Skip to comments.Andrew Breitbart, One of the Original FReepers
Posted on 03/01/2012 7:34:37 PM PST by kristinn
Andrew Breitbart had a long history with Free Republic, from its early days and first FReeper gathering Los Angeles to the present.
Using the screen name andrew, Breitbart joined FR on February 9, 1998 after lurking "long before" then.
Andrew's posting history is captured back to September 8, 2001. His last post on FR was September 15, 2004. Even though he stopped posting to FR, Andrew maintained relations with people he met through FR and always had a kind word to say about the site when FR was brought up.
I wrote for Andrew's Big sites and had limited dealings with him as the editors of the respective Big sites were naturally the main points of contact. But we had met before then and knew of each other. The last phone call I was on with him about a Big article project he spoke fondly of his days on FR and how active the FReepers were in those days.
Andrew attended the first FReeper gathering, in late spring/early summer 1998 at the Cheesecake Factory in Los Angeles.
As a poster, he commented on the threads much more than he originated them.
Reading though Andrew's comments, one sees that he was the same person he was before he became 'Breitbart.'
On March 9, 2002, Andrew wrote about his conversion from liberal to conservative--a story he has told many times since becoming 'Breitbart.'
i was one too. i still pretty much have my same small 'L' libertarian ideals, but in college the left tapped into that and basically implored me to be paranoid that the religious right was working overtime to take away my rights. all the while campus speeh codes and political correctness were being instituted around me in the name of diversity and multiculturalism. when i graduated in 1991, i had an epiphany, a conversion of sorts, as i watched in horror the clarence thomas hearings. 'those guys are on my side?' i thought as i watched the dems attempt to assassinate a good man. since then my libertarian instincts have been buffered by an attraction to the moral clarity of the conservative movement. happily just voted for bill simon last tuesday here in california.
18 posted on Saturday, March 09, 2002 3:37:27 PM by andrew
From January 23, 2002:
I worked at E! Online from '96-'97, and yes -- DUH!!! -- E! is biased. Nearly every one there was an amped up knee-jerk liberal (a few seemed apolitical, and then there was me, on the technical side, of course). The editorial and art depts were strangled by completely unreasonable and bitter lesbians who knew they could hire their own, and force their very strong opinions on the completely compliant male staff.
I lost it during the sensitivity/sexual harrassment training video in which a guy was brought to his knees for having a bikini calendar. The instructors said the man needed to go to sensitivity training. I retorted that the minority that would be offended by the calendar should be put in desensitivity training. Didn't get any laughs. I was dead serious.
6 posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 3:58:42 PM by andrew
Later that year, Andrew wrote about his music-exploring youth:
My teen years were spent in LA traveling around to see X, and other local bands like Fishbone and the Chili Peppers. Clearly, X, during the Billy Zoom years, were the best of the bunch. I ended up going to college in Louisiana and in the Fall of 87 the Chili Peppers were starting to get a national following and appeared at Storyville in the French Quarter on their 'Rock Out with Your (xxxx) Out tour. That night X opened and Exene was like 8 months pregnant. X was huge here. their vaguely countrified punk rock sound did wonders for drowning out the Sunset Strip scene of the time (Poison, Ratt, etc.) I have seen X in recent years at the House of Blues here in LA and it is a pleasant event, but kinda sad to see how we've all aged and how the spirit of your teens and 20s can't be replicated.
On another note, I hope they gave a nod to Liz Phair. she has sorta waned in recent times, but her first two albums, Exile in Guyville and WhipSmart were excellent.
102 posted on 11/23/2002 6:31:23 PM PST by andrew
A month before, Andrew ripped Sean Penn a new one on FR over a newspaper ad the actor took out attacking President George W. Bush:
Dear Mr. Penn,
When you stop attacking photographers and tying up your wives and holding them hostage for hours, and maybe, but hardly likely, we'll start to take you seriously.
'I Am Sam' is your 'legacy of shame and horror,' and you owe me $9.50 for that stinker.
And by the way, this silly 'in the name of patriotism' canard the left keeps throwing out is getting old. Bush has never said nor implied that dissenters are unpatriotic. Lord knows most of you Hollywood lefties are unpatriotic and would prefer Daniel Ortega in the White House, but that argument is pretty much is the sub-subtext of our problems with you guys. And you know it's the truth.
To your credit, you seem to be the only one who has had the guts to take your criticism stateside. In recent Tourettes-like political proclamations, your peers Jessica Lange, Robert Altman, Woody Harrelson, et al have taken to spewing their vile rhetoric to likeminded appeasers over bottles of Pellegrino in Europe.
Your 'sincere' tone, unfortunately, is the giveaway. There is nothing sincere about your criticism of Bush. I live here. Right near you and your Hollywood elite buddies. There is no such thing as a social get-together here where you all don't rip him to pieces, challenging even his basic humanity and mental acuity. And on top of it, you make anyone who thinks otherwise a pariah. (Usually they're the workers who get paid 1/100th what you get paid and quietly go about their business on the set.)
And if the society you guys have created out here in Hollywood is any preview of what you'd have in store for the rest of the nation if your politics were to be realized, I'd cross the 405 to take up arms for the other side and fight a bloody civil war-like battle against you elitist nightmares. Each and every one of you. That means your buddies, Julia and Eric Roberts, too.
Now, please, concentrate on picking decent flicks that don't patronize the audience. You are a good actor and your inflated sense of self has caused you to make too many tragic choices in recent times. Get off your soap box, stop doing Charlie Rose and Actor's Studio-like I-AM-AN-ARTIST crap, call your agent, and tell him to concentrate on getting you palatable work. Fast Times 2 sounds about right.
54 posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 1:42:09 PM by andrew
This was during the time of the national debate on going to war with Iraq. Like many FReepers, Andrew posted his own reporting of an event he witnessed:
MASSIVE Anti-War Rally in Westwood, CA Right Now
10/06/02 | Me
Posted on Sunday, October 06, 2002 7:17:17 PM by andrew
At approximately 3:15 I drove through Westwood, though diverted by closed streets and a huge police presence, I was able to see the makings of the largest Anti-War protest and march I have ever seen in person. I was able to see the march's origins, about a mile plus away from the Federal Building near Federal and Wilshire (ironically near the U.S. Army Reserve and large Veterans Administration facilities.)
What looked like thousands, and possibly tens of thousands, were marching towards the Federal building, site of many a protest in the past -- notable an anti-Impeachment rally featuring Barbra Streisand.
I could see the usual suspects on my drive-by: old hippies, professor types, westside lefties, anarchists looking types, certain folks pretty overt about their Marxist leanings, etc. But it could have been worse. I even yelled, "Loser" to one lady sitting with a sign on the NW corner of Sepulveda and Wilshire. (I give myself a zero for wit, but they really have me pissed off.)
I was unable to find anything in the media on this even, and even a Google newsgroup search didn't even show an announcement of this event, so I am somewhat flummoxed as to how this came to be.
I am walking there right now, and will come back to this thread later to report.
Click here to read Andrew's follw-up report on the march>
Years before he wrote Righteous Indignation, Andrew co-wrote Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon -- The Case Against Celebrity ,. In 2004, Andrew took to FR to talk about NBC canceling promo appearances on the Today Show and MSNBC:
Hey Freepers, this is my book, and I am in New York right now trying to publicize it. Our publisher Wiley had us booked not only on Today and Norville -- only to cancel once they saw the book indicts media for its complicity in promoting celebrity idiocy and madness -- but tonight outr confirmed booking on Scarborough Country was dropped. Say it ain't so, Joe! Looks like NBC has put the kabash on a book that explores the deepest, darkest parts of the celebrity world including a look at the Scientology cult, not to mention celeb nannies declare their their bosses unfit parents and worthy of being sterilized. This book also reams them for their politics (Chapter title 'Reds' says it all...) CNN, MNBC boycott... Today we did Fox News Live and tomorrow Fox and Friends: You do the math!
If anyone knows anyone at Scarborough, tell them Ebner and I (Andrew Breitbart) would like to know (possibly through back channels) how NBC corporate brass told them to rudely cancel us after we traveled to NYC for the appearance.
Even without his support "Hollywood, Interrupted" is hovering around 100 at Amazon right now -- ahead of that Ezsterhas guy's 800 page tell-all.
If you are fed up with celebrities and their insane sense of entitlement, insane behavior and insane politics (if they cant govern their own lives, how can why do they feel compelled to tell us how to govern ours?) then this is a good book for you.
Thanks for hearing my media gripe... Andrew
1 posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 6:23:43 PM by andrew
Andrew responded on the thread to supportive FReepers
To: Travis McGee
First of all, I cant thank you all enough, But you are what you are and you know it: good, decent people, the very people who are treatred with contempt by Hollywood. (I am from the place; I know.) As for book placement, you've got to check it out! At Barnes and Noble we are front and center: behind the counter... a separate "Hollywood, Interrupted" display, central placement on yet another central table. This is at the store in Manhattan at 67th and Broadway, the heart of the liberal beast. Wiley, our publisher, even gave us an awesome billboard on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood: "What This Town Needs is An Intervention!' Very in your face. Fun. This very mainstream publisher has been a dream, and the bookstores have not pulled back from what I hear. Thanks, again -- off to do Fox and Friends at 7:45 EST. Haven't even slept today! Did 3 hours of radio starting at 1am with Joey Reynolds on WOR AM. If you see me, keep that in mind -- serious sleep deprivation!!!
40 posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 5:17:44 AM by andrew
And after appearing on Fox & Friends:
Boy, that sure was fun. My face is all painted up right now. They use a blowtorch to put on the pancake makeup. Was so much fun. The exec producer was unbelievably nice to us and gave Mark and me very sincere media pointers. We only touched the tip of the iceberg on the subject. Will be doing Laura Ingraham's show at 11:35am EST. If anyone is in Manhattan, Mark and I will be signing books at Borders at 461 Park Avenue at 57st Street from 6:30 - 7:30pm Thursday night. Thankis for the support.
52 posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 8:39:26 AM by andrew
In 2002, Andrew asked FReepers for suggestions about places to move to from Los Angeles. (He never did make the move):
My wife and I are contemplating a move somewhere -- anywhere, but somewhere better than LA -- to raise our two young children.
I thought there'd be no better place than Free Republic to get an interesting thread going that could serve a utility for beyond my needs.
(Because we have friends and family in New York City, we were thinking maybe somewhere in the Hamptons. So I could be in hissing distance of Alec Baldwin, too.)
1 posted on Friday, March 22, 2002 1:42:47 AM by andrew
There are many more comments to read and enjoy. I'll leave with this by Andrew from 2001 on retaking the universities:
To: Enough is ENOUGH
I was an "American Studies" major in college and graduated in 1991. I never really understood what hit me quite frankly, but the last 10 years have been an intense unlearning of what in retrospect was clear Marxist indoctrination. The head of the department was so smart. Such a hipster, too. And she played up the roloe of understanding older sister versus the domineering mother or father figure. All of the European names from above: Adorno, Marcuse, Fromm, Lukacs, etc. were part of my curriculum. And "deconstruction" was the name of the game. And to be honest with you, I think I was saved because I plum didn't understand it -- at all.
By the end of my Junior year, I was confused and just wanted to graduate. At a friends graduation from Stanford, his religious studies department graduation was held with the 'American Studies' Dept. I half jokingly asked one of the Am studies grads: "So what exactly is 'American Studies'?"
His response was just as confusing as my own interpretation of what it was.
In retrospect it was clearly subversive anti-Americanism built up with a name that was probably meant to draw in young, impressionable dupes like me.
Part of me is angry at myself that I was not up for the challenge to take on the drivel at the time, bt I was not as armed as I am today. And part of me wants to give back the degree which cost my parents a pretty penny.
But my resolution is keeping up with a true education on what it is to be truly American. And to study America is not to add up slavery with the Japanese internment and multiply it by Jim Crow.
I do think my obligation is to tell people, anyone who will listen, that getting back the universities is as important as getting back the media. I think that David Horowitz is clearly the most knowledgable leader on this front, but there needs to be a Bernard Goldberg and a Tammy Bruce from within the Ivy Walls with a liberal pedigree who helps to break down the dam.
And tying the academia to the media as the main culprits in the degradation of American values and standards could be legitimate goals in the Culture War in the coming years.
The current period in which we live (heightened patriotism) has put THEM on the defensive. We have control and should not shrink from the responsibility. It is time to go on the offensive and the publishing this piece in a college publication is a nice start.
9 posted on Saturday, December 29, 2001 4:08:18 PM by andrew
Click here to read Andrew's comments on Free Republic. You'll learn about his favorite comics, off-beat movie comedies, sports and more about his politics.
God bless you and your family, Andrew. Thanks for everything.
Wow! I did not know he was a fellow FReeper, but it makes perfect sense.
Rest in Peace, Andrew Breitbart.
Thanks so much Kristinn. Geez, we’re going to miss him.
Like he came out of nowhere.
Heck I knew Drudge, Jim Rob, John and Chris Robinson, Goldbergs, Ingraham, Coulter, I have no clue on this person.
He certainly did not participate with us Freepers back then.
Good job Andrew... Be with our other fellow freepers in heaven...
What a beautiful tribute, kristinn. He will be missed but what a legacy he left. RIP, Andrew.
And tying the academia to the media as the main culprits in the degradation of American values and standards could be legitimate goals in the Culture War in the coming years.
We have just lost one of our natural leaders in this important effort.
Thanks very much for this post, kristinn. We have lost one of the giants in the last days of the republic. Our only hope is that there are many more like Andrew or inspired by Andrew, to go inside the belly of the evil beast and carry the torch of truth to light the way for the rest of us. Mr. Breitbart was a fearless patriot.
May the good lord bless Andrew Breitbart’s wife, his children, the remainder of his family and his friends.
Thank you, Andrew Breitbart, for all that you have done. Freedom lovers, like myself, are deeply saddened by the tremendous, incalculable loss. R.I.P., sir.
love and prayer
Thank you for posting this very interesting history, Kristinn.
Thanks so much for putting together some of Andrew’s posts. He was a tireless and dynamic combination of strategic thinking blended with great wit.
I met Andrew at that first FR gathering at the Cheesecake Factory in Los Angeles you reference herein. We sat at one end of the table telling Hollywood horror stories and talking music with Tony.
Andrew had been spending more time here in D.C. of late at the Brietbart “Embassy” as he called it (I called it the bunker), his digs behind the Supreme Court building. Lots of conservative journos, pundits, filmmakers and politicians would hang out there. He had a ribs and chicken-fest feast there the Wednesday before CPAC introducing us all to filmmakers who’d come out for the convention. The last time I saw Andrew he was in the valet parking area at CPAC—we were cutting up—Andrew surrounded by his platoon of conservatives planning for the assault of the OWS unwashed the next day.
Shocked and stunned cannot begin to describe today as we bid a gut-wrenching farewell to our FEARLESS warrior for truth. Godspeed, Andrew. Prayers offered for your family.
Will he be on the memorial wall?
Very interesting- thanks for posting, kristinn.
I have been learning a lot about Andrew today. Not surprised to learn he was a FReeper. He has an impressive history, and he had a bright future. May he RIP.
Perhaps we're to hot to handle.
Thanks, Jim and John
and all who post and comment
kristinn, thanks for this retrospective. I did not know Andrew was a Freeper, but I am glad he was.
I have not been ablke to comment on his passing—it is still a shock to me.
Americans—real Americans —are coming under assault every day. One day’s outrage barely is responded to, when another takes its place. A cultural Cloward-Piven strategy is being played out, in plain sight, with no effort to hide the agenda at all.
Andrew was a bright knight leading the charge into the enemy fearlessly. Now, his saddle is empty, and we are saddened.
He fought the good fight and kept the faith. Now we must do the same.
We will always remember Andrew fondly, wherever America is celebrated.
Great job my good friend.
I am pondering what AB would want us to do as he realized he wasn’t going to be here to do it anymore.
I’m thinking of giving this Christian habit of mine a break.
And following our zero’s admonishments to his adherents.
Thanks for your research and for your sharing this.
May we all be braver in the face of stupidity. I remember that he showed up at on Occupy rally not long ago, shouting BEHAVE, BEHAVE YOURSELF!!
He confronted some bus people protesting something. He asked them why they were there and they did not know why.
Am I the only one that remembers that?
CAL... nice to see you here.
AB, I vow to carry on your crusade to save our country from the collectivists by working with groups in my community.
Rest in peace, Patriot.
Nice to see you,CAL.
You did a lot for FR and conservatism back in the day.
We miss you here.
Thinking the same thing about our CAL
Amazing to read. I had no idea Andrew was a freeper, and really didnt know much about his role with Drudge in the 90s until today. He was a remarkable man, and will be greatly missed. Saw him at cpac this year and saw him jump in the bar area later that night only to be surrounded by admirers before cutting back out. A man of great energy and purpose.
Caught a moment of Beck this morning, and he said it right. We are an army of thousands behind these guys. This is a battle for our country and no one man (or woman) is the movement. We must all step forward and fill the void being left behind.
His CPAC speech is still fresh in my memory.
What a fearless warrior he was.
He laughed in the face of ugly godless liberalism and asked “is that all you’ve got?!!”.
What a great great man.
I will miss him.
He was a great American and it hurts to lose such a patriot.
Hey, old FRiend!
Maybe you are thinking of this incident,in 2010, where Breitbart single handedly takes on an entire bussed in, pro-union crowd, challenging them to back up what their signs say:
This is classic Brietbart. Listen to him take on each person and debate them.
Take care, FRiend.
May flights of Angles sing thee to thy rest! May God bless you and your family Andrew.
Great ping - so cool that he was one of us...
Great Job kristenn, I so remember andrew the poster, RIP Buddy, ...
Thanks for posting this, Kristinn.
Thank you, kristinn. I didn’t he was ‘our Andrew,’ .. shoulda known. God bless him .. he lit a flame I pray keeps growing.
Andrew Breitbart: 1969-2012
Its stressful to be hated. It goes against our instincts. We want to be loved. But Andrew Breitbart was different. He relished his enemies and laughed when they threatened him. He wasnt scared of conflict. He thought it was fun. He was, as Greg Gutfeld put it, The bravest person I ever met.
When I was on Gregs show Red Eye with Breitbart we were asked what we thought of Trump sponsoring a GOP debate. Greg and I had the knee-jerk reaction of scoffing at the whole thing. When Breitbart asked us what was so funny we said, Well, its obviously just some rich guy showboating. Then he taught me a word I never really paid attention to before: So?
This word defines Breitbart to me more than any other. At a bar one night I was whining about the allegation that all libertarians are funded by the Koch brothers. So? he replied. Andrew didnt play the PC lefts game.
An absolute tragedy.
I’m still sick. This was a sad day, indeed.
What a lovely tribute; I can tell that Andrew’s passing has touched you deeply. Prayers up for you and all of his loved ones.
Thank you for doing the research on our fallen brother. An amazing journey through the earlier years of his internet activism and dialogue here to what Andrew would eventually put together in his tireless quest to counter the dishonest, hateful, totalitarian left. How unaware I was of the genius we had on this board. Glad I was able to see him locally here in person twice, most recently in November of last year.
RIP brother Breitbart!
Wow, I joined just over 2 weeks after he did...over 14 years ago....
We’ll miss him.
Awesome. You knew him way back when. :-)
Amazing, ain’t it?
Why do I have a sudden craving for cheesecake right about now? ;-)
yeah, very ineresting.
Thanks for the memories Kristinn.
I have been reading some of his old posts and watching you tube videos.
I just don’t want to let go right now. He was one of us, freedom fighters that just don’t give up or give in.
God Bless and care for his family.
RIP, Andrew! Your dedication to accurate reporting will be missed.