Rest In Peace, Andrew Breitbart

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 1, 2012 | 2:13 PM EST

Rest in peace, Andrew Breitbart. Today, Rush Limbaugh said the world needs a thousand Breitbarts – and I believe it’ll get them.

Today, I was shocked by the news that Andrew Breitbart, author, pundit, publisher of, and former editor for The Drudge Report has died at age 43.

I knew Andrew, and I will miss him. I met him seven years ago – in much the same way he told me that he met Matt Drudge. I became a fan of his website, sought him out, and contacted him.

Andrew Breitbart was outspoken, blunt, colorful, and passionate. And, his passion was contagious. Whenever I called him, even if just to ask a quick question, he’d get worked up and talk my ear off about whatever was driving him that day.

He pulled no punches, which I found welcome and refreshing, especially in this era of conservative appeasement politics. Today, far too many conservatives seem afraid to speak the truth, choosing instead to cower in fear of liberal name-calling.

But, not Andrew Breitbart. He stood up to liberals with a take-no-prisoners, no-holds-barred attitude. As they say, turnabout is fair play. And, he didn’t take any guff off liberals’ verbal attacks and accusations.

And, Andrew did it while living in the heartland of liberalism: Los Angeles.

And, that’s why the country needs a thousand more Andrew Breitbarts – and why I think it’ll get them.

People respond to honesty and enthusiasm, to strength and courage. Andrew Breitbart showed that it is possible for a conservative to make it in a media industry dominated by the Left – and do so without hiding his opinions.

The loss of Andrew Breitbart is a tragedy. But, I believe his example will inspire others to follow in his footsteps. A thousand more Andrew Breitbarts? We should be so lucky.

Editor's Note: Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell released the following statement today regarding the passing of Andrew Breitbart:

"Today we have a lost a truly brilliant mind and a tireless warrior for the conservative movement. Andrew was one of the few good guys who knew Hollywood inside and out. He coupled that knowledge with the creativity and passion that has become his trademark, offering it for the cause that he so believed in.  The entire Breitbart family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace."

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