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March 08, 2012

Friends, Family Remember the Life of Andrew Breitbart

Breitbart.com notes the passing of the great man, and let's the world know Breitbart's still here, in spirit.

The funeral was truly wonderful. I could only think about Andrew's lovely wife and his four young children. To the extent a funeral could help, I have to think his kids, at least, left knowing he wasn't just the big goofy guy they called dad. But a man who'd made a real mark on the world, and who'd become beloved by all who knew them.

He was a fighter. He had fire. And he was able to adapt to anything. I trust Andrew has bequeathed his kids some of that, and I hope it serves them well in the tough times.

One thought I had was that I'd wished they'd videotaped the speeches. Not just to memorialize Andrew -- though they did that very well -- but to remind people of the real humanity of the man, his warmth and affection and inherent goodness.

I have this thought as I watch the Media continue to attack anyone who dares to even disagree with one whom they have now clutched to their family bosom, Sandra Fluke. One cannot even disagree with Sandra Fluke without being attacked as engaging in "outrageously demeaning" slander, and yet Andrew Breitbart -- a far finer man than Sandra Fluke could ever hope to use a sponge with -- can be castigated by the media within hours of his death.

No one bats an eye. That's to be expected. The media knows who is human, and who is not.

I am remembering something I'm 99% sure Andrew said or wrote shortly before he passed. I think a commenter mentioned it, last week, before the sad day.

Breitbart said of the media: To them, we're not even human.

That is the essence of the problem. I have less of a problem with a Nancy Pelosi or a Bill Maher. They are supposed to be intense, nasty partisans who dehumanize their opponents.

But the media pretends to be a fair and neutral moderator of the national debate.

To them, it is outrageous to pick upon a poor (???-- will be very wealthy, shortly) 30 year old woman who makes laughable claims to a Congressional panel. She is a Human Being, and their protectiveness of her extends to attacking those who even politely disagree.

A great man, a great father, a great son and a great husband passes, and no one in the media even considers similarly scolding Matt Taibi, Matthew Yglesias, or David Frum.

Two of those men said they were glad he'd died. A third strongly suggested it.

The media is so acutely aware that Sandra Fluke is a human being who can be hurt by words.

Do they have any sense that Andrew Breitbart was not, perhaps, quite so invulnerable and he might have projected?

To the media, we're not truly human.

I do not want to mention any details of the funeral because I was there as a guest, not media. And in fact they made sure there was no media. But this is a very lighthearted thing, and I think it's okay to share.

Andrew Breitbart had a favorite joke. A joke he made his father in law, Orson Bean, tell everyone who he ever introduced him to. (I did not ever hear the joke, until the funeral.)

Mr. Bean thought it would be nice to tell Andrew's favorite joke, to his family and friends, one last time.

The funeral was so touching and so heartfelt and so sad, and yet, like Andrew, also so full of life. It was a wonderful moment to have the sadness pushed away for a moment, for this one joke.

When a eulogist begins a joke, "An old man picks up a hooker," you know you're in for something special.


Although Andrew's gone now, we don't want this to be a total loss.

Our pants are already off. Let's take that shit. On the media's heads.

War: Dana Loesch tweeted this picture. I'm guessing it comes from when they headed over to the Breitbart offices to get back to work.

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