By Ben Cohen: In terms of sheer sleaze, dishonesty, and ruthlessness, you’d be hard pushed to find someone like Andrew Breitbart. The Right Wing hit man made it his life’s work to destroy liberalism in all its forms, his favorite targets being minorities and the poor.
Breitbart died suddenly yesterday at the age of 43 leaving a trail of destruction behind him that would make Karl Rove proud.
Yes, it is a sad day for his family – anyone with a heart should have feel something for their loss, particularly his four children. But Andrew Breitbart was not a good man, and his death isn’t exactly a loss for humankind. Breitbart helped destroy ACORN, an organization that tried to get poor people and minorities to vote. He smeared them with a heavily edited video hit job, later proven to be dishonest. He attempted to frame and smear African American Shirley Sherrod by again, selectively editing a video of her speaking at an NAACP fundraising dinner to make her look like a racist. Again, the video was proven false, yet Breitbart remained unscathed.
Breitbart lived to ruin other people’s lives, and would do so by any means necessary. He would lie, cheat and distort, knowing full well that once the damage was done, the means didn’t really matter.
To get a measure of the man, one should remember the words he spoke about Senator Ted Kennedy, hours after he passed away. From his Wikipedia page:
Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick”and “a special pile of human excrement.”
I won’t resort to calling names, but if Teddy Kennedy was all of the above, I’d hate to think what Breitbart was.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.