David Chalian has just been Breitbarted.

NewsBusters does it again.

And don’t forget Rush.

As my colleague Stacy McCain notes in his column this morning on a new film on the late Andrew Breitbart (I still have a hard time writing “late”), in the wake of his death Andrew’s last name has become a verb. As in: To Breitbart — to reveal the left’s ongoing game of bias in the media and general shenanigans everywhere. You can put that priceless ACORN undressing in the “Breitbarted” column. The film focuses on Andrew’s war against leftist media bias (among other things) and not by chance has Matthew Sheffield of NewsBusters discussing Andrew.

As we were saying earlier this week, NewsBusters has become the indispensable source for tracking the left-wing bias media game. A game which consists of pretending to be objective and an above board referee when in fact said media are vital team players in advancing the liberal narrative.

A bare two days after that column ran, NewsBusters caught out the Yahoo Washington bureau chief, David Chalian, in a typical example of how the game works. The NewsBusters story, here, outed Chalian as saying of Mitt and Ann Romney — on a live mic — that

They aren’t concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.

The reference, of course, was to Hurricane Isaac bearing down on New Orleans as the GOP Convention prepared to open in Tampa. And of course, it was an updated version of the disgusting theme from Katrina that George W. Bush let people drown because they were black. In other words, more racial garbage from the Party of Race.

The story was broken by, yes, Matthew Sheffield. The same Matthew Sheffield who appears in the Breitbart film. And the same Matthew Sheffield, as we also noted in our earlier column, who played a key role in getting the Media Research Center’s NewsBuster site up and running in 2005.

Then something else occurred.

As Stacy notes, Matthew had his breaking story up on the NewsBusters site at 10:22. By noon, Rush Limbaugh was on the air and began to talk about it. Chalian’s appalling joke was everywhere.

The New Media model was on the job.

Within hours, David Chalian was out of a job.

Now. We have no grudge against Mr. Chalian. To lose a job anytime is not fun, and in the Obama economy especially.

But the real lesson here, dating perhaps from the day in 2004 that Dan Rather’s story about Bush and the National Guard was revealed by the folks at Powerline to be an utter phony, the conservative media — the New Media — is here to stay.

NewsBusters is watching.

Rush is watching.

Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and all of talk radio are watching.

 Fox is watching.

The American Spectator and our colleagues in conservative magazines and newspapers and blogs are all watching.

The old game of the Old Media is over. For good. As Mr. Chalian has now found out in a highly personal fashion, those who choose to play this patently dishonest game are now risking paying the ultimate professional price — their jobs and reputation.

Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is laughing.

Breitbart is here.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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