Stephen Colbert: Anatomy of a GOP hatchet job (video)

I’m going to miss this Stephen Colbert.

He reports on an interesting little story from the other day, that perfectly illustrates the GOP noise machine.

You see, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be his new Attorney General nominee. A Breitbart writer flipped out, since everyone knows Loretta Lynch was involved in Whitewater, that Clinton-era scandal that no one actually cared or cares about, and Colbert refers to as the “Benghazi” of its day.

Of course, as luck would have it, Breitbart got its Loretta Lynchs confused. It seems a different Loretta Lynch was involved in Whitewater. But as Colbert shows, it’s an honest mistake — the two women look an awful lot alike:

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Another interesting thing Colbert notes is that the “correction” from Breitbart, that they got the entire story wrong, was posted at the END of the story. In other words, the entire wrong story was left up, and you had to get to the end for the “never mind.” Which led Colbert to note, at the end of his segment, that Breitbart did in fact finally take the story down, leading him to amend his claim that they’re “craven political hatchet men.”


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12 Responses to “Stephen Colbert: Anatomy of a GOP hatchet job (video)”

  1. Same thing is happening to me… investigating :)

  2. Allen says:

    Ok so now I clicked on the “Drone Boning” thread but all the comments are about Breitbart. Seems there’s an issue with the mobile site.

  3. heimaey says:


  4. heimaey says:

    Yeah. I forgot. Need to put down the vape once in a while.

  5. heimaey says:

    Oh shit. I forgot.

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  7. Naja pallida says:

    Breitbart is the same site that lost its mind that Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Michael Moore were in the White House visitors logs, without ever considering that the logs contain thousands of names of tourists, and there are many people in the country with those same names, that weren’t necessarily the people they thought they were. The same site that shit the bed on the Shirley Sherrod story. They have zero interest in journalism, and will make anything up that seems like it would be remotely believable to the gullible rubes that read it. They’re essentially the test site for Fox Noise reporting, and as such intentionally get everything wrong. That’s their whole business model.

  8. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    He’s replacing David Letterman.

  9. emjayay says:


  10. heimaey says:

    Why is the show ending?

  11. alboy2 says:

    Anyone who believes ANYTHING they read on “” is an idiot. That site exists purely to spew GOP press releases and propaganda (but then, I repeat myself.) This is NOT a “journalistic endeavor,” it is a house organ for the RNC. Thanks to Mr. Colbert for pointing out the absolute inanity of treating this site as anything other than a gathering of “political hatchet men.” I’m going to miss the Report, but somewhere in Hell, Andrew Breitbart is very, very happy. And yet, still dead.

  12. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I too will miss this show. It’s really hard to believe it’s been on for nine years.

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