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David Frum’s ghoulish attack on Breitbart

David Frum’s ghoulish attack on Breitbart

Upon hearing of the death of Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart’s Twitter nemesis Eric Boehlert of Media Matters sent a respectful and classy tweet:

Even Media Matters itself, with whom Breitbart sparred almost daily, issued a respectful statement:

Media Matters has a long history with Andrew Breitbart. We’ve disagreed more than we’ve found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrew’s passion for and commitment to what he believed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.

By contrast, David Frum used the occasion to accuse Breitbart of stoking if not embracing racism, and to repeat falsehoods about the famous Shirley Sherrod tape:

Because President Obama was black, and because Breitbart believed in using every and any weapon at hand, Breitbart’s politics did inevitably become racially coded. Breitbart’s memory will always be linked to his defamation of Shirley Sherrod and his attempt to make a national scandal out of back payments to black farmers: the story he always called “Pigford” with self-conscious resonance.

For the record, there was no “defamation” of Shirley Sherrod, something I analyzed in great detail a little over a year ago, and Pigford was a scandal for reasons having nothing to do with the race of the farmers.  It’s not enough for Frum to play the race card before Breitbart’s body was cold, he also had to lie about supposed lies.

Ace said Breitbart took with him in death Frum’s last shred of credibility.  It’s so much worse than that.

What is it about death that brings out the worst political instincts in Frum?

When Gabby Giffords was shot and several people murdered by the psychotic Jared Loughner, Frum used the deaths as an opportunity to attack Sarah Palin.  Now he’s dancing on Breitbart’s grave.

I know many readers will wonder why anyone cares what Frum says.  It’s a point made repeatedly in the comment section when Frum is mentioned here.  The reason it matters is that the media has anointed Frum a representative of conservatives and Republicans, even if it is undeserved.

When one of our media-anointed representatives treats our dead with less respect than our political opponents and uses death to stoke the false narrative of racism, it should not go unanswered.


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Um … who *is* David Frum anyway? No, I couldn’t be bothered to google after an introduction like that Professor.

You are absolutely right Professor. Breitbart would not have let it go unanswered either!

I’ve been rethinking the President’s idea on scum as a fuel source.
What sort of mileage would I get with Frum in my tank?

davit WHO…???

Time to gear up and take this nation back, peeps.

We need Newt, and we need to focus.

How can you defame someone who admits she WAS a racist. You can’t have an epiphany to stop doing something you’re not already doing.

1. Even Media Matters itself, with whom Breitbart sparred almost daily, issued a respectful statement.

Even Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, despite his swing to the extreme Left and the break-up of his friendship with Breitbart, issued a civil statement.

2. What is it about death that brings out the worst political instincts in Frum?

Frum isn’t a person who compels respect regardless of political orientation. Maybe he realizes that his only remaining way to get attention is to piggyback on an exogenous event.

    Neo in reply to gs. | March 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Frum seems to live under the misbelief that some how his time as a speechwriter to Republicans should give him a special place in their hearts, but he has never acted like a Republican, merely mouthed the words.

    Why anybody dares to call Frum a “conservative” is beyond comprehension (much the same as “Excitable Andy”).

    Frum seems to be heading down the same street as David Brock, where all of his “friends” give approval when he is anything other than a “conservative” or Republican.

Too many talking heads have stopped looking to the future and the cause that they claim allegiance to–or at least a penchant for–and have cast their eyes on blog hits, book sales, and viewership. What good does their bickering and nit-picking do for any long-term goals for our republic? None. It doesn’t sharpen our arguments, refute any leftist tripe, promote or advocate any positive actions to improve our condition, but rather destroys the message and the messengers of conservatism. I would love to hear what Coulter, Drudge, and the National Review editors have to say in defense of their effective hamstringing the GOP. I don’t care to hear Frum’s defense; he’s indefensible.

My first reaction to Boehlert’s tweet was appreciative that he took the high road.

Then, I had a thought that warmed my heart. Was he being classy because he had a doubt in the back of his mind that Breitbart was simply fooling everyone? That this was a lead-in to his HatingBreitbart project about to be released and that he’d use the reactions to his “death” as part of that project?

It made me smile to think of Andrew as winning one even in death….

Midwest Rhino | March 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

Frum would appear to be the left’s “house slave” Republican. He gets attention (gets to stay in their house) as long he serves them well.

Or maybe the Uncle Tom David analogy works better. A token “Republican” that gets a national voice, as long as he constantly assails genuine conservatives. In cases like this, the leftist propaganda machine can pretend to be more reverent, while quoting a guy like From to delegitimize Breitbart (or Palin).

On special report last night, Mara Liasson had to do her spin … “he turned out things that turned out to be heavily edited”. I’m not sure what else she was referring to besides the Pigford thing, but it demonstrates how liberal media is in constant state of war to control the message.

I am feeling low today, but I find watching this helps (a bit)

As for the plan by some Kossacks to get the Westboro Baptist Church to protest Breitbart’s funeral, I am pretty sure Andrew would say: Bring it on! If only that they revealed again how vile they really are. I think he would treat such a protest as a badge of honor.

I wish this was all an elaborate hoax and Andrew Breitbart will surprise us in October with a bunch of great stuff. Sadly that is not the case.

    windbag in reply to EBL. | March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    The left doesn’t give a hang about hypocrisy, but it would make a club to beat them with next time they complain about Fred and his gang.

Oh and David Frum…FU too.

Uncle Samuel | March 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

At the Ace post, comment 5, Frum goes one step further, to judge ‘what might have become’ if he had ‘matured’:

5 – “In time, Andrew Breitbart might have aged into greater self-control and a higher concept of public service. Premature death deprived him of the chance at redemption often sought and sometimes found by people who have done wrong in their lives and work.”
Posted by: David Frum at March 01, 2012 02:46 PM (fsFpl)

Bad form, Mr. Frum. Really bad form.

    Translation: “Maybe, in time, Breitbart would go full RINO. Just like me.”

    What the egregious From forgot is that you never go full RINO. 🙂

I am not into conspiracy thinking but the whole circumstances of this young man’s death seems very suspicious. I hope that Mr. Breitbart’s family chooses to get a private forensic pathologist to do the autopsy. His death sounds
more ghoulish than anything Frum can say.
Potassium, a natural occurring substance in the body can be the cause of a heart attack if too much is injected.

    Casey in reply to beloved2. | March 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yep. It was murder. Just like Vince Foster & John Lennon.

    What? You didn’t know the Rethuglicans had Lennon assassinated?

@randylocke1 | March 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Idiots like Frum who decry racism are racists themselves, for bringing up racism. Frum, you are a piece of shit and I didn’t even follow Breitbart that often.

We all die eventually. Breitbart will be remembered, no one will recall Frum.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | March 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Even Mickey Kaus thought Frum’s “ghoulish attack” on Breitbart was wrong.

LukeHandCool | March 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Good rule of thumb about the recently departed:

If you don’t have anything good to say about the person, don’t say anything at all.

Simple manners, which are so important, yet so forgotten these days.

I wouldn’t dream of saying anything negative about anybody on the left passing away. Not just out of respect for their family and friends, but also because it shows such a lack of class and self-control.