Yet Another “Classic Breitbarting”

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On Monday, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government site posted “exclusive, explosive” video of what it described as “Thuggery 101″—a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a union official advocating “violence and industrial sabotage” to a classroom of college students. This led to instant hyperventilation about “taxpayer-funded courses in union violence”. Now, like many a sensational video linked to Breitbart, this latest scoop has disintegrated in the bright light of day. Crooks and Liars has the definitive takedown, which shows how the supposedly inflammatory soundbites posted on Big Government were intentionally edited to strip them of their context and twist their intended meanings. In other words, yet another “classic Breitbarting.”

On the positive side, the original video did not get much traction beyond right-wing sites, which may suggest that the rest of the media has wised up to the Breitbart/James O’Keefe M.O. Or maybe it was just too distracted by the birthers to be bothered.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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