Breitbart to Bashir: ‘You’re Insinuating I’m Racist Which is What MSNBC Does to Conservatives Every Day’

Noel Sheppard|NewsBusters

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir did an extremely contentious interview with Andrew Breitbart Wednesday wherein it was clear from the get-go the goal was to paint the conservative publisher and the Tea Party he’s affiliated with as racist.

This became obvious to Breitbart after Bashir asked his opinion of a truly offensive picture of Barack Obama leading Breitbart to fire back, “You’re trying to insinuate that I’m a racist here, which is what MSNBC does to conservatives every single day” (video follows with commentary and full transcript at end of post):

Character Assassin

Before we begin the analysis of this lengthy segment, readers are reminded that Breitbart told NewsBusters his termination as front page contributor to the Huffington Post last month was part of a larger liberal media scheme to depict the Tea Party as racist.

Less than a month later, MSNBC’s Bashir was clearly doing the same thing.

Wednesday’s interview began:

MARTIN BASHIR, HOST: He calls himself a reluctant cultural warrior, but Andrew Breitbart has always seemed ready to rush to the front lines. And depending on your view, he’s also been described as a conservative propagandist and a Tea Party loyalist. His new book is called “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World.” Not a very modest title.

In the book, you will find scarcely a word about one of his most infamous episodes involving Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA official fired after a video of her was posted on a Breitbart Web site. Sherrod is now suing Breitbart for accusing her of racism after showing, quote, “a deceptively edited clip.”

That’s some bedside manner, wouldn’t you agree? In his introduction of his guest, Bashir called him “a conservative propagandist,” deceitful, and conceited while in an interview supposedly about Breitbart’s book began by talking about something that’s not in it.

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