Andrew Breitbart, RIP (1969-2012)
Larry Solov, president of Breitbart.com, LLC., wrote the following in a memorial that is posted at Big Government, one of three websites made famous by Andrew Breitbart:
“With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.
“Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
“Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.”
Other tributes to Andrew Breitbart posted at Big Government included:
- Jeffrey Scott Shapiro wrote: “Andrew Breitbart fought for those who could not fight for themselves.”
- Kyle Olson wrote: “Like millions of others, we were inspired by Breitbart’s passion and courage.”
- James Simpson wrote that Andrew Breitbart was a “conservative lion,” adding that Breitbart's speech at CPAC "captures the spirit and dedication of the man we knew."
- Frank Salvato said Andrew Breitbart was “a true son of liberty,” and included the cover of Brieitbart’s book, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World.”
- Dr. Susan Berry writes of how “a ‘citizen journalist’ remembers” Mr. Breitbart.
At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash includes this about Breitbart:
“But at heart, he was in it for more than scoring points for “The Movement” as he unironically called it. As anyone who has seen his recent CPAC speech knows, Breitbart had the brains, the talent, and the animal charisma to get people to set cars on fire for him, or to run off with him to the desert where he might start his own anti-Obama doomsday cult. But while he believed in what he espoused, perhaps a little too much, he was also in it for other reasons – for action, and for amusement. He didn’t just hit scandal head-on. He enjoyed coming at it slyly. He gloried in the art of presentation. A few years back, when getting drinks with Andrew, his wife, and Fox News host Greg Gutfeld at a Washington, D.C. hotel, Breitbart showed me his Twitter mug shot.”
- Jennifer Harper wrote that Mr. Breitbart "helped reshape the media landscape with tenacious and original political style" at the Washington Times; her story includes a link to related topics.
- At Pajamas Media, Ed Driscoll wrote that Breitbart's mission "was to say to the MSM, you don’t get the final word anymore."
- American Spectator has at least two memorials, one by Emmett Tyrrell who wrote: "Andrew Breitbart will be missed enormously by the conservatives and by anyone who enjoys a laugh at the expense of a pompous ass. Some of us will marvel: how much more merry mayhem might he have achieved if he had lived" and the other by Robert Stacy McCain who wrote, "Breitbart was a powerful voice, who always sought to empower others and encourage them to join his fight against the forces of the Left, which he saw as attempting to destroy the America he loved."
- At the American Thinker, Lauri Regan writes about Breitbart and liberal America saying that his "passing has caused me to once again wonder how in the world it is that this country continues to produce liberal individuals who exhibit no moral grounding and who believe that the government, public-sector unions, and entitlement programs should grow exponentially while American citizens should quietly watch from the sidelines, waiting for the next dictate telling them how much money they can make, what food they can ingest, and what cars they can drive."
- A Washington Examiner editorial says that America has lost "our Samuel Adams" while columnist Star Parker says that "Breitbart famously used his media talent, particularly his facility with new media and new journalism, to fight the agenda of the Left."
- And at National Review Online, there are columns by Jonah Goldberg, Michael Walsh, Kathryn Jean Lopez, and John Sullivan.
- Finally, radio talk-show host Mark Levin's comments at about Andrew Breitbart at Big Government.
UPDATE (3/4/12 A.M.). Bill Whittle "remembers Andrew Breitbart" in a great video (5 min 58 seconds) posted at Instapundit; well-worth watching.
UPDATE (3/4/12 P.M.). Byron York writes at Washington Examiner that "Breitbart knew culture is key."