Breitbart's 'Story of the Decade' Actually Pretty Lame
'Exclusive' isn't exactly an exclusive: 'Atlantic'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Andrew Breitbart speaks at a 'Cut Spending Now' rally at the conservative Americans for Prosperity (AFP) 'Defending the American Dream Summit' in Washington on November 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The story that is likely Andrew Breitbart's final piece of investigative work is out, and in the video, Breitbart himself calls his "exclusive" the "story of the decade." But it was neither an exclusive nor the story of the decade, the Atlantic Wire notes after doing what Adam Martin describes as "a few minutes of Googling." The video shows an "Occupy Strategy Session" at NYU that, Breitbart claims, was billed as "a group talk on 'The Abolition of Capitalism.'" But the Feb. 11 panel discussion was actually called "The Winter of Our Discontent"—and it was open to the public, and videos had already been posted online days after the event.

Though Breitbart claimed the event proves that the Occupy movement teamed up with the Service Employees International Union to abolish capitalism, it turns out that the part about abolishing capitalism wasn't exactly a call to … abolish capitalism. As a portion of the description reads: "The abolition of capitalism—or else the elaboration of new forms of mixed economy…?" Meanwhile, Breitbart's last written piece, which centers on Barack Obama's participation in a 1998 panel discussion on Saul Alinsky, also "doesn't exactly break ground," Martin writes. "It's hard to believe this is the 'story of the decade' that conspiracy theorists think got him assassinated."