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Taibbi writes: "I say this in the nicest possible way. I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart. Not in the sense that I would ever have wanted to hang out with him, or even be caught within a hundred yards of him without a Haz-Mat suit on, but I respected the shamelessness."

Matt Taibbi at Skylight Studio in New York, 10/27/10. (photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Matt Taibbi at Skylight Studio in New York, 10/27/10. (photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

02 March 12


o Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here's what I have to say to that, and I'm sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn't be happier that he's dead.

I say this in the nicest possible way. I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart. Not in the sense that I would ever have wanted to hang out with him, or even be caught within a hundred yards of him without a Haz-Mat suit on, but I respected the shamelessness. Breitbart didn't do anything by halves, and even his most ardent detractors had to admit that he had a highly developed, if not always funny, sense of humor.

For instance, it would be dishonest not to tip a hat to him for that famous scene when he hijacked Anthony Weiner's own self-immolating "apology" press conferences priceless attemp, and held up the entire event by standing at the lectern and congratulating himself at length, before Weiner could let the humiliating healing begin.

For that one, brief, shining moment - still one of the most painful-to-watch YouTube spectacles of all time, right there with Mitt Romney's priceless attempt at singing "Who Let the Dogs Out?" with a group of black voters in Florida in 2008 - Breitbart could legitimately claim to have the biggest, hairiest balls on earth.

Watching Weiner apologize to Breitbart later in that same event was certainly chilling for a number of reasons (if I were Weiner, I wouldn't have apologized to that fucker even under torture) but it was hard not to appreciate the deliciousness of the scene from Breitbart's point of view. Watching Weiner pause, swallow hard, and make the extraordinary decision to plant his lips squarely on the loathsome Breitbart's ass on national television, that was like the ultimate Mona Lisa masterpiece of right-wing media provocations. That the outrageous Breitbart was standing right there, looking gorgeously gassy in his unbuttoned shirt, bloated Joey Buttafuoco cheeks and splendiforous silver half-mullet, made the humiliation of the trim and neatly-groomed Weiner even more abject.

Furthermore, the ACORN videos made by Breitbart and his two young acolytes, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe - it's hard not to see the inspired humor behind their elaborate stunt. And anyone who's heard their proposals before ACORN staffers to bring underage girls over the border as part of a white-(or nonwhite-) slaving startup firm, and doesn't think the ACORN responses (or non-responses, as it were) were shocking, they're deluding themselves. In the Baltimore office, they ran the whole underage hooker-den spiel past an ACORN staffer, and got the following response: "You are gonna use three of them - they are gonna be under 16, so you is eligible to get child tax credit and additional child tax credit."

That is seriously messed up material. Did they edit the videos heavily? Hell yes. Did they make ACORN's behavior out to be a lot worse than it was? Absolutely. But there's no way to watch the raw footage and not grasp how totally nuts some of this ACORN "counseling" was. We have to give Breitbart that.

Breitbart has written some nasty things about me personally, once contrived to publish my private emails online, and even teamed up with Rush Limbaugh to humorously mis-identify me as a behind-the-scenes marionettist of the "media-Democrat industrial complex" (Breitbart thought I was improperly advising Occupy leaders), but all that's okay. I think today, it's safe to stand back and simply recognize that while many people go through their lives without leaving distinguishing marks, Andrew Breitbart definitely had his moments.

But he also had enough of a sense of humor to appreciate why someone like me shouldn't bother to pretend I'm sad he's dead. He wouldn't, in my place. So to use one of his favorite words: Good riddance, cocksucker.* Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

* See the following Breitbart quote: "I like to call someone a raving cunt every now and then, when it's appropriate, for effect... 'You cocksucker.' I love that kind of language."

UPDATE: Well done, Breitbart fans, well done! In less than 24 hours you've hacked into my Wiki page, published my telephone number on Twitter, called the Rolling Stone offices pretending to be outraged "advertisers" (anonymous ones, who hung up before we could figure out which "ads" to pull), and then spent all night calling and texting my phone with various threats and insults, many of them directed at my family. "Better grow eyes in the back of your head," was one; "I'm going to take a shit on your mother's grave," was another; a third called my wife a "piece of shit like you," and many others called me a "pile of human excrement."

Those last ones to me were the most interesting because that quote is lifted directly from Breitbart's own obit of Ted Kennedy, which like me Breitbart ran just hours after his subject died. So that means the writers of these letters knew that what I did was exactly the same as what Breitbart had done, and yet they still found a way to be unironically outraged on Breitbart's behalf. I thought: "These people don't even get their own jokes."

The really crazy thing is that I was sort of trying to be nice to Breitbart - the obit was at least half an homage. Not that I liked the guy, but he did have a few attractive qualities, one of which being the fact that he got a kick out of the nasty things people said about him. He even once had a plan to set up a website encouraging anti-Breitbart abuse, and was going to let it ride for a while, even spending six figures to hire an Obama p.r. flack to make anti-Breitbart posters, until finally revealing that he'd sponsored the whole thing. Would a person like that really expect someone like me to send flowers when he croaked? No way: he'd be insulted if I didn't give him one last kick in the balls on the way out the door.

But I guess no homage is complete without a celebration of the whole man, and the whole man in this case was not just a guy who once said, "It's all about a good laugh," but also someone who liked to publish peoples' personal information on the internet, hack into private web sites, tell lies in an attempt to get his enemies fired, and incite readers to threats against his targets and their families, including death threats. I left all of that stuff out of my obit, but now, thanks to you readers, that's all in there as well, leaving, for posterity, a much more complete picture of the man. your social media marketing partner


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+353 # marcillac 2012-03-02 11:56
Bravo! My sentiments exactly. Good riddance. He deserves only the consideration he gave to others...NONE!
+195 # YELLOWDOG 2012-03-02 13:21
Yes, bravo Matt. All the pundits have been too nice about this ah.
+134 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-03-02 13:55
Exactly! I tried to leave a comment on Huff Post that balanced the parade of "I didn't like his views, but this is sad" comments, but it never got posted — neither did any other truthful comments.

But don't take Taibbi's word alone, see for yourself. Here's Breitbart screaming at Occupy DC protestors, "You're freaks and animals! Stop raping people! You filthy, filthy, filthy, raping, murdering freaks!"
+17 # X Dane 2012-03-04 17:50
Reducto, Breitbart was a sick bastard. When I woke up and turned on TV, I saw that he was dead I was so glad and exited I almost fell out of bed.

Matt is NOTHING LIKE him. Remember how Breitbart destroyed Sherrie Sherad's career? when he took something she had written and turned it to mean the opposite. That is not journalism, or muck racking. That is dirt, filth and disgusting.

Mrs. Sherad never did anything to him. What he did was plain and simple EVIL

Thank God he is in hell
+73 # LessSaid 2012-03-02 15:11
Quoting marcillac:
Bravo! My sentiments exactly. Good riddance. He deserves only the consideration he gave to others...NONE!

I think Rush Limbaugh need to be taking notices.
+51 # George D 2012-03-02 16:54
Quoting marcillac:
Bravo! My sentiments exactly. Good riddance. He deserves only the consideration he gave to others...NONE!

I actually tried to post on Huffington Post as well and was denied. My post said, "I won't comment about this man but rather commend the Progressives and Liberals among us for being civil and more Christ like than the so called religious conservatives are."
But the many comments forced me to look up the word "respect" once again. How could I (or anyone) use that word with reference to Breitbart; Or ANY "conservative" for that matter?

Thank-you Matt, for resisting the urge to do what conservatives trot out, only when it serves their needs. Thanks for the HONEST commentary about a man that deserved every adjective you threw at him. I only wish he had been on his death bed and alive to read it before he was gone. Rush and the other hate mongers can at least appreciate what will be said about them now.
+40 # steve98052 2012-03-02 17:01
Good riddance to him and his lies. No sympathy to his fans; whether they were deluded fools or enthusiastic knowing supporters of his lies, I hope they find some misery in the end of his stream of sewage.

However, if he has any family or friends who cared for him in spite of his despicable work (rather than in support of it), they have my sympathy.
+262 # fredboy 2012-03-02 11:56
What's disappointing is all the press and attention being given to this shithead. The New York Times has run his obit for two days--what gives?

This fiend was a vicious dupe, one of thousands of hate mongers rising to the fascist spotlight. He is gone, but how many more are in the wings hoping to fill his twisted shoes?
+194 # riverhouse 2012-03-02 12:00
Good one, Taibbi. Even dead, Breitbart should not be let of the slum dog hook he so well deserved.
+197 # Pickwicky 2012-03-02 12:14
Like Limbaugh, who has the largest classroom on the planet, Breitbart also taught, and his lessons--based on misinformation, flat-out lies, and endless vicious smears--trained people how to cast the UNINFORMED vote. Breitbart wasn't merely a shit-raker, a rabble rouser, a mad, but happy destroyer, he was a canker on our democracy--in that way he's like Limbaugh, too.
+146 # erogers 2012-03-02 12:18
Right on target Matt. What goes around comes around regards the poor behavior and arrogance of Breitbart. His treatment of Ted Kennedy (after Ted's death of course) was appalling. Kennedy was no wheres near perfect but Breitbart went way over the line. The world is a far better place without the voice of Breitbart. I to am puzzled by all the media attention given to his death and regurgitation of his so-called great life. Oh well, I guess if it bleeds (or dies) it leads. Anything for a boost in ratings.
+94 # madams12 2012-03-02 12:18
with all the words and passion Taibbi musters in this rousing 'send off' to the screaming hateful banshee Breitbart...the re's not a peep, not a mention, not a reference to his well known Racism & Islamophobia, nor of his association w/ other exremists like Geller, Spencer and PIpes....but since y'all missed it here's a 'family photo'.
+86 # andyseles 2012-03-02 12:21
We can always count on Taibbi to "tell it like it is." Unfortunately the Breitbart, Rush, etc. crowd cannot tell truth from fiction or, more accurately, prefer their fiction to the truth; hence the inability to laugh at themselves. And they could learn "to be angry at the right person, for the right reasons, at the right time..."
+112 # Barbara K 2012-03-02 12:23
Good Riddance. So glad to be rid of that sleezeball! He was a liar, a crook, and bad for normal people. He spread lies about people and destroyed many good people. Glad he's gone, some others need to be gone with him. I don't think he'll be missed by many.
+45 # historywriter 2012-03-02 15:25
See where extreme anger gets you. Early death. Thank god.
+17 # wminot 2012-03-02 12:25
God help his poor family.
+21 # beeyl 2012-03-02 18:36
Most of us here agree that the world's a much better place minus Andrew Breitbart. But imagine how well you'd realize this if you'd been related to him! Now imagine how such happiness would be compounded by the fact of inheriting some money to boot!

Yes, this is the only place in a Breitbart memorial where compassion is warranted: his poor family, who had to suffer this unmitigated asshole for years, now have to suppress all their relief and joy, and pretend that he was, deep down, a good guy who will be missed by all his kith and kin. They are to be pitied, indeed.
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-03-03 00:43
I truly agree with that. They aren't guilty of his assholism. It's not their fault, and they may not even realize the implications of all the vile acts he committed. This is going to be tough for them and I really do think our thoughts should go out to them.
+101 # artful 2012-03-02 12:35
You express my sentiments exactly. Good riddance to a total piece of shit.
+82 # ktony 2012-03-02 12:38
Thanks, Matt. Someone needed to let it all hang out on this nasty person.

It has been interesting that neither Olbermann nor Maddow even mentioned the death (to my knowledge.) I guess maybe they saw it as a no-win situation.
+122 # Inspired Citizen 2012-03-02 12:45
Matt, I feel your pain. I've been under a similar attack from Glenn Beck's rabid fans for the last 16 months because of my efforts to expose that creep as the liar, hypocrite, sleazy yellow and reactionary propagandist that he is. I can't comment on Disqus (on any topic, on any site) without his band of brown-shirted hammer-heads tracking it and attacking me.

I wrote yesterday that Breitbart's legacy is deceitfulness, even if he had it right some of the time. Beck, too, is right some of the time; but on the whole, people like Beck and Breitbart (two peas in a pod) are toxic to political discourse.

I'm with you wishing this drunken creep, "good riddance c#$k sucker!" One less ideologue feeding the ignorant misinformation.
-1 # vitobonespur 2012-03-02 13:45
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.
+7 # beeyl 2012-03-03 10:21
As far as I can tell, this comment is the definition of a non sequitur. So why the thumbs down votes?
+75 # dstroh 2012-03-02 12:54
Probably choked on his own bile.
+63 # tuandon 2012-03-02 13:02
I can honestly say I had never heard of this twit before he died, never read anything he wrote, and now that he's dead, feel my life is richer for that. What a scumbag he must have been.
+25 # Billy Bob 2012-03-02 13:21
I liked that comment. You actually hate him MORE now that he's dead. breitbart would be proud of that as well.
+8 # unitedwestand 2012-03-03 05:54
Some of us who have followed Brietbart dastardly deeds for years, can't help not to feel bad. I felt bad not feeling bad at first, as I've never experienced having no sympathy for the death of someone, but in the last couple of days, I've re-watched some videos and read his vile words and despise him in death some more. Part of it is the relief that he can't do any more harm, although I know there are lots more like him around, but Brietbart was just too successful at being horrible.

For you not to have known him and are just catching up on him must be interesting. Often when someone dies, I realize that I should have appreciated them more, not this time.
+57 # Interested Observer 2012-03-02 13:03
Any tribute to Breitbart should be paid in the same rhetorical coin that Breitbart used for Edward Kennedy. That should be the last entry in his permanent record.

Huffington:"All I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together — his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness." Sure, wonderful. Great to remember Anakin, but don't forget we are burying an unredeemed Darth Vader. Enthusiasm alone is not a virtue. There are more than a few other unsavory characters one might name who were really into their "work" and died without regrets.
+17 # chinaski 2012-03-02 13:05
+11 # glenn 2012-03-02 13:08
Until his death, I had never heard of Mr. Breitbart. Sic transit gloria mundi.
+60 # Helen Marshall 2012-03-02 13:09
Thank you for having the cojones to write this.
+41 # wwway 2012-03-02 13:10
Shamlessness is right. He had to be shamless like his employer, the 1% and the Chickens for Col. Sanders who believe their best bet for survival is siding with with the Col.
+71 # Robert B 2012-03-02 13:12
That this snake croaked at 43 gives me a reason to believe in God.
+16 # susienoodle 2012-03-03 12:57
My sentiments exactly. Now if only same fate awaits Clarence Thomas soon. He's even worse and far more dangerous to this country!
+11 # Doctoretty 2012-03-02 13:13
Somehow, I just can't bring myself to cheer. But I'm not grieving either!!
+32 # Billy Bob 2012-03-02 13:25
say hello nixon, raygun, and hitler down there! I'd seriously bet he doesn't find Hell all that funny right now.
+110 # markhalfmoon 2012-03-02 13:26
They say you shouldn't say nothin' about the dead unless it's good. He's dead. Good.
~Moms Mabley
-154 # Robt Eagle 2012-03-02 13:28
So Tiaibbi, you admit in your blog here that you are as bad if not worse than Breitbart. Thank you for being so pitifully honest for a change!
+86 # Cambridgemac 2012-03-02 13:43
You read it wrong, Robt.
+35 # Billy Bob 2012-03-02 16:42

You know better than that!

He didn't read it at all.

+9 # Ken Hall 2012-03-02 20:20
He does identify some differences but one would have to be sensitive to the nuances of language to be able to decipher them.
+47 # Billy Bob 2012-03-02 13:33
Seriously, maybe we shouldn't even feel sorry for his family. Maybe NOW is their time of healing. Maybe his death will open new doors for his children so they can grow up and actually be human beings, in spite of their heritage.

What's the opposite of sending flowers and condolences? Maybe they should be congratulated and sent a box of chocolates. Imagine him under your roof. The air must feel clearer now.

A hundred years from now, people will probably still pee on his grave and remember what his obituary said about Senator Kennedy.

The only thing that makes me feel bad about all of this is the fact that some people feel guilty for the sense of relief they're experiencing.
+19 # Pickwicky 2012-03-02 18:16
Billy Bob--I was about to write the same thing. I remember once feeling sorry for a family when their father died--then I found out the family was happy to be rid of a cruel, violent man. I'm more cautious with my condolences now.
+41 # BobbyLip 2012-03-02 13:33
De mortuis nil nisi bonum? The hell with that! Breitbart drops dead and Limbaugh still pollutes the planet? God, where is the justice?
+75 # Sophie 2012-03-02 13:37
Good thing Taibbi added the "update,"-- he was being way too respectful of this shitbag. I guess a little "shock therapy," from Breitbart's crazzzy wingnut defenders woke Taibbi up.
You cannot attempt to play nice with unrelenting fascists.
+35 # allie 2012-03-02 13:37
When the news hit the wires I said exactly the same thing. He was a worthless piece of sh*t.
+49 # jazz 2012-03-02 13:40
good for you Matt. I've been hearing sentimental eulogies and think truth should be told.The guy was a perfect asshole. Death doesn't change that.
-94 # ojkelly 2012-03-02 13:41
Highly intemperate and srongly detracts from Mr. Taibi's ability to persuade others.
Breibart's moral code was such that he would say and do what he said and did. He was a sick person.
Beibaet was in the same business, it appears, as Mr. Taibi. Gets lonely on the absolute moral high ground.
+53 # moby doug 2012-03-02 13:45
The NY Times obit of this reptile was a whitewash. And Arianna H is making sure the comments on this serial liar and slanderer are nicely laundered in her HuffandPuffingt on Post. What does it say about Arianna that she could be pals with filth like Breitbart? She helped give him his start, and he helped set up her website way years ago. Anyway, thanks Matt, for telling it like Breitbart really was. Breitbart himself spewed filth when Ted Kennedy died. He deserves to have every foul wart on his own corpse showcased.
+49 # CCB5er34 2012-03-02 13:48
Matt sorry for the terrorism you are being subjected to. But, you are right on the money and totally correct and I will not cry any crocodile tears for a lying creep who set out to destroy people and lives. I stand with you Matt, if you see this, 110%
+49 # dyannne 2012-03-02 13:50
What made me sick yesterday were so-called liberals proudly spouting pious sympathies for this twit as if that made them better than we who have none for him. I didn't like him in life and have nothing good to say about him dead. Will I regret Limbaugh's death when he dies? Beck's? Cheney's? Bushes? No. Hell no! Love the Moms Mabley quote!
+38 # steppxxxxz 2012-03-02 13:54
yes fuck him. No point in being nice. He was all that is wrong with US culture. So yes, fuck him/
+13 # hd70642 2012-03-02 13:59
In a summary A psychotic ill mannered ignoramus. Can you expect decency from someone who was inspired by Ayn Rand who champoned an outright socia pathic gutter philosophy who in turn inspired Satanist Anton Levay ? It is one thing not to respond immediately to hate and violence in kind but is altogether moral cowardice not to say a damn thing when somebody behaves in an ill mannered buffoonish manner !
-41 # roserock 2012-03-02 14:03
I won't read this. Weary of the incredibly entrenched sexism, albeit misogyny in the world, even w/ "sophisticated" "journalists." "thesaurus for douche:
douchebag asshole fag douche bag bag dick tool loser idiot gay bitch ass jerk faggot cunt retard homo pussy vagina stupid more..."
postscript ~ go ahead, write me off as one of "those" "post feminists." I'm too old for the "Goddess" the Second Wave was not so cute. Quite a difference. Pull your heads out your asses people & start to remember you have/had a mother & address your sexism. Show some damn respect if for nothing else, that reason? This alone would have a ripple effect and maybe save the life of a woman, or even have a healing impact on this earth.
+19 # SouthBrun 2012-03-02 16:24
Roserock, I though that the use of douche for Biretbarth description was an insult to douche.
+8 # beeyl 2012-03-02 19:10
Quoting roserock:
Show some damn respect if for nothing else, that reason?

How about showing some respect for intelligible language, eh? A single sentence that is both imperative and interrogative makes Rose look like a dumb ass.
e.g., Don't forget it?
And when you add swearing, it's worse.
e.g., Stop that, dammit?
If you want to be taken seriously, then take yourself seriously and make your message clear; otherwise, you'll be ignored as a ranting loon.
-10 # leonardthefast 2012-03-02 21:33
Quoting beeyl:
Quoting roserock:
Show some damn respect if for nothing else, that reason?

How about showing some respect for intelligible language, eh? A single sentence that is both imperative and interrogative makes Rose look like a dumb ass.
e.g., Don't forget it?
And when you add swearing, it's worse.
e.g., Stop that, dammit?
If you want to be taken seriously, then take yourself seriously and make your message clear; otherwise, you'll be ignored as a ranting loon.

Gee, too bad, Matt talks like everyone else, you repug plant! Tey getting a REAL job!
+7 # beeyl 2012-03-03 10:14
1) The quote comes from Roserock - at the top of this nested thread - not Taibbi.
2) No one talks like this. "Show some respect if for nothing else, that reason?" is verbiage and nonsense at best, and perhaps even a sign of mental illness.
3) What evidence in my comment made you think I was a Republican? Please explain yourself, or prove you're not a repug plant and apologize.
+34 # SouthBrun 2012-03-02 14:07
I can only wish him company and hope that Lard Ass Rush trips and falls into the grave with him. May they rest in hell.
+10 # Pickwicky 2012-03-02 18:28
SouthBrun--as I read your comment it occurred to me how much we'd all miss Hell if it didn't exist for the Breitbart/Limba ugh creeps of the world. Ever since I escaped from Catholic elementary school I've been trying to beat back the idea of the existence of Hell--and now I find I have a use for it. Oh, baby--if there's Hell, there's Satan, and, and, and---please tell me I'm not seeing the awful circumference of God.
+23 # vt143 2012-03-02 14:10
Cut from the same cloth as Lee Atwater and now sharing the same address. Bon Voyage!
+51 # George Baggett 2012-03-02 14:11
A soon as I saw the news, I sent a note to a friend who is also another victim of Breitbart's creative film editing.

She replied, with a gracious note:
"Well, to quote Mark Twain, 'I missed the funeral but sent a nice note telling them I approved.'"

I sincerely hope Bill Maher gives him a suitable tribute.
+16 # sandyboy 2012-03-02 14:27
Amazingly, here in UK I'd never heard of this guy and after reading all this I STILL have no idea who he is! But judging from what's been said looks like I'm lucky!
+25 # panhead49 2012-03-02 14:31
Oh he left 'distinguishing marks' alright - kind of like the ones you'd find in a diaper.
+23 # Gootarama 2012-03-02 14:41
I would never drink with him while alive, but I'm sure glad to drink to his death......a true bottom dweller.
-74 # amye 2012-03-02 14:46
Sorry to say I just lost some respect for one of my favorite writers Matt Taibbi! I guess I don't have a sense of humor for this kind of locker room talk and high school/ fraternity antics! Animal house is just not that funny! Oh, and by the way, I've been told most of my life that I have a good sense of humor. Some who laughs easily at most everything! But this crap involved some serious issues, so its just not funny!!
+45 # LessSaid 2012-03-02 15:09
Quoting amye:
But this crap involved some serious issues, so its just not funny!!

Neither was Andrew Breitbart.
+10 # Pickwicky 2012-03-02 18:31
Amy--Tabbi is being sardonic and imitative. That said, I appreciate your more genteel nature.
+3 # beeyl 2012-03-02 18:51
Quoting amye:
Oh, and by the way, I've been told most of my life that I have a good sense of humor. Some who laughs easily at most everything! But this crap involved some serious issues, so its just not funny!!

First: NO ONE who actually has a sense of humor ever had to explain that s/he has a sense of humor.
Second, and third: get a copy of Strunk & White... 'cause the laughter you're hearing may derive solely from your not quite masterful command of the Anguish Lenguage.
+35 # jcadams 2012-03-02 14:56
Thank you for a accurate and fair epitaph on Mr. Breitbart. You have exposed him as the toxic psychopath or sociopath that he was. And the blowback that you have gotten on your first reportage from some of his posse really underscores what a vicious and virulent dirty tricks player that Breitbart was. Hopefully some of that viciousness in the right wing will die off with his passing.
+16 # jcadams 2012-03-02 15:02
Thank you for the accurate and fair epitaph on Mr. Breitbart. You have exposed him as the toxic psychopath or sociopath that he was. And the blowback that you received on your first reportage from some of his posse really underscores what a vicious and virulent dirty tricks player that Breitbart was. Hopefully some of that viciousness in the right wing will die off with his passing.
+25 # dick 2012-03-02 15:06
Matt: Douche is NOT the word you want. But I commend you for having the courage to bring up ACORN's severe self imposed limitations.
Limbaugh already is in hell; guy looks & acts miserable, wants to drag others down his pathology path with him. Breitbart's only real contribution to the world: addition by subtraction.
+30 # tarantilla 2012-03-02 15:17
Agree with everything you said. I also tried to post a comment on Huffington ("Great News!") which they wouldn't post. The guy, like his followers, was true filth. The world is cleaner with him gone.
+12 # Windy126 2012-03-02 16:06
I just find it ironic that he died alone on the side of the road.
+5 # Dave_s Not Here 2012-03-03 14:11
Quoting Windy126:
I just find it ironic that he died alone on the side of the road.

Karma's a bitch, no?
+17 # mrbadexample 2012-03-02 16:13
I felt about Breitbart and his very early death this way: Anybody who watched some of the recent Keith Olbermann mashup of Breitbart screaming hysterically at Occupy protesters about 'raping people' knew he wasn't wired right, and that's hardly the first grand public seizure he's ever had. So his fans now mourning him bear some responsibility for this. It's like all the Keith Moon fans who egged him on to excess after excess and sobbed at the end. Breitbart was a bus wreck waiting to happen. That nobody did an intervention to save him from himself (if not for his sake then for his wife and children) says a lot about the compassionless conservatives.
+11 # Bolduc619 2012-03-02 16:34
Thank you, Matt! Your articles are awesome, this is even better than most!
+10 # lionsdenmother 2012-03-02 16:41
good obit, i love it. i am not mean spirited myself but this man could make anyone he targeted hate him,even me. good riddence to dirty deeds done by him.
-43 # guytoe 2012-03-02 16:43
Wow! Never found so many necrophiliacs in one place. Instead of filling Mr. Breitbart with embalming fluid maybe some of you should have gotten together and filled him with your fluids. If Britebart was a woman you would have had more openings, but when the corpse is filled to full with our over flow you can keep and yipping and barking over the deceased while his wife and children grieve. What brave sons and daughters of bitches you be.
-28 # Citizen Mike 2012-03-02 16:58
WAITAMINNIT!!! A guy rolls over and croaks at age 43,that's just HORRIBLE and even if he is of the opposition, it is not right to GLOAT! Maybe if he had lived longer, he would have come to see he was wrong and did wrong and reverse himself and make amends. Remember Lee Atwater, The Singing Fascist, who on his deathbed renounced all the evil he now realized he had done and apologized? There is hope for any man to correct himself of youthful folly as he matures. Andrew will never have that option and will forever be remembered as a villain. That is sad. And we ought to have more class, all of us,than is shown by the opposition.
+25 # Billy Bob 2012-03-03 00:37
Deathbed conversions may be good for the souls of the converted, but they're little comfort to the scores of innocent victims left in the wake.
+15 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-03 00:56
Breitbart is merely receiving in death that which he so generously gave in life; vitriol.
+8 # unitedwestand 2012-03-03 06:18
I do feel bad for not feeling bad and it not nice of me at all, but Breitbart did so much harm! Yes, it is possible that he might some day have seen the error of his ways and started doing good. Lee Atwater, left behind a lot of protegees that out did him in evil, (I guess they didn't get the message, that before he died he repented) like Karl Rove and the Brietbart bunch.

I didn't hate him because he was the "opposition" it was because of the underhanded, divisive, unjust things that he did.

I apologize to you though, just because.
+19 # speedboy 2012-03-02 17:27
This piece of shit sold his soul to the devil, and the note came due!
+16 # elmont 2012-03-02 18:11
"LOL" is probably the most overused acronym on the web. Anytime someone finds any post--including their own--even mildly amusing, they trot out "LOL." Well, Matt's no-pulled-punch es article truly did have me laughing out loud. I find nothing inappropriate in stating that one is glad that a scumbag is gone. Keep it coming, Matt! You give us faith!
+12 # Okieangels 2012-03-02 18:26
Matt's an American hero.
+16 # kbarrand 2012-03-02 18:45
Only wish he could have taken Limbaugh and Hannity with him. Michelle Markin, too. I don't know where these kinds of people come from. Angry people who must have been dumped on seriously as kids.
+18 # DOROTHYREIK 2012-03-02 19:35
He died in the very gutter he inhabited.
-38 # barryAuH2OLives 2012-03-02 20:11
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum is.
Shamefully mean-spirited, Matt. You have lowered yourself.
-34 # barryAuH2OLives 2012-03-02 20:16
"De mortuis nihil nisi bonum is."
Shamefully mean- spirited, Matt; I admire your courageous reporting but with this? You have lowered yourself quite a few notches.
+12 # ABen 2012-03-02 20:31
Breitbart was obviously a very tortured soul who chose to spew his vitriol in ways that did not bring him credit of an ethical or moral nature. It is always difficult to see someone die at an early age, but I suspect his actions and demeanor will guarantee that he is quickly and utterly forgotten.
+9 # leonardthefast 2012-03-02 21:30
As always, you rock, Matt! If you should die, I will spend the rest of my life tracking down your killer! You are the last honest journalist on the planet.
+9 # newdealer88 2012-03-02 23:59
Someone compared Andrew Breitbart to Lee Atwater. Am I the only one who remembers that Atwater issued a public apology to Michael Dukakis for running such a dastardly vicious & dishonest campaign. There was never any indication that Breitbart had second thoughts as an agent provocateur...
+8 # susienoodle 2012-03-03 13:04
Lee Atwater had a brain tumor so had time to reflect.
Doubt Breitbart would have softened had he more time.
+9 # Billy Bob 2012-03-03 00:55
I've been thinking about this and I've come to a conclusion that, for me, is sort of positive. Maybe it's something that can give solace to the haunted spirit of breitbart as he roams the halls of Scrooge's house dragging his chains and moaning in misery for the rest of time.

It's that none of us knows when our time will come, so there really is no time to act like an absolute asshole to innocent people. breitbart didn't seem to see the Grim Reaper coming, so he just continued down his wanton path of personal attacks against innocent people. If he'd known in advance that he'd die at 43, he MIGHT have changed his behavior - MAYBE.
+8 # edwin_ 2012-03-03 10:09
I've read this quote on another blog ;
"explaining karma to a consertive would be like taching sara palin calculus"
+9 # SundownLF 2012-03-03 05:00
I like Bette Davis's comment, noted above, regarding the death of Joan Crawford - that you must speak only 'good' of the dead and she said, "So she's dead...Good."
I have to admit to feeling the same upon hearing this news of Breitbart's death; the man brought so much pain to so many people with his twisted lies.
The only thing that could have made me happier than that this man died early would have been if the headline had read: "Rush Limbaugh OD's on Oxy!" and that would NOT have been a surprise. A bigger joy, indeed, but no surprise.
I've given up on Cheney's heart attack...I've decided that Cheney really does NOT have a heart in his zombie chest. But maybe he stays alive on the blood of all the hundreds of thousands he killed!
+6 # susienoodle 2012-03-03 13:06
Let's add Clarence Thomas to the wish list. I'm glad Breitbart is gone, but the list of who else needs to go is long.
+3 # carioca 2012-03-03 05:43
I laughed so hard, and I wasn't even halfway through.
-9 # sandyboy 2012-03-03 06:06
Citizen Mike, the guy was 43! That's way past "youthful folly". I have to say though that however vile AB was and even if he'd have dumped on recently deceased folks himself, I kinda agree with those who say it's unclassy to lower yourself to his level.
+8 # Pickwicky 2012-03-03 14:12
Ah, sandyboy--we're taking the restraint brakes off for only a day. Let us enjoy our revel. --And we only "lower" ourselves for those who deserve a well-aimed kick in the ass.
+13 # Ronv 2012-03-03 06:51
Andrew Breitbart was an essential part of the GOP propaganda machine and will no doubt be sorely missed by them. In Mr. Breitbart's world, it was okay for a married Newt Gingrich to have an intern perform oral sex on him in the parking lot at his office but not okay for an unmarried member of the opposition party to exchange suggestive photographs via his phone with other adults, some of whom he was dating.
+5 # busterbobby 2012-03-03 08:19
The Washington Post is running a story from World Net Daily quoting Michael Savage as alleging that Breitbart was assassinated by "Democrat-align ed terrorists,", ex-Weathermen. Douchebaggery beyond all imagining.
-3 # OldNorseBruin 2012-03-03 10:57
Andrew FAT-BART was called home by the FRAUDSTER ReAgAn; it gets lonely in HELL and it was time to ram the FLAMING PITCHHFORK up Fat-Bart's (G)ay (O)le (P)arty CLOSET fat-bitch ass. on COKE was Fat-Bart's ticket home to HELL.
+5 # sandyboy 2012-03-03 11:34
OldNorseBruin: I really, really don't think implications of gayness should be used as an insult, even as a joke. Please.
+4 # 4yourinformation 2012-03-03 12:52
Totally agree! Good Frackin riddance. That whole crew of assholes (O'Keefe & Giles et al) can go straight to hell, for all I care.
+9 # pupplesan 2012-03-03 14:19
If one READS the original piece, it is, as Taibbi suggests, not unkind, but its charity is subtle and beyond the grasp or at least the concern of some. Tiabbi must know that there are people out "there" who care not for his gift or his subtlety and will use his own decency to harm him. And no matter how thick a man's skin, the kinds of attacks Taibbi cited above WILL hurt. He's in a savage business. He's also a great man.
+6 # cordleycoit 2012-03-03 14:19
Well said Matt. This guy deserves the pile of excrement on his grave that will appear.Watching and reading his work was like drinking pond scum. The man was a walking dose of clap.
+6 # Bob-Investigates 2012-03-03 14:31
To "Citizen Mike": So, would you say the same for the likes of Adolf or many other human beasts? Do you think Adolf would have "repented" if he hadn't checked out? The reason so many people are making emotional statements about Breitbart's death is that he acted like a beast instead of an educated, caring human being. Many people will be cheering for the same reasons when Limpbaugh croaks and a whole bunch of other inhumane human beasts are no longer torturing mankind.
+5 # cypress72 2012-03-03 14:59
I've never paid any attention to Andrew Breitbart so his passiing is no more significant to me than stepping on a cockroach on the street.
+3 # Pickwicky 2012-03-04 14:31
cypress72 ---need to pay attention to your nation's enemies.
-6 # deegal 2012-03-03 15:07
Please don't be quite so graphic with your language. There are still some people who take offense to this. No need to be sooo CRUDE!
+10 # beeyl 2012-03-03 19:11
There are three offenses worth protesting: extreme greed, violence, and dishonesty. Matt Taibbi exposes and fights against all of these while being guilty of none of these transgressions himself. It's a difficult and sometimes dangerous job taking on huge assholes like Bank of America and the Main Stream Media, and one of the first requirements in such a battle is destroying the veneer of respectability these assholes have but don't deserve. Profane language helps do that, without doing any harm to grown-ups and supporters of free speech.
+10 # beeyl 2012-03-03 19:37
Words do no harm, but "people" - like Breitbart, Bank of America, and CNN - actually do significant damage, to others and to our society in general. Breitbart helped kill ACORN, for instance, and countless thousands of people are worse off because of it. These are serious issues; profanity is not.
-23 # Lingtao 2012-03-03 20:57
So another media personality (Breitbart) has gone the way of all flesh. Some of my far left pals are bummed he wasn’t tortured first. (But they want everyone tortured first). My far right pals aren’t immune to the joys of ‘schadenfreude’ either. But this nasty vitriol (on both teams ad nauseum) shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone fascinated by the human condition. We didn’t arrive at the top of the food chain by being nice. So if Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Dylan Ratigan and other vermin of their ilk also go the way of all flesh, perhaps with the assistance of a Louisville slugger,… well, par for the course.
+6 # Pickwicky 2012-03-04 14:24
Lingtao--have you ever recognized the truth when you heard it?
-6 # sandyboy 2012-03-03 22:26
Been puzzling over how AB could accuse Occupy of raping and killing. People say he was mad, but a simple explanation hit me: could he have been parodying what he saw as the way Occupy rants about the egregious misdeeds of the 1%ers? If he (albeit wrongly) thought them excessive, then maybe he was doing an absurdist 'rightbackatcya '? Just for a laugh, as his raison d'etre went. Only explanation I can think of that makes sense. Just a thought.
+4 # Pickwicky 2012-03-04 14:29
sandyboy: --Breitbart enlivened (see how generous Pickwicky can be?) the rape/kill list because he wanted to harm, 'rape,' destroy, kill Occupy. Wash the sand out of your eyes, sandyboy.
+7 # annknickerbocker 2012-03-04 02:09
I judge people by the enemies they make: You are one fuckin' awesome reporter & human being! (You are also the primary reason I subscribe to RS).
+4 # annknickerbocker 2012-03-04 02:10
BTW: Breitbart will, I am sure, enjoy his time in hell.
+6 # 2012-03-04 18:53
I didn't even know that asshole died. The world is a much better place without him.
+5 # Pikewich 2012-03-04 20:29
Thank You so Much!

I aghree whole heartedly after the ACORN thing.

Hey Andrew: F$%k you c$%^sucker, hope you burn in hell.

Full disclosure: I do not believe in hell except perhaps for the one on earth created by 1/2 the humans overpopulating it.
+3 # Uppity Woman 2012-03-06 02:35
I don't use them, and see them as mainly unnecessary and potentially dangerous, but to call Andrew Breitbart a douche is an insult to "feminine hygiene" products!
0 # TumblingDice 2016-08-05 10:04
Ah, Breitbart's death. A national holiday. Of course, Dunkin' Donuts lowered their flags to half-mast...

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