Andrew Breitbart died 4 years ago today
Keeping his memory alive is the least we can do.
Andrew Breitbart died four years ago today:
Very sad news to report, just breaking. Andrew Breitbart is dead….
There are few people who are irreplaceable, but Andrew may have been one of those few.
I really can’t add a lot to what I wrote the day of his death, A personal note on the death of Andrew Breitbart:
I only spoke once with Andrew Breitbart. He reached out to me, and we spoke by phone. The topic is not important, but I was shocked that he even knew who I was; but as I’ve come to learn, Andrew seemed to know who everyone was in the conservative blogosphere. He was just that way.
Since my wife called this morning to let me know of Andrew’s death, it has been hard to focus on anything else. In her words, we don’t have that many bright media lights, and to lose him hurts.
Andrew lived in a world without restraints. He could be who he wanted to be, a luxury few bloggers have, particularly those who blog under their own name and work for others.
I live in a world of restraints, and I envied Andrew’s freedom more than you can know.
Rush Limbaugh’s on air announcement rings as true today as then:
Andrew was a close friend of Mandy Nagy, Legal Insurrection’s former Editor, who served as his key researcher. As longtime readers know, Mandy suffered a stroke a year and a half ago, and still struggles to recover. I know from conversations with Mandy how much Andrew meant to her, and from what others have written, how much she meant to Andrew.
I’ve tried to do my small part in honoring his legacy by fighting the relentless battle to set the record straight that he did not misleadingly edit the video of Shirley Sherrod:
- The Original Sherrod Clip Was Not “False”
- Dissecting Shirley Sherrod’s Complaint Against Andrew Breitbart
- Saturday Night Card Game (Repeat after me: “The Shirley Sherrod tape was not misleading”)
- The myth of Andrew Breitbart’s “deceptively edited” Shirley Sherrod tape lives on at Slate.com
- NY Times perpetuates myth of Andrew Breitbart’s misleading Shirley Sherrod video
- Shirley Sherrod case settled, now put to bed myth that Breitbart’s tape was misleading
Setting the historical record straight is the least I could do. Hopefully I can do more in the future.[Featured Image: Andrew Breitbart confronting Max Blumenthal at CPAC 2010]
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It was a very sad day when I learned of Andrew’s untimely death. I watched and listened to him whenever I could and was always surprised when he maintained his dignity even though he was smeared by the left constantly. What is even sadder is the decline of his Breitbart website and the atmosphere there. It is is no longer a place to discuss and even argue about visions or individuals and their policies. It is now a hostile place for anyone who does not worship Trump. From the comments I read there it appears that many are very young and have no sense of debate or give and take. It;s Trump’s way or the highway. God save America! RIP Mr. Breitbart!
Drumpf’s minions are often a mirror of their idol. They see him bullying and threatening people who say unflattering things about him, and they imagine it’s “leadership” and “strength.” They think manners and decency are for “losers,” as Drumpf does.
They see nothing amiss in the fact that Drumpf openly admires strongmen like Putin, and admires the Chinese regime for brutally putting down a popular uprising, and faulted Gorbachev for being too soft.
In some ways, it’s more bizarre and frightening than the Obama cult. For much of the country, Obama was largely an empty vessel with a reasonably civilized appearance, to be filled with a messianic fantasy.
Drumpf is more openly mean, crude, obnoxious, bullying, self-serving, braggadocious, and more transparent in his habitual lies — and millions of people either find that admirable, or have deluded themselves into believing that he’s trustworthy and altruistic.
It’s either a deep degradation of moral judgment, or a sort of mass psychosis.
Watching Ben Shapiro videos makes me believe that Andrew’s legacy will continue.
He was a great loss. A brilliant mind, and he was doing invaluable work. It was difficult to believe that he wasn’t murdered, simply because of how delighted the enemy was at his death. And his web sites were obligatory daily reading.
How quickly that deteriorated. Without his guidance, the people who took his sites over have turned them into sewers.
Speaking of “setting the record straight” —
“How Breitbart [Blog] Unleashes Hate Mobs to Threaten, Dox, and Troll Trump Critics”
It’s beyond sad.
Breitbart was taken off my bookmark list some time ago.
He’s rolling in his grave.
I would always stop channel surfing if I saw his face hoping he was about to crush another liberal institution … He seldom disappointed… God bless
I am sad that Donald Trump’s minions of White Supremacists, 911 Truthers, Birthers, Isolationists, anti-war Code Pinkers, etc etc who have overtaken Breitbart.com have destroyed your legacy; Breitbart.com is now the place where the far right cooperates with the far left to continue taking America down the road to mob Democracy.
PS: If Marco Rubio really cares about America’s exceptional Constitutional Republic then he must bow out today, endorse Ted Cruz so that Trump can be defeated and we can right the path we are wrongly taking.
Oh if only he would take your advice! His ego is too large I’m afraid to do anything like the. Just like the other two pretenders, Kasich and Carson. If they don’t get out then the carny will win and we, America, will lose.
Utterly disgusting that LI commenters use the death of Breitbart for their own political agenda.
Talk about turning something noble, and sincere, into a sewer.
I only came to express my loss of losing Andrew. A shame I had to come to a sewer to do it.
I’ll keep my thoughts personal; there is no one left here I’d care to relate my thoughts to.
Back to your “I miss Andrew, I hate Trump!”
Sad what this place has turned into.
Andrew Breitbart devoted his life to a political agenda and didn’t shy from confronting things he believed were wrong, so your “moral” concern is misplaced, and it probably has more to do with defensive about Trump than it does with any delicate concern for Andrew’s memory.
You dishonor Andrew with your fake indignity over political views. He lived and breathed politics as well as our freedoms. For you to lament this site for castigating Breitbart.com is laughable. That website has become nothing but a one trick pony with no other opinions allowed. Just the opposite of Andrews vision of his world. Once again you are living proof of the sickness that has invaded the Conservative movement that Andrew championed.
I appreciate the high road you are taking here. You are making a good point.
However, to me, I didn’t personally know Andrew Breitbart. I can’t remember the man himself. I want to talk about his legacy, and I see this legacy being tarnished.
Andrew Breitbart understood how deeply phony the political left was. That is why the direction his site has taken is so sad.