Andrew Breitbart passed away unexpectedly last night. He was a courageous and capable political pioneer and online activist.
He helped run the Drudge Report and helped launch the Huffington Post before he started his own sites, including BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com
, and BigJournalism.com
In his own words, "I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and -- famously -- I enjoy making enemies.
"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."
Rest in peace, Andrew Breitbart!
“Today, the conservative movement has lost a powerful voice in the fight to protect our freedom. Andrew Beitbart was a pioneer in using social media and digital technology to bring a courageous conservative message to America’s grassroots. He did something many in the conservative movement are afraid to do – go right at the left and not back down. Andrew served as an example to the rest of the conservative movement of how to fight for our values without apology or compromise.”
“He was never afraid to tackle the most pressing issues of our time, the most damaging special interests, and the corruption and hypocrisy that threaten the American way of life. Andrew was a soldier for this nation’s core values of limited government, and individual freedom. We will carry on this great cause of protecting freedom from government excess using his passion and energy as inspiration. While he has been taken from us too soon, his voice will undoubtedly resonate and his impact will be felt long after this sad day.” Ned Ryun, American Majority
"Andrew was among the most fully engaged people I’ve ever known, and absolutely one of the funniest. In a car on the way to dinner with Bill Ayers in Chicago last month, he launched into a soliloquy [topic redacted for readers under 18] so unrelentingly hilarious I thought I might black out from oxygen deprivation. When was the last time you laughed that hard? I did every single time I was with him.
"He was also decent as hell, a loyal friend in a business with too few of them. Andrew was one of the first people we called for advice when we decided to start The Daily Caller
. He wrote a piece for us the day we launched. If we were competitors, he never acted like it.
"Andrew was a great performer of course, but I never got the sense that he was a natural extrovert. He pushed himself. He was utterly ballsy that way, willing to do things that scared him. Last year he showed up at an Occupy Wall Street protest on rollerblades. Within minutes, through pure aggression and fast talking, he’d taken command of the crowd. The protest ended when Andrew led the obedient mob to a local chain restaurant for lunch....
"He really was a great guy. There aren’t many." Tucker Carlson