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Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 1 2012 | Matthew Belloni

Posted on 03/01/2012 4:00:00 PM PST by iowamark

Marketing executive Arthur Sando tells THR about his lengthy debate with the conservative activist at The Brentwood; they said goodbye around 11:30 p.m., 50 minutes before Breitbart was pronounced dead.

Andrew Breitbart spent his final hours much like he lived most of his life: passionately talking politics.

Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur who died suddenly early Thursday while walking near his Los Angeles home, had stopped into The Brentwood, a nearby bar and restaurant. There, he struck up a conversation with Arthur Sando, a marketing executive who didn't know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sando says he arrived at the bar in the tony Brentwood section of L.A. around 10 p.m. and soon the empty seat next to his was filled by a man with a familiar face.

"I tried to figure out how I knew him," says Sando, a veteran publicity and marketing executive who has worked at CBS, King World Prods and Turner Broadcasting. "He was on his BlackBerry. And I said 'Andrew?' I told him I had seen his work."

Sando says the duo quickly struck up a conversation that would last a little less than two hours.

"He was friendly and engaging," Sando recalls. "I said, 'You can't be very happy with the slate of Republican candidates' and he said, 'Why would you say that?' I said, 'Well, they're talking about contraception,' and he said, 'The conversation is being framed by the liberal media.' I said, 'Well, the media isn't writing Rick Santorum’s speeches for him.' We had a back-and-forth for awhile until we said we weren’t going to agree on some things."

The friendly debate continued in the bar as Breitbart sipped red wine, says Sando. "We just hit it off, he was delightful. There were other people who sat down and joined the conversation."

Sando also mentioned that he hadn't seen Breitbart as a guest on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher recently; Breitbart told Sando he enjoyed going on Maher's show because it taught him how to deal with a hostile audience and how to react when getting booed.

Breitbart had stopped in for a drink but wasn't there to meet anyone in particular, Sando says. Nor were there any signs of health or other problems.

"He wasn’t drinking excessively," Sando recalls. "He was on his BlackBerry a lot."

After the two hours, Breitbart said he was leaving. "We exchanged contact information," Sando says. "We were going to get together."

Sando says he was "shocked" to read Thursday morning that Breitbart, who had a history of heart problems, had collapsed while on a walk near his home in the same neighborhood as the bar. Breitbart was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m., according to Reuters, less than an hour after leaving The Brentwood.

The exact cause of death has not been revealed but initial reports said it was natural causes.

"There were no signs that anything was wrong," says Sando. "It's very sad."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andrewbreitbart; arthursando; breitbart; sando
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To: bmwcyle
No wonder OJ moved out.

Now that there is funny.

51 posted on 03/01/2012 5:32:14 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: little jeremiah; BunnySlippers

This should be investigated, someone in the area can look into it.


52 posted on 03/01/2012 5:34:03 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

I hope his family and other concerned people got a PI on this immediately.


53 posted on 03/01/2012 5:37:22 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: iowamark
The late night menu isn’t too bad.

Chicken Chili...............$7.00

No wonder he had a heart attack.

54 posted on 03/01/2012 5:38:25 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: reasonisfaith
Ummmm......7% is more likely. And plus 45 in age...pushes 20%..

Per 10k people....

Your numbers are off.....

That said, plenty ( sadly..) of young people have sudden death from heart failure....of one sort or another.

55 posted on 03/01/2012 5:39:52 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Osage Orange

How many journalists has Putin had killed? One he had half killed and then was brazen enough to go back and kill her a different way. Yeah, maybe our communists are more virtuous.


56 posted on 03/01/2012 5:41:58 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Osage Orange

Could be your numbers are off.

Anyway, what’s not off is the principle: the probability of two events occurring is the mathematical product of the probabilities of event 1 and event 2.

In this case, the probability that this is coincidence is very low.


57 posted on 03/01/2012 5:47:56 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: katykelly

Because it’s wise and considerate to WALK instead of driving to and from a neighborhood bar!

Egads! You people are fools to suggest he should drink and drive anywhere. Living without a care [the punishment for being stopped] in Los Angeles is unthinkable.

i applaude his wise thinking for heaven sakes.


58 posted on 03/01/2012 5:50:43 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Osage Orange

Who said he had anymore than two glasses of wine?

Maybe in OK it is alright to get stopped for drinking and driving. The do not care if you had only one drink. You lose your car and that is no good in LA where you must have one.

I think his judgement is sound. But not yours.


59 posted on 03/01/2012 5:53:38 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: iowamark

Breitbart: I Have Obama College Films {Complete Video of CPAC Speech}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fRQ2lIQ3Lg

I’ve got videos. This election we’re going to vet him”

“To show why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008.”

“The videos are going to come out; the narrative is going to come out that Barack Obama met a bunch of silver ponytails back in the 1980s like Bill and Bernadine Dohrn, equally radical, who said one day we’re going to have the presidency. And the rest of us slept while they plotted....”

Sounds to me like he met his end “Chicago-style” if you get my drift.


60 posted on 03/01/2012 5:54:19 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: iowamark

What a nice article. What a sad day.


61 posted on 03/01/2012 5:56:57 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: iowamark
The dude Breitbart talked to was 1) dismissive of the Republican candidates, 2) a Bill Maher Show watcher, 3) a purveyor of the idea that the Republicans are obsessed with contraception, 4) a defender of the LSM, and 5) critical of Rick Santorum:

Sando, a veteran publicity and marketing executive who has worked at CBS, King World Prods and Turner Broadcasting

Yup, that would explain it - wouldn't have been hired at any of those places if he not.

62 posted on 03/01/2012 5:56:57 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: WeatherGuy

There was a talk show on the car radio tonight. The comment was: If we get to see the video of Obama in college then he probably died of natural causes. If we never see the video then he was whacked.


63 posted on 03/01/2012 6:09:11 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: BunnySlippers
Drank for 2 hours at the bar. Probably walked to and from the bar to avoid a DUI.

That's what you said.

I never said anything about him drinking. I said..2 beers in a couple hours isn't much.

Your post is a bit odd....

64 posted on 03/01/2012 6:10:45 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: ladyjane

His partner was just on Hannity and said the tapes will be released on Hannity in the next week or two.


65 posted on 03/01/2012 6:12:49 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Osage Orange

Your post is very odd.

Are you aware in CA that you do not have to look or act drunk to get a DUI? You merely have to have had a drink and get behind the wheel.

He was wise to WALK to a neighborhood bar and avoid the problem. Yet I’m sure you would get behind the wheel and take a chance of getting popped!


66 posted on 03/01/2012 6:18:12 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: citizen
You and your conservative passion will be missed, Andrew.

Boy, you can say that again. God bless indeed.

67 posted on 03/01/2012 6:22:36 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Bluestocking
If it was an innocent heart attack, of course the tapes will still be released soon, as Andrew Breitbart would have wanted. We’ll see.

Yes, that will be the litmus test. If, on the other hand, the tapes never appear, we'll know there was foul play.

Of course, the tapes could be altered to scrub out the most incriminating parts. But that wouldn't fly, with so many video experts out there. It wouldn't take more than 24 hours for a fake or a doctored video to fall apart.

68 posted on 03/01/2012 6:23:15 PM PST by giotto
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To: BunnySlippers
Go back and read what you posted...to what I responded to.

I'm not going to walk you back thru it.....any more.

I will let other FReeper's make judgment on what I said, and what you said.

I can explain it to you, but I can't make you understand it.

Fair enough?

69 posted on 03/01/2012 6:34:38 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Osage Orange

Don’t drink and drive. Andrew apparently agreed with me. He walked.

I value his judgement over yours. That’s just the way it is.


70 posted on 03/01/2012 6:39:26 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: JediJones

It wasn’t Rush Limbaugh who called the police, it was his security people.


71 posted on 03/01/2012 6:42:31 PM PST by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Although my first thought and second was conspiratorial, I watched his entire CPAC speech and he looked healthy but seemed to loose his place a few times and studdered a bit more than usuall. We can only hope that he insired many to take up the torch and carry it down the road to victory. He was one who told it like it is, no candy coating and he had balls of steel, god bless you andy you are a true patriot. Hope he gave these tapes to others besides Hannity


72 posted on 03/01/2012 6:42:47 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Although my first thought and second was conspiratorial, I watched his entire CPAC speech and he looked healthy but seemed to loose his place a few times and studdered a bit more than usuall. We can only hope that he insired many to take up the torch and carry it down the road to victory. He was one who told it like it is, no candy coating and he had balls of steel, god bless you andy you are a true patriot. Hope he gave these tapes to others besides Hannity


73 posted on 03/01/2012 6:42:54 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: ronnie raygun

Andrew was a true patriot. I still can’t believe that he’s gone. I wish this was just some sick joke and he will start tweeting again. He was always tweeting, I always looked forward to reading his tweets. He was such a wonderful man, a wonderful human being. We must all carry the torch for him and continue his legacy. He stood up for what was right, and he was never afraid to say what was on his mind.
Oh trust me I went through the conspiracy theories too, at first, but from what people close to him are saying, he had heart issues, even at 43 a person can die suddenly of a heart attack. My friend’s uncle died of a massive heart attack at 46, went to work, everything seemed fine, sat at his deck and died. Turns out he had an 80 percent blockage in his main artery, no symptoms, he was a heavy smoker though but still his death was unexpected.
God Bless Andrew Breitbart and his beautiful family.


74 posted on 03/01/2012 6:48:56 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

meant to say desk not deck


75 posted on 03/01/2012 6:50:24 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Tainan

I don’t know that the comment was an insult, depending on the size of the person in many states you can test above allowable on the BAC test with as little as one drink in two hours. Anyone planning to drink any amount would be wise to avoid driving. You do not have to be drunk to get a DUI, only what the state considers “impaired” which can take very little alcohol.


76 posted on 03/01/2012 6:51:14 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Tammy8

Being the recipient of the insult, there appear to be 2 or 3 non-Californians who are adamant that a DUI is only given when falling down drunk.

DUIs are handed out for much less in California. And are bad as you cannot live here without a car.

I applaude Breitbart for walking instead of driving if indeed that is what happened last night.

Rest in peace, Andrew.


77 posted on 03/01/2012 6:56:26 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
I think you've really read my posts out of context...

And I'd ask any FReeper to review our exchange, and see it differently...

You've been around awhile....I'm surprised you are acting like you are.

78 posted on 03/01/2012 6:56:54 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: BunnySlippers

Most states have a very low number now that is possible for many to exceed with 1 or 2 drinks, not just CA. I think some are thinking about the distant past where if you weren’t falling down drunk- and in some cases even if you were- officer friendly would tell you to carefully drive home. Now you most certainly do not have to be drunk or even close to being drunk to get a DUI in most states.


79 posted on 03/01/2012 7:03:26 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Osage Orange

I am shocked at your callous attitude as well.

Maybe you should be exposed to California’s hard drinking/driving rules to put it in context. If so, you would be proud of Breitbart as I am if he walked for that purpose to the neighborhood bar.


80 posted on 03/01/2012 7:05:00 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Tammy8
Agree with better to walk than drive.
My point is/was that Mr. Breitbart was in his neighborhood. He was born and raised in Brentwood.
He knew the area. He was walking home.
Nobody has reported that he was 'drunk' or even appeared to be 'under the influence.'
To add this bit of insinuation to the mix is something out of the blue and not supported by what is currently known to be factual.
Just my take and opinion on the comment.
81 posted on 03/01/2012 7:08:47 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

In California you do not have to appear to be “under the influence”. You merely have to have had a drink.

Who was insinuating? The article said he was drinking wine.

What state do you live in? Can you get arrested for drunk driving without appearing to be drunk or acting drunk? Well you can in CA. CA state DUI laws are tough.

I praised Breitbart for walking [if that was the case]. You crucified me for praising his decision.


82 posted on 03/01/2012 7:18:56 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: womanvet

“When I heard about this, my first thought was to wonder if someone with an umbrella walked by him on his way home.

I’m still wondering.”

My thought was a man with a syringe, but I’m with you.


83 posted on 03/01/2012 7:21:14 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: BunnySlippers
Laughing totally out loud here....

As you've zip, zero, unbelievably no apparent understanding of what I replied to...originally on this thread.

Go back and read what I replied to.....and get back to me, or not.

You want to fight about it,,,Why, I'm not sure.

84 posted on 03/01/2012 7:22:25 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Osage Orange

I stand by what I said.

I’m not fighting. But you sure seem insecure.


85 posted on 03/01/2012 7:24:59 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
Kiss me and make up?

I'm an ex SoCal. : )

86 posted on 03/01/2012 7:27:31 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Osage Orange

Well, but can we agree? No drinking and driving. It doesn’t hurt either of us.

And, we do not know the details.


87 posted on 03/01/2012 7:31:27 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Osage Orange

Well, but can we agree? No drinking and driving. It doesn’t hurt either of us.

And, we do not know the details.


88 posted on 03/01/2012 7:31:35 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
That was never my issue...

And yes...no drinking in excess while driving.

89 posted on 03/01/2012 7:40:29 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Osage Orange

A minor quibble.

You say “in excess”. That was the point! There is no “in excess” in CA. You drink, you cannot drive.

Is it like that in OK?


90 posted on 03/01/2012 7:43:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: All

RIP Andrew. And so sorry for his big family. They must be missing him so.

There is one thing that may have saved him. If you’re overweight with a heart condition and a Type A personality, PLEASE get a walking buddy at all times.


91 posted on 03/01/2012 7:51:57 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: ladyjane

There was a talk show on the car radio tonight. The comment was: If we get to see the video of Obama in college then he probably died of natural causes. If we never see the video then he was whacked.

______________________

I was thinking that the vids better be released this week.


92 posted on 03/01/2012 8:00:44 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

I heard that too. It was a caller to Michael Savage.


93 posted on 03/01/2012 8:20:41 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: BunnySlippers
I lived in OC for 13 yrs. On PCH at Peters Landing.
I have also lived in San Francisco and South San Francisco for another 9 + yrs.
I am well aware of the DUI laws in Cali.

As to:
You crucified me for praising his decision.

Please...stop the drama.
If I mis-quoted your post, please show it and I will offer a sincere apology for mis-quoting.

94 posted on 03/01/2012 8:24:16 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: tflabo
drinking alcohol can raise the Blood Pressure

Really? All the articles I've read say that wine, especially red wine (which is what he was drinking) actually is good for the heart, you know, the French paradox and all that.

95 posted on 03/01/2012 8:37:59 PM PST by grasshopper2
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To: Tainan

You CLEARLY are ignorant of CA drunk driving laws. You do not know CA law on drunk driving.

Case in point: Does one have to appear intoxicated? NO!

You lose, Taiwan!


96 posted on 03/01/2012 8:38:23 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

I think you responded to the wrong person . I said nothing about walking or driving .


97 posted on 03/01/2012 8:38:36 PM PST by katykelly
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To: forgotten man

True story: my husband and I took a walk and stopped at the neighborhood pub - when it was time to leave and the owner realized we had walked, he said he would NOT have served us if he had known that! Figured we couldn’t cross the street on foot - we had a great laugh over that one.


98 posted on 03/01/2012 8:47:48 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: iowamark
I'm familiar with the neighborhood.

The bar (Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge) is at 148 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Someone who has visited it told me it is very dark inside.

Nice neighborhood for a walk.

I am highly suspicious of the circumstances of Mr. Brietbart's death. Something stinks.

99 posted on 03/01/2012 8:56:12 PM PST by thecodont
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To: katykelly

Go back and look, little missy. I responded to the person who was dissing me.


100 posted on 03/01/2012 8:57:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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