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Media Matters confirms that ABC News has recruited Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose out-of-context video footage of Shirley Sherrod got the Agriculture Department official <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/20/shirley-sherrod-resigns-usda-naacp_n_652185.html"fired back in July, to provide commentary for the network’s election-night newscast.
The news was first reported by Breitbart’s own website, BigJournalism, whose editor Dana Loesch is on tap to provide live analysis in the ABC News studio on Election Night. Breitbart is slated appear live from a town hall meeting anchored by ABC’s David Muir and Facebook consumer marketing head Randi Zuckerberg.
ABC News spokesman David Ford told Media Matters — which, in the wake of Sherrod’s firing, unveiled a video entitled “The End of Andrew Breitbart’s Credibility”, and which maintains detailed files on him — that Breitbart will not have license to lie during the broadcast. “He will be one of many voices on our air, including Bill Adair of Politifact,” Ford said. “If Andrew Breitbart says something that is incorrect, we have other voices to call him on it.”
For his part, Breitbart seems to be enjoying the backlash that has quickly followed the news; writing on Twitter, he’s taking on all comers. A typical Tweet: “You mean Left going to boycott ABC because I’m on election night panel? Proving my main point: Leftists are PC totalitarians. #juanwilliams”
Earlier, in response to Media Matters editor Eric Boehlert decrying his hiring by ABC, Breitbart challenged Boehlert and his “PC smear mill” to debate him. “If @mmfa is so convinced of my ‘lies’, I will publicly debate these cowards on each & every one,” Breitbart wrote. “Anytime, anywhere.”