So, the majority of buzz on the Interwebs today has surrounded the unexpected and entirely-too-early death of Andrew Breitbart, at the very-young age of 43.
If you don't know who Breitbart was, then you don't follow politics on the Series of Tubes. The guy was anywhere and everywhere that conservative thought appeared in 0s and 1s. He got his start working with Matt Drudge and helped Arianna Huffington launch The Huffington Post. Then, he added his own voice to the Internet. Breitbart.tv. BigGovernment.com. BigJournalism.com. BigHollywood.com. BigPeace.com. The guy literally held an on-line media empire, devoted solely to countering the 'liberal bias' in, well, anything everything (as he saw it).
There really is no nice way to say it; I did not like Andrew Breitbart. I didn't agree with most of his politics, but moreover I vehemently disagreed with the manner in which he viciously attacked those he perceived as political enemies.
He gave a vehicle for supreme douches like James O'Keefe to spread their political silliness. When confronted with actual facts counter to his arguments, Breitbart never came clean or apologized. To anyone.
All of that said, my opinion of the man is irrelevant today. Andrew Breitbart was a husband and a father -- and his family deserves condolences and support, despite ideological differences.
The progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America said it best:
Media Matters has a long history with Andrew Breitbart. We've disagreed more than we've found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrew's passion for and commitment to what he believed.Indeed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.
There is no denying the immeasurable impact that Breitbart has had on media and, more importantly, the conservative and tea party movements. His firebrand style of attacking perceived enemies in the media will oft be copied, but never truly duplicated.
It is an overused cliché, but Breitbart's passing is a reminder of just how short life is. My thoughts too, are with his family.
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