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Andrew Breitbart: Memories and thoughts about Andrew Breitbart

The Purim After Andrew

Mar 16, 2014 7:44 AM PT

In 2012, the Jewish holiday of Purim fell on March 8, exactly one week after Andrew Breitbart had died. I did not have time to go to synagogue the night before to hear the recitation of the Megillah, the Book of Esther. We had all been too busy with the re-launch of the website, which had rolled out as planned just days after Andrew died. And then there had been Andrew's funeral earlier that week, with much of the blogosphere in attendance.

On top of that, my daughter had just turned one year old, and my wife and I were barely sleeping. Some friends of our showed up with mishloach manot, traditional charitable gifts of food exchanged on Purim. We gratefully accepted the plates of cookies and hamentaschen. The physical and emotional and intellectual toll of the week gone by had been extreme. It was a time of feeling quite wrung out by the world, and completely exhausted.

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Andrew Breitbart, the Tea Party, and Occupy

Feb 28, 2014 8:11 AM PT

March 1 marks the second anniversary of the passing of my friend and colleague, Andrew Breitbart. He was the Tea Party's greatest defender, and Occupy Wall Street's most effective critic. He saw the former as an authentic popular movement fighting government repression and media bias, and the latter as a mob of tragicomically misguided fools under Obama's political protection. In other words, ripe for satire. In his memory, here's the video we made of our visit to Occupy LA in October 2011, at the corner of 7th & Figueroa. I miss him every day.

Dan Savage Attacks Sarah Palin and Conservatives Get Into The Wrong Argument

May 7, 2013 7:12 AM PT

Yes Dan Savage put out a hate tweet, and it's aimed at Governor Sarah Palin. Like the proverbial pavlovian response the right and the defenders of Palin charge into the fray. The real issue gets lost in the noise. Governor Palin is a grown woman and can take the arrows and defend herself if necessary.

Andrew Breitbart talked about and worked to destroy the institutional left. When we get into the wrong argument and like the left with Barack Obama circle the wagons around Sarah Palin or anyone else we make a crucial mistake. This battle against the anti-American anti-freedom leftists is bigger than one person.

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Andrew Breitbart: "Join the New Media Revolution" (Video)

Mar 1, 2013 7:50 PM PT

 I took this video of Andrew Breitbart taking questions after Saturday lunch at the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis, July 2011. It's over 38 minutes long, but if you don't have time for the whole thing, listen to this classic Breitbart moment starting at 4:32:

 I'm telling you as a pied piper, please join the new media revolution - have your video camera with you all the time, and confront union astroturf because all you have to do is ask basic questions like, "why are you here?", and springs.... fly out of their ocular cavities - because they're robots - they're programmed robots and all you have to do is ask them one question, and they explode, or implode and you'll have human debris on you."

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1 A.B.

Mar 1, 2013 7:27 PM PT

The first time I met Andrew in person I wasn't quite sure what to think. It was 2010; he was slated to speak at a fundraiser at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago for Cedra Crenshaw, a candidate for a US congressional seat in Joliet. I'm not given to event participation, but I had done a few posts for his 'Big' sites and knowing he was in town I suggested getting together for a drink. Didn't really know him from Adam, but knew he had exquisite taste in the people he chose to drive insane.

I arrived at his room at the Blackstone, an hour or so before the speech, to find him talking to a camera crew while ironing his pants and fielding interviews on his omnipresent cell phone (the filmmaker was Andrew Marcus, and I think some of the footage appears in Hating Breitbart). That was my first glimpse into the electric chaos that seemed to follow him wherever he went. He was already in the middle of what seemed like 6 different conversations but cordially added me to his processing stack. Can't remember what it was about; possibly ACORN, or the greatness of Ace of Spades HQ (he loved Ace's Morons), or the idiot lefty talking point du jour, or probably all of the above. If he was still here I'm guessing he would recall it in detail. I do remember those ocular synapses firing feistily and thinking that if I was ever going to be in a war I want this guy as General. 

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Breitbart Endorses Liberal over Charlie Crist in 2010 (Video)

Mar 1, 2013 5:42 PM PT

At this weekend’s FreedomWorks rally in Washington, D.C, conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart took time to talk to yours truly, El Sharko, about certain key political political races that will take center stage at this year’s general election battle royale.   Breitbart , has long been the target of the liberal Media and the Democrat party.  Mr. Breitbart made a shocking announcement to me,  Maha-Sharkie that made my well honed fin stand at the center of attention, when he endorsed- wait for it – Congressman Kendrick Meek! over Charlie Crist in Florida’s highly contentious U.S. Senatorial race.


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Breitbart on How Being Adopted Shaped His Views on Abortion

Mar 1, 2013 5:34 PM PT

One of my favorite speeches given by Andrew Breitbart was about an issue he had never previously talked about -- how his adoption shaped his pro-life views.  He addressed a group from Students for Life:

Certainly, in Hollywood I lived in a pro-abortion culture, but  there was a seed planted in me early on, literally. I’m adopted. I had never  heard the pro-life point of view. The media portrayed the pro-life point of view  as crazy people. So, that’s all I knew. There was a barrier; it was called  cultural acceptability in my neighborhood to say that I was Pro-Choice and I did. But I never thought about  the issue at all. At all. But it was something that mattered more than anything  in that part of town that I grew up in, liberal Hollywood. The first thing you  needed to say is, “I’m pro-choice.” It was a keycard to get you in everywhere  and I believe to the core of my being that it’s a keycard to get you success in  Hollywood. Go along to get along. I don’t think I would have seen the light if  there weren’t brave people like you who stood up to that, especially young  people …

As I started to have my political awakening I was able to connect with my  conscience, literally, and say, wait one second. My best friend growing up was  adopted, too. He lived next door to me. His sister Rachel, adopted. My sister,  adopted. On a cul-de-sac of four families, three were adopted. I cannot accept  the premise of the post-Roe world in which it’s virtually impossible to adopt  because abortion is the option that is handed to people as the cultural default.  It’s unfathomable.

It is not to be debated. This is the most important issue. If you’re not  pro-life, if you’re like what I was, behind a barrier, you have to, through  conversations and the media, break that barrier down and just let people think  about it. Because the second you actually think about it, because I never did  (it was my default position), is that this is untenable, this doesn’t make  sense. You guys are the vessel for that message. Stand strong. You inspire  me.

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Andrew's Faith in New Media

Mar 1, 2013 2:50 PM PT

In 2009 Andrew was a featured speaker at a conference held here in California. I was one of a group of bloggers who were invited to a private chat with him. The video I shot that day--October 17, 2009--captured a moment in time. It had only been a month since the release of the ACORN videos and there was a new sense that anything was possible for the conservative new media.

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'I'm gonna end on a positive note' - Andrew

Mar 1, 2013 2:15 PM PT

Andrew liked this song so much, he tweeted it at least twice. In the early morning of March 1, 2012, while I was trying to put the words together that would announce the worst news, I thought of including this song.

Every time I hear it, I remember those dark moments, when the grief was still private, before we had to face everything it meant, before I had to fight Andrew's enemies on CNN, in the quiet before the dawn. 

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Breitbart Awards 2013

Mar 1, 2013 12:11 PM PT

To honor Andrew's legacy, and inspire the next generation of conservative activists, the  Franklin Center and Heritage Foundation have teamed up to sponsor this year’s Breitbart Awards.

Via The Foundry:

Today, as we mourn the loss of Andrew and pay tribute to his accomplishments, we’re calling on you help ensure his legacy lives. Please take a moment to visit to nominate someone whose efforts advance the spirit of Andrew Breitbart’s work.

We’re accepting nominations for individuals who are driven by an indomitable pursuit for truth and accountability, and whose work has broken meaningful ground in advancing those causes on behalf of the public good.

These are the attributes that describe Andrew’s work.

Nominees can be a full-time professional reporter, blogger or even the neighbor who is passionate about keeping a watchful eye on government and the establishment media.

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13 awesome hours of Andrew interviews

Mar 1, 2013 11:39 AM PT

From the Right Radio is streaming 13 straight hours of interviews with Andrew Breitbart today. I tuned in about 90 minutes ago and it is simply awesome. The soundtrack to my day in the new Breitbart News HQ.

It's amazing to be reunited with his wit, wisdom, passion and love. What a leader. What a friend.

A Conversation with Breitbart I Will Always Cherish

Mar 1, 2013 10:26 AM PT

I had only a handful of conversations with Andrew. The first of which was one amazingly unexpected blessing.

A number of us Happy Warriors had converged unto Cancun to expose the hypocrisy of the Enviro-Fascist Left at a U.N. Climate CONference. After giving one of the funniest, ADD-riddled speeches I had ever seen, Andrew worked the room eventually making his way over to me. 

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One Year On

Mar 1, 2013 9:09 AM PT

The largest compliment Breitbart could give someone was, "He's a warrior." All men respect guts, and Breitbart more than most men.

I think on this anniversary of his death we should honor him -- and ourselves -- by seeking to be Warriors. And not just in politics, though certainly that was where Breitbart encouraged it the most frequently.

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Andrew Breitbart Gives His 2012 'Dream Ticket'-Interview

Mar 1, 2013 8:22 AM PT

Conservative New Media Mogul and every liberals’ worst nightmare Andrew Breitbart took a few minutes (46 minutes, actually) to discuss what’s new and and what’s his take on topics ranging from the 2012 Presidential election, the “Mainstream” Media, and the disservice the media is doing to the Latino community by painting Republicans/Conservatives as ‘anti-hispanic’.

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'Sure': The Andrew We Knew

Mar 1, 2013 7:56 AM PT

Like many in the family, I was shocked when I heard the news.  As I suspect others did, I furiously looked through my phone and email for my last communication with Andrew.  It was as if seeing his words meant he was still here. 

The last word Andrew texted to me was "Sure."  It was in response to a text from me asking if he had a moment to talk that day.  That was Andrew in a nutshell.  He didn't ask what it was about or if he could put it off.  He just said, "Sure."  He was always willing to talk.  Sometimes I called or emailed him to bounce off ideas (like my De Pasquale's Dozen column that was inspired by him).  Sometimes it was to ask him to speak at an event.  Sometimes it was seeking advice about whether to continute in the movement.  Sometimes it was about the thorny topic of GOProud.

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Breitbart: the last sane man in an insane world

Mar 1, 2013 7:52 AM PT

I only got to talk with Andrew once, at my first CPAC, when I was a star-struck new pundit who could still remember his far different workday life from just a few months before.  I have always wished I had the moxie to monopolize a bit more of his time... and that was before I learned that I would never have another chance.

The last sane man in an insane world is, by definition, eccentric.  I loved that vibe about Andrew; it has influenced every creative and analytic decision I've made, since I first became aware of him.  We are the counterculture now, and we should embrace that role with gusto.  That means highlighting the absurdity of the political and popular culture we are countering.  It's part of the winning guerrilla strategy for influencing them, as yesteryear's counter-culture understood, before they became the degenerate establishment we now oppose.   

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Andrew Breitbart Loved Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Mar 1, 2013 6:16 AM PT

I just stumbled across this vintage footage of Andrew Breitbart talking about his ‘interesting’ locks and commenting about how he and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz need to get ” hair management’ support. Is their a ‘hair date’ in  the near future for Andrew and Debbie?

You, too, can be Breitbart. Ask my wife.

Mar 1, 2013 4:55 AM PT

When it came to classroom politics, Andrew believed in being "petty"--meaning there was no struggle too small. Education was the foundation of everything--and students the most vulnerable victims of the Democrat-media complex. He would champion the cause of anyone standing up to campus anti-conservative tyranny.

One thing conservatives should remember is that while it's sometimes daunting to stand up to liberal academic orthodoxy, it's not impossible. My wife recently challenged a decision by the administration at her Ph.D. program to show Gasland, the anti-fracking film. Why not show the other side, Fracknation, as well? 

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