On this second anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death, Legal Insurrection and others are remembering Andrew.
Some of Andrew’s enemies in life, however, continue their efforts in his death. I seriously thought about not calling attention to such people, but that would be a cop out.
At the Breitbart Awards in Providence in 2012, the only blogger conference I’ve attended so far, numerous people spoke to how Andrew thought of himself as the point man in the movement, the person who drew the fire so that others didn’t have to.
It’s important to remember what and who Andrew faced.
When I scrolled through a Twitter search for Andrew Breitbart’s name, I saw a tweet by Max Blumenthal referring to Andrew reaching his “tweet limit” and linking to an article by Blumenthal from May 2013 mocking how “it was convenient that Breitbart’s heart exploded when it did….”
I didn’t remember what the beef was between Andrew and Blumenthal. So I did a search and found this video by Lee Doren (via an Erick Erickson post) explaining the whole incident and confrontation at CPAC 2010:
I’m not sure why I didn’t recall that incident, since I wrote about it at the time for the Saturday Night Card Game.
Perhaps the 2010 CPAC incident was pushed down into my memory because nowadays I mostly hear Blumenthal’s name when he’s attacking Israel, which he does almost every day.
Blumenthal’s most recent book about Israel, Goliath, was so egregious that even the progressive writer Eric Alterman, himself a critic of Israel, dubbed it The “I Hate Israel” Handbook (emphasis added):
It is no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed) without a single word change once it’s translated into Arabic. (Though to be fair, Blumenthal should probably add some anti-female, anti-gay arguments for that.) Goliath is a propaganda tract, not an argument as it does not even consider alternative explanations for the anti-Israel conclusions it reaches on every page. Its implicit equation of Israel with Nazis is also particularly distasteful to any fair-minded individual. And its larding of virtually every sentence with pointless adjectives designed to demonstrate the author’s distaste for his subject is as amateurish as it is ineffective.
It’s no coincidence that the Israel haters also hate us.
Keep that in mind when you hear about the BDS movement.
Defeating BDS is not about Israel alone, it’s about our own freedoms and civilization.
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