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13:20 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012
We were running a kind of happy cult when Andrew was in charge, and when Andrew died everyone had an incentive to spin what they thought he was up to. If he knew he was going to die, I’m sure he would have called a dinner the night before and given us the tablets or something. … But he didn’t.
A former Breitbart.com employee • Discussing the disarray that the site has faced since its firebrand founder, Andrew Breitbart, died earlier this year. Buzzfeed, which has (by its count) faced 396 separate attacks from the site, has a nice long-form piece describing the problems the Breitbart empire currently faces. To be fair, Breitbart.com may be mad that Buzzfeed scooped their founder’s final scoop.
16:44 // 1 year ago
June 8, 2012
14:50 // 2 years ago
March 7, 2012
Breitbart’s big scoop has been downgraded to a hug. A. HUG.

Breitbart’s big scoop has been downgraded to a hug. A. HUG.

21:30 // 2 years ago
BuzzFeed scoops Breitbart’s final scoop, which wasn’t really a scoop
In 1991, Barack Obama, then a student at Harvard, stepped into the fray of a major on-campus debate. Obama publicly supported a professor named Derrick Bell, who was at the center of a fight over diversity and the denial of tenure to a black female professor. Bell, however, was a controversial figure for spearheading an academic discipline called Critical Race Theory, which read issues of race and power into a legal context. This video became a major issue in recent weeks, as Andrew Breitbart, who died last week, planned to release this video as evidence of a major gotcha on Obama. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum … Buzzfeed beat them to their own scoop. A roundup of what happened:
Breitbart Before Andrew Breitbart died last week, the conservative figure said he had something big from Obama’s Harvard days, and was about to release it when he died.
Buzzfeed However, the upstart political wing of Buzzfeed got there first, licensing the 1991 video from a Boston television station and posting hours before Breitbart’s folks could.
PBS But it appears that in the end, PBS beat both sites by a full four years, covering it in “The Choice 2008,” a Frontline special. Some scoop Breitbart got. source
» Allegations of selective editing … overruled: Breitbart’s folks claimed that the clip acquired by Andrew Kaczynski was selectively edited, and that their clip offered details that his didn’t. However, the PBS clip, posted hours later, appears to show the exact same scene, validating Kaczynski’s find. Now, Breitbart’s John Nolte has gone from attacking the veracity of BuzzFeed’s video to attacking editor-in-chief Ben Smith. Kaczynski says that, whatever the case, he was looking for this video long before Breitbart announced his find, totally punching holes in the whole thing. But here’s the thing that really kills it: You could watch this video and not even know it was controversial. (We watched it and saw a guy who looked like he was going to be president 20 years ago.) Perhaps a fitting end for Breitbart, a man whose journalistic legacy was at times flawed.
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In 1991, Barack Obama, then a student at Harvard, stepped into the fray of a major on-campus debate. Obama publicly supported a professor named Derrick Bell, who was at the center of a fight over diversity and the denial of tenure to a black female professor. Bell, however, was a controversial figure for spearheading an academic discipline called Critical Race Theory, which read issues of race and power into a legal context. This video became a major issue in recent weeks, as Andrew Breitbart, who died last week, planned to release this video as evidence of a major gotcha on Obama. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum … Buzzfeed beat them to their own scoop. A roundup of what happened:

  • Breitbart Before Andrew Breitbart died last week, the conservative figure said he had something big from Obama’s Harvard days, and was about to release it when he died.
  • Buzzfeed However, the upstart political wing of Buzzfeed got there first, licensing the 1991 video from a Boston television station and posting hours before Breitbart’s folks could.
  • PBS But it appears that in the end, PBS beat both sites by a full four years, covering it in “The Choice 2008,” a Frontline special. Some scoop Breitbart got. source

» Allegations of selective editing … overruled: Breitbart’s folks claimed that the clip acquired by Andrew Kaczynski was selectively edited, and that their clip offered details that his didn’t. However, the PBS clip, posted hours later, appears to show the exact same scene, validating Kaczynski’s find. Now, Breitbart’s John Nolte has gone from attacking the veracity of BuzzFeed’s video to attacking editor-in-chief Ben Smith. Kaczynski says that, whatever the case, he was looking for this video long before Breitbart announced his find, totally punching holes in the whole thing. But here’s the thing that really kills it: You could watch this video and not even know it was controversial. (We watched it and saw a guy who looked like he was going to be president 20 years ago.) Perhaps a fitting end for Breitbart, a man whose journalistic legacy was at times flawed.

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20:47 // 2 years ago
March 1, 2012
17:21 // 2 years ago

Rep. Louie Gohmert paid a 14-minute tribute to Andrew Breitbart on the floor of Congress today. ”He figured out a way to deal with these issues and to address what was sucking the nutrients and life from this host country. It’s really a cancer,” he said. “He figured out how to shine sunlight inside offices of what was happening, and gave a good dose of chemotherapy to the cancer.” He also compared the conservative firebrand to John Quincy Adams, whose abolitionist efforts later convinced Abraham Lincoln to end slavery. That’s a pretty strong reaction.

15:03 // 2 years ago
The front page of the Drudge Report ran a message above the lead image today in honor of Andrew Breitbart, who played a key role in building the site:

DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today… MDRUDGE

Breitbart has a mention on HuffPo’s front page and a brief mention in this article of his role in building the site. EDIT: Dave Weigel reports via Twitter that the “Big” media empire he’s built will likely continue without him. 

The front page of the Drudge Report ran a message above the lead image today in honor of Andrew Breitbart, who played a key role in building the site:

DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today… MDRUDGE

Breitbart has a mention on HuffPo’s front page and a brief mention in this article of his role in building the site. EDIT: Dave Weigel reports via Twitter that the “Big” media empire he’s built will likely continue without him. 

11:04 // 2 years ago

"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.” Here’s a clip of Andrew Breitbart doing what he did best, holding an impromptu press conference of his own just before Anthony Weiner admitted he sent lewd pictures of himself on Twitter — a story that Breitbart’s site famously broke.

10:16 // 2 years ago

producermatthew:

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger and political pundit seen here during CNN’s election night coverage on Tuesday, has died at the age of 43, ABC News reports.

Breitbart made headlines last year after exposing several provocative photos of former US Rep. Anthony Weiner, which led to the politician’s resignation.

(Video: Andrew Breitbart’s last television appearance, on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Tuesday, February 28, 2012)

As far as provocateurs go, few were as good at the job as Breitbart. Rush Limbaugh can yell, sure, but Breitbart could yell and drive the news cycle. That is a gift.

10:07 // 2 years ago