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Thursday, March 01, 2012

RIP ANDREW BREITBART

"The best tribute we can give you is to continue carrying that torch and fight the good fight."

In Mourning
Andrew Breitbart has been reported dead at age 43. It is said that he died of natural causes, although since he's younger than me, that's so difficult to imagine that many are suggesting some dark conspiracy to silence the man. I don't share those suspicions; there's no evidence or reason to suspect anything but a deep, shockiing tragedy. At the Breitbart news site they have this statement:
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
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.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.
I am very saddened and shocked to hear of this, and the country and world at large is poorer for his death. Although he was no Buck Compton, Andrew Breitbart waged a different kind of fight, and that fight was to the benefit of everyone.

Even ideological enemies should respect his legacy and appreciate what he managed to accomplish because no one man was more responsible for changing the face of media and news reporting in the world, and that change was for the better. As technology advances and the world changes, the news empires of the world had to change as well, and this man led the way.

He was a gadfly, an annoyance to many, but a force to help keep news honest, and that's to the benefit of everyone. He will be deeply, deeply missed and in coming years I suspect he will be incredibly respected and honored. When the world changed, he was there to lead the way.

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