"Kennedy was a special kind of human excrement"
-Andrew Breitbart on Twitter, hours after Ted Kennedy's death.
By now you know that Andrew Breitbart died today.
To get more information on the details of his legacy you can check out this Huffington Post piece. What many people don't realize is that Breibart was very involved with the Huffington Post initially when he first helped Arianna Huffington get it off the ground. But because of his political differences with Arianna he soon left. But some years later he came back and his elevation to front page status on HuffPost earned the ire of many, including the organization Color of Change (colorofchange.org), which led a campaign to have him removed. Here is what that campaign had to say in part about Breitbart:
"Notorious liar and race-baiter Andrew Breitbart poses as a journalist and then uses his position to gin up race-based fears, protect racists, and demonize Black political leaders and institutions. And the Huffington Post has given him a prime space on its platform to do so."
As many are aware, Breibart was notorious for spreading doctored videos on his website to stir racial resentment and portray in a false and negative light "enemies" of the Conservative movment. One of his most significant efforts involved Michelle Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign and the doctored video of one of her talks that he put up on his website.
Here is the doctored video of Michelle Obama's speech side by side with the real one. The doctored video cut the word, "really," from Michelle's talk where she said that she was "really proud" of her country. This was done to help create the false narrative she had NEVER been proud previously. Breitbart then used his website to both spread this doctored video, and more importantly, promote the false idea that Michelle was "unpatriotic" and "hated America." These hateful slanders continue to be used by rightwing trolls across the internet and rightwing media and operatives in general.
And of course, who can forget how Brietbart salaciously spread the doctored video of Shriley Sherrod, the African American official from the U.S. Agriculture Department, which falsely and maliciously portrayed HER as a racist for comments she made at her NAACP speech. Breitbart called SHERROD a "racist" even though it was SHE who was portraying racism as wrong in her talk!
Breitbart, the right wing media and Republicans spread the doctored video, and their trolls the false narative about Sherrod's alleged "racism" so successfully that she was fired and suffered tremendously because of it. When given the opportunity to show remorse and apoligize for what he did, Breitbart refused, and legions of right-wing trolls gleefully danced in the streets. Like Briebart himself, they too portrayed HIM as the "victim," even though HE was the perpetrator, AND as a hero for standing up to "the Blacks" and what Breitbart called the "liberal media conspiracy."
But who can forget his most deceitful and damaging effort - the one for which Conservatives shall forever hail him as a HERO and "true patriot" - What Salon identified as the fraud he perpetrated on the grassroots African American organization, ACORN, whom the Republicans spent so much time attempting to destroy and eventually succeeded because of Brietbart's efforts, in tandem with their own trumped-up charges , which were eventually proven false. Rachel Maddow irrefutably debunked Breitbart's fruadulent myth about ACORN and exposed HE "pimped" both that organization and America with his fraudulently doctored video.
Of note, there's a significant irony to Brietbart's refusal to disavow or apologize for the racist, sociopathic, and salicious strategies he deployed to help the Conservative cause, but rather ramp them up over time. It involves Lee Atwater, who was 40 years old when he died from a brain tumor. Recall, he was the famed Republican strategist, guru, and Karl Rove mentor who perfected the "art of race-baiting" and stoking "white racial resentment against Blacks" for political gain.
But, while on his deathbed, ATWATER confessed that he was wrong to have deliberately promoted White racial resentment against African Americans as a political strategy to grow the Conservative movement and achieve Republicans' electoral success. Also, that it was wrong to pursue the Republicans' racist "Southern Strategy, even though it had been and continues to be successful.
LEE ATWATER also apologized, was remorseful, and asked that those Conservatives coming after him NOT follow the destructive race-baiting and White racial resentment strategies he had used, even though it made him a Conservative/Republican icon and was helpful to their cause.
BREITBART ignored those pleas. Rather, he followed in Atwater's footsteps BEFORE Lee's deathbed conversion, and NEVER looked back.
I can only say that for his sake, that of his family, and for the country as a whole, I wished that he had looked back and heeded Atwater's pleas before he died. Were the Conservative Movement to seize this moment and heed those pleas in his memory, the healing the Country would collectively experience would be both palpable and transcendent and Breitbarts redemption assured.
(c) Ron Robinson