Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Commentator and Internet News Pioneer, Dead at 43

Andrew Breitbart

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Greg Sandoval reports in cNet News:

Though he became best known as a conservative commentator, Andrew Breitbart was also one of the early proponents of Internet news. According to the Washington Post and Breitbart’s own site, the Los Angeles native died this morning at the age of 43. The cause of death was not disclosed.

In the mid-1990s, Breitbart was among those who recognized the impact the Web would have on communications and began corresponding with Matt Drudge, creator of the Drudge Report. He would later served as an editor for the site and become a close Drudge friend and ally.

Drudge later introduced Breitbart to Arianna Huffington and Breitbart helped her create The Huffington Post. Both the Drudge Report and Huffington Post would become two of the most popular Internet news sites. Breitbart eventually launched his own Web sites, including Breitbart.tv, and Big Hollywood.

This WIRED article “How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media” from April 2010 provides much more background.

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  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fRQ2lIQ3Lg
    Will Damning Obama Footage Still Be Released After Breitbart’s Death?Video of young Obama threatened to sink 2012 campaignhttp://www.infowars.com/media-trailblazer-andrew-breitbart-dies-aged-43/

    Wonder if this has anything to do with it?

    • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

      It does, it has everything to do with the fact he’s a piece of shit and that every word out of his mouth is thinly veiled racist double speak only an ignorant ass can’t understand. It reminds me of seeing the many multiculturalism rants that Alex Jones goes on … if I wanted to hear that shit I would watch someone who (right or wrong) actually has the balls to just say what they think and not cry like a little bitch. Someone who doesn’t try to pretend their not racist, like David Duke (ex-leader of the KKK).

      I hope he was assassinated and I hope it was made clear to him why before hand. I hope his killers made him look at pictures of dead kittens too.

    • Eric_D_Read

      More likely a toxic cocktail of cocaine and santorum.

      • Mikerscope

         That jar of Santorum was past it pull date (snicker)

    • DeepCough

       The operative phrase in this video is “self-evident truth.”

      “Self-evident: evident to [Andrew Breitbart] and [absolutely] no one else.” ~Ambrose Bierce

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Who gives a shit, a loudmouth corporate shill conservative died. GOOD!

    “Barack Obama is a Radical and we should not be afraid to say that” Andrew Breitbart … which we all know actually means “Barack Obama is a Nigger and we should be allowed to say that”

  • Andrew

    “Natural causes?”  Yeah, right.

    • eyeoftheaxis

      My bet would be
      on coke… not the I‘d like to buy the world a coke kind,
      but the keep it all for myself, more, more, more kind.

      http://youtu.be/9NzHHQASizE

  • Anarchy Pony

    If by natural causes they mean an aneurysm exploded in his brain. Well, it wasn’t an undignified or hypocritical death, so I only got half of my wish. 

  • Pb

    Now that only leaves Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin … ug, nevermind..

  • DeepCough

    For the sake of irony, I am going to have to request Breitbart’s “long-form” death certificate–to be certain that he is dead, of course.

  • Hadrian999

    10 bucks say it was a botched Auto erotic asphyxiation attempt to gay porn

    • Calypso_1

      He must have finally got his copy of the Obama ‘Man’s Country’ Club sauna tape in the mail.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I cannot bring myself to celebrate anyones death. I can revile their life and their work…but somewhere someone is mourning for him…and I know that feeling well.

    I will say that his work was characterized by every form of deliberate fraud…with not even the slightest boundaries on what he’d say, imply or alter to create confusion and foster hatred. His actions were a cancerous product of an era of wealthy support for ‘alternative’ infotainment tailored for political gain…and he prospered for his willingness to perpetuate any lie, no matter how wild, insane, blatantly obvious or patently ridiculous.

    In spite of that…I’m not pleased by his death. He was a living testament to the visible fraud of conservative ‘news’. So obvious to all but cultists that he literally made it easier to see that news was being used as a disinfo stream to prop up a system of wealth inequity that served a tiny few. By virtue of his lack of virtue, his lack of any principles or restraint or even a shred of dignity…he helped the cause of truth…by living as a banner displaying the opposite.

    RIP, Andrew. May you find the peace in death you never had in life.

    • eyeoftheaxis

      I can really appreciate what you are saying. Normally I would agree
      100%.

      I should take the high road, thanks for the reminder. ( that’s not tongue
      in cheek )

      An example of what not to do.

      http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/08/26/57997/breitbart-kennedy-twitter/?mobile=nc

    • Honu

      Vox, as usual you say the right things eloquently.  I think in life A.B. was a p.o.s. and I feel nothing for him as a man based on his public life.  Someone somewhere loves him and misses him and I’m sure buried in his lying manipulative bile spewing soul there were aspects that were redeeming.  I just never saw any of that.   I will admit to feeling somewhat sorry for him in recognition of his humanity. He just seemed like an irate angry guy who drank the kook-aide and had the money and resources to do something about it.   

    • gwen jackson

       Really? well, rest assured that had it been you who had died, he’d have spared you not one ounce of compassion, for he possessed not one ounce of compassion, so fuck that evil ugly dead piece of shit, and i hope he died with a mouthful of shit, just as he lived.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Mr Breitbart and I are almost exactly the same age. I’m well aware that he wouldn’t have shown anything resembling human decency or compassion if the roles were reversed. Still, at the end of the day, after 42 years…I don’t act out compassion or respect because I want someones approval or agreement…I do it because its exactly who and what I am, the culmination of what I’ve done and seen. If I’ve striven for anything…its to embody the opposite of Breitbart and his ilk…not to lower myself until I match them. (And on one thing I agree…its awfully hard not to give in to the temptation. When he was alive…I could never have spoken moderately about him, and I can’t count the times I’ve called him a liar, a tool and a fraud…but he’s dead…and I’m moving on to the next fraud that needs constant opposition.)

  • Hadrian999

    how is he only 43, he looks like he’s about 60

    • Eric_D_Read

      Speed freaks tend not to age well.

  • Tchoutoye

    He was the epitome of conservative mean-spiritedness.