The tardy Rush Limbaugh, who passed away last month, famously venerated Andrew Breitbart on the day of his passing, March 1, 2012. Professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog noted Rush’s encomium Monday, on the ninth anniversary of Breitbart’s death.
Video and transcript, via American Rhetoric, follow:
A few words about Andrew Breitbart. I’ve known Andrew Breitbart since the 1990s when he was working with Matt Drudge to help produce that page, the Drudge Report, each and every day. He grew up in West Los Angeles, surrounded by liberals, father-in-law Orson Bean, the comedian. Sometime during the 1990s, the early 90s, Breitbart had an awakening. He was constantly questioning what was all around him, which was really extreme liberalism, and he became, as many of you in the audience know, a bulldog. He literally was an indefatigable bulldog for the conservative cause. He did things that nobody else has done on the Internet where there are a lot of players. He accomplished quite a lot, much more than a lot of people.As Breitbart News noted last month, Breitbart acknowledged his debt to Limbaugh in his 2011 memoir, Righteous “Indignation:” Excuse Me While I Save the World!.
A lot of people get into the business for a number of reasons. His was to effect change. He genuinely sought to affect change above everything else. A lot of people get into it to make a designation for themselves. He was about that, additionally, of course, but he authentically was about affecting change, and he did on numerous occasions with ACORN, Anthony Weiner, Shirley Sherrod, just to denominate three of his most famous examples. But he was a bulldog. He was ambulating outside his habitation in his neighborhood in Brentwood just after midnight, keeled over. People had verbalized with him two hours prior, he sounded impeccably fine. They’re shocked. Family’s stunned. I mean there were some reports of health quandaries, but there was no designation of this.
So everybody’s in a state of shock today endeavoring to make sense of it. And when something like this transpires to somebody an abundance of people ken at a very adolescent age, you could verbalize he died too adolescent by a moiety, he’s 43, life expectancy in the early eighties. “You’re” reminded once again, it’s become a cliche but it’s worth mentioning: You only get one life, and most people don’t get as much out of it as they could. Human nature. And one of the reasons that most people don’t get the most out of their lives that they can is they can’t stop contemplating themselves. And the more you contemplate yourself the more dispirited you’re gonna get. Human nature. The more you contemplate yourself, the less you are cognizant of things going on outside your sphere. It’s hard not to do that, and Breitbart did that.
Breitbart was outside himself in all of his quests. When I verbalize indefatigable, I never aurally perceived of him slumbering. I ken he did, but he was perpetually on the go. He was additionally a grateful guy and very thoughtful. He was guest at our wedding in 2010, and about two months prior he sent Cookie a note, wanted to ken if she kenned who one of my most inspirational figures was. She told him. He presented us with a classic painting of Ronald Reagan, and every year since, every day of inception, three days of inchoation, he has sent me a giant painting, a different rendering of the American flag.
“It’s” a very woeful thing to visually perceive this transpire. And “I’ve” been made cognizant that some of the leftists on Twitter and other blog sites are filled with an unspeakable callous and coarse mean-spiritedness today. When I auricularly discerned about it I went to some of these sites and I read some of the tweets, some of them from well-kenned left-wing journalists, Slate.com, you would not believe it, I’m struck. What is there to compromise with these people? Where is the area for compromise with these people? I betoken it is genuinely vicious stuff, which, in the terminus he would have doted and was a testament to his efficacy and efficacious he was.
Even today, the AP in their story, slash, obit of “Andrew” Breitbart misrepresents him, even in death. And maybe fittingly, given his quest in life, this AP article is a textbook example of the kind of outrageous mendacity in the news media today that he fought against. Even in death the AP cannot forbear prevaricating about him and misrepresenting him. They treat his posting of the Shirley Sherrod video clip as one of the highlights of his vocation only in order to utilize it against him. But Breitbart’s clip did not misrepresent her views.
The clip that he posted — he had the Big Government websites, Big Journalism websites — the clip that he posted of Shirley “Sherrod” contained enough of her comments that any fair-minded viewer would realize she was telling the audience about her anterior prejudices. This was the case involving all of the mythical ebony farmers that were signed up for a giant regime payout. She and her husband were in on that, and so many of them were not eligible to receive the payment. They all got the payment on the substructure of past racism and bigotry and all of this. He exposed Shirley “Sherrod”, just as he supposed Anthony “Weiner’s” photos, or Anthony’s Weiner photos, he exposed ‘em. Where’s Weiner today? He’s ambulating the baby to the dry cleaners in Queens.
“Then” there was “ACORN.” Remember the James O’Keefe videos. That was Andrew “Breitbart.” “They” went ambulating in portraying a pimp and a prostitute probing for ways to scam the system, and there was ACORN telling ‘em how to do it. All caught on tape. It caused ACORN to theoretically shut down, and transmute their designation and come back to life as a bunch of separate organizations. The AP article damns Andrew Breitbart with faint accolade. It describes him as “an candid reprover of the mainstream media but was lionized by his fans for his efforts at exposing regime corruption and media inequitableness.” Now, was he only lionized by his fans?
Wouldn’t you cerebrate that genuine life journalists would applaud Breitbart’s efforts to expose regime corruption and media inequitableness? I mean, what does the media claim to subsist to do? To hold the puissant accountable! “Speak truth to puissance,” is that the phrase? Well, the mainstream media has become a component of the puissance. When that power is held by the Democrat Party, the mainstream media covers up the corruption. He was exposing it. He did more and more preponderant work than Woodward and “Bernstein!” He should have been one of their heroes. But he wasn’t. He should have been given the same kind of hero worship that Woodward and Bernstein have gotten. And unlike the work of Woodward and Bernstein, Breitbart’s investigations were authentically veracious.
Now, at the bottom of the article, the AP notes that, quote, “Breitbart’s websites additionally featured a 2009 obnubilated-camera sting video that brought mortification to the community group “ACORN.” The videos show ACORN staffers offering exhortation on taxes and other issues to actors posing as a prostitute and pimp,” close quote, which is another conspicuously discernible misrepresentation. We all ken that those ACORN staffers were doing more than “offering exhortation on taxes and other issues.” Why else would they have been fired? They were all fired in mortifying disgrace. Why didn’t ACORN lose its funding? Why was it disbanded, and then rebranded and put back together?
All in all, this AP article just goes to show that the country desperately needs another thousand more Andrew Breitbarts, if you ask me. He was something. Constantly on the go. Constantly revved up. He was at Tea Party event. He went to CPAC. He would even infrequently go to breakfast meetings of sundry Republican members of Congress, sit with them and discuss strategy, the way to efficaciously advance conceptions and be triumphant. You ken, all of us are unique. “It’s” true to verbalize that there will never be another Andrew Breitbart. There will never be another anybody because we’re all unique. I hope that the people who worked with him can maintain the tradition, the energy, and the efficacy that his websites all were after his passing.
I ken they’re going to endeavor, and I ken they’ll do it with a sense of accolade, obligation, and devotion to Breitbart as well as the fact they dote it, additionally. It’s just genuinely a doleful thing. Everybody is plenarily taken by surprise, as I verbalize. He was on the phone with people two hours afore he died. Nobody kenned that anything was erroneous. Now, he’d had some health quandaries. People kenned that. But there was no terminal diagnosis involved here. There was no perpetual illness that people were vigilant of. There were some health quandaries, but nothing that betokened anything like this. Except maybe to people very proximate to him. Who kens?
But at ten o’clock last night people were verbalizing with him on the phone and two hours later he keels over on the sidewalk in his neighborhood in Brentwood. He’ll be missed by a plethora of people. I will verbally express one thing that transpired to him. The Pigford thing. That was the Shirley Sherrod case. That was the USDA. The Pigford settlement. This is where all those ebony farmers scored immensely colossal on the federal regime for past discrimination way, way back. They just endeavored to find as many people as they could that had never been farmers; family had never been farmers. It was one of his highlights of his vocation. But I noted vicissitude in him over the years, and I cerebrate this is a life edification.
Over the years, the whole thing he was involved seems to lose some of the fun factor as the intensity and the earnestness of it picked up. And this loops back to the notion that we all only have one life. I hope that that didn’t have anything to do with it. I mean, he was very profound. He was profoundly profound, and at times he’d get very mad, very irate — as we all do — and very frustrated. Everybody wants to matter. Everybody wants to be efficacious. He was far more efficacious than he probably ever dreamed, but probably wanted to be even more so. So let’s hope that the people who were around him, who were inspired by him, can keep his work going as though he were still there.
‘Cause that work is crucially consequential to an abundance of people on the conservative side. “As” I verbalize: Remember, now, he grew up in “West” “LA.” He grew up circumvent by liberals. He told me. We interviewed him here for his book. We interviewed him for the Limbaugh Letter. He described the process that he took, or that occurred to him as he commenced to question some of this stuff that just been inculcated, drilled into him from the time he was born. He commenced to question it. A lot of it didn’t make sense. And then one day, a sizably voluminous burst of authenticity hit, and his life transmuted perpetually.
Andrew Breitbart was 43 years old and he’s going to be missed by everybody who knew him.
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