Andrew Breitbart died of natural causes just after midnight 3-1-12 in Los Angeles.
Breitbart dies early this AM in L.A.(46 posts)
Posted on March 1, 2012 - 07:55 AM #
Rightwing nutjobs have proven time and again, being full of shit doesn't kill you. No mention of disease so why is it presumed "natural" at 43. Sounds unnatural really.Probably a cokehead. I demand an autopsy.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 08:13 AM #
At the risk of sounding celebratory at the death of another person, I have to agree with Mort that I suspect his passing was in no way natural.
He often looked and sounded like a paranoid, raving coke head. I’ll no way miss his venomous, lunatic ramblings and frantic race to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
I am sorry for his friends and family. If some form of addition does prove to be contributory to his passing it’s very unfortunate he either could not find or did not want help. Sadly, I have some personal experience dealing with people in the grip of that type of addiction. It rarely ends well.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:18 AM #
I will not celebrate his death.
It's tragic. He had a wife and kids.
That said, let's revisit his response to the death of Senator Ted Kennedy;
"Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years. Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began a sustained assault on Kennedy’s memory, tweeting “Rest in Chappaquiddick.”
Over the course of the next three hours, Breitbart unapologetically attacked Kennedy, calling him a “villain,” “a big ass motherf@#$er,” a “duplicitous bastard” and a “prick.” “I’ll shut my mouth for Carter. That’s just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement,” wrote Breitbart in one tweet.
Meanwhile, over at FreeRepublic the place is abuzz with talk about Obama (and Kenyan) death squads.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:32 AM #
He typified the modern GOP wherein the lunatic is no longer fringe.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:22 AM #
Lunatic is normal for the RNC/GOPPosted on March 1, 2012 - 11:22 AM #
Question really is:
WHO will now take his place?...Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:30 AM #
Someone that's 500% worse. Maybe Deane or UF&UB.....
UGH!Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:31 AM #
I guess being an angry conservative is not good for your health.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:36 AM #
God took him I guess..... Maybe Reagan and Nixon needed him to write some propaganda for them in hell????Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:39 AM #
I never heard or read any Breitbart's stuff. And only recently have become aware of who he is. I told my wife about it this morning and who he was and her comment was something like..."the wife and kids may never say this, but his death may be a huge relief for them."Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:46 AM #
If anyone has seen the Breitbart youtube with him confronting Occupy marchers it shows you that he was a little insane.
Maybe he had an aneurism or CONservatism is a deadly disease????
I think so........Posted on March 1, 2012 - 12:30 PM #
That would not surprise me.
The man was a bit tense to say the least.
If you want to call frothing at the mouth "a bit tense".Posted on March 1, 2012 - 12:38 PM #
And don't forget his totally disingenuous character assassination of Shirley Sherrod (although the administration's needlessly panicked response lowered my personal opinion of Obama considerably -- which might have been exactly the outcome he was hoping for). Breitbart personified the 21st-century conservative movement's advanced state of moral and ethical degeneracy better than any other major figure I can think of, Ann Coulter included.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 12:42 PM #
I'm sure he had high blood pressure. Most CONServatives do because they bottle everything up inside.
If you've ever saw this guy on TV in his interviews he was very intense and I thought many times he might have stroked out on the set.
This CONservatism is about the worse disease on the plant outside of Ebola and Bird flu.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 12:44 PM #
"the modern GOP wherein the lunatic is no longer fringe."
Hate kills.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 01:52 PM #
And of course, now there's this: http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-death-andrew-breitbart-641/Posted on March 1, 2012 - 02:23 PM #
OH the conspiracy theories now..
I am sure that the L.A. Coroner is on the White House guest list too...Lets all wait with bated breath to see what the toxicology report delivers. Might have been arsenic poisioning or something even more exotic and sinister...something really black OPS..from the NSA or CIA or FBI or Secret Service.
That speach in the link , its the first time I have ever listened to him speak..he really is disjointed in his delivery...sounds like some of Hitler's rants....
I love it !! Andrew Breitbart the Martyr.....Posted on March 1, 2012 - 03:53 PM #
Equally juicy is that Breitbarts last interview was supposedly with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe, who just today announced that the long form birth certificate is a forgery!!Posted on March 1, 2012 - 04:06 PM #
Conspiracy theories are the bread and butter of the lunatic right. They need to feel persecuted is equal to their need for air.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 04:12 PM #
The skeptic light went off in my head when I heard on the news that 43 year old Breitbart died of "natural causes." I remembered all of the speculation that surrounded the death of Amy Winehouse last year--some suggested that she died of unusually acute withdrawal symptoms from trying to give up alcohol "cold-turkey" (and many fans wanted to believe this explanation). Others believed that she OD-ed on hard drugs. The toxicology report, which unfortunately did not attract a lot of press, revealed the mundane truth--Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning. The blood alcohol level at the time of her death was estimated to be 0.4 (about five times the legal drunk driving limit in many jurisdictions). I will await the official coroner's report on Breitbart's death (the autopsy is to take place tomorrow).
the wife and kids may never say this, but his death may be a huge relief for them.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 04:27 PM #
So much for civility from the press left for the departed among us...
Sometimes I really think there are those that come from a different planet where mean was invented.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 05:32 PM #
"So much for civility from the press left for the departed among us...
Sometimes I really think there are those that come from a different planet where mean was invented."
Really? Did you read earlier in the thread what AB posted after the death of Teddy Kennedy? How are those statements "a picture of civility?" If anything, folks have been FAR too gracious, including me, in their expressions after the passing of Andrew Breitbart.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 05:42 PM #
>>folks have been FAR too gracious
(to steel a line from a blog) How many negligent homicides did Breitbart commit/cover up? I don't give much credibility to think-progress anyways...Posted on March 1, 2012 - 05:54 PM #
What are the chances of every politician I would NEVER vote, have nothing but praise for this guy?
Tweets from Gingrich to Palin:Posted on March 1, 2012 - 06:35 PM #
Republicans are for some reason much more keen to protect the dead and the unborn to the living.Dying isn't an excuse to turn a propagandist into a false idol. It's a time to review the ledger. Shoe on other foot, Breitbart wasn't the least bit civil to Kennedy was he? But then a Repugnican takes and doesn't give, never tries that shoe out does he? B was part of the legion that would foist a new American fascism upon us, crushing our constitutional and human values underfoot. And looks to me like they're being secretive about how he died.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 06:56 PM #
We'll see, indeed - -Posted on March 1, 2012 - 07:28 PM #
I'm surprised and upset that so many have come to the conclusion that he died due to drugs. Stress, is another matter. My information is that he had previous heart problems. Hey, guess what, previous heart problems and stress don't mix well.
He had a family with kids.
He was certainly quoted as saying negative things about other politicians.
Perhaps we can seperate politics with the humanity here. If one believes in a higher power, then these issues should be swept aside. Seriously. If you have an earthly grudge, then the bottom line is your underlying belief in a higher power, should supercede any earthly belief you may have. Some humans say and do things that are not right, but they are not any better or worse than the rest of us if they believe in their salvation. Please feel free to read between the lines here. I'm not particularly a religious person, but I can understand this simple belief.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 09:40 PM #
I ask this as unloaded as I can think to phrase it - A guy who used words the way he did, he should be treated better than he treated others? Why? Frankly, I feel more compassion for him than I feel he deserves. He was inordinately cruel.
And speaking of a higher power, is this not a perfect example to those who believe of God stepping in and taking care of a problem?Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:04 PM #
I am quite conflicted about how I feel about him being dead. He was not a solution to very many problems. He embodied many things that I hate. And I mean HATE! Yeah, he didn't kill anybody. But you know what? He wasn't killed either. It all seems very fitting that he died the way he did. People who trot out that they will miss him, I believe, are people that I would have a hard time relating to.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:11 PM #
"He was certainly quoted as saying negative things about other politicians.'
As well as many others who were not politicians. Does that make any difference to you Paul?Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:12 PM #
Some dumbass CONer Senator said that this lunatic was like Abraham Lincoln. You've got to be kidding me....
The CONservative right is absolutely nuts!Posted on March 1, 2012 - 10:27 PM #
@CJ Karma.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:09 PM #
Republicans are for some reason much more keen to protect the dead...
I think that if one uses rhetoric that says that past eras were superior to the present day, it is a quick, easy, and effective segue to talk about how people of the past were smarter, more courageous, more principled, more ethical, more patriotic, etc. The beauty of idolizing dead people is that one can easily get away with presenting them in a highly romanticized light.
While one does occasionally hear liberals talk about how great Franklin Roosevelt was, it is much more common to hear conservative-leaning people praise Ronald Reagan. Then, of course, there are the Libertarians who praise Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Ayn Rand.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:25 PM #
Good riddance, the guy was a jerk, it's one less asshole on earth.Posted on March 1, 2012 - 11:25 PM #
This is even getting better than I thought !!
Drinking Wed wine at at Brentwood bar walking on the way home, collapses.
mmmm? I see a Lifetime 2 hour movie in the making...Posted on March 2, 2012 - 07:56 AM #
OJ did it!Posted on March 2, 2012 - 08:00 AM #
YEAH...good catch, I didnt even think of that..Posted on March 2, 2012 - 08:00 AM #
Hummm.. Is it true Rush Limbaugh drinks red wine?Posted on March 2, 2012 - 09:06 AM #
Yeah he better watch his back.
Me wonders whos got the papers and the videos now on Breitbarts big revelation about Obama?Posted on March 2, 2012 - 09:16 AM #
Did you even READ the opinion article you linked? LOL
Irony fail.Posted on March 2, 2012 - 02:30 PM #
How 'bout the fact that this guy ( I won't say the scumball's name) is Orson Bean's son-in-law. If you're younger than 40 google him. Boy I bet dinnertime was different.Posted on March 2, 2012 - 06:33 PM #
"All I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together — his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I’m thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife Susie and their four beautiful young children. My love and thoughts are with them right now.
Nice to see a classy comment from the left for a change. I don't think she thinks his children are relieved that daddy dropped dead.
RIP Mr. Breitbart.Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:51 PM #
Kudos to Paul Farhi of the Washington Post (3/2/12) for talking about the obvious deceptions and inaccuracies in right-wing publisher Andrew Breitbart's work:
News organizations found, for example, that the ACORN videos--which purported to show a young Mr. Breitbart ally named James O'Keefe posing as a pimp seeking advice from the organization about how to establish a brothel and evade taxes--actually presented a heavily edited account of what had happened.
An investigation by the California attorney general's office concluded that O'Keefe had added footage of himself and an ally dressed in flamboyant costumes that they had not worn to ACORN's offices. By then, it was too late for ACORN: Outraged conservatives in Congress stripped the organization of federal funding.
The Sherrod and NPR videos also misrepresented key parts of those stories. In the former, Mr. Breitbart presented only a brief clip of a speech in which Sherrod acknowledged that she had discriminated against a white farmer when she was a state agriculture official in Georgia. The subsequent uproar in 2010 prompted the Obama administration to seek her resignation. By day's end, however, the full video of Sherrod's speech emerged, revealing that she had gone on to condemn her own actions and to seek justice for the white farmer. An embarrassed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod her job back.
The NPR "sting" showed two fundraisers for the media organization making disparaging comments about conservatives during a lunch in Georgetown. Among other things, the edited tape presented one of the NPR executive's more incendiary comments as his own when, in fact, he had been quoting others. NPR's chief executive, Vivian Schiller, resigned a day later as conservative lawmakers intensified efforts to deny federal funding to public broadcasters. (That effort failed.)
As many have pointed out, these lies live on. An ABCNews.com piece on Breitbart--since corrected--referred matter-of-factly to how he "broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal."
Which brings me to a weakness in Farhi's piece--his explanation of Breitbart's ability to get his work into the mainstream media:
He exploited a flaw of the contemporary news media: that in the rush to attract online traffic, news sources sometimes cast aside context and basic fact-checking. Many outlets reported Mr. Breitbart's "revelations" only to discover that the story was not as it had initially seemed.
Attributing Breitbart's success in getting media attention to a desire for "online traffic" is strange. Old media outlets like the Post and the New York Times gave his work a huge boost. If there's a media flaw here--and there most certainly is--it is the willingness to let a right-wing activist get a free pass. It might be the fact that media outlets who are relentlessly, falsely battered for being "liberal" feel compelled to disprove the bogus charge by giving right-wing voices more ink and airtime.
The most interesting admission in the piece comes from Rich Lowry of the National Review:
Lowry said Mr. Breitbart "wasn't a journalist in the traditional sense of dotting every i and crossing every t." As such, his journalistic lapses "didn't damage him on the right. He wasn't playing by the traditional media rules."
That's a fairly damning assessment of the right, from the right.Posted on March 4, 2012 - 11:23 PM #
I had been wondering what killed Andrew Breitbart. According to Wikipedia, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart) as the cause of death. My curiosity was peaked by certain posters on this forum who have recently been posting links to Breitbart's site.Posted on May 21, 2012 - 02:37 PM #
He had a .04% BAL (enough to get a CDL holder in trouble nationwide).
He was loud and arrogant.
Can't find his height and weight, but a screaming asshole such as he often kill themselves through a lifetime of being just that kind of person. It's not "medical" but it is common. Call it type A syndrome if you will. He had suffered a heart attach shortly before his death according to a friend of his.Posted on May 21, 2012 - 04:15 PM #
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