The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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His first true eye-opening experience came during the Clarence Thomas hearings, when he was stunned to find the media – the same media that had defended Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct with the fiery sword of righteousness – jumping on Thomas with both feet. Andrew could never tolerate bullies, and the bully tactics of the thug media bothered him to no end.

He soon realized that it wasn’t a single case. It was systemic. And it had to be fought. That’s when he hooked up with Matt Drudge. That’s when he honed his political philosophy, which was iconoclastic and individualist, but eternally optimistic. Andrew never despaired of the country. He despaired of our political leaders, but never our people.

And most of all, Andrew wasn’t afraid. The left assaulted time and time again. They attacked him out of context on the Sherrod issue. They called him a racist. They said he was an angry man – an absurd characterization for anybody who knew him. Andrew’s emotions were written on his face almost constantly, and injustice angered him – but overall, he was incredibly joyful. That’s why people loved him.

And he taught us not to be afraid. He stood for citizen journalism, and told us that it was our job to do what the media wouldn’t. He empowered us, rather than preaching at us. He taught us that it was okay to stand up – the sun would always rise in the morning, no matter how dark the night.

And he taught us to joke. He wore roller blades down to rallies of his political opponents to drive them batty. He went on Red Eye and poured water on himself. He had dinner with domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and he joked about how their food was “the bomb.” That was Andrew, in the lion’s den, and having a blast doing it.

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  • maturin20

    Another steaming pile of eulogy for a media personality who was no more culturally significant than Perez Hilton.

    • reader

      The sub-headline says, why people loved Andrew. This does not pertain to you, a despicable Jew hating troll maturin.

      • maturin20

        Andrew Breitbart was not a Jew.

        • reader

          1. Yes he was.
          2. It does not matter.
          3. My post is about a troll maturin, not about Andrew's religion.
          4. Yes, maturin is a desoicable troll.

          • maturin20

            Andrew Breitbart was raised in a Jewish household, but he was not Jewish. You are going to be hard pressed to weave criticism against him into a Second Holocaust.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      He was more than a media personality.
      The website and it's influence showed he was relevant to the culture in an active way.

      If for no other story than the acorn scandal and how it had the organization defunded.

      • maturin20

        The ACORN scandal was a triumph for some people, but overall it is politically irrelevant and will be forgotten. People have already forgotten 9/11.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

          People have not forgotten 9/11. Not out here in the heartland.

          DC has people that conveniently act as if it had no significance. That's just another example of the disconnect between the elite and the folks that make the country work.

          And acorn as a scandal spawned an act of congress, a court that tried to overstep it's boundaries and a small 'separation of powers' issue that went to the appeals court.
          http://oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_c

          That alone would indicate Andrew was more of a mover and shaker than Paris Hilton.

          • maturin20

            Over here in the brainland, we have put 9/11 behind us.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Excuse me if I'm wrong, but wasn't brainland the main target in 9/11?
            Unless you can show they've changed their opinions of you, why is it smart to put it behind you?

          • maturin20

            I like this question. I am putting it behind me because, by and large, Muslims don't know who I am and aren't in a position to harm me. I am also putting it behind me because the US government's response to the 1993 WTC bombing was not to prevent the 2001 WTC bombing. The US government's response was to launch a wholesale attack on American rights, suspend Habeas Corpus, suspend Posse Comitatus, say that using cash makes you a terrorist, handover a year and a half of the GDP to foreign bankers, and accuse US citizens of trespassing no matter what they are doing. Then the Pentagon teamed up with Al Qaeda in Libya, and Syria. All of this was done in the name of 9/11, so I am putting 9/11 behind me.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            If it did all that much damage, why put a single bit of it behind you instead of using it as a clarion call to push back against all it caused?

          • maturin20

            Because you cannot fight entropy. And I would not be surprised if blowing a shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet would be considered suspicious and possibly terrorist behavior in the America of today. One cannot even wear shorts in March without arousing the suspicions of Infragard at a grocery store.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            The tea party is fighting the entrophy.

            That's why it's so hated and feared by the establishment.

          • Ken

            Don't pay maturin any mind, Roger. he is jus the typical uber-Lefty trying to legitamize his warped beliefs!!

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Most of the ones I debate with are.

            And I refuse to put 9/11 anywhere other than the place it belongs.
            Right alongside Pearl Harbor, our enemies only stopped because they had no other option, not by choice.

  • Rejoice Dwight

    His legacy is really very inspiring because he really did everything just to achieve all his goals and to have a good reputation at the same time. Baby Eagle

  • Ricky Michael

    He was a great man and will be missed.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      That is something we can both agree on.

  • kblink45

    Andrew Breitbart was a meteor:

    He burned bright but too quickly left us to our night.

    But they shall pause,

    Those armies of the mad, frantic night,

    When again they assemble and 'muss,

    For that streaking phenom who revealed them,

    burns yet still in us.

  • scum

    The fact is, Breitbart went out with a fizzle. Witness the 'eye-popping' video from Harvard. Nothing there. . . .

  • maghrebchristians

    Accroding to news there is going to a be an election in Syria on the 7th May 2012. http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/03/13/presi
    Youssef

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    What overwhelming bad?
    You say that as if it should be accepted fact. What bad?

  • Ken

    Kinda sucked when all the ACORN stuff was out in the open, eh?? Especially al the voter FRAUD connected to them. Brietbart is a hero, if for anything, exposing the far Left's hypocrisy!!

  • scum

    Actually, ACORN reported the fraud before the Right.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    Be careful, you might call for another jihad.

    How does it feel to keep saying that as a muslim friendly kind of troll?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    If you're going to make things up, at least be credible.
    The headers are wrong, you never did figure out how to copy the real ones.

    I didn't say you were 'muslim' I said you were 'muslim friendly'. Your call to jihad at the drop of a hat under any other name is still a mind set that exposes you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    Yet they all marched lock step on every part of the national agenda.

    Kinda makes you look like a deny'er.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    That's a mistake wee wee, any comment would be on my comment stream. That's the way the system works. My words are there for all to see, and when you make up quotes it comes back to bite you.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    Then I am sure it is in your comment stream somewhere unless you deleted it. I'm not looking for it, I already saved it <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    You're sure it's not there because you made it up.

    Why wee wee, after all this time do you try to sidetrack me on religion when you have no interest in it?

    Sounds like a conundrum. You have an interest, and seem to come down on the side of muslim friendly values and tactics at every turn. Why is that wee wee?

  • WeeToddEdwards

    That's not what I said Roger Russel <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    Poor little wee.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    Thanks. Don't need it though <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    You think you don't.That alone shows you're delusional.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    I didn't think you're know what I was talking about.

    Acorn had an agenda and worked for it nationally. For you to pretend they were a disjointed effort with no national leadership is no accurate.
    And for those that understood my comment would know it had content. If you didn't understand it, why do you assume it was an insult?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger
  • kentatwater

    Good ones, Roger. Don't come down too hard, though. When you only accept as truth, the issue from the likes of media matters, kos, gawker, et al., you are inevitably going to miss the facts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    Thanks. I don't decide what I think about something based on those sources. But for the purposes of making a point on these boards I use the most liberal source possible so that they don't focus on the source as an issue.

  • kentatwater

    Yet another thing about which you are mistaken. You think you get under conservatives' skin, but when you engage in such scatological rhetoric, you demonstrate that this is just projection.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    And thank you for adding all that.
    So, you admit it was a national movement instead of the disorganized thing you described further up on the thread.

    How does it feel to admit you were wrong?
    Jumping in and maneuvering you into that was really easy. And it was more than nothing. Shouldn't you 'just quit now'?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    I've been called many things, but never a 'Kent".
    And you sound a lot like Maxine Waters. Are you her?

  • kentatwater

    It's not scatological and it's not rhetoric

    Uh, yep it is.

    but since you aren't within reach and I don't want to use profanity

    "Not within reach?" Heh. You're more of a fool than I thought.

    Run along now…you have many more posts to give thumbs down to.

    Hmmm….you're never in the same place at the same time. but yet multiple thumbs up a minute after your post goes up.

    It's funny that you think others care, because it's just obvious projection of your own insecurity. This is not WoW, it's the real world.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    So, you brush aside their illegalities and the impact they tried to have on elections.

    Had that been anyone other than a liberal organization you would not be taking that position.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    I showed real voter fraud.Why the squealing on your part?Late to a NOW meeting?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

    And I showed they were still acting in an organized way.And fraud is fraud. Does that have a different meaning depending on who is actually caught at it?