The newly redesigned Breitbart.com is slowly releasing a story on Barack Obama that conservative muckraker Andrew Breitbart was touting in the days before his untimely death last week. The story is being rolled out under the big title: “The Vetting,” since in Breitbart’s eyes, the mainstream media did not do enough digging into Obama’s past ideological associations.
Here’s the gist of the story: in 1998, Barack Obama attended a play about left-wing organiser Saul Alinsky. After the play, then-state senator Obama participated in a panel discussion on the subject.
Alinsky is a legendary figure for many on the left. A Chicago political activist, he authored the book “Rules for Radicals” which is still studied by political activists on all sides of the political spectrum. Alinsky dedicated the book the book to Satan: “the very first radical … who rebelled against the Establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.”
Breitbart composed a column for the report, explaining its purpose:
The reason Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican primary contest in January is that he was attempting to do the press’s job by finding out who the current occupant of the White House actually is. Millions also want to know, but the mainstream media is clearly not planning to vet the President anytime soon. Quite the opposite.
The reason that Obama’s Alinskyite past, and his many appearances in political photography and video from the 1990s, are conspicuously missing from the national dialogue is that State Senator Barack Obama’s reinvention as a reasonable and moderate Democratic politician could not withstand scrutiny of his political life.
But so far, there isn’t much to the story yet beyond the play’s poster, and what we know about the radical organiser who was the subject of the play.
We await more from Breitbart’s last scoop.