Buzzfeed Scoops Breitbart: The Obama Harvard Video

At last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Andrew Breitbart said that he had videos of President Obama in his college days at Harvard. The implication was that the content of the videos was so scandalous that it would have an impact on Obama’s reelection. Breitbart gleefully announced that…

“I have videos. This election we’re going to vet him from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008. The videos are going to come out, the narrative is going to come out.”

Well, they came out today. But Breitbart’s survivors at had nothing to do with it. The “vetting” was done by Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed. Kaczynski acquired video from WGBH TV in Boston of the future president speaking at a rally for more diversity in the Harvard faculty.

The Breitbart crew immediately blasted Buzzfeed for releasing what they said was a “selectively edited” copy of the video.

“[T]he video has been selectively edited–either by the Boston television station or by Buzzfeed itself. Over the course of the day, will be releasing additional footage that has been hidden by Obama’s allies in the mainstream media and academia.”

Gee, I can hardly wait. This should be endlessly informative since the Breitbart clan is intimately familiar with the practice of selectively editing videos. BigGovernment’s Joel Pollak says that the unveiling of the uncut video will take place tonight on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News. There’s another sign of how much credibility any of this will have. Hannity is famous for airing videos of sparsely attended Tea Party rallies that turned out to be from completely different, and crowded, events.

The most remarkable thing about this video is how little Obama has changed. He had the same oratorical style and poise then as now. At the time Obama was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was speaking on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, the first tenured African-American professor in Harvard’s law school. The occasion was a rally in support of greater diversity in general, and specifically the hiring of an African-American woman in the law school.

Pollak further promised to expose Bell as a “radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright.” I’m surprised that he isn’t also tying him to George Soros, Van Jones, Saul Alinsky, and Che Guevara. However, Bell was a respected legal scholar and author who served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, at the NAACP as an associate counsel, as the dean of the University of Oregon School of Law and, in addition to Harvard, also taught at USC, Stanford, and NYU. Clearly a dangerous anti-American. But Breitbart’s ghost is already setting in motion the smear campaign.

Perhaps Pollak has portions of the video where Obama advocates the violent overthrow of the government by black nationalists or discloses his Kenyan birthplace, but somehow I doubt it. It appears that the Breitbart folks are just upset that their phony plot to trickle out snippets of an entirely harmless video in order to create a fake controversy has been foiled by the lamestream media (if Buzzfeed qualifies as that). Now they will have to resort to smearing the name of a deceased law professor and pretending that there is something wrong with Obama supporting a more diversified Harvard faculty. Fox Nation has already jumped in with an item about this story headlined: Obama Harvard Video: Rally for Race-Based Hiring. So there’s your talking point, righties. Go at it.

Late Breaking: Breitbart’s site released the “uncut” video and the only additional footage on it is of Obama embracing the professor he had just introduced. It was not exactly a secret that Obama admired his Harvard law professor. But the real problem for the Breitbart clan is that they have been bashing Buzzfeed all day long about having “selectively edited” the video, but now they have been shown to be lying.

PBS/WGBH posted the REAL uncut video here.

Hannity and Co. spent over 20 minutes discussing this embarrassing flop of a scandal, even though the exclusive broadcast of the uncut video offered nothing new. The pair from (Ben Shapiro and Joel Pollak) fidgeted nervously as they desperately tried to set some sort of fire under this non-event, but they utterly failed to come up with anything other than a bumper sticker criticism of Bell which they repeated incessantly to make sure the brainwashing stuck: Derrick Bell is the Jeremiah Wright of academia.

Just as I suspected, that’s the talking point they are running with. It’s so pathetic that I actually feel a little sorry for them. Their leader passed away last week and now they are floundering like lost orphans. What a sad spectacle.


16 thoughts on “Buzzfeed Scoops Breitbart: The Obama Harvard Video

  1. This must be why Breitbart was killed.

    • LOL!

      Sadly, there are actually people who believe that.

    • First, can you all please let Breitbart RIP and leave his family alone. As a former Editor for DreamWorks in Austin (yes, very much is done here, not always in Horrywood), and also for television news. Trust me this was edited, it should even be obvious to anyone with an ear and eyes.

      The first time I saw this on YouTube, I sent it to friends (Republican and Democrat) with only one statement; “What is wrong with this video?” All but six of 35 replied it had been edited. If you do not want to believe it, you will never notice…ever, why??? Simple, you do not want to believe it was, or that Breitbart was again correct.

  2. And when the videos of him socializing with the weather undergound members come out, will he still tell us that it was just a guy from his neighborhood that he hardly knew. Some of us have seen the already. Let the truth be told.

    • Really? Perhaps you’d like to show us a link to the video and proof that it’s not yet another Breitbart highly edited piece of garbage. I won’t hold my breath.

      • Funny when they were around Obama was a child. Love to see that tape. Please produce or shut the f**k up.

    • Some of us have seen Martians too.

      The truth is out there. /XFiles

  3. What I found funny was how much he sounded exactly like he does today, 20+ years later.

  4. Oh my God! What a radical! How did this man ever become President?
    Seriously, if you can not be proud that Obama is President of the U.S. then you must be Sean Hannity or something. Sean Hannity, what a loser! He has achieved all of his success and notoriety by becoming a professional liar and misinformer on the Fox network. A college dropout who has the temerity to criticize the success of Obama as somehow undeserved. “The Annointed One” as he so disparagingly calls him has more class in his pinky finger than Hannity will ever have in his worthless lifetime. The uncut portion of the video is going to be unveiled on SHannity’s show tonight. Well one thing we know is that after the show, Hannity’s Fox only information crowd, will know a lot less after his show than they did before.

  5. LOL!
    Breitbart’s website is complaining about “clever editing?”
    That’s High-Larry-Us!

  6. Even if the media had a video “where Obama advocates the violent overthrow of the government by black nationalists or discloses his Kenyan birthplace”, people would not believe it. The bottom line is that Obama is a TERRIBLE president who is tanking the USA and trying to turn this country into the nanny state. My advice: Get a job and take responsibility for yourself and stop asking the government to wipe your a**.

    • yep you are right! he is terrible president! i mean look at this graph, he’s clearly making the unemployment crisis worse;×711.jpg
      and totally turning this country into a nanny state. With less people on food stamps than when Bush was president it’s clear that poeple are becoming dependant on the government more.
      and how bout that war on terror? he’s sure screwing that up! i mean with BinLaden dead and Iraq war over and Afghanistan winding down you would think that would be enough but now N. Korea is disarming and Iran is returnign to the bargaining table? he’s totally screwing things up!!

      [that was all sarcasm BTW]

  7. As some of my friends over at the ‘Nation’ would say, I sure hope the GOP takes this, along with Fluke, the War on Christianity, etc etc etc, to the convention.

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