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.
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.
"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.
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.