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“Walk toward the fire” — Andrew Breitbart died 8 years ago

“Walk toward the fire” — Andrew Breitbart died 8 years ago

“Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you… But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.”

Every year on March 1, we remember the life and legacy of Andrew Breitbart.

Here’s what I wrote on March 1, 2012, Andrew Breitbart dead:

Very sad news to report, just breaking.  Andrew Breitbart is dead.

Via Big Journalism:

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

… There are few people who are irreplaceable, but Andrew may have been one of those few.

I wrote A personal note on the death of Andrew Breitbart that day:

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.

One of Andrew’s more famous quotes:

“Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.”

To this day, Andrew is maligned from the left for the video he and Larry O’Connor released about Shirley Sherrod. I have tried to set the record straight, but particularly in this social media age, I’m not sure the truth prevails anymore:

“Apologize, for what?” became most associated with him, and it was phrase he tweeted the day of his death:

As I noted last year, if that was the phrase most associated with Andrew, this was his advice which is more true now than ever:

Wake up, Conservatives: Left is involved in 100% organized class & race warfare & you think you can sit this one out & not fight back?!?!

Whenever I think of Andrew, I also think of Mandy.

This is still my favorite interview of him, by Prof. Glenn Reynolds and the Instawife:

Those who knew him best, and many who he inspired, remembered him today as well.


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ScottTheEngineer | March 1, 2020 at 6:31 pm

I think I’ve watched just about all of his speeches on Youtube.
Both Greg Gutfeld and Steven Crowder feature the screaming face photo of him on the walls of their studios.

Watch Gutfelds show from the day after he died. Really gives you insight into who Breitbart was.
Trump reminds me of Breitbart a lot. “Be petty.”

TheOldZombie | March 1, 2020 at 7:15 pm

And sadly the people who took over ruined the site for a long time and dragged Breitbart’s name into the mud. It’s only starting to recover now. That’s my opinion of course.

Katy L. Stamper | March 1, 2020 at 7:19 pm

He was such a funny goofball.

Goofing around, making the left so angry they couldn’t speak straight!

My favorite Breitbart moment

“Fcuk you …. War.”

A lot of good things have happened the last few years – Andrew helped make that happen by keeping hope alive during the dark days of the Obama administration.

Can you imagine how he would have vilified the phony impeachment and the scum who perpetrated it? It would have been priceless.

Another Voice | March 1, 2020 at 11:15 pm

Andrew Breitbart an icon for what he saw as the new media. Prof. J. and L.I. is a testament of what the new media could..would come to be. A rare person 8 short years ago which now is becoming the face of many as he predicted such is James O’Keefe
and Dinesh D’Souza who vest their money and convictions to the challenge to call out the administration and the MSM for their bias and hypocrisy for the Democrat party.
I too have had thoughts esp. at this time of the year when he is remembered. Thoughts of how he would have covered the Hillary fiasco and the treachery of the Democrats these 3 years would be priceless. How he would being covering Pres. Trump and the current political scene. I see him being just as forthright and openingly honest with the sarcastic puns he could jab with. I think he probably would be one the busiest and most respected guest speaker at FOX News. I would also have enjoyed his invitation to speak at CPAC 2020 right along with British politico Nigel Farage.
In other words a very special, special individual.

Is it not a rather strange coincidence that the man who blew ACORN out of the water and threatened to expose the mainstream media for their lies would suddenly drop dead ?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Taxpayer. | March 2, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Was a mighty convenient death for the Left in Obama’s re-election year 2012, no?

Great man with a great mind, taken much too soon. The greatest example of the exception to the rule that no one is irreplaceable.