Having tasted power when Breitbart.com “journalists” gave Benghazi and IRS talking points to House Republican leadership during last year’s Groundswell movement, on Thursday the website further blurred whatever lines remain between its “news” and its advocacy.
The Breitbart News Network announced today the addition of former National Review reporter Jonathan Strong as Breitbart’s Washington Editor. In this position, Strong will direct all of Breitbart’s political coverage including Big Government while helping the organization continue its aggressive expansion.
Michael Flynn, current Washington Editor, will be the Political Director of a new Super PAC called the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, while remaining a contributor to Breitbart News.
We note that:
- Jonathan Strong, who once suggested the EPA was responsible for a rise in bedbug infestations by outlawing commercial pesticides and dreamed of giving anti-immigration activists the same civil enforcement rights as environmental activists, is the perfect balance of policy wonk and scientific illiterate needed for his new position
- As one of Saint Andrew’s personal hires, Mike Flynn is closely associated with his franchise. Since there is perfect overlap between the narrow interests of tea parties and the kind of news that Breitbart.com reports, Flynn is well-positioned to provide an interface that gives them the news they want to read
We foresee the following trends:
- Bullet points will move freely from Tea Party Patriots online gathering grounds to the front page of Breitbart.com and vice-versa
- As with Groundswell, talking points by congressional Republicans in regards to specific issues will become nearly identical to these online bullet points
- No one on the right will see anything wrong with any of this, but instead they will all justify it because “we have to match the left” and the “liberal media”
- Increasingly bizarre and dubious themes will manifest as “issues” in this triangulation. Fake controversies about Benghazi and the IRS will seem mild compared to the paranoid delusions that will probably “inform” future public debate. By the end of 2014, we look forward to legislators trying to regulate unmarked helicopters and socialist pork sandwiches
- Two words: RAND PAUL