The Day That Andrew Breitbart & Company Came To Tucsonby Don on Mar. 09, 2012, under Uncategorized
Last April, the Tucson Tea Party (TTP) gathered in Reid Park. 2011 had been a rough year for the TTP. Three months earlier, liberals and the media (yes, I repeat myself) made it sound as if Jared Loughner had been a fellow traveler with the Tea Party movement.
By April, though, it was clear that the TTP had been unfairly implicated in the tragic events of January 8th. (Meanwhile, as union thugs and liberal activists ran wild in Wisconsin, the left’s wintertime devotion to civility had melted away in the spring thaws.)
Thank conservative New Media for that.
Senator Alan Simpson once said that an allegation unchallenged is an allegation believed. The conservative blogosphere heeded his advice.
Conservative bloggers, such as Glenn Reynolds’ “Instapundit,” sprang into action on that horrible weekend, and quickly started dissecting and debunking the anti-Tea-Party insinuations and whispers. They pushed back against all the rumors and distortions, playing “whack-a-mole” as new accusors (David Fitzsimmons, Paul Krugman, etc…) mouthed off.
Prior to the rise of New Media, liberal reporters and opinion writers could ignore the rules of good statistics and show correlation (The Tucson Tea Party opposed Giffords; Jared Laughner is from Tucson, too) without bothering to prove causation. When you think about it—why wouldn’t they do that? Who was going to stop them? Virtually all of the other media voices who could challenge them were just as pro-liberal and conservative-loathing as they were. Liberal-dominated media had come to expect that they could smear conservatives in banner headlines on page 1 of Monday’s newspaper or telecast, watch the smear run wild (and unchallenged) through the media the rest of the week, then run some minor corrections and perhaps a mea-culpa or two at the bottom of page 48 on Saturday.
By last January, however, things had changed.
By Monday of that horrible weekend, the mainstream media (MSM) was on notice that any anti-Tea-Party insinuations they enabled would be challenged. The insinuations tapered off…what a coinky-dink!
That April, many of the conservative blogosphere’s brightest lights came to Tucson to meet with and talk to the Tea Partiers they’d defended all winter. The result was a victory celebration, of New Media over Old.
Here are some of the bloggers who came to Tucson that day:
Follow the links below to see clips of Breitbart on stage:
Breitbart tells of one of his most famous victories—forcing Democrats to back down from charges that racial slurs were hurled at Congressional Black Caucus members on the day Obamacare passed. How did Breitbart do it? Unlike the MSM, he demanded proof.
Tullie Noltin is a member of “Smart Girl Politics,” a social network of conservative women. She had a chance to meet Andrew at Reid Park.
What a memorable day. I asked Breitbart to sign my book and told him that I, too, had converted from a liberal Democrat mentality. It had been a long road of trial and error, introspection, and growth. His book went into great detail about his transformation and I told him how much I related to his story. We talked for a bit about how the Left hates people like us, who have abandoned their ranks and talk about it publicly. I thanked him for defending us (the Tea Party) against the attacks. I don’t remember exactly what he said, except that he felt like one of us. He identified with us.
What impressed me most about him was how warm and kindhearted he was. Just meeting for a few minutes, he instantly felt like an old friend. I saw him make that same effort with others that day. His ability to connect with so many people and give them his full respect and attention landed him right on the pulse of America.
Jennifer Fendia Leslie,another “Smart Girl,” remembered that day this way:
I attended that event and the one thing that really stuck out was how Breitbart said to not waste our times trying to convince the hard core leftists. We should focus on convincing the people in the middle. It help change my outlook. Also, I loved how he spent the day at the book signing table talking to the people, and not holed up in the VIP tent. After meeting him several times in smaller settings, his personality was the same one-on-one as it was on television. What you see is what you get.