Free Markets, Free People


Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

As no doubt you’ve heard by now, Andrew Breitbart, right-wing firebrand and blogger, has died at age 43.

I saw Breitbart at both CPAC and Right On Line, and have to say that he was a ball of energy and he made poking the left fun.

He would go right into the lion’s den (he invaded Netroots Nation during Right On Line) and engage them.   He was a very entertaining guy.  I may not have agreed with everything he said and did, but I admired his spirit, his energy, and his dedication to a cause he felt very strongly about.

Rest in Peace, Andrew, you’ll be missed.

By the way, if you’re interested in how petty and classless the left can be, monitor Twitter today as they remark on his passing.  You won’t be surprised, but if you’re not appalled, you’re just not human.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • email
  • Print
  • Google Bookmarks

81 Responses to Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

  • I recall the vile comments from the right when Ted Kennedy died; the extremes of both sides tend to dehumanize the other side and thus rationalize vile and abusive comments. That’s part of the toxicity that’s destroying American politics.

    • @scotterb Except that I don’t recall Andrew Breitbart killing a woman and covering it up….

      • @The Shark Yup, thanks for proving my point Shark. Funny how so many on the right can dish it out but can’t take it. To be fair, I find that common with people who have put their faith in an ideology on the left and the right. Reason is sacrificed to ideological self-righteousness, and those on the “wrong” side are deemed evil, ignorant, disingenuous or conniving. But thanks again for proving my point, Shark, I really do appreciate it.

        • @scotterb Ah, we’re supposed to forget the truth in order to honor the fallen? Not slander mind you, the truth. He was responsible for that death Scott, and irresponsible in the immediate aftermath.

        • but, enough, it doesn’t build Breitbart up by tearing someone else down.

        • @scotterb How did I prove your point? Pointing out that Kennedy was in fact, a murderer is suddenly incorrect? It’s suddenly wrong to treat killers differently? Dude, you’re a flaming idiot.

        • @The Shark There he goes trying to hijack a thread again.

          Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

          @coughlan616: Apparently OD’ing on coke whilst bumming a 14 year old Nigerian rent boy is “natural causes”

        • @McQandO “@coughlan616:

          Apparently OD’ing on coke whilst bumming a 14 year old Nigerian rent boy is “natural causes”

          Whaaaah?

        • @McQandO Breitbart committed thoughtcrime, and must be punished. Kennedy committed murdercrime, and must be venerated.

        • @The Shark Let’s not forget that Teddy did cheat all the way from Harvard to Virginia

        • @McQandO I was responding directly to your effort to say the left is petty and classless because of comments they make on this, when you know the kind of comments the right makes about people they dislike, even on death. It’s hypocritical to pretend only one side gets petty and classless.

        • @scotterb “if you’re interested in how petty and classless the left can be”

          Reading comprehension, much, Prof Erp? “the left can be”. Not “the left is and the right is not”. Much like saying “If you want an example of how thieves CAN BE professors in the future … etc etc” does not imply all non-thieves do not turn into professors.

        • @scotterb Slate’s Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), who tweeted: “Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead.” No, Erp. You are wrong. Again. As usual.

        • @scotterb You responded directly by bringing up KENNEDY. That’s a totally different strata entirely. You fail. As usual.

        • @scotterb “…thanks for [refuting] my point Shark.”

          There, I fixed it for you.

          Killing a woman by negligence and using your family’s clout to cover it up is unforgivable and the runt of the Kennedy litter should have done time in prison, not the Senate.

          Again, the fact is that Andrew Breitbart did not kill a woman. You can’t wave that away because you find it inconvenient for your narrative.

        • @scotterb “…you know the kind of comments the right makes about people [who kill women and cover it up], even on death.”

          I fixed yet another of your quips.

          “It’s hypocritical to pretend only one side gets petty and classless.”

          It’s stupid to divide everyone into two sides, using a one-dimensional holdover from a revolution two centuries past.

          You used Ted Kennedy as your example, which was your big mistake.

        • @McQandO
          “14 year old Nigerian rent boy”

          Note also the homophobia and racism.

        • @timactual They don’t think it reveals anything about themselves when they say things like that. Disgustingly clueless as well as crude.

        • @scotterb
          “you know the kind of comments the right makes”

          Personally, since I do not and have not frequented sites like that, I do not know. I am curious as to why you do frequent sites like that . What are they and give an example, as McQ did, of a classless remark.

        • @looker I think it is supposed to be ironic, at least in the world where conservatives are all racist homophobic closet gay drug addicts. Kind of like you’d never see a leftist scientist who chaired an ethics committee get busted for impersonating a board member of a private company to spread fake docs and commit wire fraud… oh hang on… :D

        • @DocD …Hater…

        • @myweeklycrime It was odd “negligence”. After he drove the girl into the water, he walked back to thae party, and acted as it nothing happened. He made no effort to report the incident until later, when he seems to have tired altering the story by again swimming in the water. It was either murder, or very weird negligence.

        • @scotterb Ted did kill a woman and cover it up. It’s a fact. But I guess in erbville, facts that hurt the left are “petty”.

        • @Ragspierre “…Hater…” and here I was trying out something other than historical pizza references. Some days you just can’t win!

        • @DocD Ain’t if funny how well they tune into that ‘frame of reference’ though and freely toss around the concepts and hatreds while ‘ironically’ being conservatives?
          Not just mocking, hateful mocking, their demonstrations of alleged hypocrisy by conservatives just strike me as frequently more hateful, as in this case. When I mock Erb, I mock the idea of him hob nobbing at wine and cheesers, I don’t portray him as a drugged fueled homosexual racist pedophile. When I mock Kerry, or Obama, I don’t fantasize they wander into the depths of depraved behavior. I called Ted a rich hypocritical fat drinker, not a buggering racist.

        • @looker There is something there, embedded in the pyche of these compassionate lefties, that leads them to say and do things that are pure fantasy. This fantasy that Breitbart died with a black rent boy. Gleick fantasizing about Heartland somuch that he commits fraud. Dan Rather fake but accurate. Even odder is that instead of stepping away from the fool, the rest of the herd closes ranks to create even wilder fantasies (see Gleick and the current theories hoiw Heartland entrapped him, or that he was acting nobly). Even agnostic Erb can’t resist. Why go to such lengths to defend fools? Is your belief so fragile that you can’t disown a muppet saying or doing something so blindingly, obviously stupid?

        • @DocD The Trig Palin meme – another sterling example.

        • @looker As I noted the other day…they HAVE to create demons not found in nature. The root is found in their cheap moral superiority…which has to be “shown”…and in their absolute dedication to delusion.

        • @myweeklycrime If the left didn’t call him the “Lion of the Senate” then maybe we could show some tact as well…Lions are supposed to be brave and not run away.

        • @looker Actually, if he was ummmmm doing a Nigerian boy, it says he was not a racist. The person who mentions that as an insult is a racist, funnily enough.

        • @The Shark You can’t hurt the dead person, so the convention about not speaking ill of the dead is more for the benefit of those who loved and cared for the deceased to have time to grieve without emotional suffering due to attacks on their lost friend/family. It is respect for the living rather than respect for the dead when you think about it. So you can’t defend saying bad things about Kennedy because you fantasize that he’s worse than Breitbart. That’s irrelevant. You’re as vile as those you are criticizing. Either they’re OK and so are you, or they’re vile and so are you. You can decide which, but either way you’re in their class.

    • @scotterb There you go with your stupid morally corrupt “equivalency” BS. There was nothing remotely similar about Kennedy and Breitbart. The latter would have made you MORE free, the former worked hard to make you LESS free.

    • Scott, I am not going to be real indignant over the hate from the left for Breitbart because he did indeed slam Kennedy, but I can see why some people draw more of that than others. Breitbart draws it because he was very effective. Kennedy drew fire because he was really a very very bad human being who lived a horrible personal life and used politics like a club. And I will probably be guilty of it when Jimmy Carter dies because I beleive him to be a borderline traitor, a anti-semite, and a horrible old collectivist scold. @scotterb

    • @scotterb Got any samples quite this loathsome from a internationally recognized conservative publication Dr Doom? No? yeah, it takes classlessness to a celebratory new level…

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/andrew-breitbart-death-of-a-douche-20120301

      Let’s talk about how it’s all the same…..

  • Well there’s a ‘wow’ for the day. Pity, he was a fighter.

    • @looker Yes. I hope his crew knows where those bombshell tapes he mentioned are. Would be fitting if his last expose helped put Baracky out on his ear. But this is awful. Who will take up the fight so ferociously and effectively now??

      • @The Shark “who will take up the fight” – my thinking as well. This is one of those battle moments where a leader falls and there’s a pause to see if that fall will cause a retreat, or a firmer resolve to carry on. Man, I’m hoping for ‘carry on’ but someone has big shoes to fill.

  • If you have not read his book Righteous Indignation, just go right now and buy it.

    It’s quite different from book by people such as, say, Mark Levin. Mark is talking to an audience who needs to be reminded of fundamentals. He does that well, but readers of this blog (absent an occasional narcissistic professor) already know those things. Breitbart’s book is about how to think about the fight against collectivism, particularly by denying them the right to set the rules of the game, and how to act to get results in that battle. After thirty years thinking about this problem, he still brought up things I had never considered.

    • @Billy Hollis Seem like a much more fitting thing to buy than flowers, and the royalties will benefit his family. More durable, too.

    • You sold me, I am ordering the book. Just to piss off the left. @Billy Hollis

  • @jstrevino You wish to honor the man? Very well then: take up his sword, and fight like he did.

    Good counsel, and a fine memorial.

  • Have you heard the Obama statement on the death of Mr. Breitbart, issued just hours after the event like the Dr. George Tiller incident? No? Hmm….

    • @Ragspierre
      Really, you’re going to take this unfortunate event as an opportunity to attack Obama!? Why am I not surprised.

      No class.

      • @PogueMahone Still waiting on the Obama statement… Must be busy, playing golf, campaigning, vacationing, selling out Israel, apologizing…

  • I recall the vile comments from the right when Ted Kennedy died; the extremes of both sides tend to dehumanize the other side and thus rationalize vile and abusive comments. That’s part of the toxicity that’s destroying American politics.

    • @JennyBN Wow Erb, looking fiiiiinnnnnneeee! Damn!

    • @JennyBN How true, Jenny. And may I say how refreshing such wisdom is here, expressed so eloquently and with such depth. Please feel free to call me a BR 549. I would love to tell you how much I admire your mind.

      • @Ragspierre I must say it was serendipitously amusing that the sexy spambot chose to copy the obsessive thread hijacker.

        • @DocD maybe she backtrailed his livefyre account to here, for some, unexplained and unknowable, and totally and completely at random, reason.
          nudge nudge

        • @DocD Or, the ErbBot made a spurious call to a spam routine.

          The programmers at UMF need to do a bit of debugging.

        • @myweeklycrime It’s hard to find a moose that can debug its own code.

        • @DocD Heh, that’s why they hire badgers to do QA.

  • Brietbart was not exactly classy with his words upon the death of those with whom he disagreed—he called Ted Kennedy ‘human excrement’ when he died.

    • @tadcf Cite to it.

      • @Ragspierre Given the volume of data on Breitbart in the last 22 hours it’s hard to find, but….it’s unfortunately true.

        http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26475.html

        • @looker Andrew Breitbart, a Washington Times columnist who oversees Breitbart.com and BigHollywood.com, tapped into the anti-Kennedy vein in the hours after the senator’s death was announced, posting a series of Twitter messages in which he called Kennedy a “villain,” a “duplicitous bastard” and a “prick.”

          “I’m more than willing to go off decorum to ensure THIS MAN is not beatified,” Breitbart wrote. “Sorry, he destroyed lives. And he knew it.”
          _____________________________________________________

          Seems at least an accurate depiction by Breitbart. I missed “human excrement” somehow.

        • @Ragspierre Ah, I may have missed the excrement part myself – the other appellations were unfortunate. Though I admit there’s not exactly a complimentary way to call someone a liar upon their death I think villain was sufficient. I don’t know that he didn’t add the excremental part afterwards, but I wasn’t inspired to look for it. Though it does seem to matter more than the other terms, being the object they all remember, I’m at a loss as to why it’s worse.

        • @looker “Given the volume of data on Breitbart in the last 22 hours it’s hard to find, ”

          Not really. I found it through the article you cited.

        • @timactual I had to go about 25 pages into google search to find something that wasn’t posted in the last 22 hours which repeated statements, but gave no citation for the statements. It took longer than normal to hunt down that link. “hard to find” was a statement of laziness because I had to sort through it for more than 5 minutes.

        • What I find very amusing is that the folks here stumbled upon example(s) suppporting Erp’s statement without even trying. Evidently Erp’s research skills are as bad as his analytical and logical skills. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to set a precedent lest we expect anything from him in future.

    • @tadcf “Brietbart was not exactly classy with his words upon the death of [a coward who let a woman drowned and failed to report it for many hours]…”

      Always glad to fix misleading statements.

      You can call him classless for using “harsh” language, but Ted Kennedy deserved every bit. He didn’t lie about the guy. It’s stupid to pretend that a rotten human being wasn’t so bad just because he stops breathing.

      • @myweeklycrime Wrong as usual, Elliot. You can’t hurt the dead person, so the convention about not speaking ill of the dead is more for the benefit of those who loved and cared for the deceased to have time to grieve without emotional suffering due to attacks on their lost friend/family. It is respect for the living rather than respect for the dead when you think about it. You prove yourself to be without principle if you oppose those who speak ill of someone you like but then on the death of someone else you defend it. You pretend to have principle, but with you it’s just whim, Elliot — it’s where the winds of your minds blow.

        • @scotterb But only the willfully delusional living had any respect for Teddy “The Swimmer” Kennedy. The “winds of your mind” are driven by flatus.

        • @scotterb “…the convention about not speaking ill of the dead is more for the benefit of those who loved and cared for the deceased to have time to grieve without emotional suffering due to attacks on their lost friend/family.”

          Except the Kennedy family didn’t quietly reflect on the evils he had committed. Rather, they and their political allies pumped him up as the “Lion of the Senate”, all of this after using their clout to save him from prison and intimidate journalists who started to investigate at the time.

          No one has an obligation to lie and pretend that a bad person wasn’t bad, just because he died, nor suffer in silence without responding to widespread horsespit being spewed on every news channel, pretending that the human excrement was not just a swell guy, but a font of benevolence.

          “You prove yourself to be without principle if you oppose those who speak ill of someone you like but then on the death of someone else you defend it.”

          I didn’t “oppose” people criticizing Breitbart for what he did wrong. Some of his journalism was dishonestly edited. It would be hypocritical to damn Dan Rather for his distortions and not Breitbart. I simply recognize that Andrew Breitbart didn’t cause a woman to drown and then behave like a narcissistic coward to protect his political career, nor use his political clout to dig my grandchildren into debt.

          In other words, you should have picked someone better than the human excrement known as Ted Kennedy.

        • @scotterb “…the convention about not speaking ill of the dead is more for the benefit of those who loved and cared for the deceased to have time to grieve without emotional suffering due to attacks on their lost friend/family.”

          Except the Kennedy family didn’t quietly reflect on the evils he had committed. Rather, they and their political allies pumped him up as the “Lion of the Senate”, all of this after using their clout to save him from prison and intimidate journalists who started to investigate at the time.

          No one has an obligation to lie and pretend that a bad person wasn’t bad, just because he died, nor suffer in silence without responding to widespread horsespit being spewed on every news channel, pretending that the human excrement was not just a swell guy, but a font of benevolence.

          “You prove yourself to be without principle if you oppose those who speak ill of someone you like but then on the death of someone else you defend it.”

          I didn’t “oppose” people criticizing Breitbart for what he did wrong. Some of his journalism was dishonestly edited. It would be hypocritical to damn Dan Rather for his distortions and not Breitbart. I simply recognize that Andrew Breitbart didn’t cause a woman to drown and then behave like a narcissistic coward to protect his political career, nor use his political clout to dig my grandchildren into debt.

          In other words, you should have picked someone better than the human excrement known as Ted Kennedy.

    • @tadcf
      “that’s why they hire badgers to do QA”

      Badgers? We don need no steenkin badgers.

  • Just to show how President Pond-Scum values people… He called Sandra Fluke (Georgetown student lobbying for “free” contraception, BUT STILL has not expressed anything relating to Breitbart.

    • @Ragspierre Perhaps he’ll have more to say when his college tape(s) is(are) aired.

  • Professor Jenny Erb is trolling his Kennedy love-fest all over the interwebs

    http://reflectionsofarationalrepublican.com/2012/03/01/humanity-optional-matthew-yglesias-spits-on-breitbarts-grave/

    Why hijack one post when the internet is full of dupes needing some meaty Erbian Jenny-spam?