Last week, at The Business Insider, we published a story about Andrew Breitbart's new site, Big Journalism. The story contained numerous quotes from Breitbart, including this one, in which the right-leaning Breitbart was describing sites operated by the left-leaning Arianna Huffington:
"My sites offer truth," he said, "and her sites offer leftist sin."
We liked that quote. It was original and evocative. After we published our story, however, Breitbart called and denied saying such a thing. We concluded that we might have misheard Breitbart and that Breitbart might, in fact, have said "leftist spin." So we made the change.
This and other frustrations then prompted Andrew Breitbart to blast us for "sins of undisclosed ideological bias." We thought this might be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but we promptly disclosed our alleged ideological biases:
- Some of us are raging conservatives
- Some of us are libertarians
- Some of us are bleeding heart liberals
- Some of us couldn't care less about politics
And we sat back and watched as our email boxes filled up with hate mail from rabid Breitbart fans.
Here was my question back to one:
Why is it that conservative pundits spend so much time railing against the perceived biases of "the liberal media" instead of talking about the actual issues?
If anyone has any answers to that, I'm still curious.