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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Breitbart News dies of lack of credibility

Steve Bannon killed Breitbart News today. It wanted to be a mainstream media contender, and so it died a mainstream media death by squandering all its credibility trying to bring down President Trump.



Breitbart News had potential to grow from an expensive blog into a rival of mainstream media.

But the organization never reached its potential because of Bannon's lack of leadership skills, and his inability to maintain the confidence of its financial backers.

The story that cost Bannon's credibility and therefore that of his organization was published by New York magazine: "Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President" by Michael Wolff. This is a promotion for his new book.

Now we know this is a lie. Logic is a demanding mistress, but she is always true and will never betray you.

We know that Donald Trump did not spend $66 million out of his own pocket, and lose $150 million to $250 million in potential income just to finish second to Crooked Hillary Clinton.

What in defeat could possibly be worth $216 million to $316 million to him?

Once defeated, the Clinton Family would have mocked, indicted, and ruined Trump and his family members, including his ex-wives.

You can say he was prepared to lose on Election Night. You can say he was surprised he won on Election Night. But you cannot say he was anything but elated to win.

Writer Michael Wolff's premise that Trump wanted to lose undermines Wolf's entire work, which includes an allegation by Bannon that the Trump family laundered money and committed treason at Trump Tower.

By not immediately divorcing himself from the quotes Wolff attributed to him, Bannon assumes full responsibility for his words.

President Trump did issue a statement:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.
Welcome to whom Bannon is.

Welcome to what Breitbart News is. Fish rot from the head.

It's off my list of sites. Any suggestions for a replacement?

UPDATE: Thomas Wictor on Twitter has a great thread on this.

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46 comments:

  1. Bannon could actually speak, on the record, and recover some credibility. Or speak, on the record, and self-immolate. Or remain off the record, and forever be punchline.

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  2. It's been harder and harder to read Breitbart lately. Today was the death knell. Just deleted my bookmark for that site. The president's statement was a mic dropper.

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    1. It's so sad to see what Andrew Breitbart's site has turned into. I miss that man every day of my life, cheerful warrior & teller-of-truth that he was; a straight-shooter that struck fear into the hearts of his enemies and who was fearless in the face of adversity.

      Steve Bannon is pretty good at shooting, too- but he shoots himself in the foot, and those who support him in the back. I can almost hear Andrew Breitbart saying, "Watch out for that guy."

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  3. Thanks, Don. I started avoiding Breitbart originally because of technical issues, the ads and scripts etc. But eventually I noticed there didn't seem to be a lot of "there there" - like it was all an empty storefront putting up the same tired stories everyone else was carrying. Then they started doing what progressives have always done: firing people the minute they heard a rumor, without trying to wait for things to shake out or get to the real truth, which is what I think a news organization should do.

    I read you, and Keith Koffler, and a few others in my sidebar for commentary, and for links I go to Doug Ross, Maggies Farm, Woodpile Report, and Drudge. I got away from Instapundit during the campaign, and I am starting to lose patience with The Stream.

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    1. Koffler has a book on Bannon (awkward) but he's not tainted by that

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    2. We had a troll posting earlier on today. I mentioned that he would be better off posing on MSM comment sections, even Brietbart's - where most of the comments are simply reactionary.

      For the first time in weeks I was linked to a Breitbart article the other day in which John Nolte published a list of what he thought were the best movies of all-time. It was interesting. I went down to the comment section expecting a discussion, only to read juvenile anger posts such as "this is a list by an old guy about old movies". One would expect better, but that's the readership Breitbart has been appealing to for quite some time.

      Kudos to Don for calling the end of Breitbart's influence. Spot on. President Trump's comment about Bannon causing Alabama to go Democrat in the Senate for the first time in 40 years (I think - don't feel like looking it up) was spot on as well.

      This was an important day. President Trump and the new Republican party have been closing ranks together. This book solidifies it. Bannon backers are now about to line up behind the President.

      - Ken

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    3. Alabama was 30 years since a Dem elected to the Senate.

      My mistake.

      Best to clear the air. The next 3-4 months are going to set a tone unlike anything seen in American politics. It's not just one scandal or 2 or 3 or 4 that are coming. The MSM / Dems have already started attacking the witnesses cred. Not going to work. If we thought America was fed-up with governmental shenanigans going into the 2016 election, just wait to see what 2018 brings!

      President Trump said he would "Drain The Swamp". It's all coming out. So much for government being trusted by free citizens.

      - Ken

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    4. Anonymous, from what I can find, Bannon supported Mo Brooks in the Alabama Primary. The GOPe spent millions to sink Brooks, which is how they got Moore. If that's correct, then the GOPe is responsible for Moore's defeat, not Bannon.

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    5. I gsve up on Drudge last year; now I go to Citizens Free Press, although I wish they'd change their design so they don't look so much like Drudge.
      ---Fred

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    6. i like citizens free press too
      also like threadreaderapp.com

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    7. Anonymous, from what I can find, Bannon supported Mo Brooks in the Alabama Primary.

      Boxty;

      Steve Bannon and his organization supported, raised money for, and campaigned for Roy Moore in the Alabama Republican primary, as well as the general election.

      - Ken

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  4. Www.infowars.com

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  5. This is my list of consistently supportive Trump sites I go to; Surber, Gateway Pundit, Conservative Treehouse, Mark Steyn. Next is Powerline, that is now quite supportive, PJ Media (for Roger L Simon), Hot Air (some good but Allapundit a pain), Townhall (for Kurt Schlichter humor and some great cartoons). Breitbart for UK, Mexico and border coverage and Delingpole on global warming. Drudge I have kicked out. Hope this helps. cdm. ps on global warming one of the best apart from Wattsupwiththat is Jo Nova (Aus).

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    1. Also Frontpagemag for good cutting non pc analysis particularly of muslims, Dilbert for Trump 3D analysis (but Adams is very annoyingly trying to sit on the fence).

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    2. Where do you go when you want some NON-sycophants? People who aren't "Trump supporters" but actual truth tellers? Need some of that, too, don't you think?

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    1. Victor Davis Hanson writes at several sites but you can find most of his stuff here:

      http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/

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    2. Mr. Hanson and City Journal are the best written and thorough.

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  7. My original top 3 were Walker, Cruz, and Perry and Trump wasn't even on the list. I reluctantly converted to Trump but later my support became enthusiastic.

    I honestly never heard of Bannon until he joined the campaign, and I'm not sure exactly what he did, but I never voted for Steve Bannon.

    I accepted Bannon's presence at the White House because I trust Trump to pick his own advisors, but it was never clear exactly what he was doing there.

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    1. Mostly the same here to. Walker, Perry, and Cruz. Glad I was wrong!
      J Perry

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  8. Steve wanted to rule instead of serve,or at least sit on the right hand. Family trust issues intervened. Let him rule in Hell instead of serve in Heaven. He will not regret it. It is his nature.
    Hanson is a most rational guy on DT now.

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  9. Frontpage - especially Daniel Greenfield is top notch. Greenfield also has his own site - sultanknish.blogspot.com. Powerline and Conservative treehouse are also favorites.

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    1. I also like several of the contributors at american thinker. Anything Thomas Lifson writes is worth reading. Same for Ed Lasky.

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  10. Line of the day from PDJT - “winning isn’t as easy as I make it look”!!!

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  11. Andrew Breitbart is rolling in his grave. What a shame.

    Don, check out Defining Ideas (Hoover Institute). It has Dr. Hanson and Richard Epstein, among others (it also has links to their excellent podcasts). Dr. Epstein has more of a liberal bent, but puts out some great work (some not exactly light reading).

    Besides those podcasts check out the John Batchelor show podcast. Those two are frequent guests on his show along with Monica Crowley, Seb Gorka, Larry Kudlow, etc. It spans politics to new books to economics. It's awesome.

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    1. Dr. Epstein more of a classic liberal/libertarian. Please forgive me , Dr. Epstein.

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  12. http://theothermccain.com
    http://ace.mu.nu

    Both are essential morning reading. I'm still a fan (somewhat) of Instapundit, but I wish Prof. Reynolds would get rid of his tedious Trump-hating co-bloggers Ed Driscoll and the once-readable Stephen Green. Actually, if Instapundit were just the professor and his wife, with Sarah Hoyt taking the night shift, it would all kinds of awesome. Now, you have to check who posted it before deciding if the cited link is clickable.

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  13. Don,
    I have read all the suggestions.Remember you can bake bread only one way.I do not muddle my brain reading all these sites.I have two"theconsevativetreehouse.com and your site.This tells me everything I need to know.Remember patience Grasshopper. Dennis

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  14. Bannon is a bright guy. He has had some success in numerous fields. But that is the problem. He is a dilettante.

    Wolff writes trash. This is a last stand by liberals, Never-Trumpers, and circling down the drain Obamaites to take down Trump. But they took out Bannon instead. Which is typical if you think about them.

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  15. If you think Breitbart is "trying to bring down Trump", then you are out of your mind.

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  16. My favorite sites are donsurber.blogspot.com, theconservativetreehouse.com, and pjmedia.com/instapundit/. I dropped Drudge about a year ago and only check it about once a month. Brietbart has lost my trust as well. I love Victor Davis Hanson but he doesn't publish nearly enough content. National Review is dead to me as a nevertrump site. Maybe we could discuss this list on another thread. http://rightwingnews.com/column-2/40-best-conservative-columnists-2017-9th-annual/
    Thanks Don
    J Perry

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    1. That list on RWN is a nevertrump parade. Glad I don't read them. Must be a bunch of losers.

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    2. I know. Jonah is at the top, based on what metric? Glen is in the middle. But are any of them good?

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  17. Megan McDowell was on Fox Business this morning and said Bannon's career died with Roy Moore's defeat in Alabama.

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    1. Perhaps, but unlikely. Bannon supported Moore as the GOP nominee after Brooks was knocked due to the lack of support from the GOPe who wanted one like themselves - Strange. The AL Senate seat loss is at the feet of McConnell and his stable of idiots.

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  18. Word ! - "Trump has stood by and watched Perfect murder Good for 8 years" - https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/03/trump-v-bannon/#more-144175

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    1. And, thus, his run for office.

      -TexasDude

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  19. This site has already been mentioned above, but https://theconservativetreehouse.com and the analysis provided by Sundance is excellent, in my view.

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  20. Breaking: #Breitbart publisher Steve Bannon enters Promises in Malibu, says he has alcohol problem that has led to anger management issues, and book author plied him with gin.

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  21. Surber asks, "What in defeat could possibly be worth $216 million to $316 million to him?" The answer is simple, and logical. He wants even MORE branding power, the ability to sell his name for millions per building, per golf course, per product. Maybe his steaks or vodka or university would be more successful the 2nd time around if it had the imprimatur of an American presidential candidate. Like Surber said, "Logic is a demanding mistress..."

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  22. Besides Mr. Surber's blog, a couple of my favorite sites lately are The Conservative Treehouse (in-depth analysis of the Russia probe and President Trump's incredible coming roundup of a plethora of Deep State black hats) and Thomas Wictor's Twitter feed (there is some heavy Shiite going down in the Middle East on multiple fronts at this very moment, and President Trump is adroitly leading the MSM chasing his Tweets and other distractions while the deal goes down). - Elric

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  23. I'm not going to write off Breitbart altogether. The Big Hollywood page has put lots of light on the sexual misbehaviour but also on the general decline of movies as entertainment.
    The main political section, I agree, has gone sour. There are days when the stories on Washington there could just as easily have been run by Australia's own lefty media. They can't stand Trump any more than your own CNN et al.

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