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Andrew Breitbart, Gone Five Years: We Miss You Friend

Friday, March 3, 2017 15:28
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My goal is to try to weaponize
the American people, try to weaponize the conservative movement,
try to weaponize the underground conservative Hollywood movement,
to weaponize as many people in the center-right country to try to
rectify a generation-plus long problem that has been absolute media
bias, absolute media used by the Democratic Party as a tool to
defeat conservatives. –Andrew
Breitbart

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It’s hard to believe that Andrew Breitbart’s giant heart
gave out five years ago this past Wednesday, March 1, 2012. Despite
the fact that it’s been five years, his cell
phone number is still on my iPhone, his name is
still in my LinkedIn contacts, and most importantly, the spark of
fire and passion he injected into everyone who ever had the
pleasure of meeting and working with him is still burning in
my heart.

I started writing for the “Big” sites because I developed a
reputation for strong articles about Israel and the Middle
East. Andrew Breitbart and his friend Larry Solov (a Jew who
is now Breitbart CEO) conceived of the idea to found   "nofollow" href=
"http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/11/17/breitbart-news-network-born-in-the-usa-conceived-in-israel/"
target="_blank">Breitbart News Network
, with “the aim of
starting a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and
pro-Israel.”

During the last year and a half of his life, I penned 2-3
articles a week the Breitbart “big” sites Big
Government, Big Peace, Big Journalism,
 and Big
Hollywood
. At first most of my posts of were about Israel
or other Jewish-related issues (one of the biggest of which was
breaking the story about he anti-Semitic video that cost
Helen Thomas her job).  But soon I expanded into politics,
culture, media criticism, and international relations.

Though never part of Andrew’s inner circle of friends, may have
spoken to each other only a total of maybe 30 times (either in
person or on the phone) during his too-short life, I called
Andrew Breitbart my friend (and still do). This was not
some delusion of grandeur on my part, it was part of the magic
of Breitbart. Andrew made everyone he met like they
were the most important people in the world and a key component of
his team.

For example, while on
the publicity tour for his latest book, Andrew appeared on the Hugh
Hewitt radio show. Hewitt jokingly told Breitbart he was
disappointed that his name wasn’t in the acknowledgements. Piling
on to a good joke, I tweeted Andrew to let him know
that Hewitt had no right to be in the acknowledgements, but as
one of his most prolific contributors, I should have been named and
received some of his royalties on top of it. The very next day, I
received a phone call apologizing for not including me. He said he
knew it was a joke, but he wanted to make sure I wasn’t really
upset. That was the Andrew Breitbart I knew; he always found time
to make others feel important.

Andrew urged us to be unafraid as long as we had the truth on
our side. He gave us the confidence to stand up to
bullies no matter who they were and whether they were a “regular
Joe” or the president of the United States. He also taught us to
look beyond the public personas on the front lines. That the bigger
threats were the people behind the scenes who pulled the strings as
to gain personal power, money, and influence. For example my first
posts about George Soros was for Big Government.

And as is the practice of the very best leaders, when any
bullies went after the folks on his team,  Andrew would
step in front of us to take the bullet. One Saturday evening after
posting an article about M.J. Rosenberg, an anti-Israel columnist
the day before on Big Journalism,  I turned on my
computer to find hundreds of twitter mentions on my account. 
Apparently, a senior person at the George Soros-funded Media
Matters for America had decided to call me a Jew-Basher. Realizing
that I would not be online during the Jewish Sabbath,
Andrew and the entire team of Breitbart editors spent the
day “beating up” the Media Matters people in my defense.

Andrew Breitbart was the guy you wanted in the “fox hole” with
you.  And I was honored that he welcomed me into the ‘fox
hole” with him.  The truth is— it wasn’t just me;
everyone who was willing to get off their ass and fight for the
truth was welcome into the foxhole with Andrew. But a warning If
you were found yourself in a foxhole with Andrew, you would have to
walk delicately around the large pile of cell phones with him. The
guy was always working it, texting, talking etc. Once, while on the
phone with him as he was driving on some California highway, I
heard a noise followed by his statement that he had to go because
his other phone was ringing.  "text-decoration: underline;">HIS OTHER PHONE?!?!?  IN A
CAR!?!?
  
Andrew balanced more cell phone
conversations at the same time than any non-super human person
who ever lived.

Andrew was
multitasker. Not
the normal kind who can work, watch TV, and talk on the phone
at the same time; that’s for amateurs. Andrew could talk about five
different, incredibly diverse topics simultaneously to five totally
different people. He would not only be able to keep them
straight, but he’d also come up with brilliant ideas about how to
tackle each topic.

Andrew was a bit crazy, crazy like a fox. Sometimes,
he would intimidate progressive bullies simply because they
wouldn’t know what he would do or say next. But like Hamlet, it was
all just an act.

At CPAC Andrew would usually
speak on Saturday mornings and it was a brilliant scheduling
strategy, because it didn’t matter how late attendees were up
partying the night before, we would happily wake up early to attend
his speeches because they were nothing short of incredible. 
At some point during each appearance, it would seem as he had no
idea what he was saying, that he was simply spewing some “stream of
conciseness.” But, in the end his speeches always made sense,
proved some important point, rallied the “troops,” and usually was
funny as all hell. 

Arguably, Andrew’s best public moment involved the first of
the Anthony Weiner sexting scandals. In the spring
of 2011, Weiner tweeted a link to photo of his erect
penis concealed by boxer briefs to a 21-year-old female college
student from Seattle, Washington, who had “conversed” with the
congressman before via twitter. Though Weiner quickly
removed the link from his twitter feed, screen shots of
Weiner’s original message and of the photo were captured by another
twitter user and sent to Andrew Breitbart who published
them on Big Government the following day.

Because Andrew ‘s “Big” sites were such a threat the media
attacked Breitbart, accused him of "http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2011/06/10/gawker-falsely-brands-breitbart-over-naked-weiner-pic/"
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target="_blank">hacking into
Weiner’s twitter account.
Eventually, Weiner scheduled a press conference to admit his guilt.
I planned on watching the TV coverage, but before the press
conference was to start, I received a tweet from a Breitbart
colleague telling me to turn on the set immediately, Andrew had
taken over the Weiner presser.

That was a bit of an exaggeration. Breitbart was in New
York for a television appearance and, when he heard about the
presser, so he decided to walk over and watch it live from the
back of the room. But, members of the press saw him enter, and
soon all of the assembled media were aware of Andrew’s
presence. Suddenly the TV cameras that were focused on
the podium waiting for Weiner,  turned around to cover Andrew
Breitbart. Marcia Kramer of the local CBS affiliate suggested that
Andrew take the stage and answer questions. The video of that
impromptu press conference is below.

Andrew saw himself as a protector of bloggers, tea partiers and
all who were attacked by bullies from either side of the
aisle. He was a “lead, follow or get out-of-the-way” type of
person, most of us chose to follow because no other human being
could stay ahead of his amazing energy.

The last time I saw Andrew was at the bar on the last day of
CPAC 2012. Sarah Palin had just finished her keynote address and
the tired crew of bloggers was getting ready to go out to celebrate
the three days of intense work just completed –well, all except for
Breitbart.  Andrew was holding court in the lounge of the
hotel bar, discussing the news of the day with a group of college
students who had attended CPAC.  He was answering their
questions and wasn’t going anywhere until each questioner was
satisfied. Andrew wasn’t there because of some need to be
adored by a big crowd, but because he really cared about the future
of this country, wanted to create new citizen-journalists, and
wanted these students to understand what was going on around
them.

That’s the point the anti-Breitbart smear machine could never
understand, Breitbart wasn’t working hard to promote his politics
or his ego – he was motivated by his love for this country, a quest
for the truth, and for the future of our children.

In a way, it is ironic that when Andrew died four years ago; it
was just before the Jewish holiday of Purim. Like many
Jewish holidays, Purim’s theme is “they tried to kill us, we won,
let’s eat.” But what makes Purim different is that there is no
overt splitting of the sea-type miracle. The story teaches us
the victory came from God even though he was “hidden” during
Purim. To celebrate Purim, Jews wear masks and costumes to hide our
faces the same way God did.

Andrew Breitbart’s work was all
about masks and hiding. He forced politicians and mass media
figures to take off their masks–that spin and rhetoric covering so
much of what citizens are still being told today. He fought hard to
ensure that we would not be confused by the “happy-talk, everything
is wonderful” costumes covering up the dangers ahead for America.
At the same time, he created an army of truth-seekers, most of whom
are still fighting a half of a decade later.

When Andrew passed away  the country lost a heroic
warrior.  I lost a mentor and a friend. Andrew Breitbart made
America a better, more transparent country, as he made those of us
who had the joy of working for him better truth-seekers and
people.

I am sure this week there were many posts about Andrew,
but If he were here to read them he would tell us all to stop
the whining, get off our asses, go fight for the truth.
With Andrew it was never about him. Anyone who
really wants to honor Andrew Breitbart’s memory, there is
only one way to do it. Get off the sidelines! This is our
fight now. As Andrew said in his last CPAC speech, “pick up
a sword and join in”.

Andrew is no longer here to help us, but something tells me
he is in heaven right now warning God and some angels not to
believe what that leftist Satan guy is saying.

May God continue to provide comfort to Andrew’s wife Susannah,
their four kids and the rest of his friends and loved ones on this
the anniversary of his passing. And may Andrew Breitbart’s memory
continue to always be for a blessing.

I miss you friend.

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    Then why bring this up? Oh man what I don’t really trust you!

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