An Interview With Andrew Breitbart About The O’Keefe Arrest

Hugh Hewitt
January 26, 2010

I interviewed Andrew Breitbart about the arrest of James O’Keefe:

HH: Joined now by Andrew Breitbart of and, who’s name will be in big, big print in many newspapers tomorrow as the man whose videos he published at Big Government is under arrest in Louisiana. Andrew, what is going on?

AB: Well, your guess is as good as mine. We’re reading the same Associated Press copy out there. The first I heard of it was an e-mail early this afternoon from the Times-Picayune asking for my comment on it. I have not heard from anyone. I’ve issued a statement that I could read to you that in essence says I had no prior knowledge of any of this stuff, and I know nothing, quite frankly about this, and I’m going to wait until I hear from someone with information here. There’s obviously an attempt to use this for political purposes right now, and I see that Media Matters is referring to this group of gentlemen who were arrested as “Breitbart’s Crew.” I’ve looked at all four of the names…[# More #]

HH: That’s slanderous, by the way.

AB: It is, and I’ve never met any of the three other gentlemen.

HH: You see, I want to pause here. The attribution of criminal conduct is per se’ slanderous.

AB: Yes, and that’s what they’re trying to do here, because you know, with the ACORN internal investigation that Scott Harshbarger did at the behest of John Podesta and Andy Stern, was an investigation into James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles trying to find that Richard Mellon Scaife connection to the vast right wing conspiracy, when what they did was an independent film investigation. James O’Keefe is an independent film director.

HH: Well, let’s get the record out there then, so everyone else has to answer…anyone who slanders you will be charged with recklessness. We’ll get this typed up, Duane will post it. When was the last time you talked to James O’Keefe?

AB: Weeks ago.

HH: More than a month?

AB: No.

The rest of the interview is at

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