11:29 AM, Apr 15, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
There's a profile of the late Andrew Breitbart in the New York Times "Sunday Styles" section by reporter David Carr. Carr's a talented and fair journalist, by Times standards, and the piece is mostly fair enough. But in the middle of it is this striking sentence, or rather this striking parenthesis:
"For good or ill (and most would say ill), no one did it like Mr. Breitbart."
"Most would say ill?" Really? I know of no empirical evidence that backs up this statement. If anything, my experience has been the opposite—almost all conservatives would say Andrew was a force for good, and even some liberals would deny he was a force for ill. I think Carr is intelligent enough to know this, and that he wouldn't have written it. I suspect this parenthesis was added by Times editors who couldn't stand the notion that innocent people might read Carr's piece and decide that Andrew's achievements were, on the whole, admirable.
If I'm wrong, David Carr is free to step forward to take responsibility for this parenthesis—and to defend it. If I'm right, we have here a striking example of the Times's irresponsibility and mean-spiritedness.
10:44 PM, Mar 1, 2012 • By MATT LABASH
I woke up this morning to about ten emails from journalist friends asking if our mutual friend, Andrew Breitbart, was really dead. “Really” was the operative word. Some meant it in the traditional sense: Is it possible for the human inferno that Breitbart resembled to have actually been extinguished at age 43, leaving his elegant wife Susie and his four beloved children behind? Several, however, meant it as in: Is Andrew really dead? Many of us didn’t know if we could trust the announcement, thinking this could be another Breitbart caper, as he always had two or three in his back pocket.
7:05 PM, Mar 1, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
I suspect many of Andrew Breitbart's friends thinking today about how they’ll remember Andrew will picture him charging through the lobby of a hotel followed by opponents hoping to trip him up, supporters cheering on the confrontation, or journalists taking it all in. Some will recall seeing him give a speech to hundreds of conservative activists as he did in Michigan last Saturday. Many will remember having drinks or dinner or coffee with Andrew and a large group of people crowded around a tiny bar table or spilling out awkwardly into the aisles of a restaurant.
12:03 PM, Mar 1, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
I'm as shocked as everyone else to hear about the death of Andrew Breitbart this morning. I didn't know Breitbart well, but I knew him well enough to like him a great deal.
11:02 AM, Mar 1, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Andrew Breitbart died suddenly last night, much, much too young. He was a good and loyal friend, a happy and exuberant warrior, and a talented and dynamic force on behalf of causes he believed in, and the country he loved. May his memory be a blessing.
Here’s a moving tribute by Andrew’s good friend Jonah Goldberg, who happened to be at the Fox studio when the news broke this morning:
2:23 PM, Jun 6, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Andrew Breitbart has been releasing photographs of New York Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner throughout the day, and he now reports that he received pictures of a shirtless Weiner from an anonymous source.
6:00 PM, Jul 21, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
I wrote yesterday that cries of racism without just cause and serious proof are damaging to the falsely accused, the political process, race relations, and those who suffer from actual racism. I was talking mostly about the left's cynical and frequent use of "racism" accusations to marginalize political opponents at the time, but the same applies to unfounded accusations of racism from Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart.
The solution to the left's frequent playing of the race card is not for the right to start a racism accusation arms race. We don't need more accusations flying around with flimsy evidence. We need far more consideration before flinging them, on all sides.
Racism is among the worst things one can be accused of in American society, and one should require solid proof before levying it—against white conservative activists or black USDA employees. In the case of Shirley Sherrod, it's pretty clear neither Breitbart nor the USDA nor the NAACP nor the White House had it.
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