Andrew Breitbart has exploded into foaming rage that ABC News may have unbooked him for its election night coverage.
In Breitbart’s mind, the alleged unbooking raises issues of the highest constitutional magnitude.
“This is not really about ‘me.’ This is about a full-fledged assault on the 1st Amendment and free speech.”
Really? It happens to me about once a month. A rookie Fox News booker will read something I’ve written and call to book me onto a show, say Fox & Friends. I’ll say, “Are you quite sure about this? Have you checked with your boss?”
The booker will confidently say, “I’m sure my boss will agree you’d be a great guest.”
“Well before we lock in, why don’t you check. I’d hate to have a last minute surprise.”
And sure enough, the booker will call back in a little way, surprised and sometimes embarrassed. There’s been a conflict. Something’s come up.
I’m not complaining. Unlike Breitbart, I do not believe that I have the constitutional right to appear on somebody else’s airwaves. But really, the claims of victimhood from the right side of American politics show a remarkable lack of self-knowledge.