Andrew Breitbart: Conservative Social Media Pioneer-1969-2012
- He was one of the most fearless people I ever knew. It’s hard news to take.
He truly loved the fight … 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.
Both Goldberg and Breitbart were the same age, 43, and had been involved in the pursuit of conservative principles and causes.
Breitbart’s family has suffered a devastating loss with his sudden passing. We mourn his loss as an “aux barricades” spokesperson and investigative journalist par excellence. Let us treasure his memory as a guidepost to follow by example. He will be sorely missed for his passion and commitment to just causes.
Breitbart, who once proudly called himself a “biased journalist,” worked at the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post before starting his own family of conservative web-based media outlets. He is best known for publishing the damning photographs in 2011 that forced Anthony Weiner, then a Democratic congressman from New York, to resign.Breitbart was adopted as a child and raised as a Jew, and he enjoyed needling the Jewish community for what he saw as its liberal leanings. At a Republican Jewish Coalition event in June 2011, Breitbart gleefully regaled the audience with the story of his being kicked out of Hebrew school at University Synagogue as a child.“That’s where the battle started with the liberal Jewish community,” he said.[. . .]An ally of the Tea Party, Breitbart’s passing was mourned in messages tweeted on Thursday morning by conservative politicians and media personalities from across the nation.“Andrew Breitbart was the most innovative pioneer in conservative activist social media in America,” Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wrote. “He had great courage and creativity.”Gingrich was also on hand at the Republican Jewish Coalition event where Breitbart spoke, and at the time, Breitbart called the former House speaker “a very smart man, a very wise man,” but added that he did not want to see Gingrich become the Republican nominee, preferring instead “someone from the Tea Party.” “I hope that he [Gingrich] becomes the top adviser to the future President of the United States,” Breitbart said.Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum also tweeted in Breitbart’s memory.Breitbart’s media creations included the website Big Peace, which focused on foreign policy and national security, and frequently addressed Israel-related affairs.Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition event in 2011, Breitbart said journalistic objectivity, when covering Israel, was misplaced.“You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong,” Breitbart said. “And Israel is in the right. So I’m a biased journalist, and I’m having a great time doing it.”
Andrew Breitbart, moments before meeting our small group for Shabbat dinner on Feb. 10th, was locked out of the hotel. The hotel with 10,000 attendees was on locked down. Gabby and I went to the Tower to meet the Young Jewish Conservatives for Shabbat. We walked into the small room, grabbed our prayer books and we welcomed the Shabbat with 45 others while Occupy protestors were chanting below our window. It was a surreal experience. Andrew was so outraged by their behavior that he yelled at them, “Behave yourselves, Behave Yourselves!” They called him an Anti-Gay bigot.Andrew was the least Anti-Gay human on the planet. The hotel opened the doors to let him in and he immediately joined us for Shabbat and reminded us what we are fighting for. Those protestors were paid by union hacks; some of them were given a script to chant, while others had no clue why they were protesting. That night, all of us in attendance for Shabbat knew we were part of something larger than us. We prayed and drank scotch (customary for Shabbat!) in celebrating our journey to restoring America.A Shabbat that I won’t soon forget. He said to me, “Lisa, you and I share many Anti-Jihad friends as it is a small Anti-Jihad world.”