Andrew Breitbart: A Torch in the Darkness

Ben Shapiro shares his thoughts on the passing of a conservative warrior who remade the face of political journalism.

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: