Why would Andrew Breitbart apologize?
If he were to, it would signal the end to the Shirley Sherrod story, and the fact that he’s one of the few remaining figures involved in the whole affair not to offer contrition puts the spotlight on him.
Several hours ago, he told Politico that he was “public enemy No. 1 or 2 to the Democratic party, the progressive movement and the Obama administration based upon the successes my journalism has had.”
Breitbart is a master of Internet attention, having essentially the conduit for many a mainstream journalist seeking web hits on the Drudge Report. But the driver of his Big Hollywood and Big Government sites is the very notion that the mainstream media are ignoring the real stories, ones that almost always shed light on liberal malfeasance or Democratic bungling. In person he gives off the feeling of being perpetually under siege, even if you are never quite sure what is putting him under siege. He’ll argue about Hollywood’s liberal bias with a veracity equal to that of raising fears about terrorism, and then fight tooth and nail if anyone suggests a contrarian point.
One of the stranger encounters I saw Breitbart involved in came in May, when he attended the MSNBC party after the White House Correspondents Dinner and waited in line for Rachel Maddow, the fete’s guest bartender, to serve him. When he got to her, he blurted out something about ACORN and pimping, and she looked not only perplexed, but puzzled at who he was. She certainly would recognize him now.
Many a journalism prof will weigh in, as they should, on what this means about the media, but most will miss that this is all a kind of schtick. Many pundits will predict that he’s been discredited, but I doubt that will make much of a dent in his Internet traffic. He won’t lose a gig on Fox News or CNN or even Bill Maher because the whole fact that he can stir things up, even at the White House, is what it’s all about. Going forward, the joke is on those who take it all too seriously.
On Thursday, he still defended the posting of the video.
He told Politico, “If anybody reads the sainted, martyred Sherrod’s entire speech, this person has not gotten past black vs. white.”
Update: Breitbart’s foes also could respond this way: