Max Blumenthal’s appearance at CPAC ended, apparently, with a confrontation between him and Andrew Breitbart. The subject of the argument: the Salon.com story that I’ve written about here in which Blumenthal claimed, incorrectly, that O’Keefe had helped organize a “racist conference” in 2006 — in reality, O’Keefe was one of several Leadership Institute employees who appeared at a debate on “race and conservatism” featuring white nationalist Jared Taylor and black conservative Kevin Martin.
I didn’t see that confrontation, but when I got to the hotel lobby, Breitbart was doing media interviews that were interrupted by Daryle Jenkins, whose One People’s Project had been the source for Blumenthal’s story. Jenkins repeated his accusations — Breitbart fired back, ending the conversation when a flustered Jenkins called him a racist.
“You fell flat on your face,” said Breitbart. “And you were busted.”
I caught Jenkins on the phone after he left the hotel. Like I’ve said, One People’s Project was wrong on the key detail of the story — O’Keefe didn’t organize the event — but Jenkins was unapologetic. He told TWI that he’d intended to cover the biannual American Renaissance conference organized by Taylor, but it was shut down. So Jenkins and the One People’s Project headed to CPAC for the express purpose of confronting Breitbart.
“I did what I had to do, more or less,” said Jenkins. “I didn’t like him trying to impugn my integrity and Max’s integrity.”
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