Meet the Breitbrats: Carrying on the Work of Andrew Breitbart, Only Really, Really Badly

tomt200.jpgWhen Andrew Breitbart died at the absurdly young age of 43, rightbloggers were sad -- and also mad at liberals, whom some of them blamed for the rageaholic activist's death.

After a period of mourning, they decided that the best tribute to their fallen leader would be to follow his example, i.e., yell incoherently at people with whom they disagreed.

So they ran some old video of President Obama and yelled at the media for ignoring it. Then they yelled at a TV movie for making fun of Sarah Palin.

We never thought we'd say this, but Andrew will be sorely missed.

The many achievements of Andrew Breitbart we won't repeat here, as they were well covered at the time of his death by all the mainstream media outlets he denounced as liars and scum.

But Breitbart's death made his influence on rightbloggers more obvious than ever, and the more devoted of them -- we might call them Breitbrats -- swore to take up his fallen standard and march into the teeth of the Lame Stream Media.

Some showed their devotion with videos. This one shows Breitbart yelling things like, "the new media is taking over where the old media failed!" and "put your cell phones and your Blackberrys up in the air!" with a hip-hop soundtrack, which the auteurs perhaps hope will bring more African-Americans into the movement -- at least, the ones who've never heard of Shirley Sherrod.

If that's too edgy for you, here's one in which acolytes stare into the camera and announce "I am Andrew Breitbart" as they once stared into the camera and announced "I am John Galt." In others, they held up "Breitbart is Here" signs at rallies for that other new media martyr, Rush Limbaugh.

The libertarian bloggers at Reason magazine paid their tribute: "Breitbart didn't simply risk the ire of indignant liberals. He insisted on it," said Nick Gillespie. "He was genuinely, convincingly, overwhelmingly outraged at the workaday biases of liberal media, academia, and entertainment, and always positioned himself smack dab in the center of it," said Matt Welch. (Libertarians, for those who didn't know, are conservatives with social pretensions.)

Some acolytes started up a "djbreitbart project," the purpose of which seems to be associating Breitbart's name with cool tunes from decades gone by. (Example: "Andrew was a punk rock Republican who never slowed down. Ramones | 'I Wanna Be Sedated' #djbreitbart.")

Some distributed stickers and T-shirts saying "I am Breitbart" and such like. Some worked that newer form of propaganda, the Twitter hashtag -- for instance, #war, which may have made them feel warlike and butch.

"We are at #War and need to fight back in the field of ideas," said Fuzzy Logic. "Hey @gawker," said @brandondarby, "The unkind words you spewed when my friend died will cost you. #War #Breitbart," etc.

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I am Breitbart -- or will be as soon as the drugs kick in
Sissy Willis attempted to promote an "#armyofandrews" hashtag, "a play on Glenn Reynolds' Army of Davids," she explained. "Like the conspiratorial 'dog whistle' of our statist adversaries' nightmares,' Willis elaborated, "Breitbart's passing was a call-to-arms for the freedom fighters to ratchet up our defense of the Shining City..."

DaTechGuy complained that "the left is going nuts with joy on twitter [at Breitbart's death]," but then showed a very gracious tweet from Democratic operative Donna Brazile, who called Breitbart a genius. Comity, right? No, #war! "It is Donna Brazile's tweet that explains why the left hated him so better than any other," roared DaTechGuy, "...they understood both his genius and fearlessness and believe they will no longer have to face it." With some people, folks, there's absolutely no point in being nice.

"Andrew Breitbart was one of the kindest, most generous men I've ever known," said Ben Domenech. (Say, isn't that a line from The Manchurian Candidate? Well, Domenech is best known as a plagiarist.) "...He was confident," Domenech continued, "that if only the people knew the truth, if only they had something other than the New York Times to give it to them, they would choose the right path." (And so he invented Fox News.)

Inevitably, some of the brethren declared that Breitbart was murdered by the communists/Obama. "Everybody feels the same way, that this guy was murdered," said radio host "Mancow" Muller, as reported by Alex Jones. Why? "Andrew Breitbart had in fact planned to release information that would 'destroy Barack Obama' on March 1st, hours after his untimely death," reported Jones.

"Was conservative activist Andrew Breitbart murdered?" asked RedState. "It is possible and the issue must be raised for one reason only: Because knowing the malicious temperament of the radical left in America that hated Breitbart, we should not rule out that they killed him."

Twitter lit up with the accusation. But despite their suspicion that The Man was out to get them, these Breitbrats didn't hide in basements, nor encase their crowns in tinfoil, and thus hope to evade the ObamaHitler death squads. No, they bravely stood on their hind legs and did the work of the Lord.

So, you may be wondering, other than by chest-pounding how did the Breitbrats follow the example of their fallen leader? Basically, by yelling at Hollyweird and by cooking up a Really Big Scoop on Obama Hitler -- the Really Bigness of which was proven, in their view, by the Lieberal Lame Stream Media's refusal to acknowledge its Really Bigness.

The Breitbrats at Breitbart's Big Hollywood were, for example, all over the HBO production of Game Change, which made fun of Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign and was therefore treasonous.

Many conservatives dismissed the movie as lefty propaganda -- for example, Commentary editor John Podhoretz grumped that the filmmakers didn't choose the best '08 campaign stories: "You know how Obama had to choose a VP and couldn't pick Hillary b/c of Bill and chose an idiot who embarrassed him?" he tweeted. "Wrong party, though." (We don't think Podhoretz would have liked watching that story all the way to the end, though.)

But few bothered to get worked up about it, nor to defend too strongly its subject, Sarah Palin; even partisan flagship RedState said, "I think most of us can now admit that [Palin] wasn't qualified for national office."

At Big Hollywood, though, it was #war.


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Jimbob Joebob
Jimbob Joebob

I hosted Breitbart at a Dodgers game a few years ago.  He got shitfaced drunk and spewed racial epithets at all the hispanic and black players.  He may have been brilliant, but he was a total asshole and I was embarrassed -- I had no idea at the time who he was and had to rethink my business relationships.

I feel sympathy for his family and friends, as he was a human being like the rest of us -- but, i feel no loss of his rhetoric and ideas.

Ron
Ron

They should start a Breitbart Foundation for research into the disease that killed him. With hope, they will find a cure for Butthurt.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

What's with the YouTube video of Zach Gallifnakis  on page one?

The Bleedin' Obvious
The Bleedin' Obvious

I read that in CA it takes 6 weeks for a full toxicology report to be prepared and released.  That should be just long enough to get the canonization over with and the crumbs swept away, and with any luck for the Litebarts, the media will have stopped paying attention. 

Aw hell, who am I kidding?  The media loves a good death story morality binge with illegal substances involved. 

Sissy Willis
Sissy Willis

Drip, drip, drip …

A finely written piece, not without wit, but without wisdom.

Thank you for the link. If you're known by your enemies, woo hoo! I'm in good company.

M. Krebs
M. Krebs

Such a very, very disappointing showing from the Breitbart acolytes (aka winged monkeys). 

Pick up your game, people! 

Dennis
Dennis

Breitbarts goal was simple. Honesty in the media. Nothing more, nothing less.

Aries Post
Aries Post

It's easy to bring all these stories about all these whack jobs that claim to be 'carrying'  breitbart's work . This is doing un-justice to breitbart, a smart and reasonable man.

Good articles on www.ariespost.com

o3
o3

i was shocked, shocked by that scandelous vid when kenyian harvard obama hugged malcom x then said to murder breitbart. death panels indeed

Peter Ingemi
Peter Ingemi

First of all thank you most kindly for the link:

However concerning your comment on my post, you might have gotten an education if you had clicked the link to Ms. Brazile's tweet you would have seen the reactions of her followers to her assertion of Breitbart's genius  It was most illuminating.

In my many updates (ten on that post)  there were links to articles such as Mr. Taibbii's at Rolling Stone and in a later post Mr. Cohen's at the post that could not be mistaken for Ms. Brazille's gracious words, or media matters which showed some class that day as well I might add..  I saw no reason to repeat calumny's that other bloggers had dealt with in detail.

(For the record I'm met Donna Brazile and while wrong politically she is a gracious lady and my condolences to her on the death of her father this week)

As a person who knew Andrew, though not as well as many others,  my goal is simply to be there and hold the MSM to account and to provide a true record of what I see.  This is a process not done regularly in the past and made possible by the tools of technology that Andrew used to their full advantage.

My goal is not to "Be Breitbart" so to speak, but if by providing a voice outside the media filter, via the blog, the radio show and my coverage of local, state and national events in person  is considered "Being Breitbart" by some, so be it.

And if that means being mocked by the left and those who comment on such sites, that's fine, it comes with the territory, after all if my work is good it should be able to stand up under fire.

Lex Alexander
Lex Alexander

Improbable as it seems, Breitbart actually appears to have been the brains of his outfit.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

their lies, no matter how easily debunked, are justified as long as it meets the noble end of stopping that dangerous woman from Wasilla.

Stopping her from what?  If she wants to take money from kooks that's cool with me.  Is she running for office or something?

coozledad
coozledad

Sorry. That was in reply to Roger Ailes, way downthread.

coozledad
coozledad

Or Breitwursts: Little sausages made of a culture of his toenail fungus and neck beard clippings.

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes

Breitbrats?

How about Litebarts? Or, given their output, Lightfarts?

Glenn
Glenn

"The unkind words you spewed"

That's rich!

susanoftexas
susanoftexas

I was nearly brought to tears by all the tributes to Mr. Breitbart's lovely wife and small children. We heard many times of his fatherly devotion, and no doubt it was merely a fluke that he appeared to have the habit of spending evenings at a local bar drinking with strangers rather than home, in the loving bosom of his family.

Bob
Bob

breitbart? sorry, no, name doesn't ring a bell.  was he someone?

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

You don't find it the least bit scandalous that, only a couple a few 30 years ago this Kenyan socialist black nationalist left-wing communist first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review would embrace this dangerous gun-toting militant radical convicted felon violent revolutionary first tenured African-American professor of Law at Harvard during this Black Panther rally violent occupation destructive mob riot peaceful campus protest advocating death to whitey tenure for minority and female law professors?

I mean WTF?

 

edroso
edroso

"A finely written piece, not without wit, but without wisdom."You know what? I'll take it. 

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

Misogynists, plagarists, and rageaholics. Kudos.

SFAW
SFAW

"I'm in good company."

Well, now that you've visited this site, you are. Outside of here, not so much.

Baron Elmo
Baron Elmo

 "Honesty in the media"...? Yeah, right. Ask Shirley Sherrod about that.

coozledad
coozledad

He gently laid down his life to protect us from the black agriculturalist bloc. They ought to put his head on Stone Mountain.

GeoX
GeoX

 By negative example, you mean?  Pretty tricksy!

ktheintz
ktheintz

Mock if you will, but I have my suspicions. A full autopsy, with complete pharmacological profile, must be performed and the results published in their entirety, for those suspicions to be assuaged.

SFAW
SFAW

"then said to murder breitbart"

Liar!

EVERYONE knows that the Kenyan usurper would not say such a thing, because it would be the smoking gun that would finally get Boehner/Cantor/Bozo to the Impeachment tipping point, as well as other cliches.

M Boufant
M Boufant

my goal is simply to be there and hold the MSM to account and to provide a true record of what I see

Fine, as long as you realize that "what you see" may not, in fact, be true for most definitions of the word.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Yep, Breitbart had a real "genius" for remorselessly ratfucking people's careers away.  He not only felt no remorse, he was Trotskyite proud of the carnage his lies produced.  That is my eulogy for Breitbart.  

edroso
edroso

"... you might have gotten an education if you had clicked the link to Ms. Brazile's tweet you would have seen the reactions of her followers to her assertion of Breitbart's genius  It was most illuminating."Look, this gig is hard enough. If I had to read leftbloggers too, I'd burn out pretty fast. 

Jay B.
Jay B.

"And if that means being mocked by the left and those who comment on such sites, that's fine, it comes with the territory, after all if my work is good it should be able to stand up under fire."That's actually an admirable belief. The trouble is, your work sucks and it doesn't stand up when someone sneezes never mind takes aim with dangerously pointed words. It's petty bullshit and self-pitying projection. 

As Marlene Dietrich's character said about Orson Welles' character in Touch of Evil (and I paraphrase from memory): "He was some kind of man. Who gives a flying fuck?"

adellutri
adellutri

How do you know Breitbart's really dead? What if it's a another put-on?

tinheart
tinheart

I remember Breitbart's kind words on the death of Ted Kennedy and even though he didn't agree with Kennedy politically he was nothing but gracious.

coozledad
coozledad

And if that means being mocked by the left and those who comment on such sites, that's fine, it comes with the territory, after all if my work is good it should be able to stand up under fire.<,/i>Always with the unconscious phallic/military metaphor.You're getting at the nubbin of the problem though. with us liberals, it's always been a war on dicks.

Synykyl
Synykyl

 How about not-so-Breitbarts?

mds
mds

 Oh, yeah?  Well, how much time does President Obama spend with his family every day?  And whenever he does make time to spend with his family, the right-wing propaganda shit chute attacks him for doing so.  So there!

tb
tb

I believe it's a soft German cheese. 

SFAW
SFAW

Geez, Roy, you must really be hard up.

SFAW
SFAW

"suspicions to be sausaged"? 

Don't you think that's carrying the "Breitwurst" thing a little far?

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

 I demand the release of the long-form vault copy of the death certificate!

coozledad
coozledad

Oh fuck. Forgot to close my tag.

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

I'm sorry, it doesn't count when Obama spends time with his family because he spends the rest of his time in his Kenyan witch-doctor lab in a hidden room in the basement of the White House, where he stabs pins into voodoo dolls shaped like minor conservative operatives, thereby causing their heart attacks and unfortunate verbal attacks on young women, which they never would have done otherwise.

SFAW
SFAW

Don't forget to check the kerning

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