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Mar 01 2012

Andrew Breitbart dead

Andrew Breitbart, loved by conservatives and at times feared by progressives, passed away early Thursday morning. He was only 43 years old.

Breitbart was walking near his house in California’s Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight when he collapsed, his father-in-law the actor Orson Bean told the Associated Press. Someone who saw Breitbart fall called paramedics and revival attempts were made, the AP reports. He was taken to the emergency room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in L.A.

I realize Breitbart ignited great passion on both sides of the aisle and there may be a rehash of those issues in the days ahead. I just want people to know that behind the scenes, Andrew had a wicked, irreverant sense of humor and boundless, infectious energy for his opponents, his friends, and this new medium he helped create. Let’s give the man his due, he made a difference and that’s a legacy anyone would want.

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  1. 1
    Worldtraveller

    Hitlerhad a wicked, irreverant sense of humor and boundless, infectious energy for his opponents, his friends, and this new medium he helped create. Let’s give the man his due, he made a difference and that’s a legacy anyone would want.

    Yup, still works.

    I won’t be shedding a tear.

  2. 2
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Your point is well taken, but Breitbart wasn’t anything like Hitler.

  3. 3
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Too bad his irreverent sense of humor wasn’t turned on his religion. As far as public discourse goes, good riddance!

  4. 4
    Martin Wagner

    Shame he died and all, but we shouldn’t sugar coat the truth about the man: that he was a libelist and smear merchant whose agenda was to destroy the careers of his ideological foes through lies.

  5. 5
    DiscordianStooge

    He continued a long line of people lying to push a political agenda, and he was smug about it. This new medium could be a way to improve political discourse, and Breitbart used it to shit on and lie about people he didn’t like. Some legacy.

  6. 6
    A Hermit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Breitbart#Commentaries

    “In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.””

    `Nuff said.

  7. 7
    bbgunn

    I’ll go with paraphrase of the quote attributed to Mark Twain: I won’t attend his funeral, but I may send a nice card saying that I approve of it.

  8. 8
    thebookofdave

    I honestly don’t have the least bit of sympathy for the man or his irreverent sense of humor. So, as a gesture of utmost indifference of him and his legacy, I’ll pray for him.

  9. 9
    bobfromli

    What a wonderful coda: “He was taken to the emergency room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in L.A.”

  10. 10
    Zugswang

    While I certainly won’t celebrate this man’s death, neither will I mourn the passing of someone who was so important in the resurrection of the kind of journalism that is, at best, deceptive and at worst, intentionally predicated on lies.

  11. 11
    blindrobin

    One less sack of bilious excrement to ignore. meh…

  12. 12
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    I agree with many of the comments above, but to thy self be true: with the possible expection of people like genocidal maniacs or serial killers, it’s just not in me to trash someone on the day he or she died. There’ll be plenty of time for that later if need be.

  13. 13
    Gregory in Seattle

    One should only speak good of the dead. He’s dead: good.

  14. 14
    redmjoel

    To quote Mark Twain:

    I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.

    Mark Twain

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