-By John McQuaid
March 9, 2012- Over the past week we’ve been treated to two culture war eruptions: Rush Limbaugh calling a young woman a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her lobbying efforts to persuade Georgetown University to provide contraceptive insurance coverage (and his subsequent non-apology apology) and the Breitbart empire’s hawking of a video showing a 1990 speech by Barack Obama, in which he briefly hugs a Harvard law professor with “radical” views.
Here’s my question: is this all just a big joke?
-By Mobutu & Gen. Ze'evi
March 6, 2012- Provocateur, website founder and collector of America's largest wads of spittle Andrew Breitbart died last Thursday morning, when some sentient shred of his cardiac organ kamikazed out of an exhausted sense of justice.
The invertebrate response from journalists was exactly to be expected. Breitbart said, like, bad stuff in his lifetime, but he also married someone and fathered people; once he even objected to anti-gay GOP rhetoric. A malicious career and two milquetoast mitigating facts: It all balanced out, really, at least for the purposes of forced, quailing objectivity. To borrow a gross analogy lustily employed on Breitbart's own websites, if today's mainstream media was penning obits on May 1, 1945, they would have summed up with, "Despite initiating the Second World War, the German leader was fond of public architecture and is survived by his beloved dachshunds."
But nothing so generic could be the money quote of this squeamish grudging esteem-a-thon. For that, we have to go to Slate's Dave Weigel, who quoted Breitbart thus: "'Feeding the media is like training a dog,' he wrote. 'You can't throw an entire steak at a dog to train it to sit. You have to give it little bits of steak over and over again until it learns.'" This is just the carrot part of the metaphor. Nobody mentioned the stick.
-By Dave Thier
March 2, 2012- Andrew Breitbart’s death came unexpectedly Wednesday, but his legacy will be debated for years. I didn’t agree with his politics, but one thing was clear: Breitbart was probably the best manipulator of the new internet era, and he’ll forever change the way that the blogosphere interacts with government and public opinion.
Breitbart was a pioneer of new media before he became a public figure, as a founding employee of both the Huffington Post and the Drudge Report. When he set to building his own empire, he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt what he had learned from his time at both those organizations: he had seen the way a story travels through the internet, and he understood how to make people say what he wanted whether they knew it or not.
Michael Shure - Epic Politics Blog
March 1, 2012- I have heard a lot of early commentary about how conflicted people are over the death of Andrew Breitbart. I am not. It is actually pretty simple. Breitbart was a son, a father, a husband, and a friend to many people. Clearly, it is a tragic loss for them. Clearly, too, there was a side of him that they knew that the world did not. It is not unusual that people share themselves in different ways to different people. For Breitbart’s family, friends, and colleagues I have sympathy, as I would for anyone who lost someone they loved in an untimely and tragic manner. That is never fair, especially to young children, four of whom lost a father with his passing.
-By Brad Friedman
March 1, 2012- On the day that news of Sen. Ted Kennedy's death hit after decades of service to his nation, Andrew Breitbart took to Twitter to call him a "duplicitous bastard", "a prick," and, "a special pile of human excrement."
Breitbart died here in Los Angeles last night, reportedly of "natural causes", sometime after midnight. He leaves behind a wife and four children. He was 43.
His legacy will speak for itself. It need not be embellished. Though, undoubtedly, it will be. Just not by us. We don't do that here.