Huffington Post Caves to Breitbart

Retracts claim that he doctored video of WH press conference

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart is celebrating a victory over the Huffington Post after the site retracted an article alleging he may have doctored a video clip from a White House press briefing to make it look like CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell was upset about the recent debt compromise.

In an article posted yesterday, HuffPo said that Breitbart was being accused of doctoring video of an exchange between O'Donnell and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Some conservatives had alleged that the exchange showed liberal bias on O'Donnell's part. They'd asserted that O'Donnell, questioning Carney on the deal to raise the debt ceiling, had said, "You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing," though in fact what O'Donnell had said was, "Democrats are saying, 'You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.'"

HuffPo posted a clip of the exchange from that actually gave a completely accurate depiction of what O'Donnell had said. It also backed up the doctoring allegation with an article by the New Republic’s Jonathan Chait, summarizing it as saying that “the clip does not include the part of O’Donnell’s question in which O'Donnell says that some ‘Democrats’ are the ones who feel they’ve gotten nothing from the debt deal, not O’Donnell herself.” In fact, Chait was actually accusing Commentary magazine—not Breitbart—of doctoring the clip.

Breitbart, who helped start HuffPo, took to his beloved Twitter to defend himself against the site's accusations, writing, “Dear @AriannaHuff, Nothing 'edited' in O'Donnell video. It is malicious lie intended to push false 'doctoring' meme. Want a war, dahling?”

Apparently, she didn’t. HuffPo ended up removing the offending article, and in an editor’s note, admitted that it had “incorrectly raised the possibility that Andrew Breitbart had ‘doctored’ a video clip . . . A viewing of the clip in question clearly shows that he did not. We regret the error, have removed the story, and apologize to Mr. Breitbart.”

In response, Breitbart tweeted, “Mr. Breitbart ACCEPTS @HuffPost apology/retraction for falsely claiming I 'doctored' video.”

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