Tea Party Must Stand Up to Liberal Smear Tactics, Conservative Activist Says

By Fred Lucas | September 14, 2010 | 9:09 AM EDT

Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.

Washington (CNSNews.com) – The continued strength of the tea party movement is a testament to the increasing ineffectiveness of the mainstream media, says conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. He believes big media outlets and liberal groups have tried to intimidate and discredit those involved in the conservative tea party movement.

“The mainstream media serves up its Saul Alinsky, villainous tactics, [but] they only hurt if you allow for it to hurt you,” Breitbart told CNSNews.com in an interview Sunday at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington. Alinsky, a community organizer, wrote the book Rules for Radicals.

“When they’re attacking you and calling you a racist, it can cause you to want to cower and go into hiding,” Breitbart said. “But if you deny it and you’re true to yourself and just walk through it, you’ve not just empowered yourself, you’ve sent the message to people out there.”

Breitbart said Sarah Palin is “the best” at standing up to liberal smear tactics. “If she can do it, well then I’m going to do it, too,” Breitbart said. “And that’s what this crowd is,” he said, referring to the people who came to Sunday’s rally in Washington. “They’re teaching people that you don’t have to worry about what Katie Couric and her Montauk mob think about you.”

Breitbart -- who was among the speakers at Sunday’s rally – has launched several Web sites to respond to liberal media bias.

After his work with both The Drudge Report and The Huffington Post, Breitbart created Breitbart.com, and he later launched Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Hollywood, and Big Peace, each of them devoted to news and commentary on specific areas of liberalism.

Breitbart’s Big Government Web site broke news of the scandal involving ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, which led Congress to vote to withhold federal funds from the organization.

Acknowledging that the crowd at this year’s 9/12 rally was significantly smaller than it was the year before, Breitbart nevertheless said he believes the tea party movement is still strong, especially after a year of attacks.

He accused the mainstream media and several liberal groups of running a “multi-billion dollar propaganda campaign to shut down” the tea party. He specifically mentioned the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, ABC, CBS and NBC, the New York Times, Atlantic magazine, and Vanity Fair.

“I mean, you had the full weight of the celebrity class mocking this group of people, telling them they were hokey, racists -- anything to make it so it’s a toxic body so that other people wouldn’t join it,” Breitbart continued.

Breitbart said liberal groups such as labor unions have been involved in violence, racism and intimidation, which hasn’t been reported by the mainstream media. But the media does pick up on accusations of violence and racism directed at the tea party movement.

Breitbart said he believes the public has stopped trusting the mainstream media and reporters who take a condescending view of the American people.

“They [the media] are not becoming irrelevant, but they are getting to the point where they are worse than irrelevant,” Breitbart said. “They’re the scourge of the American people.”

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