I Never Liked Jason Mattera
It's particularly ironic and disappointing to see the New York Times use their newspaper to smear Jason Mattera because of this CPAC speech. I think Jason and I have some things in common.
"I'm just going to show you what I had to deal with today," Breitbart said. "Kate Zernike of the New York Times, are you in the room? Are you in the room? You're despicable. You're a despicable human being. You're the New York Times here. You came to CPAC to get your prey and here's your prey, Jason Mattera from HotAir and also from Young America's Foundation. This is the headline – ‘CPAC Speaker Bashes Obama, in Racial Tones.'"
As a writer and political blogger, I consciously use an author's voice to get in people's faces, to shake them up. It's a style, if you will, not a shtick. But I'm of an older generation than Jason is, so his on camera brashness always struck me as off-putting – which is not the same as saying it's wrong, by the way. The reaction is an ingrained reflex. I imagine some folks react to my style of writing the same way. But it's not who I am, nor is Jason Mattera the activist all of who he is.
Jason and I likely weren't exactly sure who the other was the other night as we rode an elevator up several floors, along with Michelle and some others, to the Freedom Works blogger bash. I'd already congratulated Michelle on the sale of Hot Air. Other than some small talk, no one really said much.
It wasn't until yesterday that Jason and I met and talked a bit. We don't live all that far from one another and I hope we can get together for dinner, or drinks, as discussed. Interestingly enough, I was immediately struck by what a genuinely nice and even gracious guy Jason seems to be. One also gets a very real sense that he's quite sincere and well-meaning. I can only hope that some who've read me, then met me, get a similar sense of who I am apart from the bomb- and flame-throwing, politically activist voice with which I often write.
Kate Zernike doesn't know Jason Mattera. Yet, knowingly, or not, she used the power of the New York Times to caricature, demean and ultimately marginalize him – and all of us on the Right. The Right needs this new generation of political activists Jason seems to represent. They are taking our much needed activism to new forms - up a notch. We have to do that if we ever want to turn things around. Ignored, or appeased, as some aligned with the Right seem intent on doing, the Left and elites will only continue what they've been doing to us for years.
I'd bet money that were Zernike to hear similar rhetoric with the same dialect from a friend or colleague, she wouldn't give it a second thought, let alone mis-characterize it as racist. One way or another, that is what they do to all of us on the Right. And whether they do it intentionally, or not, doesn't matter.
We can't allow them to keep getting away with it. We need the Andrew Breitbarts and Jason Matteras of the Right; they deserve our encouragement and support. They can help us move this movement forward in ways we never have before. The Left realizes it. So, don't expect them to relent. Standing up to the Left always puts a target on your back. It's long past time for the Right to shoot back.
And Kate Zernike needs to apologize to Jason Mattera for so crudely depicting someone she obviously doesn't know in the pages of the New York Times.
Oh, and I did tell Jason it was good to see he has a much better haircut than he did in this video of him confronting Charlie Rangel. So, I'm not a complete milquetoast in person, either, … in case you were wondering.