The guy was 43 and left a family behind. That is a tragedy.
I really don't know the best way to handle this. I can't help but suspect that the guy was consumed by his own visceral hatred for anything that remotely smacked of liberalism. I didn't like most of what he said or did, and often found him to be a cheap, headline-grabbing phony.
On the other hand, he did do a few things that were entirely justified.
Breitbart showing Anthony Weiner's infamous sexting photo was unpleasant, but certainly not above what nearly any left-leaning journalist would show if it was a Republican politician's "junk" on display. Thankfully, we haven't had to see that so far!
And I'll admit that there were a few times I heard him speak on the news shows and I somewhat admired his pugnacious wit, even though I usually disagreed with whatever point he was making.
But his unwarranted and fabricated attack on Shirley Sharrod by editing the video of her remarks to create a partisan fiction nearly ruined the woman's life. And his vile "eulogy" for Ted Kennedy immediately after his passing was unpardonable:
@AndrewBreitbartThe impulse to dance on Breitbart's grave is equally nasty, and I am doing everything in my power to not succumb to it. So, I'll try to refrain from further comment and let Andrew speak for himself. From several weeks ago:
Rest in Chappaquiddick
26 Aug 09 via web
I guess what I'm saying is that I'm sorry the man is dead, but I don't feel so sorry that he's gone.
Shirley Sherrod has more class in her pinkie finger than most humans have in their entire bodies!
From the HuffPo:
Shirley Sherrod, the USDA employee who was fired from her job after Breitbart released an incomplete video of her appearing to say she intentionally discriminated against white farmers —she was actually describing how she overcame such prejudices — sent her condolences.
"The news of Mr. Breitbart's death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning," she said. "My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart's family as they cope through this very difficult time."