Andrew Breitbart has died

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bigjournalism.com reports

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.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.

Breitbart was a bad person, and had an incredibly toxic impact on politics, but I mourn his passing by simple virtue of our shared humanity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/0...

Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years. Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began a sustained assault on Kennedy's memory, tweeting "Rest in Chappaquiddick."

Over the course of the next three hours, Breitbart unapologetically attacked Kennedy, calling him a "villain," "a big ass motherf@#$er," a "duplicitous bastard" and a "prick." "I'll shut my mouth for Carter. That's just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement," wrote Breitbart in one tweet.

F*ck the asshole.

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

I'll mourn him the day I mourn Kim Jong Il or Osama Bin Laden.

Running Man wrote:

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

If a "left winged pundit" would constantly go on racist and hate fueled rants then I will not mourn his/her loss either.

Just to be clear, I don't mourn the loss of really anyone not close to me. Everyone dies sooner or later.

Running Man wrote:

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

If you could get past your righteous indignation for just a moment..

Dimmerswitch wrote:

Breitbart was a bad person, and had an incredibly toxic impact on politics, but I mourn his passing by simple virtue of our shared humanity.

Also, I don't think it's fair to put Breitbart in the same league as Kim Jong Il or Osama Bin Laden. I detested the guy, but as far as I know Breitbart didn't have anybody murdered on his orders.

[Edit: the comparison has been edited out upthread, but I'll leave my comment in place]

Running Man wrote:

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

I love whitewashing an entire forum based on the post of a single person (at the time of your response). Is this the part where I say "God the conservatives are so predictable"?

Back on-topic -- while I don't take joy in the loss of a human life, I certainly won't miss the presence of yet another person who only contributed to the divisive hatred in this nation (as evidenced by responses in this thread, yes - including Mr. Running Man's), regardless of where that person was on the political spectrum.

Unfortunately, I'm sure someone equally unsuitable is ready to step up and resume the fight.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

Also, I don't think it's fair to put Breitbart in the same league as Kim Jong Il or Osama Bin Laden. I detested the guy, but as far as I know Breitbart didn't have anybody murdered on his orders.

Of course he isn't as bad as those two I mentioned, but I will miss and mourn him about the same (not at all). My point was a more crudely written version of what Farscry said about not missing his presence.

What he attempted to accomplish with the Shirley Sherrod video, i.e., deliberately distorting the truth to inflame racial hatred, was appalling. I don't see how "tolerance" plays any part in this.

Running Man wrote:

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

While I will not cheer Breitbart's passing, I am curious as to how and/or why I, an openly gay man with leftist tendencies, am supposed to be tolerant of a man who compared my activism for gay rights (particularly gay marriage) to terrorism.

“I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
― Clarence Darrow

Bear wrote:

“I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
― Clarence Darrow

I believe that is the fabricated version, frequently attributed to Mark Twain, and the actual quote was "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.".

I'm pretty sure all of that is beside the point ;p

absurddoctor wrote:
Bear wrote:

“I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
― Clarence Darrow

I believe that is the fabricated version, frequently attributed to Mark Twain, and the actual quote was "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.".

I'm pretty sure all of that is beside the point ;p

Somebody just made Bears' non-mourning list.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
absurddoctor wrote:
Bear wrote:

“I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
― Clarence Darrow

I believe that is the fabricated version, frequently attributed to Mark Twain, and the actual quote was "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.".

I'm pretty sure all of that is beside the point ;p

Somebody just made Bears' non-mourning list. ;)

Actually, I really don't have much of an opinion on Breitbart. The discussion made me instantly think of that quote.

I honestly never payed much attention to the guy. The Drudge Report always seemed to me to be a dirtier version of something like TMZ or the Enquirer. The discussion made me think of that quote and AD was correct, that was the full quote.

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

The man very deliberately set up false evidence to destroy an organization on the left.

That's not something that anyone should tolerate, left or right.

So let's high-five each other when he dies?

NormanTheIntern wrote:

So let's high-five each other when he dies?

Care to clarify who you're talking about? So far, the only person in the thread who I'd see as arguably celebrating Breitbart's death is Jayhawker.

NormanTheIntern wrote:

So let's high-five each other when he dies?

No, I just don't give a crap about his death, anymore or less than the 154,000 other people that die each day. Is the world a better place without him? Possibly so, possibly not. After all, his vitriol will just be spread by someone new filling his role.

Dimmerswitch wrote:
NormanTheIntern wrote:

So let's high-five each other when he dies?

Care to clarify who you're talking about? So far, the only person in the thread who I'd see as arguably celebrating Breitbart's death is Jayhawker.

I wouldn't call it celebrating.

The Kennedy thing is an apples to oranges comparison anyway Jayhawker, unless Breitbart killed someone and tried to get away with it.

You are the better man.

Agreed!

Jayhawker wrote:
Dimmerswitch wrote:
NormanTheIntern wrote:

So let's high-five each other when he dies?

Care to clarify who you're talking about? So far, the only person in the thread who I'd see as arguably celebrating Breitbart's death is Jayhawker.

I wouldn't call it celebrating.

I wouldn't either, but that's the only post that I could even see NormanTheIntern having an argument for. Of course, he could clear things up by clarifying who he thought was high-fiving in this thread.

There's no high fiving. Is this one of those times when if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?

Funkenpants wrote:

There's no high fiving. Is this one of those times when if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?

That's kind of what I'm thinking. As far as I can tell, the guy brought nothing but anger, hatred and division into the world, but I didn't know him. Maybe he was the world's greatest dad, or a volunteer at an animal shelter or something.

Podunk wrote:
Funkenpants wrote:

There's no high fiving. Is this one of those times when if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?

That's kind of what I'm thinking. As far as I can tell, the guy brought nothing but anger, hatred and division into the world, but I didn't know him. Maybe he was the world's greatest dad, or a volunteer at an animal shelter or something.

Nope. A dead asshole is still an asshole, and doesn't earn any whitewashing simply because he's dead. The don't say anything at all thing applies to his family and friends, not some forum on the internet. There is a huge difference between calling him an ass who won't be missed here and sending his widow the same message (otherwise Norman would be running afoul of this by being so callous about Kennedy ;)).

He was a scumbag, and now he'll never get a chance to not be a scumbag, and that, as well as the grief of his family are both regrettable.

I'm not celebrating his passing but I do feel that the world just become a tiny bit more tolerant.

NormanTheIntern wrote:

The Kennedy thing is an apples to oranges comparison anyway Jayhawker, unless Breitbart killed someone and tried to get away with it.

What's the minimum criminal, moral, or ethical infraction it takes before someone is allowed to insult your memory post-mortem?

Funkenpants wrote:

What he attempted to accomplish with the Shirley Sherrod video, i.e., deliberately distorting the truth to inflame racial hatred, was appalling. I don't see how "tolerance" plays any part in this.

I had no idea who Breitbart was until I saw people talking about him. But that sh*t he did with her is the same sh*t that makes me loathe Michael Moore.

Running Man wrote:

So much for the tolerance of the left. God this forum is predictable.

It'll have more punch next time if you wait for more than just 2 posts!

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I had no idea who Breitbart was until I saw people talking about him. But that sh*t he did with her is the same sh*t that makes me loathe Michael Moore.

Yup. And if it was Moore's death being discussed in this thread, I would still hold to the same comment I made earlier, which I suspect many people would also share in the sentiment, no matter how much some folks apparently want to turn this into a liberals-versus-conservatives thing.

Farscry wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

I had no idea who Breitbart was until I saw people talking about him. But that sh*t he did with her is the same sh*t that makes me loathe Michael Moore.

Yup. And if it was Moore's death being discussed in this thread, I would still hold to the same comment I made earlier, which I suspect many people would also share in the sentiment, no matter how much some folks apparently want to turn this into a liberals-versus-conservatives thing.

I'd throw a f*cking party.

Quintin: Michael Moore manipulates, and I don't like him very much. Breitbart actively made sh*t up with falsified evidence to hurt people and organizations he didn't like. Moore tells the truth, but he tries to get you to draw inferences that are not warranted by the evidence. It's sleazy and deceptive, and I don't care for it. But Breitbart was an outright fraud. His lies gave the Republicans the tool they needed to destroy an organization they had hated for a long time (ACORN) because those pesky poor black people have no business voting, being so consistently Democratic and all.

You know you lack credibility when no one believes you died because your own site reported it.

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