Andrew Breitbart: 1969-2012
I read the first two paragraphs of a Politico article this morning and it still doesn't compute.
Conservative journalist and activist Andrew Breitbart died early Thursday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 43, says a report from Big Journalism, one of Breitbart’s websites.
“Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles,” writes Big Journalism writer Larry Solov. “We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.”
Never have I seen a conservative talking head (including radio titan Rush Limbaugh) who was more universally reviled by the left than Breitbart. Because his "citizen journalism" often painted left wingers into a corner, he was constantly the target of some of the most hateful, profanity-laced tirades conjured up by the leftists (that'll happen when one lacks factual retorts). And what I loved most about Breitbart was he seemed to revel in those situations, often using Twitter to "re-tweet" the disgusting (and at times, threatening) commentary. The man was truly fearless in everything he did.
Despite his reputation as taking on left-wing establishments (i.e. news media and Hollywood) all by himself, Breitbart was a mentor to many aspiring journalists who now write for his various "Big" sites (i.e. Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, etc.). While Breitbart's death leaves a big void, I have no doubt that the scores of contributors to his "Big" sites will carry on the tradition of being a proverbial thorn in the side of leftists, some of whom still labor under the delusion that they're completely insulated by the MSM.
Breitbart is survived by wife Susie and four children.