Breitbart on breaking Weiner story: I'm not the 'cruel person' some think I am
Andrew Breitbart, who runs, spoke with the media before Rep. Anthony Weiner's press conference.
June 7th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Breitbart on breaking Weiner story: I'm not the 'cruel person' some think I am

This morning on "American Morning," and publisher Andrew Breitbart speaks with Kiran Chetry about why he chose to jump on stage before Congressman Anthony Weiner's press conference yesterday.

The man who broke the Rep. Weiner sexting scandal says he used the podium because his voice was hoarse.

"I walked into the ballroom and people surrounded me, started asking me questions," Breitbart said. "They said 'We can't hear you, can you get on the stage." I said, am I allowed to do that? I walked over to the stage, thought I was just going to be using the microphone to protect my voice, because I had bronchitis last week. I had zero idea they would cut it live."

Breitbart, who has been targeted by some for his tactics, said there was a little bit of vindication after Rep. Weiner admitted he was lying.

Breitbart said he is "not the cruel person" some think he is - in fact he has restrained from releasing photos he felt were even more damaging.

"I dont want to be known as the person who releases that photo," he said.

Breitbart adds that he has heard that more photos from the girls who were interacting with Rep. Weiner may be released, and cautioned against any additional photo release, especially if any of them were sent in return to Weiner by the girls.

"If they start going after the a way to tell girls not to come forward, I have the photo," Breitbart says of some unreleased photos of Rep. Weiner that he allegedly has possession of. "I can't fathom he would be stupid enough to start going after the girls and start releasing photos of them that they've given. Let it lie," Breitbart adds.

See the rest of the interview here.

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  1. sugarmama

    OK, so Weiner was stupid, lied and got caught. Exactly how is that all about Andrew Breitbart? This dude is a worse egomaniac than Sarah Palin!

    June 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      RTA. HE exposed the story. Weiner had accused Breitbart of hacking his account in order to plant the story. If I were Breitbart, I'd sue the little pervert for defamation.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • i.s.s.

      what the heck did breitbart do wrong? interview seems perfectly reasonable to me. you're paranoid.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • jasie

      the libs always use diversion. Breitbart is not the story here. Weiner is the story and he should be removed from office because his word is not any good.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • stupid americans

      This is not a story. This is CRAP. Americans are so easily distracted. Wake up fools.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. nellpost

    Breitbart has evil eyes, spits when he speaks, and has no obvious soul. Other than that, I'm sure he'd make a fine neighbor. THINK about that!

    June 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Use Facts

      He can be my neighbor, but then I don't do stupid things like that and when I do make mistakes I own up to them. I guess if you don't behave like an idiot you don't worry about being exposed as an idiot.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      You probably call right wingers hypocrites, right? LOL...

      June 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandyk

    OMgosh! what differences does it make who released the photo`s Wiener did take/send the picture , he lied about it. he is the ONLY one to blame. This is one of the strangest things to come about in our society , blame everyone else for your own shortcomings. i wonder when people are alone do they really believe the lie they tell? or are they really so self absorbed that they believe everyone is to blame?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      Thank you. You're the only sane, non-partisan person here today.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasie


      June 8, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. jude

    brietbart is just plain bad. too bad he has airtime to spew his badness and pollute our american existence. so thankful to not be part of this segment of society. absolutely gross.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      The purpose of the opposition is to oppose. That is part of our American existence.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • theraven71

      The purpose of the opposition is to maintain sanity in our government. It's not just there to oppose for the hell of it. Whenever you give someone like Breitbart a platform to manipulate people the way he has, you are allowing a dangerous situation to occur. People make decisions on information that looks good at first glance, but in the end it turns out to be bad information. We cannot allow ourselves to be manipulated into hurting others based on false information. If we do that then we are no longer the greatest country in the world. We end up becoming a big joke.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jasie

      No Breitbart exposed Bad. Weiner is a pervert and should be exposed as such, and removed from his position of leadership b/c his word is not any good and we need leaders we can look up to–not be embarrassed about.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. john Smythe

    of course he is creul!
    just blasting Weiner cause he is a dem
    or perhaps cause Weiner supports healthcare for 9/11 responders and brietbart doesn't

    June 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      ...or because he's a nasty little pervert and a hypocrite who needed to be exposed. Funny how you people scream and yell when it's a Repub, but blame the press when it's a Dem.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • theraven71

      There's a reason people scream but it's not just because they're Democrates hating on Republicans. It's because Republicans are such hypocrites! They portray themselves as running on platforms of family values and doing things like this. *THAT* is the reason people scream about Republicans. I'm an independent and I don't care who it is, if they screw up they deserve to suffer the consequences. Now in this case, Weiner didn't do anything illegal and it is a matter that he has to deal with his wife and the women he communicated with. It's strictly a personal matter and the only reason we're hearing about it is because he's a public figure. On the other hand, John Edwards should rot in jail if it turns out he used campaign funds to cover up his affair.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paul NYC

    What a child. Grow up, Andy.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • de Agua Dulce

      Gimme a break. It's not "Andy's" fault that your guy took pics of his weenie and sent them out to the twittersphere. It's clear that you need some growing up of your own

      June 8, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. wynsar

    Who is paying him?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. mmi16

    Blow the whistle on official conduct....not personal conduct, unless it is criminal conduct.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    A couple the hell don't these politicians, or anyone for that matter, not realize what they are heading for when they use facebook or twitter or linkedin or whatever? It's been done before and has taken down everyone who has used that in this manner. Both parties have their operatives out there just looking for something like this. There are 50 senators and 435 congress people, that's 485 people total. That means there are about 300 million+ other people that watch these people, it's not going unnoticed. Weiner is an idiot. Second thing...someone was going to report this, whether it be Breitbart or someone else. It was not going to be swept under the rug, not the way politics is played these days. I certainly have no love loss for Breitbart, but in reality he is doing what he gets paid to do, keep tabs on the left. The left has folks that get paid to keep tabs on the right. We just saw a couple Republican house members lose their jobs over social networking crap, so we know it's fair game. As the coo of facebook has already stated, if you put your info out there, it's on you, not them. Dumb move to do it, even dumber move to lie about doing it.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. matt

    @mmi16...official conduct with a public official is all conduct. he signed up for being a politician, he knows that that means.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. wolfgang

    brietbart is classless; i.e. fox news, palin, and the rest of the so-called "holier than thou" folks are too. What Weiner did was lack of judgment. That is all. It is on him and his voters only and his wife. I love watching cnn, msnbc, but please, stop talking about it. Let the dems make a decision (ethics committee) and move on. Cantor needs to go and sit in a corner until he can "make" a command decision about "anything". He speaks with a forked tongue. What is in your closet.?
    Palin..who are you fooling? You have to be smarter than a "rock". And you are suppose to be setting an example for your children. I feel sorry for them. Whatever comes out of your mouth should be contained; it should register in your "gray matter" to wait for atleast a half hour before you speak.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What does this story have to do with Palin again? Keep deflecting dems. How about we hold these politicians RESPONSIBLE? On both sides?
      P.S. Palin isn't even in office.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ben

    I think Breitbart is a dufus. However, considering the fact that a sitting US Congressman accused him of multiple crimes, including hacking, he has a right to be a doof in this case.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    He's not cruel – when its a conservative on the hot seat. This piece of trash is right up there with conservative skeleton Ann Coulter. All they can do is tear down. But there is a lot of extremist tea money to be made....

    June 8, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. BlackBert

    Someone has known about Weiner's online mis-adventures for much longer than has been let on. I believe that a complete investigation will reveal some startling surprises, for instance, in asking the Weiner Ladies, did you receive any money or rewards or promises of rewards for your online exchanges or files both written and photographed with der weiner? If so, who promised you those rewards? Did you forward any photos/files/messages from Der Weiner to anyone else? When? Which files/photos? Why?

    BB is nervous about his play in all of this. You can see it a mile away. He's banking on Der Weiner wanting this to go away and not defending his in-defensible behaviour.

    Its like the phoney letter sent to CBS that targeted Bush JR. military service- the story was NOT what CBS did, the story was WHO DID THAT TO CBS!!!!!!!! Who wrote that letter to CBS? I think we have a trail here...


    June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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