To quote Noah Shachtman’s March profile of Andrew Breitbart in Wired, “Breitbart is, in short, expert in making the journalism industry his bitch. ‘The market has forced me to come up with techniques to be noticed,’ Breitbart says. ‘And now that I have them, I’m like, wow, this is actually great. This is fun.'”
What is the Mr. Breitbart’s latest bitch-making technique?
Today Mr. Breitbart offered $100,000 for the complete archives of JournoList, the listserv for policy makers and journalists where Dave Weigel wrote things that led to his resignation.
But why would Mr. Breitbart do this besides “this is fun”? He explained:
The American people, at least half of whom are the objects of scorn of this group of 400, deserve to know who was colluding against them so that in the future they can better understand how the once-objective media has come to be so corrupted and despised. We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the “JournoList” and we want the contents of the listserv. Why should Weigel be the only person exposed and humiliated?
Mr. Breitbart finished his offer by saying, “$100,000 is not a lot to spend on the Holy Grail of media bias when there is a country to save.” Bitch-making gravitas! This is fun.