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RIP Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart has died. I would not defend the man’s politics or his personal views on much of anything, but when I saw the news of his passing I was saddened nonetheless.

Conservatives lost a man they liked and cheered. Liberals lost a man they loved to despise. His family lost the most of all I guess.

There will no doubt be an outpouring of positive and negative sentiments from the public on blogs and news posts and the like. I wish the negativity would stay at a minimum but I know it won't happen.

The age of 43 is too soon to go and I feel for his family and friends. As liberals we don't have to sugarcoat or re-write the man's work and politics but let's remember the man is dead now and that's a shame.

Posted by Adam Ducker at March 1, 2012 11:58 AM
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Comment #337501

Breitbart’s last words:

Breitbart’s brashness could be seen in one of his final tweets, which was sent less than a few hours before his death.

“Apologize for WHAT?,” the tweet said.

How about apologize for editing a video to make Shirley Sherrod look like she was making a speech about discriminating against white farmers, when in fact the opposite was true?

How about apologize for getting that ridiculous twerp O’Keefe to dress up like a pimp and go to ACORN’s offices to make fake tapes which he could circulate far and wide — which were actually a hoax and again, carefully, dishonestly edited to make it look like the people in that office were defending something they weren’t — a hoax that was not exposed until after ACORN had been completely shut down?

How about apologize for the fact in the hours just after Ted Kennedy died Breitbart could tweet nothing but streams of hatred: “Kennedy was “a special pile of human excrement.” He continued in this way all day long, calling the Senator: “a villain”, “a duplicitous bastard”, “a prick”, “a f@#$er. a big ass motherf@#$er.”

Should anyone be surprised that the last thought Breitbart could express before he passed was that he had no remorse
or regrets about something he had said about someone? I’m certainly not.

They aren’t saying what killed him, but I couldn’t help but wonder the moment I heard if it had been death by choking on his own bile?

I guess you’ll consider these to be negative comments, Adam…
So, I’ll end this comment on a more positive note: I hope Breitbart will rest in peace since he was clearly a very unhappy person when he was alive.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 1, 2012 1:38 PM
Comment #337502

I think the final commentary on Andrew (and Matt) will be that they inserted bias into news without using a word of their own. Pretty amazing stuff.

RIP Andrew.

Posted by: George at March 1, 2012 1:41 PM
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I hope Breitbart will rest in peace since he was clearly a very unhappy person when he was alive.

Ding, ding, ding- pot to kettle….

Posted by: George at March 1, 2012 1:43 PM
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George,
This is a political website. So, you shouldn’t confuse the anger I express here at what the GOP does in the political realm with the whole rest of what I do in my life.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 1, 2012 1:58 PM
Comment #337505

Adrienne: “I hope Breitbart will rest in peace since he was clearly a very unhappy person when he was alive.”

I bet he wasn’t as unhappy as you might think. I bet he was having the time of his life.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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How about apologize for the fact in the hours just after Breitbart died Adrenne could blog nothing but streams of hatred….. Your words not mine.

Posted by: George at March 1, 2012 2:08 PM
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Adam:

I bet he wasn’t as unhappy as you might think. I bet he was having the time of his life.

Hmm… Maybe you’re right about this. I guess I just tend to think of people who make it their profession to be bomb-throwing political wrecking balls to be deeply frustrated and unhappy people.

George:

in the hours just after Breitbart died Adrenne could blog nothing but streams of hatred…

I didn’t call Breitbart a single name in my comment. Listing what Breitbart said and did to other people is not hatred, it just happens to be the facts. If you want to see hate though, you should go check out what a lot of lefties are saying in the left blogs today.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 1, 2012 2:18 PM
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“I guess I just tend to think of people who make it their profession to be bomb-throwing political wrecking balls to be deeply frustrated and unhappy people.”

I tend to think the root of such personalities is more addiction to media attention and ego driven than it is unhappiness or frustration.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 1, 2012 2:25 PM
Comment #337510

Even Media Matters has taken the high road on Breitbart’s passing.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 1, 2012 2:41 PM
Comment #337514

My sincere condolences to Breitbart’s Family for their loss.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 1, 2012 6:10 PM
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Adam,

Good post. There are aspects of life that transcend politics.

Posted by: Rich at March 1, 2012 6:21 PM
Comment #337516

Breitbart was a profoundly talented guy. He knew how to utilize New Media in order to advocate his message.

Posted by: Warped Reality at March 1, 2012 6:22 PM
Comment #337517

Andrew Breibart recently published a new conclusion to “Righteous Indignation”.

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and —famously— I enjoy making enemies.”

Rest In Peace, my Brother

Maranatha

Posted by: tom humes at March 1, 2012 7:01 PM
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“Breitbart was the adopted son of Gerald and Arlene Breitbart, a restaurant owner and banker respectively, and grew up in a family with secular liberal views, in upscale Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was raised Jewish (his adoptive mother had converted to Judaism when marrying his adoptive father).[7][8] He explained that his birth certificate indicated his biological father was a folk singer. He was ethnically Irish by birth, and his adopted sister is Hispanic.[7] He changed his political views after experiencing an “epiphany” during the Clarence Thomas hearings, and later described himself as “a Reagan conservative” with libertarian sympathies.

Breitbart earned a B.A. in American studies from Tulane University in 1991, graduating with “no sense of [his] future whatsoever”.[9] His early jobs included a stint at cable channel E! Entertainment Television, working for the company’s online magazine, and some time in film production.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Breitbart

The reason Andrew Breitbart was so hated by the left was because he was born an elitist liberal in big money LA, and became a conservative. As a result losing many friends and many family members turned their backs on him. He was a real credit to the God given ability for a human to be able to think for himself and not just follow the lemmings.

He assisted Arianna Huffington when she was a Republican and continued to help her when she set up the Huffpost.com. “On January 19, 2011, the conservative gay rights group GOProud announced Breitbart had joined its Advisory Council.”

He was a part of the TP movement and offered $100,000 donation to the United Negro Fund for anyone who could provide an audio or video of TP people using racial slurs as proclaimed by the racist Nancy Pelosi.

Andrew Breitbart had accomplised more in 43 years than most of us could do in 10 lifetimes.

Posted by: Frank at March 1, 2012 8:37 PM
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Frank I had no idea of Breitbart’s background, he was, in my mind, pond scum because of his lack of journalistic integrity, as Adrienne has pointed out. He made Faux look like a real news organization for crying out loud.He was a propagandist without regard for facts. That is why he is disliked,IMHO.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 1, 2012 11:07 PM
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Frank:

“Breitbart was the adopted son of Gerald and Arlene Breitbart, a restaurant owner and banker respectively, and grew up in a family with secular liberal views, in upscale Brentwood, Los Angeles.

Not according to this long interview/article on Breitbart from the New Yorker:

Quote:

Breitbart’s parents were quietly conservative. His father was a restaurateur and, later, a lobbyist for the food-service industry; his mother was a bank executive. But their son, who attended the prestigious Brentwood School, was reflexively liberal. “It was like the water I was in,” he told me.

Frank:

Breitbart earned a B.A. in American studies from Tulane University in 1991, graduating with “no sense of [his] future whatsoever”.
Quote from link:
For college, Breitbart went to Tulane University, in New Orleans, a period that he now regards with a mixture of shame and nostalgia. “It was four hideous years of debauchery of a level that was incomprehensible to me,” he told me. “I remember rationalizing my misbehavior. I remember giving my dad a book on the chemical structure of MDMA”—Ecstasy—“and I was, like, ‘Dad, what do you think of this?’ ” At one point during his college years, Breitbart received from a great-aunt a bequest of twenty-three thousand five hundred dollars. “My dad said, ‘I am very worried, because legally I have to give you this money, and I don’t trust that you are going to put it into a C.D.,’ ” Breitbart recalled. “I took a semester off, and I moved to New York, to Hell’s Kitchen, and every single night I would go to Citibank and I would take out two hundred dollars.” Within months, the money had been spent.

Frank:

His early jobs included a stint at cable channel E! Entertainment Television, working for the company’s online magazine, and some time in film production.”

Quote from the link:

He delivered scripts for a production company, then worked for a while at the E! cable network. “I was so excruciatingly bored after college—it was like going home to Pittsburgh to get into the steel industry, then realizing that you hate steel,”

Frank:

He assisted Arianna Huffington when she was a Republican and continued to help her when she set up the Huffpost.com.

Quote:

In 2005, Huffington, now a liberal, was preparing the launch of the Huffington Post, and Breitbart joined the enterprise.

Frank:

He was a part of the TP movement and offered $100,000 donation to the United Negro Fund for anyone who could provide an audio or video of TP people using racial slurs as proclaimed by the racist Nancy Pelosi.

Quote from the link:

A few days later, Breitbart once again went after the Congressional Black Caucus. In a Big Journalism editorial headlined “2010: A RACE ODYSSEY—DISPROVING A NEGATIVE FOR CASH PRIZES, OR, HOW THE CIVIL-RIGHTS MOVEMENT JUMPED THE SHARK,” he wrote, “It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. If you provide verifiable video evidence showing that a single racist epithet was hurled as you walked among the Tea Partiers, or you pass a simple lie detector test, I will provide a $10K check to the United Negro College Fund.” Breitbart also described the congressmen’s walk through the crowd, “in and of itself,” as an “act of racism meant to create a contrast between the Tea Party crowd and themselves.”

The editorial was a typical Breitbart gesture: a brazen, blustering provocation disorientingly couched as a reasoned response to a brazen, blustering provocation. If his logic was weak (the absence of documentary evidence of an incident does not prove that the incident did not occur), his rhetoric was effective, repositioning the congressmen not as victims of racism but as perpetrators of it. After a few days, Breitbart raised the video bounty to twenty thousand dollars, and then to a hundred thousand. “I’ll mortgage my house if I have to—but I’m never going to have to pay it,” he told me.

Such taunting struck many journalists as out of line. “Andrew Breitbart isn’t fit to spit-shine the shoes of civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis,” Joan Walsh, the editor of Salon, wrote, adding that Breitbart did not have “the moral or political standing to call Lewis a liar.” But Breitbart’s campaign eventually developed traction. Three weeks after the rally, Andrew Alexander, the ombudsman of the Washington Post, felt obliged to address the issue after receiving letters from readers echoing Breitbart’s conviction. The controversy, Alexander wrote, “merits more reporting.” Two days later, an A.P. story revealed that the much viewed video of the congressmen passing through the crowd had, in fact, been shot at least an hour after the slurs were allegedly uttered. The congressmen stood by their story, and Breitbart stood by his.

Frank:

The reason Andrew Breitbart was so hated by the left was because he was born an elitist liberal in big money LA, and became a conservative. As a result losing many friends and many family members turned their backs on him. He was a real credit to the God given ability for a human to be able to think for himself and not just follow the lemmings.

LOL! And so the after-death deification and bogus mythology begins!

Andrew Breitbart had accomplised more in 43 years than most of us could do in 10 lifetimes.

Uh huh. Spoiled-rich 1%er kids who are easily bored and who have mean streaks a mile wide will (despite their incredibly twisted, malformed personalities) always do more than the vast majority of Americans will do in 10 lifetimes.

That’s because no matter how screwed up the are, they’ll always have the money and easy access to the kind of connections that provide them with the kind of opportunities they need to make a soft landing into some sort of professional niche — following a heavy debauchery period which is pretty much de rigueur for this group.

I’m very well acquainted with the whole scenario — because I grew up on the opposite coast in Princeton, NJ. A middle class kid surrounded by a lot of bored, incredibly mean super-wealthy kids who were the privileged spawns of the American Brahmin class. We’re talking about people who (no matter how amazingly screwed up and flawed in character they happen to be) tend to eventually end up as wealthy Capitalist Captains within one Industry or another — just as their parents did, and their grandparents before them, and etc., etc…

And I have to say, I personally find it pretty hilarious how very many American Aristocrats (just like Breitbart) are considered to be leading the charge on the front lines for the Tea Party — and all the while claiming to despise elitism!

Posted by: Adrienne at March 2, 2012 12:05 AM
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It is time to cut the crap, Adrienne. Let the dead be dead. You have no honor.

What is more correct? Wiki or New Yorker. It makes not one iota of difference. The man is gone. Your credentials are shot.

Again, Rest in Peace, My Brother.

Maranatha

Posted by: tom humes at March 2, 2012 10:45 AM
Comment #337540

tom humes,

“Let the dead be dead. You have no honor.”

Breitbart is dead, and no amount of praise or scorn will change that.

It would appear his lifes’s path rarely crossed the path of truth, and his last communications before his death were not kind to anyone.

So much for his honor.

I have always found the phrase “respect for the dead” curious. The dead are dead, and they can no longer care.

Flowers are for the living tom, they’re no use to the dead.

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky Marks at March 2, 2012 11:22 AM
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“What is more correct? Wiki or New Yorker”
Uh … Wikipedia is not a very accurate historical source which is why history professors (liberal, moderate, and conservative) will not take Wikipedia as a source. You certainly cannot use it for a source in any respectable publication - it’s a reasonable place to start but should always be taken with a huge grain of salt. They do some fact checking but most posts are created by either a supporter or a hater of the person. I doubt anyone on this post knew of his aristocratic background before hes death and had no bearing on either their support or lack thereof.

As to Breitbart - the good and bad alike all meet the same end. He’s certainly not going to be offended and I doubt if any of his family members read this post. Sugar coating someone’s history just because he’s dead serves no purpose unless you are at his funeral delivering a eulogy. Especially someone who has said a lot worse about the dead than what has been said about him in death.

Posted by: tcsned at March 2, 2012 11:32 AM
Comment #337542

tomhumes:

It is time to cut the crap, Adrienne.

I thought so, too. That’s exactly why I posted that link which give the true facts surrounding Breitbart’s life and upbringing. I did so because for me the truth about a public figure seems more important to know, rather than a bunch of grandiose sentimentalized crap and knee-jerk hero-worshipping of public figures following their deaths.

Unfortunately, there is a tendency for this on the Right which can be both incredibly annoying and seriously problematic farther down the road. For instance, it’s this kind of thing that has made conservatives turn Ronald Reagan into a fantasy president who is sentimentally raised up as an anti-tax, deficit lowering hero at every GOP speech or event — when in fact he raised taxes eleven times and tripled the deficit.

Let the dead be dead.

Let me assure you that I would never want to see Breitbart rise up as a zombie! Indeed, I think he definitely went around trying to hurt too many people while he was alive.

You have no honor.

If I had no honor I wouldn’t always feel so driven and compelled to stick to facts and realities. However, I’m also aware that the truth can often hurt — even though it is vitally necessary.
And if we are to speak of honor in relation to Breitbart, it is important to say that he was a man who didn’t display much honor. He called himself a “journalist” but instead of being interested in facts, realities, and truths, he was often very willing to twist and distort things to suit himself and his political beliefs. To lie about people (on the left) and hurt them however he could —- in order to score political points and create propaganda narratives.

What is more correct? Wiki or New Yorker. It makes not one iota of difference.

Actually, it does. Wiki tends to give the barest of surface facts on any given person, place, or thing. The New Yorker interview/article reveals the deeper truths about Breitbart that lie beneath such listing of facts on the surface.

The man is gone.

Yes he is. But we’re not. And how public figures are remembered and written into history is open to our interpretations. Since Breitbart made it his career to be a hyper-partisan and incredibly divisive public figure, there will naturally be widely differing views on who he was and what he did.

Your credentials are shot.

For citing the facts and giving a slightly clearer picture of who Breitbart was? I think not.

Again, Rest in Peace, My Brother.

Maranatha

I don’t think a person like Brietbart would give a fig about the sentimentality that is suddenly being shown to him. As for religion, to quote from the New Yorker link:

“I am not a particularly religious person—anyone who knows me knows I don’t spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating the cosmos…
Posted by: Adrienne at March 2, 2012 12:49 PM
Comment #337543

Like moths to a flame, the conservatives are flocking to the conspiracy theories.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/andrew-breitbart-death-sparks-conspiracy-theories-galore-175523779.html

The consistency is what I admire the most. It just has to be Obama’s fault. Breitbart was getting set to sink Obama’s candidacy with shocking revelations of his days at Harvard. What next conservatives, aliens?

Raise your hand if you were surprised about the conspiracy theories.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 2, 2012 1:46 PM
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j2t2, your link don’t work.

Adrienne, your comments label you as an evil, disgusting, little person who hates everything. What a sad little person you must be.

Posted by: TomT at March 2, 2012 2:15 PM
Comment #337547

j2t2:

Fixed your link, by the way. It was just a period getting marked up with the rest of the URL.

The ghost of Vince Foster rises again. The same batch of right wing nuts that thinks this administration was so incompetent as to leave their layers and halos on their faked birth document now thinks Obama could get to Breitbart and make it look like an accident.

I’m just surprised these folks think Obama even went to Harvard. No one can recall his days at Columbia! And even the folks that say they do remember him don’t count as absolute proof. Breitbart probably had a photo that confirms every single conspiracy to date:

Obama was kissing a gay man on an Islamic prayer rug while holding open his foreign passport named for Barry Soetoro and a copy of the Little Red Book. An awkward reflection from a teleprompter in the corner reveals the photographer to be William Ayers who had come over to deliver the first draft of Dreams of My Father that Obama would take credit for himself.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 2, 2012 3:51 PM
Comment #337548

I hold with those who think a tiny CIA poison ice bullet probably was involved.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 2, 2012 3:57 PM
Comment #337549

j2,
Oh jeeze — but no, not surprised. It’s kind of tragically amusing isn’t it? While these folks are busy reveling in all the foul play, gotcha-style political stunts, it’s also making them incredibly paranoid and suspicious.

Adam — hilarious comment!

TomT:

Adrienne, your comments label you as an evil, disgusting, little person who hates everything. What a sad little person you must be.

Ha! Stay classy, TomT!

Posted by: Adrienne at March 2, 2012 4:05 PM
Comment #337593

It is interesting how we identify our enemies. I bet if I were to express joy in the passing of Fidel Castro, I would be castigated. I recall that even when Osama bin Laden was killed some people claimed we should not rejoice.

Adam, you are a good man who took the high road here. Not all are as good as you are, however.

Posted by: C&J at March 4, 2012 4:30 PM
Comment #337641

C&J, Breitbart took the low road himself when Kennedy died, does he really deserve the high road now?

What about all the conservatives now blaming the government for Breitbart’s sudden demise?

Posted by: j2t2 at March 5, 2012 8:24 AM
Comment #337644

You really have to laugh out loud at the suggestion that Breitbart was killed off by President Obama if the first part of Breitbart’s attack is any indication to the other things Breitbart planned to release down the road. I’m with those still waiting on the Michelle Obama “whitey” tapes that have been nearing release since circa 2008.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at March 5, 2012 11:33 AM
Comment #337647

My prayers go out to his family. We all have our difference in opinion about having a better country and the point is we all care enough to try and change it….

Be A Part Of America’s Design

Posted by: America's Design at March 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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