Thursday, October 25, 2012

Censorship At Washington ComPost: Dissent Against "Hating Breitbart" Negative Review Erased

On Sunday, I ended up reading a hard copy version of Mark Jenkins' "review" of the movie "Hating Breitbart," which was essentially just a character attack on Breitbart, as well as a dismissal of his work and legacy, disguised as a movie review.

Apparently, many people dissented from the ComPost reviewer, so much so that their comments were taken down (Anne Sorock, Legal Insurrection).

The Washington Post, whose Mark Jenkins (also of NPR) gave 1.5 stars to the Andrew Breitbart documentary Hating Breitbart, has now erased all user reviews from their website, according to the movie’s producer Andrew Marcus. The documentary, which brought in the second-highest per-screen revenues in the country over the weekend, had such a successful run that it is now expanding beyond its initial four-market opening.

Marcus tweeted Wednesday morning, “WaPo flushed all of the positive reader reviews of Hating Breitbart down the memory hole!” with a link to the prior reviews that used to be on the site:

WaPo’s Mark Jenkins had nothing but derision for the man and the movie, writing in his review that “it’s hard to argue that he left a major legacy.”

....Breitbart created an army of citizen journalists, full of blue-haired old ladies, retired men and women, working moms, businessmen, and every other ilk other than those who went to journalism school. I’m one of them, and many of my friends entered into the scrum solely because of Breitbart’s influence. It is we who Mark Jenkins is attacking in his piece. For if Andrew Breitbart has no legacy, we don’t exist.

And apparently our reviews don’t exist either, as the Washington Post proves Andrew Breitbart’s point that our biggest enemy is, above all, with the so-called media. Since the deletions, users have begun reposting their reviews on the site.

Jenkins' "review" had nothing to do with the movie at all. In fact, I wonder if he even watched it. Instead, his piece was a snide and arrogant dismissal of Breitbart's legacy and work, which is nothing more than a reflection of how much they hate the watchdogs like Breitbart and other new media journalists.  As Andrew said here in an interview after the release of his book "Righteous Indignation" using a Caddyshack reference:
"There are a lot of elites out there in the vast media country club who are not excited that we’re coming in on Employee Family Day and, you know, the Almond Joy has been dumped into the pool.  ...They’re not too excited about it! I’m doing cannonballs into the mainstream media country club pool, and they’re not happy!"

To which Mark Jenkins and the Washington ComPost, knowingly or unknowingly, made Andrew Breitbart's point about the arrogance of liberal media elites for him.

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