TOPSIDE UPDATE: James O’Keefe’s tribute — “God bless you, Andrew Breitbart; thank you for all you’ve taught me and all that you’ve given to us all.”
Please pray for his family, friends, admirers, and fellow activists.
A video I posted in September 2010 epitomized how important his work was, and how critical it is that others carry it on:
Breitbart, all alone except for camera accompaniment, challenged a bused-in crowd numbering probably 100 or so protesting a Glenn Beck appearance to tell him specifically why Glenn Beck is a coward and what Beck has lied about — and got no coherent response, while enduring hateful homophobic slurs from the crowd members.
Narrator: “In the end, the protesters decided to throw in the towel and head back to their school buses (City of Chicago school buses — Ed.) for the long ride home.”
Andrew Breitbart, who was completely unafraid, will continue to inspire others who need to call upon their own courage for years to come.
UPDATES: Reactions (will update throughout the day) –
- Roger Simon — “America … has lost one of its truly great patriots.”
- Ed Morrissey — “No one who saw it will ever forget how he seized the podium at Anthony Weiner’s press conference and demanded vindication from media outlets who had been disparaging him and defending Weiner when the former Congressman got caught literally with his pants down.”
- Michelle Malkin — “Even in death, he succeeds in exposing the hate-filled intolerance of the tolerance poseurs.” Check out the hateful tweets at her post.
- Matt Sheffield at NewsBusters — “He succeeded in ways greater than he likely ever dreamed in his desire to help the right learn to toughen up and understand how the left views politics as the moral equivalent of war.”
- Sheffield also has the official statement from Brent Bozell at the NB’s parent, the Media Research Center — “Today we have a lost a truly brilliant mind and a tireless warrior for the conservative movement. Andrew was one of the few good guys who knew Hollywood inside and out. He coupled that knowledge with the creativity and passion that has become his trademark, offering it for the cause that he so believed in. The entire Breitbart family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.”
- Gateway Pundit — “Thank you for your courage, strength, honesty and devotion.”
- Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer has reactions from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.
- Weasel Zippers — “Liberals Celebrate the News.”
- Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs — “Andrew was our warrior, our leader. Fearless, unapologetic, brilliant. I admire few, but Andrew was in a league of his own. His herculean contribution to the war is incalculable.” From an Atlas commenter: “A powerful angel is now with us.”
- Jeff Emanuel at RedState — “I can say, without reservation, that Andrew Breitbart the man was fully deserving of every posthumous accolade he will receive today and in the future. He also deserves a conservative movement that will carry on his work, with the same courage and dedication he brought to it every day …”
- Students for Life director Kristan Hawkins, quoted at LifeNews.com — ““His passion to defend conservative and pro-life ideals – fueled by his own adoption – have made him a leader in exposing the corruption and bias of the media. I’m so happy that his mom chose life. He leaves behind an inspiring and beautiful legacy, including 4 children. Our team at SFLA is continuing to pray for his family.”
- Right Scoop — “we lost one of our greatest fighters on the right against tyranny.”
- DaTechGuy tweets: “I am andrew breitbart right now and if you are a blogger on the right so are all of you.”
UPDATE 2: Ed Driscoll —
Andrew Breitbart’s entire mission, both on Twitter and on his Big sites, was to say to the MSM, you don’t get the final word anymore. It’s now a conversation. We’ll consider what you report, and how you report it, and determine for ourselves how factually accurate it is. How well it matches up with our worldview. How well it matches up with modern “liberalism’s” mission statement that promises tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism — and if you can’t respect your neighbor, simply because he disagrees with you on the size and role of government, you’ve failed that mission statement.