Andrew Breitbart Discusses Matt Drudge, Arianna Huffington on ABC News' Nightline

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the subject of much controversy this week, is also the subject of an interview with co-anchor Terry Moran on Wednesday night’s edition of ABC News’ Nightline, taped before a video he posted on his blog of the Department of Agriculture’s Shirley Sherrod discussing race led to her ouster, only to see the Obama administration reverse its decision when it discovered that Sherrod’s remarks were part of a longer speech and were presented out of context.
In the Nightline segment, Breitbart talks about his experiences working for Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington. Highlights, courtesy of ABC News’ Nightline:
On his role:

I have this very specific niche. I’m a news addict, I like the news. I would have loved to have been in the mainstream media 15 years ago, and helped correct the situation, you know, from within. But as circumstances occurred, I’m outside of the system correcting it from outside of the system. I have friends within the system…I have people that like me and I have people that hate me, and I can live with it.



On Drudge and Huffington:

That’s the one thing I don’t talk about. I mean, Matt is…an international man of mystery, and the last time I saw him was running into him at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2005. That’s the last time I saw him, and before that, I don’t even remember the last time I saw him before that.

I mean, I will say this: Boy, did I get lucky to work with Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington. I mean, for lack of a better description, I was one of the characters in Richard Linklater’s first film, Slackers, you know? And in the Austin movie where they’re walking, one random conversation leads to another random conversation — I could’ve just been spliced right there in the middle.

And I was wandering, and I had nothing better to do than be there on day one of the Internet revolution, while I had other friends that were in law school or in medical school. Those guys couldn’t afford to take the chance on the Internet; I couldn’t not take the chance to be on the Internet. And meeting Matt Drudge very early on, and then hooking up with Arianna Huffington, pretty much the skill sets that I’m employing today are very much, you know, had been learned in being in their proximity.

When asked if his Internet savvy helped to make Drudge Report and The Huffington Post successful:

I don’t want to ever have that conversation. I don’t want to…ever want to have that conversation, because Arianna Huffington is Arianna Huffington, and Matt Drudge is Matt Drudge. The Huffington Post is The Huffington Post, the Drudge Report is the Drudge Report. And the best part about what I’m doing right now is that I’m doing…I get to be me right now. And that…that’s the best part of this entire thing. This, to me, is the beginning of the beginning.


david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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