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Victory: Campaign Succeeds in Getting Liar Andrew Breitbart Pulled From Huffington Post Front Page

 
 
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After the Huffington Post began publishing infamous liar and race-baiter Andrew Breitbart on its home page, a campaign was launched by ColorOfChange.org and other groups in opposition of the move. Two weeks later, that campaign is celebrating a success, as the Huffington Post announces that Breitbart will no longer be featured so prominently on its site.

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post reports:

After standing by Andrew Breitbart yesterday, the Huffington Post has made the decision to yank him from their highly-trafficked front page, in the wake of some vicious comments Breitbart has since made about former White House adviser Van Jones, a HuffPo spokesman confirms to me.

HuffPo had come under increasing criticism for giving Breitbart a major platform from groups like Color of Change, which argued that he has a history of racially-charged and factually-challenged political activism that has no place on a reputable news and opinion site. While Breitbart will still be allowed to post at HuffPo, the decision to yank him from the front page and downgrade his visibility effectively gives the critics what they’d asked for.

Color of Change executive director James Rucker released the following statement about the victory:

ColorOfChange.org applauds The Huffington Post’s decision to no longer give Andrew Breitbart a prominent platform for his so-called ‘journalism’. Breitbart, whose entire career is built upon ‘reporting’ lies and falsehoods disguised as news, should have never been given the opportunity to present himself as a legitimate journalist or opinion-maker. Their decision is an important reversal. Over the course of one day, over 43,000 of our members called on The Huffington Post to end to their promotion of Breitbart. The Huffington Post has done the right thing by refusing to elevate someone who fear mongers, race-baits and lies – none of which have a place in America’s public discourse.

Two weeks ago, The Huffington Post promoted contributor Andrew Breitbart’s latest article on the front page of their website. Yesterday, ColorOfChange.org launched a campaign against The Huffington Post, arguing that Breitbart is a “notorious liar and race baiter” who “poses as a journalist and then uses his position to gin up race-based fears, protect racists, and demonize Black political leaders and institutions.” They have collected over 43,000 signed petitions from their members, demanding the news organization stop elevating and legitimizing Breitbart.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 25, 2011, 5:58am

 
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