This is a sad day for the conservative movement, and for the citizen journalist community especially. Â Andrew Breitbart was our hero.
I can hardly believe it. My husband came in this morning and told me while I was half asleep thatÂ Andrew Breitbart had passed. Â I went cold at the news and my first thought was, “they got him!” Â But Big Government, his website,Â reported that it was natural causes, and I have no reason to believe otherwise. It’s sad they even have to clarify that because such a sudden ending of such a great patriot who was so reviled by the Left naturally triggers suspicions of foul play. Â Â He was so energetic and passionate in his fight for liberty.
His speech at CPAC just a couple of weeks ago was arguably the best one of the event:
During that speech, he announced that he had videos of Obama’s college days that he was planning on releasing during the election. Â I’m sorry he won’t get to see the effect they will have when released. Â He would have really enjoyed that.
Andrew first cut his teeth as a citizen journalist atÂ The Drudge Report, before launching his own series of websites to expose media bias, create a platform for citizen journalists to bypass the traditional media, and break the stories that they tried to hide. Â They includeÂ Breitbart.tvÂ (citizen journalism and news clips) Â Big GovernmentÂ (corruption in American politics),Â Big JournalismÂ (media bias),Â Big HollywoodÂ (bias in the entertainment industry), andÂ Big PeaceÂ (foreign policy and world events).
Breitbart was instrumental in helping James O’Keefe expose the corrupt “community organizing” outfit known as ACORN. Â He drew national attention to the racist statements of Shirley Sherrod and the corrupt way that the Department of Agriculture was being fraudulently used as tool for paying “reparations” and political favors, blowing the lid on the Pigford Scandal. Â He broke the story on the crotch-tweeting congressman Anthony Weiner, which eventually led to Weiner’s resignation. Â He exposed the agenda of Media Matters.
He was in the middle of working on a new documentary, “Occupy Unmasked,” to reveal the hidden organizers and agenda behind Occupy Wall Street, set to release this summer. Â He shined the bright light of truth into the darkest corners that mainstream media outlets had willfully left untouched. Â He was ruthless and fearless in his passionate crusade to expose lies and corruption wherever he found it.
Today, the LeftistÂ Twitter feed andÂ blogosphere is full of exultation and animosity.Â Daily Kos is calling for the Westboro Baptist haters to protest at Andrew Breitbart’s funeral. Rolling Stone is celebrating with the headline “Death of a Douche.”Â Nothing reveals the character of the Left better than their stomach-churning, gleeful celebrating when an influential conservative dies. As much as I hate socialism and fight against the Leftist agenda, I could NEVER celebrate if one of them died, not even Obama. I would mourn the tragic end of a misguided life, not cheer and exult and celebrate. How sick and full of malice do you have to be to react that way?
Tammy Bruce, former president of NOW, once said that her epiphany came when she saw her friends cheering and saving champagne to open and celebrate Â at Reagan’s death. As much as she disliked Reagan’s policies, she knew he’d never celebrate if one of his opponents died. Â That was the turning point for her. She became a Reagan conservative.
Andrew Breitbart’s turning point came during the Clarence Thomas hearings, when, as a young liberal, he saw the hypocrisy in the way the Left tried to crucify Thomas as a conservative black man, while the NAACP stood by silently and refused to defend him against unjust smears. Â The final straw came a year later when, during the Bill Clinton sex scandal, the media attacked the women he’d victimized instead of the perp they idolized.
Andrew described his journey from liberal to right-wing journalist crusader during this radio interview with Mark Levin last April, just after the release of his new book, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!“:
I hope that as many good-hearted liberals see the malicious outpouring of hate coming from their side of the aisle today, more people will have epiphanies like this. If Andrew were alive today, he’d be retweeting every insult and nasty comment to expose it. Â He’d consider it a badge of honor to have occupiers protest his funeral and “glitter bomb” his coffin. He’d probably be insulted if they didn’t. Â He was working on a new movie called “Hating Breitbart,” set to be released this summer, which exposed the slander, vitriol and intimidation tactics the Left uses to try andÂ discreditÂ and silence conservative voices.
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. Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book,Â Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, andâ€”famouslyâ€”I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. Iâ€™ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But Iâ€™ve gained hundreds, thousandsâ€”who knows?â€”of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.
American Majority president Ned Ryun released this statement after learning of Andrew’s death:
â€œToday, the conservative movement has lost a powerful voice in the fight to protect our freedom. Andrew Beitbart was a pioneer in using social media and digital technology to bring a courageous conservative message to Americaâ€™s grassroots. He did something many in the conservative movement are afraid to do â€“ go right at the left and not back down. Andrew served as an example to the rest of the conservative movement of how to fight for our values without apology or compromise.â€
â€œHe was never afraid to tackle the most pressing issues of our time, the most damaging special interests, and the corruption and hypocrisy that threaten the American way of life. Andrew was a soldier for this nationâ€™s core values of limited government, and individual freedom. We will carry on this great cause of protecting freedom from government excess using his passion and energy as inspiration. While he has been taken from us too soon, his voice will undoubtedly resonate and his impact will be felt long after this sad day.â€
It is a tragic reminder that life is fragile. Â We never know when we may be called home. He was the same age as my husband, and left behind a wife and four young children.Â I’m hugging my children a little tighter today and reminded to make every moment count, both at home and in the fight for liberty.