Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Wingnut activist, responsible for much of the ongoing godawful craziness to be found festering in the modern Republican Party, died this morning of unknown causes. The New York Times:
Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger and activist who used
undercover video to bring discredit and disgrace to his liberal targets, died Thursday. He was 43.
Mr. Breitbart was as polarizing a figure as he was popular. Hailed by the political right as a truth-teller who exposed bias and corruption, he was derided by many on the left as a provocateur who played fast and loose with the facts to further his agenda.
“Fast and loose with the facts” is apparently New York Times speak for “the left thought Breitbart to be an outrageous liar and con-man.” And so he was.
Like Bob Cesca, I have nothing positive to say about Andrew Breitbart.
“Andrew Breitbart’s slash-and-burn pursuit of his own career destroyed countless lives and livelihoods. Innocent bystanders in the public debate — noncombatants as I sometimes call them — were crushed by Andrew’s mendacity, his obsessive careerism and his unethical business practices. Workers at ACORN and everyone who that organization sought to help have been crushed. The war against Planned Parenthood was started by Andrew Breitbart and that’s led to its defunding by both Congress and Komen. Who knows how many women will ultimately be hurt by Breitbart’s scams and prank videos. I have nothing positive to say about him.”
Adding....Breitbart’s reaction to the death of Ted Kennedy.
Image from the NYT: Andrew Breitbart at a DC rally in November 2011.
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