Andrew Breitbart dead: Outspoken conservative was 43

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Andrew Breitbart, the outspoken conservative writer, activist and website operator, has died unexpectedly in Los Angeles, where he lived with a wife and four young children. He was 43.
    Breitbart, who may have been best known as the conservative who brought down ACORN, was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center shortly after midnight on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told Yahoo News. The cause of death was not immediately known, a spokesman at the coroner's office said.
    One of his websites,, announced his death early Thursday.
    "Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles," the note on his website read. "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."
    It's unclear what those natural causes were. A representative for the website did not immediately return a request for more information. According to the Associated Press, Breitbart collapsed while walking near his home in Brentwood. Paramedics could not revive him.
    Conservatives reacted swiftly to the news. "I'm crestfallen," Rick Santorum told reporters traveling with his campaign. "What a powerful force. What a huge loss, in my opinion, for our country and certainly for the conservative movement. My prayers go out to his family. I'm really sorry to hear it."


    "RIP 'O Mighty Warrior!" Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote on Twitter.
    Perhaps Breitbart's biggest and most recent claim to fame was his outing of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner last June. Breitbart's website broke the original story of Weiner's lewd Twitter photo, which the Congressman initially denied was his. But, Breitbart finally forced his hand with the threat of more photos. At Weiner's infamous second press conference where he confessed his improprieties, Breitbart stole the show, preempting Weiner by grabbing the microphone and taking questions from reporters.
    "I'm here for some vindication," Breitbart barked. "The media says, 'Breitbart lies, Breitbart lies, Breitbart lies.' Give me one provable lie." (Jon Stewart later compared Breitbart's scene-stealing appearance to Kanye West grabbing the spotlight from Taylor Swift at the Grammys.)
    In 2010, though, Breitbart's credibility had been burned after his website posted video excerpts of a 40-minute NAACP speech by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod that appeared to show her making racist comments. Breitbart drew heat when the speech was published in full, showing that selectively edited video had taken the remarks out of context--and Sherrod had been fired for it. (The White House later apologized for dismissing Sherrod, a longtime USDA official, and Sherrod sued Breitbart for defamation, a suit that was ongoing when he died.)
    Breitbart's early foray into journalism began when he helped launch the Huffington Post before moving to the Drudge Report--where he served as Matt Drudge's deputy--and eventually launching his own cache of right-wing websites, including, Breitbart.TV, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and Big Peace.
    And in the hothouse world of online political media, they broke some big news. Breitbart--who once told Slate his "entire business model is to go on offense"--was credited with breaking a series of undercover videos showing alleged malfeasance at the offices of community-organizing group ACORN.
    "All I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together," Arianna Huffington wrote in an email to Yahoo News. "His passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I'm thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife Susie and their four beautiful young children."
    Matt Drudge wrote in a note to readers at the top of his website: "Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what's happening."
    The outpouring of condolences and reflections from conservatives--and even some liberals-- filled the airwaves and Twitter, as friends and colleagues applauded his courage and outspokenness.
    "He was one of the most fearless people I ever knew," a shaken Jonah Goldberg, founding editor of the National Review Online, said on Fox News. "One of his favorite pastimes was to retweet all of the hate that people threw at him, because he considered it a badge of honor. It was his Wheaties."
    "I'll remember his enormous, brawling passion and ready good cheer," ABC News' Terry Moran wrote on Twitter. "For better and worse, he reshaped modern journalism."
    Ned Ryun, president of the American Majority and one of Breitbart's friends, said: "He did something many in the conservative movement are afraid to do--go right at the left and not back down. He served as an example to the rest of the conservative movement of how to fight for our values without apology or compromise."
    In an update to his 2011 book, "Righteous Indignation," Breitbart emphasized his love of the chase."I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it ... I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and--famously--I enjoy making enemies."
    But in his final tweet, at 11:25 p.m. PST on Wednesday, the famously outspoken writer offered one follower an olive branch: "I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous," he wrote in response to Lamar White Jr., a Louisiana blogger. "If not I apologize."
    "While I never met Mr. Breitbart personally, I understand his last tweet was an earnest apology to me," White wrote in an email to Yahoo News. "Although I disagreed with him profoundly on politics and policy, I will always respect and admire his tenacious wit and his willingness to engage others in provocative conversation."
    Chris Moody contributed to this report.
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  2. Cephus

    Cephus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Anyone that goes after the truth and reports same is a person that will be sorely missed !!
    RIP !!!!
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  3. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    He stomped on some really stinky toes the past couple of years.
    Here we are just before the election,and he drops dead in the street.
    It makes me wonder if ............
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    R.I.P. Andrew and thank you for your service to our country.
  5. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Shame, a great loss. Hope someone will step to the mike to fill his shoes.
  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

  7. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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  8. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+++

    Watched all 15mins. Edit out about 14mins and 30 seconds worth of crap you you have a decent news report.
    Andrew Breitbart dead: Outspoken conservative was 43

    This guy is just way to far out there. Even if there is a conspericy and Alex Jones found the smoking gun noone would believe him he's just too nutty.

  9. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Sorry for the waste of time. Next time I'll put "FF to XX:XX."

    Honestly, I hate news via Youtube/video. I'd much rather have print, but, sometimes this guy is the only source of a particular viewpoint.
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  10. Midnightblue72

    Midnightblue72 Monkey++

    After hearing he had video of Barrack Obama during college making a speech with the Ayers followers, it wouldnt surprise me the guy was erased. Am I saying it actually happened, no, I am saying that when you are a popular person who MAY have video taped evidence to smash a false perception of someone or a group, you had BETTER of made copies and make instructions on what to do with it if you happen to have an accident or keel over and die.

    For a quarter of a century, I have worked in a world where someone's own mother has killed a son for money, where a friend killed his buddy because of a better job offer. What BLOWS my mind, is I actually heard a person on L.A. radio say regarding the Breitbart death, "There is no conspiracy, there is no such thing as conspiracy theories, people dont do these things.

    Firstly, this was day one of the death and to put out a blanket statement like that is ridiculous.

    What is a conspiracy? According to our state penal code, a conspiracy is: Two or more people, planning, plotting or conspiring to commit a criminal act. So with that in mind, WHY would anyone say, "There is no conspiracy, there is no such thing as conspiracy theories, people dont do these things." If that was the case, WHY would it be in the penal code and be a crime?

    Everyday, people are jailed and convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, please keep this in mind whenever someone uses the Red Herring of using the label, "Conspiracy Theory" as a term to negate an actual, plausible explanation. The same technique is used when you debate immigration, you are called a "Racist" or regarding disagreeing with the gay agenda, you are called "Homophobic."

    Life is not black and white, people DO kill over smaller issues than the possible scenario I have put forward, anything is possible, the extremes human beings are capable of are mind boggling.
  11. Lucky Johnson

    Lucky Johnson Monkey

    Agreed. You certainly won't get the real news from AP, Yahoo, or any other mainstream media. They always give the same old same old anonymous sources, unconfirmed events, unclear reports, lack of follow through, etc. Smells like gubmit involvement to me. Anyways I don't find it coincidence that he suddenly died with no explanation after stating that he had college footage of Obama's radical views.
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  12. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    First mistake he made if he had damning evidence on Obama, was to publicly talk about it without releasing them. Hopefully, his death was not in vain and there are copies of these tapes.

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  13. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  14. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Wouldn't be the first time a dirty politian made a threat disapear or silenced a person forever. I heard the tapes will still be released in a couple weeks by a freiend. Well if he don't end up naturally dead [peep] So I wonder what the Kenyan is trying to hide ?
  15. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Heck...I doubt he's trying to hide anything. He's still going to win.

    Here's why: for 50% of the US, 13% of the population would vote for him even if he suddenly sprouted horns and started eating babies because he's part of the black fraternity. The other 37% are moron liberals who would blame everything on Rush Limbaugh because they would NEVER, EVER EVER admit they made an f'ing mistake.

    For the other 50% who have a brain: 1/2 of the 15% of independents won't vote for Romney because he's not different than any other politician and will serve up the same plateful of crap.

    Whur screwed.....

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  16. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    and then there is a certain percentage of the US Voters, that would "Eat S**t and Die" before they would EVER "Vote for a Mormon".... ..... YMMV....
  17. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Thats true we are screwed. I have actualy heard people say they would vote for him just because he is black. But yet any white boy that argues that he is an idiot is a racist. I like Southern white trash better but I am what I am just country thats all.
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