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Andrew Breitbart Tag

Two years ago today, Andrew Breitbart died. The entire conservative blogosphere was in shock, and even some opponents of Andrew, such as Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, paid their respects. There's not much I can add, two years later, to my post, 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. Andrew is irreplaceable, but we would serve his memory well to aspire to more freedom of thought and more freedom of action. I’ve often wondered where to go with this blog. I now know.
This interview of Breitbart by Prof. Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith still is one of my favorites:

The Editors of National Review have an excellent entry today in which the Pigford scandal is explained, Pigford Forever. Here is a key point which is not often understood, that the payments were tied to Obama's political maneuvering (emphasis mine): But as the Times reports in great...

Anthony Weiner is being rehabilitated in preparation for a run for Mayor of New York City. Seth Mandel at Commentary:
When a popular Democratic politician leaves office under the cloud of scandal and disgrace, the foremost question on his mind is when–not if–the media will begin reconstructing his career for him. There was the lionized Bill Clinton, who was impeached. Then there was former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, whose rehabilitation included a CNN show and a regular spot in Slate, where he proved to be an utterly conventional polemicist and shallow political thinker. And now we have the effort by the New York Times to resuscitate Anthony Weiner, whose congressional career was marked by erratic public temper tantrums and an inability to control himself or the volume of his voice. He left Congress after being caught in a sex scandal involving a college girl, and then falsely accused conservatives like Andrew Breitbart of making the story up. At every step in the scandal Weiner chose the least honorable path. Before the scandal ended his congressional term, Weiner was considered by some to be a favorite for the next New York City mayoral election. Now, two years after the scandal, he says he still wants to be mayor, and may in fact run for the Democratic nomination this year for the fall general election. Could he actually win?
The NY Times rehabilitation of Weiner comes at the expense of reality, which is that Andrew Breitbart was the one who held Weiner to account, and Weiner fessed up only after lying and accusing others, and only when there was no choice:

Andrew Breitbart's mother died last night, In Memoriam: Arlene Mae Breitbart, 1925-2013. One year ago today, at 9:35 a.m., I posted the news which had just begun spreading throughout the blogosphere: Andrew Breitbart dead Very sad news to report, just breaking.  Andrew Breitbart is dead. Via Big Journalism: Andrew passed...

Today would have been Andrew Breitbart's 44th birthday; he passed away last year on March 1, 2012. I think there's another facet of his experience that we ought to appreciate on his birthday. Andrew spoke often of his conversion from living a life outside of the political...

Have been away a couple of days, flying and driving and sitting and thinking. As well as taking a pilgrimage to a shrine: It all reminded me of something I wrote after Andrew Breitbart died: Since my wife called this morning to let me know of Andrew’s death, it...

Andrew Marcus, producer of Hating Breitbart, After Election 2012: WWBD -- What Would Breitbart Do? Everything that Andrew predicted in my film, Hating Breitbart, played out in real-time during the election right before our eyes.  From Candy Crowley interrupting and taking Obama's side in the...

That's been the theme for Videos of the Day this week and for the next few days. This one deserves special attention. It's Ryan Clayton, a blogger at US Uncut, confronting Andrew Breibart at Netroots Nation 2011 in Minneapolis. (language warning) More videos of people confronting Breibart from Netroots 2011...

Last night I attended the opening night of the Andrew Breitbart documentary Hating Breitbart in St. Louis, MO. Seeing Andrew again on screen was a reminder of just how irreplaceable he is. Already I was starting to forget just how intelligent he was, how courageous, how...

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