While Breitbart may have hated the institutional left, and those on the left supposedly hated him, I never disliked him at all. Indeed, I always looked at what Andrew was doing, not what he was saying.
See, blogging is still new to us and blogs are a child of the Internet. That’s why I say I’m a blogger not a journalist. Bloggers like Andrew would do things that would not even occur to journalists to do, like post semi-nude photos of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, something I talked about in this video when I accused Andrew of being obsessed with Congressman Weiner’s body:
But, kidding aside, what Andrew got was how to build a blog via sensationalism. That’s something lost on many bloggers today, especially as journalists have come to invade the blog space with their boring, self-absorbed “I’m better than you but won’t admit when I fuck up” approach to reporting. Andrew knows that in a word full of Internet chatter, you have to swing for the fences on a regular basis to stay relevant.
Brietbart gets this. Perez Hilton gets this. Michael Arrington gets this. There’s a formula here: have a focus and then be bombastic in its execution.
I will miss Andrew Brietbart. I learned a lot from him, and I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to meet him. But, in his honor, I have to take a Brietbartian swing at the right.