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Breitbart: Film Is "Vindication" for Palin

Breitbart: Film Is "Vindication" for Palin

By Scott Conroy - June 14, 2011


Never one to err on the side of understatement in making his case, Andrew Breitbart is particularly unyielding in his assessment of a favorite topic among like-minded conservative agitators: the media's treatment of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"Sarah Palin has been inundated with the greatest assault known to humankind against a pure innocent," he said in an interview with RCP.

Breitbart is set to introduce the pro-Palin film "The Undefeated" when it premieres Friday in Minneapolis at the RightOnline Conference -- the first of three prominent gatherings for conservative activists in which the documentary will be screened in advance of its opening to the general public in Iowa and other early-voting states later this month.

Breitbart has met Palin only three times and says that he has spent a total of less than 10 minutes in her presence. Nonetheless, he said that his most recent experiences in leading the scandal charges against Rep. Anthony Weiner have made him even more sympathetic to Palin's treatment by the media.

"The movie is vindication," Breitbart said. "What the congressman in his press conference was to me, this movie is for Sarah Palin."

Though his own role in "The Undefeated" comes toward the end of the film, when he delivers a particularly memorable screed against those who refused to come to Palin's defense in the aftermath of the 2008 election, Breitbart saved his most effusive praise for the film's second act, which is heavy on policy minutiae and relatively light on political flame-throwing.

Breitbart hailed the film's treatment of what he called the "brilliantly tedious" details of Palin's charge in Alaska against the state's oil companies and the Republican Party establishment that had previously allowed the industry to retain a stranglehold over Juneau amid a corruption scandal and an oil tax regime that many deemed a near giveaway to big oil.

Asked whether he saw a disconnect between the film's second act -- which touts Palin's bipartisanship and collaborative governing style in Alaska -- and his own hyper-ideological statements toward the end of the documentary that align with the unyieldingly conservative image that Palin has embraced since the 2008 campaign, Breitbart was quick to emphasize the nature of his target, which soon might become hers.

"I'm attacking the Republican establishment, so I'm saying this isn't about the Democratic Party," he said. "This is about the Republican establishment that watched her maligned and eviscerated by the very forces that they go to great lengths to placate because they know it could happen to them to. And so the lack of chivalry from the male Caucasian establishment while she's being kicked mercilessly was a very important lesson for me to learn about how politics is done in Washington."

Breitbart said that his participation in the film was not an endorsement of a potential Palin candidacy but that he hoped she would run for president along with other tea party-aligned Republicans who may lack her star appeal but share her values.

"I want Sarah Palin to get in there to join Thaddeus McCotter and Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain and any number of anti-establishment, anti-Beltway candidates, and I want them to fight it out ‘Apprentice'-style, ‘Survivor'-style, ‘American Idol'-style," he said.

Despite a slew of polls indicating that most voters have largely settled on their perceptions of Palin, Breitbart is confident that "The Undefeated" will help change minds among Republican caucus and primary voters, regardless of its unabashedly partial treatment of its subject matter and a long format that might not be ideally suited for modern political communication.

"Two hours is nothing in a world in which countless hours are spent on television devoted to perpetuating the mythology of her and the caricature of her and the wrongheaded notions of her," he said. "In two quick hours, people will have not just their opinion of Sarah Palin reset, but it serves to show just how predictably evil the mainstream media can behave."

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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