Andrew Breitbart, R.I.P.
(February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012):
an American publisher, commentator for the Washington Times, author, occasional guest commentator on various news programs, served as an editor for the Drudge Report Web site.
His stated goal: to "destroy the institutional left."
Mr Breitbart died of an apparent heart attack yesterday.
From the Huffington Post :
From Reuters:Breitbart considered his charge to expose corruption, hypocrisy and media bias, and leveraged his network of websites to reach for that goal.
Before launching his own media empire, Breitbart worked for two other industry titans. For 10 years, he worked anonymously as an editor for the Drudge Report. From there, he teamed with Arianna Huffington, whose website the Huffington Post now has a distinctly liberal bent. It was ideological differences with Huffington that led to a break, though he credited her for showing him how to survive vicious attacks with grace.
His own site, Breitbart.com, began as an aggregation site. Soon it branched out, with the launch of Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace, all designed to counter what Breitbart described as the "bully media cabal" that ignored stories at odds with prevailing liberal orthodoxy.
After Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, Breitbart tweeted, "Rest in Chappaquiddick" and called him "a special pile of human excrement."
Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, 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, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
He will be greatly missed.