“I don’t take pictures of my genitals and send them to teenagers. I like to fight the media. That’s my fetish.” That’s the dick joke Andrew Breitbart, still high on Weinergate, told a room full of Republican Jews on Sunday night.
Well, not exactly full. Breitbart was the last on a list of speakers at the annual summer event hosted by the L.A. chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and by the time the conservative blogger took the microphone, the crowd had thinned.
Breitbart was happy to take credit for the absence of the media. “I see the press left. They’re afraid of me.”
In truth, most of the press had left following Newt Gingrich‘s speech an hour earlier. But the few that remained got an off the cuff lecture from Breitbart’s school of media manipulation. The conservative blogger compared “neutrality and objectivity” in mainstream journalism with “the moral relativism that they teach in the humanities departments. You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong.” Israel, he made sure to add, “is in the right.”
Breitbart also spoke about his goal of creating a “Big Jerusalem” website, an idea he first floated in 2009. “I’m willing to live half of my year in Israel to draw attention to the fact that if Israel goes, so will America. I want to create this Big Jerusalem, and I’m going to need your help. This is citizen journalism. I don’t have J-school types working for me.”
On journalism and the media:
I am a biased journalist, and hopefully more people will join the fray, because this is a citizen movement to take on ABC, CBS and NBC and BBC and the New York Times, the mainstream media I call the Democrat Media Complex. The natural alliance of the Democratic Party, liberal interest groups, and the mainstream media is the matrix, and I think the matrix will go down in the next five years.
On the rise of the Tea Party movement:
The first thing that the evil Democrat media complex did was accuse them of being racist, sexist, homophobe, and Janet Napolitano – no crotch shots from you, madame secretary – said this was a potentially violent group. I said, ‘Enough, enough. I am going to stand next to these people.’ And for the last two years the mainstream media has waged jihad against the Tea Party. And there would have not been an election 2010 if not for we the people standing up and saying enough is enough. The outside-the-beltway spirit is what helped save the Republican Party, it’s saved the conservative movement, and I’m demanding that you join this movement in order to change it, to make it more representative of the whole of the American people. These people love you, they love Israel. These people deserve your support. Please join the Tea Party movement.
Steve Appleford contributed to this story.