Was Andrew Breitbart’s X-Rated Photo Release Really “Accidental”? [Updated]

Just when you thought that Andrew Breitbart could not become any sleazier, he is now accusing Anthony Weiner and his wife of releasing the news of her pregnancy as a PR stunt. That’s a stretch even for a scumbag like Breitbart. As usual, he has no evidence, not even an anonymous source. It is a wholly invented canard whose only purpose can be to smear the Weiner family and bring them more pain, and consequently bring more pain to his real target, the Democratic Party.

This is politics at its worst. Despite Breitbart’s disingenuous assertion that he didn’t want to hurt the Weiner family, he now says that “We have every right to find out to what extent he’s been misbehaving.” Since when? And if we have that right with regard to Weiner, should we also be stalking every other public servant to disclose their misbehavior? Should we see what Breitbart is up to when he’s not peeking through the windows of his ideological enemies?

If anyone is engaging in PR stunts, it’s Breitbart. When the latest and most graphic picture of Weiner was “leaked” to the media this week, Breitbart feigned outrage, insisting that he had nothing to do with it. Why should anyone believe that?

Here are the known facts: Breitbart took the photo with him when he went to the radio studio of shock-jocks Opie & Anthony. That’s the first curious thing. Why would he need to have that picture with him while visiting a pair of professional jerkwads who make a living off of rank controversy? Then, without any prodding, he handed the photo, which was on his cellphone, to others in the studio who passed it around amongst themselves while making juvenile wisecracks. That is not something someone concerned about the subject’s privacy would do.

Later, Breitbart alleged that a surveillance camera in the room captured the photo from his cellphone. That is a suspect assertion at best. It is simply not credible that a surveillance camera could have picked up the image from Breitbart’s cellphone and produced the detail on the leaked photo that went public. Most surveillance cameras are positioned high on the wall near a corner of the room so that they have a broad perspective of the area they are monitoring. Breitbart expects us to believe that one of those cameras, that are not generally high resolution devices, got a clear and detailed shot over somebody’s shoulder of an image on a small cellphone screen. That assertion needs to be challenged.

Additionally, Breitbart claimed that he only offered to show the photo after he was assured that there were no cameras in the room. That is a verifiable lie. Breitbart knew very well that the show was being videotaped. You can see the video of the show below.

Clearly this was taken on a hand-held device, not a stationary surveillance camera. Breitbart even looks directly at the camera on several occasions. So he obviously lied when he said that he thought there were no cameras in the studio. And his assertion that he was told that there were no cameras was also a lie. The video shows that he never asked for, nor received such an assurance.

In my estimation, Breitbart wanted this photo to be released but he didn’t want to take the heat as the sleazeball who released it. So he manufactured this cover story with a couple of radio publicity hounds who would gladly insert themselves into a national melodrama. Anthony Cumia even admitted as much in an interview on Fox News:

“When you take a chunk of meat into a lion’s den, someone’s gonna take a bite. […] I do kind of like attaching ourselves to an international story. It is the credo of the shock jock.”

This appears to be a deliberate scheme to extend and amplify the controversy, and it is just the sort of thing Breitbart would do based on his Legacy of Sleaze. There are so many pieces of Breitbart’s story that don’t fit, or are certifiably false, that one has to refer to his history of dishonesty and purposeful deception. Until Breitbart can satisfactorily explain these discrepancies, we should assume that he deliberately devised this scheme to release the photo with his shock-jock pals as accomplices.

[UPDATE] Stephen Colbert also noticed Breitbart’s ridiculous cover story about the “accidental” release of the photo. Colbert succinctly nailed the notion that Breibart was an innocent victim of unforeseeable circumstances:

“What happened to the sacred tradition of confidentiality between respected journalists and shock-jocks?”

Colbert also mocked the absurd claim that Breitbart didn’t know there were cameras in the studio by pointing out that no cameras were visible in the video of Breitbart that was taken by a camera across the desk from him.


11 thoughts on “Was Andrew Breitbart’s X-Rated Photo Release Really “Accidental”? [Updated]

  1. When are they going to go after this prick! Somebody needs to teach this mother effer a lesson and soon! His bullshit is unbelievable. Anthony Weiner should resign, right after that asshole David Vitter does! When the next person asks him if he is going to step down, especially a republican, that should be his response. He could add a host of other names after Vitter’s. This whole thing is going to die down in a few weeks, if nothing else is out there, and Weiner should survive, I hope.

  2. Nancy:

    About that swamp you were going to drain…….

  3. Why would he need to have that picture with him while visiting a pair of professional jerkwads who make a living off of rank controversy?

    I’d assume it was just because he was planning to rub one out during a commercial break, if you get my drift… 😉

  4. Since it is Bart’s job to make something out of nothing for the purpose of promoting his website i’d assume he will do ANYTHING within his power to promote himself.

    Its a business practice to lie and lie constantly.

  5. Yes, it was accidental. Everyone there has confirmed it.


  6. Hahaha, Jesus H. Obama. Grasping at straws here at its worst. First, let’s just forget the fact that you’re excoriating the guy WITH the dick shots, not the guy who transmitted said dick shots over social media.

    Secondly, Breitbart predicted that a pro-Dem media would do what it could to assuage the impact this is having on Weiner and his family and perhaps even cultivate support for the man retaining his position. Then the pregnancy news hits, which places like Huffington Post heralded prominently on their page (the original Weiner story barely got top-page notice until his pathetic press conference). Coincidence?

    We get it. Everyone’s upset. Especially at the messenger. You can slime him, slander him, and hey – try to destroy him. But every time he’s going to win as long as the truth is on your side.

    The long winded conspiracy theory driven determination that Breitbart really wanted the photo published has to be the saddest sack of crap I’ve seen plotted down on a blog/site.

    • First of all, I’m not defending Weiner and never have. You’re using that to change the subject.

      And if you think my theory is so outlandish, then why didn’t even try to refute a single thing I said? Why did Breitbart lie about Norton telling him there were no cameras? Why did he lie about there being no cameras when he is obviously being filmed on one? Why did he lie about the photo being taken by a surveillance camera? Why did he bring the photo to the studio of shock-jocks and pass it around like a trophy, and then lie about treating the situation with dignity?

      You can’t answer those questions (and neither can Breitbart) so you just rant incoherently. Pathetic.

  7. 17 year old girl! What a bigger CREEP than I thought!

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