*ABC News has just announced that it has decided to drop controversial blogger Andrew Breitbart from its Election Night coverage altogether.
The network announced late last week that Breitbart, who famously edited footage of Shirley Sherrod that resulted in her firing, would be a guest during its coverage of the midterm election results.
After howls of protest from outside commentators and reports of dissension from within ABC’s own newsroom, the network sent out a press release announcing Breitbart would only appear in an online forum and would never be seen on any television broadcast.
In response, Breitbart posted internal emails sent to him by ABC producers on his website. He claimed that the emails showed that he would, in fact, be appearing on the air during the network’s Election Night broadcast.
This afternoon, ABC’s executive producer for digital news, Andrew Morse, released a letter he had sent to Breitbart, informing him that he was being dropped from its coverage:
Dear Mr. Breitbart,
We have spent the past several days trying to make clear to you your limited role as a participant in our digital town hall to be streamed on ABCNews.com and Facebook. The post on your blog last Friday created a widespread impression that you would be analyzing the election on ABC News. We made it as clear as possible as quickly as possible that you had been invited along with numerous others to participate in our digital town hall. Instead of clarifying your role, you posted a blog on Sunday evening in which you continued to claim a bigger role in our coverage. As we are still unable to agree on your role, we feel it best for you not to participate.