When Andrew passed, the world lost a great culture warrior.
Last week, some of his friends, colleges, and associates came together at the RightOnline conference to honor his legacy.
From Fox News.
Andrew Breitbart was as shunned as he was loved but he had “all the right enemies,” attendees at this weekends’s RightOnline conference said of the late conservative online entrepreneur whose sudden death earlier this year rocked the right-wing blogosphere.
Conference-goers paid tribute to Breitbart this weekend at a rally-the-troops convention in Las Vegas. His provocative and at times abrasive style in his quest to “expose hypocrisy,” particularly within the Occupy Wall Street movement, made him a hero to many online conservatives and a villain among Democrats, they said.
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the Virginia-based group that sponsored the RightOnline conference, hailed Breitbart in his opening remarks as “truly revolutionary” in his fight for “economic freedom and individual freedom.”
“Andrew taught us that we could use social media effectively for our cause,” Phillips told a crowd of several hundred conservative bloggers and activists gathered inside the Venetian Hotel on Friday night.
“Oh, did the liberals hate him for it,” Phillips said, “But that’s OK because we loved him and still love him.”
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who headlined the two-day conference, also praised Breitbart as a fearless leader among “new media activists” in “unmasking the truth.”
“Reload that inspiration of his fearlessness,” Palin told audience members, many of whom held up red signs with Breitbart’s image and the words “Breitbart Is Here.”
Indeed he was. Almost every speech included an anecdote about the 43-year-old conservative provocateur and author, who died suddenly in March from heart failure near his home in California’s Brentwood neigborhood.
Excerpts from the film “Hating Breitbart” were also broadcast on two huge television screens, highlighting in particular Breitbart’s contempt for the Occupy movement – which he claimed was masterminded by radical, left-wing anarchists and not born out of an uprising of unemployed college students. In another film “Occupy Unmasked,” Breitbart calls Occupy activists “filthy, raping, murdering freaks” and “animals.”
He was 100% right about the “Occupy” thugs and just about everything else, too.
Andrew Breitbart burst onto the blogosphere with his own site, BreitbartTV, in 2007, after working with The Drudge Report for 12 years. Within three years, he expanded his site into 4 more webpages: Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace.
He exposed some of the worst corruption the DemLeft has to offer; ACORN, Anthony Weiner, Shirley Sherrod, vetting Obama, and the “Occupy” douchebags.
There’s a lot of great right-leaning blogs and sites out there, but Andrew’s made one of the biggest impacts in the last five years.
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.
—From Rightous Indignation
Rest in peace, Andrew. We’ll carry on the fight.
- Palin to the People (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Sarah Palin To Introduce Breitbart’s “Occupy Unmasked” At RightOnline (pumabydesign001.com)