Andrew Breitbart,1969 - 2012
Andrew Breitbart has passed away. His death does not signal the end of an era so much as the beginning of a new one
This afternoon (GMT), we learned of the sad passing of a conservative giant. Andrew Breitbart apparently passed away shortly after midnight in Los Angeles.
Breitbart was admired by many on the right, and genuinely feared by the left in the United States for his zero tolerance approach to journalism and activism. He had previously worked at the Drudge Report and went on to found many influential websites such as Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Hollywood.
The statement on his sites quoted the concluding passage from 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. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I've lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I've gained hundreds, thousands -- who knows? -- of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night," Breitbart wrote.
Breitbart spoke at many conservative conferences and rallies, including the recent CPAC event in February 2012. In his speech he said in true Breitbart fashion:
"When I walk through CPAC or as I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker."
Breitbart's websites put out the following statement:
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. 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.
There is no doubt that a huge gap will be left in the right-wing media and activist network due to the passing of Andrew Breitbart. The reality is that the man inspired so many in his work that his enemies will no longer have just one Andrew Breitbart to contend with, but a dozen others that will rise up in his place - an idea that he would truly relish.
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