Articles on Pigford Scandal and Lawsuit

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Andrew Breitbart On Pigford: Never, Never, Never Give In

May 3, 2013 4:42 AM PT

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Winston Churchill

In my observation of Andrew Breitbart, it seemed there was just one story that he could just not let go: Pigford. Years after he initially ran the investigations and interviews surrounding the Pigford scandal Andrew would still mention that it was unfinished, that the work was still not done. If Andrew and I ever crossed paths in our travels, I would always wait for Pigford to come up. He never forgot it.  

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Watching the Pigford Story Come Back to Life

May 1, 2013 4:32 PM PT

Watching the Pigford story come back to life this spring–the season of rebirth, renewal, resurrection–is truly uplifting. We at Breitbart News, in the spirit of happy warrior and founder Andrew Breitbart, strive to keep our spirits elevated above the oppressive clouds cast by the left wing media complex, but it isn't easy. 

The conservative movement is still reeling from the blow to the head that was November, 2012. Then, on March 1, we endured the first anniversary of Andrew's cruel and untimely passing. It was an occasion to revisit the man and his mission. It invigorated us to carry on the fight.

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ACORN & Pigford: Government As Political Slush Fund

May 1, 2013 3:59 PM PT

I remember sitting in the basement of Andrew's home, briefing him on the activist group ACORN, of which I was regrettably too familiar. Andrew would look up from his screen, imploring, "How is that possible? Why does nobody know about this?" Andrew had recently come into possession of the now famous O'Keefe videos and I was his friend who had spent years fighting the corrupt organization. 

Years later, the roles would reverse and I would respond during several late night calls, "that can't be right" has Andrew detailed the Pigford fraud. Being around DC a long time, I vaguely remembered news reports about the original Pigford settlement but thought it was cordoned safely in the past. I couldn't believe there was a new effort to reopen the federal coffers nor how blatant it had become. Very soon, though, I realized Andrew was onto something. At the old BigGovernment site, we detailed the potential fraud and Andrew urged everyone he knew to take the story seriously. Even allies in conservative media largely ignored the story. After Friday's expose of Pigford fraud in The New York Times no one can ignore it now. 

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Hey Media Matters, Why Isn't NY Times Racist For Pigford Report?

May 1, 2013 2:39 PM PT

It's been almost one week since the New York Times wrote an exhaustive 5,000 word, front page story on the racial discrimination class-action suit known as "Pigford" that cited reporting from Breitbart News. So far, Media Matters for America has yet to respond with charges of racism, smears and shoddy journalism the way they did whenever any other outlet dared report on the same story.

When Andrew Breitbart spear-headed investigations into Pigford, he knew he was on to something when the well-funded Media Matters for America took it upon themselves to single-handedly attempt to discredit his reporting and the relevance of the story itself.  

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Media Always Follow New York Times' Lead ... Unless It's Pigford

May 1, 2013 2:14 PM PT

Mark your calendars, my friends, because something extraordinary happened on April 26th of this year: The New York Times' above-the-fold, A1 story did not set the agenda for that day's news narrative. Every other day of the year, for decades now, it has been the front page of the Times that editors around the country have looked to in order to decide what their own  newsroom priorities will be.

But not on April 26, 2013.

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Pigford Is Soaked With The Chicago Way In Politics

May 1, 2013 2:04 PM PT

Do you know why Chicago is called the Windy City? Because there is so much wind from the hot air coming out of the politicians’ mouths. 

The “Chicago Way” is not a cute cliché. It does exist and I should know since I was raised in the area. The Pigford case Andrew Breitbart was so passionate about is soaked in the “Chicago Way.”

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Why the Pigford Fraud Must Be Exposed, Especially to the Youth

May 1, 2013 1:50 PM PT

For today’s American youth--the so-called “Entitlement Generation," with twisted attitudes towards hard work, success, proper compensation, and the relationship between the three--the Pigford fraud, with its handouts based on little to no evidence of discrimination or even being a farmer, is the last thing that is needed right now.

The Entitlement Generation, generally those currently aged 21 to 31, is criticized for expecting material rewards in the absence of earning them through hard work, feeling entitled to them--hence the cynical nickname. So when $50,000 checks are being handed out by the federal government to those claiming to have farmed or “attempted to farm” without any proof of doing so and without evidence of discrimination in lending practices, what message does this send? Especially to the youth?

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Pigford's Players Signal Bigger Scandal Worthy of Investigation

May 1, 2013 11:35 AM PT

Pigford, as Andrew Breitbart clearly well knew, was a nexus point of power for the institutional Left. It is yet another program through which the Left exerts its control over people, expanding government while dividing Americans along racial lines. 

Much has been written about President Barack Obama's exploitation of this program to get elected in 2008 when he was facing doubts from the black community in certain swing states who were, at that time, leaning towards supporting Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

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Andrew Breitbart's Pigford Vision

May 1, 2013 6:21 AM PT

Many have noted the irony of Andrew Breitbart's tireless work to expose the fraud and corruption in Pigford being vindicated by the liberal New York Times--but it's less ironic than you might think. It actually fulfills Andrew's vision on the farmers' settlement story because Breitbart's long term goal was that the liberal media would validate the story. 

I should know; I'm the liberal that Andrew Breitbart hired to investigate Pigford.

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