Thursday, March 01, 2012

Assistant Quote of the Day

"I think today, it’s safe to stand back and simply recognize that while many people go through their lives without leaving distinguishing marks, Andrew Breitbart definitely had his moments. But he also had enough of a sense of humor to appreciate why someone like me shouldn’t bother to pretend I’m sad he’s dead. He wouldn’t, in my place. So to use one of his favorite words: Good riddance, cocksucker. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out."

-- Matt Taibbi, from a blog post at Rolling Stone's website entitled "Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche"

Adding: Reading through the comment section of Taibbi's piece, he's obviously being eviscerated for what many are seeing as his inhumanity and lack of class in writing something so cruel on the day of Breitbart's death. I agree that it was an incredibly harsh thing to say -- although it should be expected, given that Taibbi's the guy who famously got fired for ridiculing the death of Pope John Paul -- and it's something I wouldn't want Breitbart's grieving family to see, to say nothing of its being the kind of thing conservatives can and will now point to with self-righteous indignation as proof that liberals are conscienceless and sick-to-the-soul (the same claim liberals often make about conservatives). But I think one commenter gets what Taibbi was going for and it's what I saw in the piece as well.

Alan Davidson writes:

"As a hard core conservative and saddened Brietbart fan, I actually understand and can read between the lines of this article. Taibbi is the anti-Breitbart and Breibart was the anti-Taibbi. I can see a kind of "tipping-of-the-hat" here. It's like calling someone a "glorious bast#@$". Breitbart wanted real, RAW HARD truth. That is what he fought for 24/7 with 3 hours sleep a day. Taibbi has written, in a sly, edge of satire way, the real truth here. He hated Brietbart. And he is saying so. Folks with this kind of animus write these kinds of eulogies."

I don't look at Taibbi and Breitbart as two sides of the same coin when it comes to their journalism -- not by a long shot. But as outspoken personalities -- the kind who pull no punches and don't care one bit whom they infuriate -- yeah, I think they're almost exactly alike.


Luke Weiss said...

Davidson is a bit out of his mind if he thinks breitbart was after RAW HARD truth. but I think you are exactly right in his and taibbi's similarities.

Andrew said...

I'd just like to know how bad of a asshole someone has to be before it's okay to be glad they're dead. This guy helped destroy groups that really helped people, tried his best to poison politics, and never bothered caring about the truth so long as his ego was stroked and his power base grew.

Anonymouse said...

The fact that people are wallowing themselves to prostrate at the fallen form of this prick, after he spent his career as a failed star fucker, trolling in real life, is horrifying to me. What is the limit to what an individual can do before people will stop singing their praises and demanding we place them on a platform to worship the moment they fucking croak?

What did Breitbart really achieve except to show that if you yell, lie, and sweat enough, you can get on TV and be a train wreak? Then again, I guess he reached his goal as this is just as vapid and retarded as when any celebrity dies. 21,000 kids died today throughout the world due to lack of access to clean water...but the national tragedy is this prick isn't going to be able go on being a fucking clown on TV and the internet.

drater said...

Luke, I had the same thought. Nobody with any interest in the truth would have pimped fake-pimp O'keefe the way Breitbart did.

I do feel bad for Breitbart's kids, but then I felt bad for them when he was alive, too.

CNNfan said...

All joking aside, do you feel sad about losing a friend? That drunken email Breitbart sent you at 3am, I thought, really raised your ratings.

pea said...

I don't mind outspoken, as you know, but I do mind going beyond even playing fast and loose with the truth. The guy was a lying sack of shit who helped push the snowball of paranoid hateful crazy down a very steep hill. I'm not sorry he's dead, and I think his kids will be better off now he's gone.

I don't even think Taibbi is calling him a glorious bastard, but hey, whatever makes the tighty-righties feel better about themselves, eh?

PS "Reading between the lines" is Republican-speak for "I'm making something up that fits more with my narrow view of the world"

pea said...

PPS. Four photos of that bastard in one day is more than enough. Please to post a photo of a sweet, smart, pleasant-looking man next. Thank you.

Chez said...

Here you go.

pea said...

Lovely. Much better.

Anonymous said...

I never read this man's work or really know much about him. Based on the absolute shredding of his character on this blog and others (and what I'll hear on the B&C show and AP) I'm not sure I want to. Then again, that may be a narrow point of view as I'm person that likes to experience things first hand.

All I really have to say at this point is: Holy Fuck this guy was 3 years older than me and he looks like he's 65!

Busayo said...

Really wish I could read the rest of the article. It's annoying, living in a country that still gets electronically cock-blocked by websites.

CNNfan said...

I heard a news report by the media that the media is the most miserable profession to work in right now.

Attention media professionals:
All professions are miserable to work in right now. For the recession to accomplish its purpose, there has to be nowhere to hide.