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I know, I know: De mortibus nihil nisi bonum.  But the Roman Empire fell almost two millennia ago, and we at the Left-Wing Noise Machine have a right (nay, a duty) to celebrate the demise of Andrew Breitbart, a man who, if Yeats were alive, would have been the reference to the poet’s line in “The Second Coming: “the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity.”   He was, after all, the subject of one of our first reports on the utter lunacy and ugliness of conservatism, which involved an incident where he roller skated in front of protestors at a Koch Brothers' confab of billionaires to destroy democracy, spouting his defense of neo-fascism on wheels.  See Breitbart's famous skating disaster here:

Such was Breitbart: an actual clown in a movement of intellectual clowns.

Breitbart grew up as a disturbed angry man who spent his career lying about anybody who promoted democracy and justice in this country.  He slouched toward Fox News to be born with one smear campaign against progressives after the next, blaming the Clarence Thomas hearings for his "conversion" (his word) to knownothing conservatism.   But the Leftwing Noise Machine thinks it was the whiskey.  True to form, in his last public appearance ( the annual cult gathering of rightwing hierophants at the Conservative Political Action Conference) a couple weeks ago,  he spewed spittle and comments about how Democrats are evil, evil.  

That about sums up his obituary.  A true conservative life.  The only real issue is whether he was roller skating when he collapsed on the street.   We think he was.

Did I mention that within hours of Ted Kennedy’s death Breitbart called the Senator a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement”?  De mortibus nihil nisi faecum.  Special?  Was Breitbart proffering a compliment?

The real news is not Breitbart’s merciful death, which probably represents a rare instance of divine justice at work in the world, but the fact that the media immediately heaped encomia on him, not excrement.  Media Matters praised his “passion and commitment” (apparently having never read Yeats).  Media personality and political opportunist, Arianna Huffington, who inexplicably worked with the prick (did I just write that?) and gave his odious knownothing views air time, praised him for something or other.  Weirdly, the USDA employee, Shirley Sherrod, who was fired from her job after Breitbart defamed her using traditional racist conservative tropes (“blacks are racists, not us! Blame blacks!") sent condolences to his unclowned family.  Perhaps she was being ironic.  She should have been.

That’s the real news here, that after all these years of the cult of conservative talking heads like Breitbart, fueled by billionaire plutocrats like the Koch Brothers (the patrons Breitbart bootlicked the most) with their smear campaigns and delusions, there are still some Americans, even some progressive Americans, who just don’t get it:  Breitbart was a caterpillar on the Republic.  We are all better off now that he and his ugly rhetoric have gone to the skating rink in hell.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Leftwing Noise Machine on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 10:40:03 AM PST

  •  They were just towing the conventional line. Not (1+ / 0-)
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    kicking the dead. Unlike the jerk himself. So who will look like a more reasonalb eand decent human being in contrast?

    Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 10:42:31 AM PST

  •  Alcohol in excessive amounts can (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, jayden, brook

    make one a belligerent jerk (and isn't good for one's health) but it doesn't cause one to change into a fascist.  

    Now there are forms of cardiovascular disease and brain lesions or tumors that can change a person's disposition and political orientation.  But as his family and friends seem not to have noticed any such dramatic change in Breitbart enough that he sought medical attention, have to assume for now that he was a nasty creep for most of his life.

  •  Andy Breitbart is further evidence to support the (3+ / 0-)

    axiom that the solution lies within the problem. Thank you, Andy. You've finally managed to do the right thing, consequences be damned.

  •  The classlessness on display here (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, erush1345

    is pretty sickening, especially coming from people who claim they are the most tolerant of the political spectrum.

    I disliked Breitbart intensely. But I never wished him dead, nor will I jump on this gleeful dogpile now.

    Being on the other side of 43, I can tell you when anyone dies who is younger than me, it makes me sad, almost always excluding who they are. Certainly there are exceptions - I did n't anguish over Tim McVeigh or Ted Bundy.

    But to be giddy? Sickening. Anyone remember the right's comments about Kennedy and Cronkite kicking off? This is just as bad.

    You ought to be ashamed, but of course you won't be. Of course you'll claim Breitbart was a  slimeball who went around insulting you. Of course you'll claim he said the same sorts of things.

    But Breitbart also predicted you'd just just this reaction if he ever dropped dead.

    And you've succeeded in living down to HIS expectations.

  •  Breitbart isn't the problem. It's a system that (1+ / 0-)
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    allows him to splice together tape to create a lie that gets a woman fired, and a media that goes along with the lie, and a government that goes along with the lie.  It's the incitement to violence and hate spewed like toxic waste 24/7 from radio and tv pundits who make millions of dollars telling us lies, making us afraid, spreading propaganda.  My heart goes out to his family.  Though I hated his poltics and his yellow journalism (can I even call it journalism), he had family who loved him.  We need to change a system that allows the Breitbarts in the first place.  Shame on us for not having done so already.

    "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

    by AnnieR on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 11:44:21 AM PST

    •  I agree. I would call the complex The Rightwing (2+ / 0-)
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      Noise Machine.  And progressives have nothing like it.  It was built over 40 years by billionaire funded think tanks and religous fanatics.  If democracy is to survive in America, the Rightwing Noise Machine must be delegitimized.

      An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

      by Leftwing Noise Machine on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 11:47:41 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for callling a clown a clown. Breitbart (1+ / 0-)
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        and the rest of the conservative talking heads are so ugly, they need to be constantly attacked, like whack a mole.

        •  So far there isn't a system in place other than (0+ / 0-)

          a few progressives like Rachel Maddow, who call them out.  The media goes along with the crap the right spews.  I think it's time to attack the media and their fair and balanced fairy tales.  There was a diary up yesterday regarding NPR and their doing away with the false equivalencies.  It's way past time.  

          "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

          by AnnieR on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 12:04:16 PM PST

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      •  I read a book years ago called "The Republican (3+ / 0-)

        Noise Machine."  You're right; they've been at this for decades.  Now they get to enjoy the fruit of their labors, unless, of course, we stop it.  Which we should.  There's an entire generation or more of people who have been spoonfed lies, and the resulting hate is tearing us apart.  How we let it get this far is beyond me.

        "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

        by AnnieR on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 12:06:13 PM PST

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        •  If democracy and progress is to survive in America (1+ / 0-)
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          progressives must take aim against the Rightwing Noise Machine, and delegitimize it again and again and again.

          We aren't in a "argument" with them.  This isn't public discourse.  It's about a narrative that the Right has constructed, and people like Breitbart should be constantly shamed for participating in it.

          Whack a mole a conservative meme today by calling Breitbart what he was: an odious intellectual clown.

          An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

          by Leftwing Noise Machine on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 12:10:26 PM PST

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  •  It's amazing to see other diaries here (3+ / 0-)
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    pretending that acting humane means not being angry at Breitbart's ugly hateful violent rhetoric.

    Kudos for not falling for that.  A humane response to the death of man who used words to harm others is celebration, calibrated to the extent of his harm.

    When Limbaugh dies of a Oxycotin overdoes, I'm throwing an actual party.

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