Andrew Breitbart: A Torch in the Darkness

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ben Shapiro, an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. He was Andrew Breitbart’s friend and colleague.

FP: Ben Shapiro, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us on this tragic and sad day.  Andrew Breitbart was a close friend of the Freedom Center and we know that he was also a close friend of yours.

Shapiro: Thank you Jamie.

FP: Can you tell us a bit about Andrew as a person?

Shapiro: I’ve known Andrew for 12 years. He was a jovial warrior. A torch in the darkness. A leader.

FP: What was it like working with him?

Shapiro: Just what you’d imagine — insane, hilarious, hard-hitting, and most of all, fun. Andrew was happy in his work, and couldn’t slow down for a second. It was our job to keep up.

FP: What are your thoughts on the nastiness we see in the Left’s reaction regarding his death? What Rolling Stone has done, for instance, is so callously heartless that it defies description.

Shapiro: Many on the Left appreciated Andrew for his warrior ethos. Those who didn’t didn’t know him, and their hatred for him is evidence of his life’s mission: that the battle must be fought hard, and fought to win, because the people we’re fighting are unbelievably nasty. He would have RTed them to prove it.

FP: What will Andrew’s legacy be?

Shapiro: Andrew completely remade the face of political journalism. He took the war to the bad guys, and he enabled conservatives to jettison their fear of the establishment. He never flinched in the face of the opposition and their incessant name-calling. We shouldn’t either. The fight continues.

FP: Ben Shapiro, thank you kindly for taking the time out to share your thoughts on Andrew.

Below we run some pictures in loving memory of Andrew Breitbart. He was a close friend of the Freedom Center and we will miss him dearly:

  • Asher

    This is a real loss. Breitbart was a man who believed in this country and especially Freedom. Another Freedom Fighter leaves us, may he RIP.

  • sybilll

    Andrew empowered the nobodys like me. He gave me my political spine. He has earned his place on the Conservative Mount Rushmore. My heart hurts for his family, wife and children. God speed Andrew.

  • Anamah

    Today I feel destroyed. You are exactly right Ben, now he is gone America seems a darker place. I will keep forever his transparent sight and boldness. Andrew was a brave man thirsty of truth and decency in our government.
    Good bye friend, we are going to continue the work you started.
    My love goes with you, your family and friends. Lady Liberty is crying today.

  • testificari

    May we raise up 1000 justice fighters in his place.

  • LindaRivera

    Such a great loss. We have lost a great hero. Rest in peace, brave hero.
    We will never forget your fight for America and freedom.


    I have been totally distraught over this.
    I pray his family is ok and has peace right now.

  • truebearing

    Andrew Breitbart was a visionary, and a paragon of courage. His contributions will endure. God Bless him.

  • truebearing

    Like many of the right's most effective leaders, Breitbart started out on the Left. So did Reagan and a guy named Horowitz. I have pondered as to why these individuals make such good conservative leaders. Here is my theory:

    Conservatives are individualists with a penchant for self-reliance and a tendency to see their own position as morally superior, including amongst themselves. They mistakenly think being right is enough. That is why conservatives are always obsessed with the perfect candidate (while the Left is always working on the perfect lie). This belief in individual freedoms and opportunity is fine when the great majority believes the same thing, but when the opponent is collectivism, Individualism is at a huge disadvantage. Breitbart had the vision to see this, but also saw a way to overcome this weakness.

  • truebearing

    By all accounts, Breitbart was a networking maniac, connecting talented people like some kind of giant human synapse. He facilitated unity, the Tea Party being a great example. He saw the weakness of entrenched, isolated individualism and pioneered ironic ways for individualists to work collectively to defeat collectivism. Breitbart had a vertical integration to his vision, and it had a lot to do with the rise of the Tea Party and defeat of the Left in 2010.

    There is an old saying, "it takes one to know one," which may be why enlightened lefties make such good warriors against their old comrades. They understand the power of collective effort and the ruthlessness of collectivism. Hopefully the right will collectively see the exigency for unity that people like Reagan, Horowitz, and Breitbart have instinctively understood.
    Breitbart was a general who fashioned his own weapons, with his most potent weapon being the unity inspired by his vision and courage. I hope the lessons of his life will be remembered and unity will strengthen.