Andrew Breitbart made it his mission in life to take down the institutions of the cultural Left by exposing their hypocrisy and corruption. Indeed, before he died early Thursday morning at the young age of 43, he had already taken a few big swings with his new media axe. Because of the reporting of Big Government and other of his Web sites, the activist group ACORN lost its federal funding for its willingness to help set-up brothels trafficking underage girls; NEA executives were fired for urging artists to use their work to support the Obama administration; and New York congressman Anthony Weiner resigned for using his Twitter account to send pictures of his genitals to women who were not his wife.
He once explained: “I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard. And it’s a very good business model.” He had great zeal for the battle, enjoyed making enemies, and often reposted criticism on his own Twitter account. In life, he took the barbs of the Left as proof he was doing something worthwhile. Perhaps, then, the best testament to the value of his work is that some on the Left have been positively gleeful at the news of his death. The worst of that has been rounded up by The Examiner: “Liberals Celebrate the Death of Andrew Breitbart,” March 1, 2012.
For other thoughts on Breitbart, ones that sound like they come from human beings, check out these articles: “Heritage Staff Remembers Andrew Breitbart,” The Foundry, February 29, 2012; “Andrew Breitbart, ‘Reborn’ on the Internet, Died a Force in Media and Politics,” Michael Calderone,” Huffington Post, March 1, 2012; “The Breitbart Building,” Andrew Klavan, City Journal, March 1, 2012; “The Five-Alarm Firebell Falls Silent,” Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online, March 2, 2012.