Andrew Breitbart on mainstream media's "contempt" for Americans

Andrew Breitbart on Washington Unplugged, May 6, 2011. CBS

Conservative publisher Andrew Brietbart sat down for an extensive interview with CBSNews.com Friday in which he discussed his disdain for the mainstream media, offered his perspective on the Republican presidential field, said President Obama should have released a post-mortem photo of Osama bin Laden, and complained that men have been turned into eunuchs by political correctness.

Breitbart, author of "Righteous Indignation," said reporters don't respect the people they see as "middle Americans from flyover country."

People in the mainstream media and Hollywood, he said, see such people as "heathens" who are "beneath contempt."

Breitbart said the United States should move toward a British model in which mainstream media outlets acknowledge that "of course we have a liberal bent, everybody knows that." He said the objectivity claimed by mainstream media outlets does not exist.

News consumers, he said, should "know where the person's coming from." He said he comes from "a more free-market, Libertarian orientation."

"Take the facts that I'm giving you, and understand that I'm coming from that point of view," said Breitbart.

Breitbart said his dream 2012 Republican presidential ticket includes two African-Americans, Herman Cain and Allen West, suggesting they would draw out those who "believe everybody that disagrees with the Democratic Party is a racist."

He said Tea Party crowds in the South are extremely supportive when such an "authentic" ticket is brought up.

"That ticket would blow up the death star of political correctness that the left uses against the right," he said.

Breitbart also said President Obama should have released post-mortem photographs of Osama bin Laden, saying it is necessary for "closure."

"Without closure, it's going to be a pregnancy that causes much pain for too many people in this world," he said.

He lauded the president for making the risky decision to go after bin Laden in the raid, calling it a "grand slam" and the highlight of the Obama presidency. But he said "he's trying to turn this into a political thing," arguing that Mr. Obama should "just let it be."

The "Big Government" publisher also said the Tea Party is "run by women."

"Because their husbands are afraid, they're eunuchs," he said. "They're afraid of being called a racist, they're afraid of being accused of sexual harassment in the workplace for even looking the wrong way, they live in a politically correct world where they've been turned into eunuchs."

Women and minorities, he said, have had to step into the breach.

"Strong black conservatives and strong female conservatives, as represented by Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, and Allen West and Herman Cain, are the threat to what I call in the book the Democrat-media complex," he added.

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