Beck relies heavily on Drudge protégé Andrew Breitbart in recent attacks on NEA, Jones, and ACORN

››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

In recent weeks, Fox News' Glenn Beck has been credited with precipitating the resignation of White House "green jobs" adviser Van Jones, the reassignment of National Endowment for the Arts communications director Yosi Sergant, and the amplification of an anti-ACORN video produced by a conservative filmmaker. In all three instances, Beck has credited the "instrumental" work of conservative columnist and Web publisher Andrew Breitbart, who has a history of smearing progressives and making inflammatory statements.

Andrew Breitbart: Drudge protégé, frequent smearer of progressives

Web publisher, conservative columnist, Drudge protégé. From his official biography on BigHollywood.com:

Andrew Breitbart is publisher of the news portals Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv. In January 2009, he launched Big Hollywood, a group blog off of Breitbart.com on Hollywood and politics from the center/right perspective. His latest group blog endeavor, Big Government, launched in September. His column, "Big Hollywood," appears weekly in the Washington Times and he co-wrote the best-selling attack on celebrity culture, Hollywood, Interrupted. Andrew was also the primary developer for The Huffington Post (don't hold that against him).

ZDNet.com's Greg Sandoval wrote in 2005 that Matt Drudge, Breitbart's "former boss and mentor ... has been shipping large numbers of readers to Breitbart.com." Sandoval also wrote:

Breitbart is a former researcher for Arianna Huffington, the former Republican congressman's ex-wife who is now a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in California. After Drudge hired him as a paid assistant, Breitbart made a name for himself as a skilled news gatherer and witty critic of left-leaning politicians and celebrities. Drudge too is considered sympathetic to the Republican party.

Breitbart surprised many fans of the Drudge Report when he agreed to help launch Huffington's Web site, which many considered to be the left's version of the Drudge Report. Nonetheless, working for the Huffington Post did not damage Breitbart's relationship with Drudge.

"I have a very good relationship with Matt," Breitbart said. "I still have daily contact with him. He is, I think, one of the Internet's top success stories."

Breitbart, who is married to the daughter of actor Orson Bean, grew up in Los Angeles. He cut his teeth in the online news business at cable channel E Entertainment Television. He worked for the company's online magazine before going to work for Huffington. He introduced himself to Drudge after reading the Drudge Report in 1995.

Breitbart has been quoted as referring to himself as "Matt Drudge's bitch."

"Used to be liberal." On the July 2 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck (retrieved from Nexis), Breitbart told guest host Eric Bolling that he "used to be liberal until I saw that the media was the Democratic Party. And I think that the way that the Obama administration and the mainstream media is behaving over the last year, to a year-and-a-half, where you realize there is no separation between the two, will expose a lot of moderates to how propaganda can turn into policy in the United States."

Breitbart has frequently made controversial remarks on his Twitter account:

  • Breitbart calls Kennedy a "villain," a "duplicitous bastard," and a "prick." Following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Breitbart posted a series of Twitter messages in which he called Kennedy a "villain," a "duplicitous bastard," and a "prick" who "destroyed lives."
  • "When was last time MSM reported story where a Dem was corrupt/wrong that didn't have to do with Hillary & Bill offing an enemy?" Posted by Breitbart on September 4 on his Twitter.com account.
  • "If Obama isnt racist, why does he hang out w so many who are?" On September 3, Breitbart wrote on his Twitter account: "Van Jones! If Obama isnt racist, why does he hang out w so many who are? Or is his explanation Spike Lee's: Black people CAN'T be racist?"

Breitbart has frequently made incendiary remarks in his Washington Times column:

  • "My long-held fear is that Mr. Obama is hiding something about his education." In his August 3 column, Breitbart wrote: "My long-held fear is that Mr. Obama is hiding something about his education. ... While I have no desire to see Mr. Obama's birth certificate, I do want to see his college transcripts. My suspicion, one could even call it a conspiracy theory, is that Mr. Obama committed himself to a radical curriculum, aligned himself with the far-left professoriate, and sought to keep this biographical information from his political enemies, especially then-rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, for fear that they would paint the former community organizer and follower of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as something other than an advocate of racial reconciliation."
  • Democrats depend "on the ability to keep blacks in fear." In his August 3 column, Breitbart claimed that the "Democratic Party -- which is now Mr. Obama's party -- now depends on the ability to keep blacks in fear: of cops, of Republicans, of conservatives, of 'Uncle Toms,' and even of Tiger Woods, who proves that America, while still imperfect, is clearly heading in the right direction."
  • "David Duke and James von Brunn currently share more in common with Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington" than conservatives. From Breitbart's June 15 column:

The inconvenient truth is that David Duke and James von Brunn currently share more in common with Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington than with Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. But the right wouldn't be so crass or foolish to try to blame the political left for the existence of -- or motivation behind -- haters like Mr. von Brunn.

No one is suggesting Mr. von Brunn was doing hip rolls at the Huffington Post pilates tent during the Democratic National Convention, but his underlying philosophy, when examined and detailed, shares eerie similarities to the dominant "multicultural" mind-set at the liberal American college campus and on prominent left-wing blogs.

Change the word "supremacy" to "studies" and you'll understand the separatist mold dominant in humanities departments across the land. Women's Studies, Queer Studies, African-American Studies and Chicano Studies all produce culturally acceptable separatist and supremacy mind-sets and countenance movements that resemble those of white supremacists.

La Raza, Mecha and the Black Panthers all have prominent places at the academic table. Professors like Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West make a handsome living baiting people unfortunate enough to be born with white skin. President Obama's "wise Latina" choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter exemplifies how the post-structuralist, racialist lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Breitbart made similar points in a profanity-laced voicemail to Gawker.com, which was posted on June 11.

  • "Democrats would distribute needles, methadone, medical marijuana and biscotti in voter goodie bags if they could get away with it." From Breitbart's June 8 column:

Democrats invest -- with taxpayer money, mind you -- in groups like ACORN that, among other sordid tactics, seek out Skid Row bodies and wheel them to polling places. All the Democratic National Committee needs are vans and smelling salts. Pop culture and the "education system" have done the rest, making "D" the default choice on Election Day.

Democrats brazenly take policy positions -- think government services and even amnesty for illegal immigrants -- not because they are the right thing to do, but because they are time-tested demographic bribes. Forget cigarettes and beer, Democrats would distribute needles, methadone, medical marijuana and biscotti in voter goodie bags if they could get away with it.

Democrats long ago jettisoned America's melting-pot ideal -- E Pluribus Unum ("Out of Many, One") -- because it imperils their campaign for permanent rule. Splitting the country into separate identity groups and playing them against each other works a lot better. And anyone who disagrees is a racist.

  • Advice for GOP: Democrats are the "enemy"; find a meaner Lee Atwater. In his June 8 column, Breitbart advised that "the GOP will not survive if it doesn't accept the fact that the Democrats are its enemy and that it must begin to play for keeps. That means finding another Lee Atwater -- only meaner -- and not apologizing when we get him."
  • Obama "clearly subscribes to the notion" of judging people "by the color of our skin." In a June 1 column, Breitbart wrote that with "Obama, many Americans had hoped to get a post-racial president. With Mr. Obama's pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, it looks less and less like they got one. President Obama -- a man we still hardly know -- clearly subscribes to the notion that we should judge each other not just on the content of our character, but also by the color of our skin. We've had warning signs before. Remember the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.?"
  • Sotomayor: "racist comment ... reverse racism." In his June 1 column, Breitbart described then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as making "a racist comment in a 2001 speech" and wrote that her actions reflected "reverse racism."
  • Admits flipping off protesters at event calling attention to African children being forced into slavery as child soldiers. In a May 18 column titled, "I, Jerk," Breitbart admitted flipping off protesters who he thought were anti-war protesters but who were really protesting the problem of children being abducted and forced to fight for the LRA in Northern Uganda and more recently in the Congo. Breitbart concluded: "In order to prevent my eternal damnation, and to end what has been three weeks of difficult REM sleep, please visit: www.invisiblechildren.com."
  • "[R]efuses to accept" the Matthew Shepard "mythology" that his death was a hate crime. In a May 4 column titled, "Political Correctness is Torture," Bretibart wrote that Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) "had the facts to make a strong case" that Matthew Shepard's murder was drug-related rather than a hate crime. He wrote that Foxx "joins me and gay journalist Andrew Sullivan as public figures who refuse to accept the Shepard mythology."
  • The "netroots," such as Media Matters, reacted to Limbaugh's CPAC speech "as if they had witnessed a hate crime." In his March 2 column, Breitbart wrote that Limbaugh "hit the ball out of the park" with his Conservative Political Action Conference speech, and that the "netroots, the mainstream media's devious protector from its left flank (e.g., the Huffington Post, Media Matters and the Daily Kos) also opined as if they had witnessed a hate crime."
  • Compares Obama to Hugo Chavez. In his August 26, 2008, column, Breitbart wrote that it's "scary to think that this could be a preview of an Obama presidency in which attacking the rich is all the rage, and the rich in the news media pretend it's OK. Hugo Chavez is having a helluva run bringing down his formerly prosperous nation of Venezuela with that formula."

Breitbart has also:

  • Claimed Oprah has "been behind the scenes orchestrating this presidency as a media presidency."
  • Invoked "how bad it is" in Canada during a discussion of health care "rationing" and called health care reform "socialism."
  • Claimed that "card check" would "play to the narrative that this is an Illinois-style thugocracy."
  • Said it was "devastating" to President Obama that he "pitched like an Indonesian teenage girl" while throwing the opening pitch at the All-Star Game.
  • Claimed that the White House literally "directed" town hall violence.
  • Accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of having "blatantly lied" in saying that some health care reform protesters were "carrying swastikas" -- in fact, some had done so.

Beck thanks "great journalist" Breitbart for ACORN video

September 9: Beck says "things change" tomorrow due to video on ACORN. During his Fox News program, Beck previewed an "exclusive" that would air on his program the next day, which he claimed would make "things change a lot for those in power." Beck later aired snippets of a video of conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe and TownHall.com columnist Hannah Giles going into ACORN's Baltimore office and, in O'Keefe's words, "posing the most ridiculous criminal scenario we could think of and seeing if they would comply -- which they did without hesitation." Beck suggested the video was the "exclusive stuff" that he predicted the media would be "talking about" instead of health care.

September 10, morning: Breitbart's BigGovernment.com posts ACORN video. At 6:10 a.m. ET, O'Keefe posted the video on BigGovernment.com. Portions of the video were replayed and discussed numerous times on Fox News, among other media outlets. Following O'Keefe's post, Breitbart wrote on BigGovernment.com about how O'Keefe contacted him in August to pitch his "independent film investigative journalism project." From his post:

When James O'Keefe came to my door in August, I was shocked by how young he looked. Kinda like Matthew Modine circa "Vision Quest."

"Come on in," I said, and I took him to my basement command center. He opened his laptop computer and showed me the very-hard-to-believe independent film investigative journalism project he had described to me over the phone

How can I describe the video I watched? Is it a put on? I almost can't believe what I am seeing. But with regards to ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, I am quite cynical. So I do believe it.

September 10, evening: Beck airs video, credits Breitbart and BigGovernment.com. On his Fox News program at 5 p.m. ET, Beck interviewed Giles and credited Breitbart for starting the story. From Glenn Beck:

BECK: I talked to you on the radio program earlier today. I encouraged you not to expose yourself anymore. I think that you are a very courageous person. I think -- I think your partner in crime here, or exposing crime, is also courageous.

I think Andrew Breitbart -- this comes from Big Government -- you can find all of this on BigGovernment.com. I saw this on Saturday, and I was amazed at your courage.

[...]

BECK: The whole thing is on BigGovernment.com -- been there since 9 o'clock this morning, been out there. You can see the unedited tape. You can see the entire transcript. I can't get the media. I mean, Andrew Breitbart -- he can't do it. Fox is the only one covering this -- the only one.

Discussing ACORN video, Beck cites Breitbart as one of the "great journalists of our time." During the September 10 broadcast of Beck's radio program, Beck discussed the ACORN video with Breitbart, whom he called one of the "great journalists of our time":

BREITBART: This is very Van Jones-esque, in that if it ever comes to the point where ACORN is brought up on ABC, CBS, NBC, or at New York Times, and other like --

BECK: Shocking.

BREITBART: -- like city dailies, it will be to a great degree the first time they've ever heard ACORN, unless it's simply in AP stories put on A-2,073, saying that there's an investigation into a group, without any context. Where are the great journalists of our time? That's what I think --

BECK: Can I -- may I answer that question? You know where the great journalists of our time are? Andrew Breitbart. I was just thinking when I was listening to this, I mean this Andrew. You are the only one -- you were the only one, besides watchdogs, that were really aggressively working behind the scenes with us on Van Jones.

We started going with Van Jones, and you started digging and digging and digging, and you were putting him up, you were going -- you want to know where the great journalists are? Andrew Breitbart. You will be remembered, sir. You will be remembered.

Fox News frequently mentioned Breitbart's website in reporting on video. For instance, on September 10, the website was mentioned on programs such as Glenn Beck, The O'Reilly Factor (according to a Nexis search), Hannity, Happening Now, America's Newsroom, and Special Report:

Mediaite.com's Robert Quigley wrote on September 10 that Breitbart knows "how to promote: he went on Fox News this morning [on America's Newsroom] to discuss his 'exclusive' (and happened to mention his website a decent handful of times during the interview), and he got his video placed as the top story on Foxnews.com, ahead of arguably bigger stories like Joe Wilson's outburst during Obama's healthcare speech last night."

Beck says Breitbart "instrumental in digging and finding the things on Van Jones" and "changing the course of the conversation"

Beck widely credited with Jones' resignation. Numerous media outlets have credited Beck with Jones' resignation, which followed months of attacks by Beck. As The New York Times noted, "Beck began criticizing Mr. Jones in July, first in segments on his syndicated talk radio show and then, on July 23, on his Fox News program." Following an advertiser boycott led by "Color of Change, an activist group co-founded by Mr. Jones four years ago ... Beck devoted more time to Mr. Jones's past remarks."

Beck says "new audio" of Van Jones "was found by Breitbart and sent to me last night." On the September 3 broadcast of his radio show, Beck credited Breitbart for sending him "new audio" of Jones about "minimum and maximum goals." On his Fox News program, Beck also cited Breitbart in directing him to the remarks. From the September 3 edition of Glenn Beck:

BECK: My concern is what is this guy's vision for America as a special adviser to the president -- I mean, especially since personnel is policy? Why doesn't he -- are you ready for this? Last night, I got a phone call. It was from Breitbart TV. They said, "Glenn, go to your email box. You have to see what we have found."

This explains everything. This verifies everything that we have talked about. Why doesn't Mr. Van Jones apologize for this?

JONES [audio clip]: One of the things that has happened, I think, too often to progressives is that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals.

[...]

BECK: From that clip we get a pretty strong understanding of Jones' feelings about capitalism, don't we? So much for, "He's a big, giant capitalist pig now, I hate him." Really?

Beck says Breitbart "instrumental in digging and finding the things on Van Jones ... truly are changing the course of the conversation." On September 9, Beck thanked Breitbart.tv co-creator Scott Baker for "really truly ... changing the course of the conversation" on Jones. From The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: You know what, Scott, let me ask you a question, because you have been instrumental in digging and finding the things on Van Jones. First of all, thank you for doing that. Thank you for being actually intellectually curious and honest when no one in the mainstream media -- you know what? I talked to Andrew Breitbart about a week ago, and I thanked him, and I said, "Do you realize that you guys really truly are changing the course of the conversation?"

You guys -- there's a few that are actually doing the job of the fourth branch of government -- as if that actually existed -- and you're changing the course. And I thank you at Breitbart for doing it.

BAKER: Well, thank you. But it's also what you said all along, which is when you're saying, I'm -- you know, when you say, I, Glenn Beck, might not be here, you the audience need to find your voice, you need to check things out. Well, we see that -- that cascades down. Because we're getting an enormous number of tips, and, you know, I'm sure it's a fraction of what you're getting. But sometimes they're in common, because I see stuff that people are copying to you and sending to us.

BECK: Yep.

BAKER: And some of the stuff that we put -- we just put up a piece about -- it's about a 15-minute special report that we posted this morning, that looked at sort of the implications of the Van Jones story.

Beck says "great journalist" Breitbart was "really aggressively working behind the scenes with us on Van Jones." From the September 10 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BREITBART: This is very Van Jones-esque, in that if it ever comes to the point where ACORN is brought up on ABC, CBS, NBC, or at New York Times, and other like --

BECK: Shocking.

BREITBART: -- like city dailies, it will be to a great degree the first time they've ever heard ACORN, unless it's simply in AP stories put on A-2,073, saying that there's an investigation into a group, without any context. Where are the great journalists of our time? That's what I think --

BECK: Can I -- may I answer that question? You know where the great journalists of our time are? Andrew Breitbart. I was just thinking when I was listening to this, I mean this Andrew. You are the only one -- you were the only one, besides watchdogs, that were really aggressively working behind the scenes with us on Van Jones.

We started going with Van Jones, and you started digging and digging and digging, and you were putting him up, you were going -- you want to know where the great journalists are? Andrew Breitbart. You will be remembered, sir. You will be remembered.

Beck credits Breitbart for breaking NEA-Sergant story

August 25: Breitbart's Big Hollywood publishes artist alleging NEA pushed art community to advance administration's agenda. Artist Patrick Courrielche alleged in a BigHollywood.com post that in an August 10 conference call "hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve," artists "were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to" issues such as health care, energy, and the environment "as we had brought to Obama's presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues." From his post:

Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama's call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were "health care" and "energy and environment." The service was to be attached to the President's United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.

It sounded, how should I phrase it ... unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me.

[...]

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these "focus areas" as we had brought to Obama's presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to "shape the lives" of those around us. The now famous Obama "Hope" poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and will.i.am's "Yes We Can" song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group's clear role in the election.

Obama has a strong arts agenda, we were told, and has been very supportive of both using and supporting the arts in creative ways to talk about the issues facing the country. We were "selected for a reason," they told us. We had played a key role in the election and now Obama was putting out the call of service to help create change. We knew "how to make a stink," and were encouraged to do so.

Throughout the conversation my inner dialogue was firing away questions so fast that the NRA would've been envious. Is this truly the role of the NEA? Is building a message distribution network, for matters other than increasing access to the arts and arts education, the role of the National Endowment for the Arts? Is providing the art community issues to address, especially those that are currently being vehemently debated nationally, a legitimate role for the NEA?

August 26-31. Conservative media report allegations. In the days following Courrielche's post, several conservative media outlets picked up Courrielche's allegations. On August 26, the Drudge Report posted a link to Courrielche's Big Hollywood post under the headline, "WANTED: NEA SEEKS ARTISTS TO PUSH OBAMA AGENDA ... ." The Washington Times' Inside Politics column excerpted Courrielche's post, and Times online producer and editorial writer Kerry Picket wrote about Courrielche's allegations for the Water Cooler blog. FoxNews.com's Joshua Rhett Miller reported on Courrielche's allegations and interviewed him. Drudge linked to the FoxNews.com article that day.

September 1. Beck interviews Courrielche. Beck promoted and interviewed Courrielche for the first time on September 1. Beck introduced him as "a contributor on Breitbart's Big Hollywood blog" and "the guy who was brave enough to not only tape [the conference call] and then bring it here." While discussing Courrielche's allegations, Beck said that the "people involved in a conference call, including the White House, knew that this was on the fence, if not outright illegal. They knew for sure that this would outrage you if it would ever get out."

September 2. Beck again promotes allegations, attacks NEA spokesman Yosi Sergant. The day after he interviewed Courrielche, Beck again promoted the allegations and said that Sergant "is creating a propaganda machine for the president of the United States and that is wrong."

September 10: Sergant reassigned. ABC News' Yunji de Nies reported on September 10 that "[l]ast week, FOX News' Glenn Beck spent a solid amount of airtime blasting Yosi Sergant -- then-National Endowment for the Arts' spokesman -- accusing him and his agency for using government tax dollars to create propaganda for the Obama Administration. Today, the NEA says Sergant has been reassigned." The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim wrote that "the move represents a significant step down and was the result of the controversy." Grim added:

Beck attacked Sergant and the NEA on his Fox News talk show, accusing the agency of propaganda efforts similar to those used by Nazi Germany. And now Sergant has been tossed overboard, making him Beck's second victim in his campaign to rid the administration of perceived radicals, socialists, communists, fascists, anarchists and all other manner of nefarious influences.

Perhaps not coincidentally, both Sergant and Van Jones -- Beck's first takedown -- have roots in on-the-ground organizing and were tightly connected with the grassroots progressive community.

September 11: Beck credits Breitbart for breaking NEA story. On the September 11 edition of his radio show, Beck said Breitbart -- not him -- "broke" the NEA story. From The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: I saw in The Washington Post today, there's a new story. It says Beck strikes again; Yosi Sergant reassigned at the NEA. This is a story that I didn't -- I didn't break. Stu, who was it that broke -- this was Breitbart. This is again another Breitbart story, where the NEA communications director reached out and said, hey, listen, we have to be very careful with our language here -- almost sounded like ACORN -- we have to be very careful with our language here, but we would like you to start making some art, you know, to support the president and his administration.

Now, yesterday, the White House reassigned him because the communications director just needs to be a little more seasoned. So, in other words, not so loose-lipped. It's incredible.

On the September 11 edition of his Fox News show, Beck said that only he and Breitbart are calling for "investigations into the National Endowment for the Arts." From Glenn Beck:

BECK: Number of investigations into the National Endowment for the Arts? Remember I told you this story? And they were using the National Endowment for the Arts to buy propaganda for the president. Yeah. I mean, the only one that I know that's been calling for it is me and Andrew Breitbart.

Transcripts

From the September 3 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:

BECK: My concern is what is this guy's vision for America as a special adviser to the president -- I mean, especially since personnel is policy? Why doesn't he -- are you ready for this? Last night, I got a phone call. It was from Breitbart TV. They said, "Glenn, go to your email box. You have to see what we have found."

This explains everything. This verifies everything that we have talked about. Why doesn't Mr. Van Jones apologize for this?

JONES [audio clip]: One of the things that has happened, I think, too often to progressives is that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals.

[...]

BECK: From that clip we get a pretty strong understanding of Jones' feelings about capitalism, don't we? So much for, "He's a big, giant capitalist pig now, I hate him." Really?

From the September 9 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: You know what, Scott, let me ask you a question, because you have been instrumental in digging and finding the things on Van Jones. First of all, thank you for doing that. Thank you for being actually intellectually curious and honest when no one in the mainstream media -- you know what? I talked to Andrew Breitbart about a week ago, and I thanked him, and I said, "Do you realize that you guys really truly are changing the course of the conversation?"

You guys -- there's a few that are actually doing the job of the fourth branch of government -- as if that actually existed -- and you're changing the course. And I thank you at Breitbart for doing it.

BAKER: Well, thank you. But it's also what you said all along, which is when you're saying, I'm -- you know, when you say, I, Glenn Beck, might not be here, you the audience need to find your voice, you need to check things out. Well, we see that -- that cascades down. Because we're getting an enormous number of tips, and, you know, I'm sure it's a fraction of what you're getting. But sometimes they're in common, because I see stuff that people are copying to you and sending to us.

BECK: Yep.

BAKER: And some of the stuff that we put -- we just put up a piece about -- it's about a 15-minute special report that we posted this morning, that looked at sort of the implications of the Van Jones story.

From the September 10 edition of Glenn Beck:

BECK: I talked to you on the radio program earlier today. I encouraged you not to expose yourself anymore. I think that you are a very courageous person. I think -- I think your partner in crime here, or exposing crime, is also courageous.

I think Andrew Breitbart -- this comes from Big Government -- you can find all of this on BigGovernment.com. I saw this on Saturday, and I was amazed at your courage.

[...]

BECK: The whole thing is on BigGovernment.com -- been there since 9 o'clock this morning, been out there. You can see the unedited tape. You can see the entire transcript. I can't get the media. I mean, Andrew Breitbart -- he can't do it. Fox is the only one covering this -- the only one.

From the September 10 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BREITBART: This is very Van Jones-esque, in that if it ever comes to the point where ACORN is brought up on ABC, CBS, NBC, or at New York Times, and other like --

BECK: Shocking.

BREITBART: -- like city dailies, it will be to a great degree the first time they've ever heard ACORN, unless it's simply in AP stories put on A-2,073, saying that there's an investigation into a group, without any context. Where are the great journalists of our time? That's what I think --

BECK: Can I -- may I answer that question? You know where the great journalists of our time are? Andrew Breitbart. I was just thinking when I was listening to this, I mean this Andrew. You are the only one -- you were the only one, besides watchdogs, that were really aggressively working behind the scenes with us on Van Jones.

We started going with Van Jones, and you started digging and digging and digging, and you were putting him up, you were going -- you want to know where the great journalists are? Andrew Breitbart. You will be remembered, sir. You will be remembered.

From the September 11 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: I saw in The Washington Post today, there's a new story. It says Beck strikes again; Yosi Sergant reassigned at the NEA. This is a story that I didn't -- I didn't break. Stu, who was it that broke -- this was Breitbart. This is again another Breitbart story, where the NEA communications director reached out and said, hey, listen, we have to be very careful with our language here -- almost sounded like ACORN -- we have to be very careful with our language here, but we would like you to start making some art, you know, to support the president and his administration.

Now, yesterday, the White House reassigned him because the communications director just needs to be a little more seasoned. So, in other words, not so loose-lipped. It's incredible.

From the September 11 edition of Glenn Beck:

BECK: Number of investigations into the National Endowment for the Arts? Remember I told you this story? And they were using the National Endowment for the Arts to buy propaganda for the president. Yeah. I mean, the only one that I know that's been calling for it is me and Andrew Breitbart.

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