Last updated: September 15, 2010 - 8:40am
The president of the group that organized the "tea party" rally on the National Mall says he disagrees with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's statement at the gathering that the mainstream media is "evil."
Speaking at the rally on the grounds of the US Capitol, Breitbart said the mainstream media are "lovely as individuals, but as an organism they're flat-out evil." Addressing reporters covering the event, Breitbart said, "Turn around and look at the American people, media. Look at them. These are the people you called racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamaphobe." At a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe was asked if he agreed with Breitbart's charge. "Andrew is a very flamboyant showman. No, we don't think the press is evil, otherwise we wouldn't be here today," he told 28 reporters gathered at a Washington hotel. But Kibbe did go on to note that the role of the mainstream press has declined in political life, a trend he welcomed.
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