New York Times / Politico
After a week of doubts and accusations of perpetrating an elaborate hoax, Andrew Breitbart got his vindication and an apology when U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted online dalliances with several women. Breitbart tells The New York Times that conservatives come to him with news tips damaging to Democrats because “they know I’m willing to march through the fire with them.” Yet when a second woman came to Breitbart to disclose her relationship with the congressman, he decided to take the story to ABC News “to take this out of the partisan rancor realm.” Breitbart has dominated the news cycle before, but by the time everything settled out, the story wasn’t exactly what he said it was, such as his report of alleged racist remarks of a Agriculture Department official. (Breitbart says of his prior big stories, “99.99999 percent was accurate.”) || Media stepchild: “The progressive agenda-driven mainstream media looks at Andrew Breitbart and believes that they are looking at the devil himself.” || A small lie after the big ones: “When [Weiner] said, ‘I apologize to Andrew Breitbart,’ I smelled a lie,” writes Slate’s Jack Shafer.
Breitbart also explains how he ended up at the podium at Weiner’s press conference, which spurred Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall to tweet, “This moment is definitely harmonic convergence of something. just not sure what yet.” || Short and sweet: And the New York Post headline is… “Naked Truth.” || Earlier: Breitbart tells the media, “Your ability to control the narrative is over.”