05.01.2013 1

Breitbart Was Right about Pigford

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Even after his death, Breitbart continues to make news.

He was the first to expose the corruption that stemmed from the settlement that followed the 1997 Pigford case filed in D.C. federal court.  In 2010, Pigford became all-consuming for Breitbart. “All I’ve been doing is eating, breathing, sleeping Pigford, researching Pigford, finding whistleblowers who are hiding in plain sight who have been wanting to tell the story of how this was rigged.”  In response the left vilified him and questioned his integrity.  George Soros-funded Media Matters lead the assault on Breitbart.  They called the allegations of corruption a stupid conspiracy theory, and when Fox News talked about the story, they were accused of attacking “another effort to end discrimination.”

Last week’s New York Times’ article demonstrates Breitbart was right all along.  In a 5,529 word report based on thousands of pages of documents and dozens of interviews, Times reporter Sharon LaFraniere proved that a program purportedly meant to deal with racial discrimination in the agriculture loan business actually “had little to do with redressing discrimination and everything to do with politics and greed, while the true victims of discrimination continued to suffer in obscurity.”

In the weeks before the claims deadline, the Agriculture called “about 16,000 people to remin d them that time was running out, despite internal disquiet that the government was almost recruiting claims against itself.”  No proof was required that people were farmers, or had actually been discriminated against.  Nearly $100million was paid to applicants from 16 zip codes throughout the deep south where successful claimants exceeded the total number of farms operated.  In Maple Hill, NC, the number of people paid was nearly four times the total number of farms.  Thirty percent of payments went to people living in urban locations.

The corruption was so overwhelming that Mr. Wright, the Pine Bluff, Arkansas justice of the peace stated, “Once those checks started hitting the mailboxes, people couldn’t believe it.   Then it dawned on them. ‘If Joe Blow got a check, I can get one.”  This is a program that cost the government billions, and which to this point the FBI has prosecuted no one for corruption.

Andrew Breitbart was right.  The New York Times validation is just one more bit of evidence that you can rage against the machine and win, even if it takes years for the dying media empires to recognize it.

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