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.
I am in complete shock here.
You were more than just a soldier, You were a General.
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake $8.00
Andrew and I had a lot in common on the music front too.....
I am really, really, really upset.
Rest in peace courageous warrior.
All of us here are in mourning.
We lost a giant, yet we luckily had a giant. I guess we have to be like the Pioneers now, walk in the paths they made and make paths for those who follow.
From Pioneers O Pioneers by Whitman:
These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait behind,
We to-days procession heading, we the route for travel clearing, Pioneers! O pioneers!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
I look forward to reading more in the future. I love this guy more and more the more I learn about him. I am so very sad today.
And one more thing to do to provide for his kids is to buy his books. I am going to. They were already on my list but I have no time to read. S I’ve been waiting.
Thank you kristinn for all the details.
We have lost a warrior.
I was there also. There was ‘andrew’, Nick Danger, DoughtyOne, Clinton’s a Liar, & others I don’t remember now.
I could feel we were entering a new age. It would not be controlled by the mainstream media, but we would be able to find out what was happening (quickly) & decipher it ourselves — not thru their prism.
Thank you ‘andrew’. God bless & comfort your family.
Thanks, Kristinn. What you posted reminded me of one of Karl’s rants about the media:
“...One thing keeps popping up in my mind though... a couple years ago I swore an oath, that I would “...support and defend the Constitution of the United states against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...”
I didn’t join up to be part of some government conspiracy—I joined because I thought it was just one small way that I could contribute to the people of this country... although the discipline didn’t hurt much either. As I think back to that oath, something about all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC... I wonder who is really to blame for the degredation of the American society.
My money’s on the American mass media. It seems like you can’t turn on the news without seeing news reports about the death and destruction, and commercials that seem to subtlely induce worthlessness or fear, offering solace in the consumption of goods and services. The way I see it, people in this country (and the attitude is spreading across the globe), are encouraged by corporations and broadcasters to spend more and acquire more stuff, inducing a sense of security in material wealth. Some things, even tradition, can have a spin put on them to make the public needlessly wary—even fearful. Why aren’t houses in this country built with big front porches anymore? Probably because we know more about fictional TV characters than we do our own neighbors....
Though I think this veritable brainwashing may not have been intentional, the people who cultivate this sort of society have a lot of the general public in their pocket, and many are trying to use their positions to reshape the world the way they think it should be, not taking into account any consequence of their actions.
Given a choice and an opportunity, I’d gladly do my part to “restructure” the commercial institutions that poison the society whose flag will one day be draped over my coffin. [/rant]
Country: Iraq ~ Posts: 175 ~ Member Since: 09/01/2003 ~ Last Visit: 01/11/2005
So many years on, I had forgotten he was a Freeper.
He'll be missed by many but most off all his wife and children and we think of them tonight.
Was Andrew a part of the 2000 FReep at the Federal Building in Westwood after the election?
Excellent,kristinn...thanks for sharing. This is wonderful.RIP Hero Andrew!
What an excellent idea, Yaelle. Thanks!
I don’t know, but there were a lot of us!
I liked Andrew and I like his web site. He will sorely be missed
Thank you, kristinn. :) Rest in peace, Andrew.
What a great blast from the past. Thanks for posting this. He is sorely missed, and in my thoughts and prayers.
Super duper ping. Thank you so much.
I’m not sure I knew who he was back then, but it is possible he was there. I don’t remember seeing him, but then he very well could have been there. I want to say that I did see someone that looked something like him, but I don’t remember it clearly enough to give you a firm yes or no.
We had between 100 to 300 people there during that period.
BobJ over on TrueBlueLiberty might know.
There’s only so much time in my day, and I don’t follow man folks
anymore. I never followed Andrew, but I did respect him due to the many folks who did find him worthy of their admiration.
Thanks, kristinn, for putting this together.
Agree! I admired him from afar. “AB” was a true hero and warrior for the country and an idea: media fairness and restoral of media fairness. But much more...Andrew did not back down!
“AB” will forever be remembered! My quasi “AB” quote: “Go to hell libs”. Hell is exactly where they will end up, whether good wins politically on earth or not! End game...They burn for eternity for their lack of faith.
RIP, Andrew! God will bless your family and you. You have earned your rest.
It is our fight now!
Amen to that, Persevero.
Thank you for this thread, kristinn. I had forgotten the few words I managed to speak to Andrew on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at CPAC - I mentioned that I was a Freeper on FreeRepublic.com. He said that he "used to post on FR, a long time ago...", but I couldn't hear what he said after that, as the bar was loud and chaotic, and people were bugging him while we were talking. He seemed kind of excited when I mentioned the words "Free Republic". ;-)
So he was a FReeper and his screen name was andrew. Wow, thanks for those links, kristinn. Very interesting.
I'm looking at a baseball that my husband brought to CPAC in order to get some autographs. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), one of our favorite congressmen, signed the ball, as did Phyllis Schlafly, several of our friends... and Andrew Breitbart.
He signed the ball: "Andrew Breitbart - God Bless"
thanks Brown Deer
bump for remembrance archive.
Thank you Kristinn.
Awestruck by the compilation and the observations therein. Thank you.
Just reading some of Andrew’s old posts. Just amazing... the guy was SO brilliant. *sigh*
Perhaps they will release all the goods that Andrew had on Obama. Around September 30th or so.
There are the big government Socialist/Marxist/Communist radicals, and then there are those like Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin, who are against big government and they are for the American Constitution of limited government and who rely more on tradition and their own ideas and labors when it comes to their personal lives, their mission, and their politics.
What sets Breitbart and Palin and others such as Allen West, Herman Cain as well as many others (including Ron Paul, as misguided as he is about defense and who’s fault it is for the hate that exists in the Mideast) is that they are all in the fight and they have stood against liars and cheats and coercive radical revolutionaries and it really has taken all of their effort and focus to do so. They took the extra steps and went the extra mile because they understand what is going on and what is at stake. And Andrew was a true gladiator at that.
He was restless and relentless because he, as well as Palin and our other Breitbarts, though not always in agreement on everything do understand that we are in a non-kinetic civil war, and what appears to be the late stages of a socialist revolution and the destruction of America from within which has been in the works while the ideas behind it are nothing new and have been refuted. See also my post Save Capitalism, Save America over atmy blog A FREE MARKET AMERICAN http://freemarketcircle.blogspot.com/2012/03/save-capitalism-save-america.html and also Right vs. Left, the Bottom Line here http://freemarketcircle.blogspot.com/2012/02/right-vs-left-bottom-line.html
The task at hand is to show this, and to share it wide and far. And it is really a fight, because there are those who do not wish the truth to be known. So one must really stand up to them, their manipulations, interests and power. And remember Saul Alinsky taught them how to gain power to achieve their utopian fundamentally unAmerican extremist agenda. Breitbart has demonstrated to and shown many how to fight back. What Andrew learned, and what he demonstrated through his actions, is that it takes a radical to beat a radical. As I said before, over at my blog in my post “Left vs. Right, the Bottom Line “, it takes a radical to know one and to expose one and defeat one.
God rest his soul and bless his family. He will be sorely missed.
And to Andrew, if you can read this up there, I never got to meet you and that is too bad because I live in your neck of the woods out here in Los Angeles. I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your service to your country. In your honor, here at Free Market American/Free Market Circle, and everyone in the American Conservative/Tea party movement, we are all patriotic radicals in the cause of our American constitution and republic now.
The Freeper class of 1998 is very sad. Goodbye Andrew
Here is what he wrote at the end of Righteous Indignation:
I've already written that Election 2010 was less about November 2 than it was about November 3 and beyond.
For me, 2011 is going to be a recommitment toward a righteous attempt to level the playing field in the media; 2011 is going to be less about holding Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid accountable than it it's going to be about holding George Stephanopoulos, Andrew Morse, ABC News, and the rest of the mainstream media accountable. It's going to be about holding accountable the president of NPR, who capitulated to the exact same forces who attacked me when she canned Juan Williams and attacked his character in the process. It's going to be about holding George Soros and his Hungarian nut squat squad at Media Matters accountable. It's going to be about holding Arianna Huffington and Christiane Amanpour and Contessa Brewer and Katie Couric and Pinch Sulzberger accountable.
I am optimistic that the Tea Party movement is reflective of a greater American sentiment that needs to try at least to save what is good and decent about the American experience. Again, it is a cultural battle. And while they cling to their media guns and their politically correct religion, truth will be our weapon.
It's a long war. I know, I've lost friends. I have the scars. My wife married and almost inappropriately always lighthearted guy fourteen years ago. Now she wakes up next to a firebrand who is one of the most polarizing figures in the country.
But I have also met the America that was rendered silent by the media and is now shaking itself to life again. There are the years that we will look back on and question whether we did enough for our country and for our children. That's why I'm so determined, so pissed, so righteously indignant.
Excuse me while I save the world.
I’m glad he was here in 98. If he had written some of those posts today he would have gotten ragged on by today’s grammar
and spelling police. RIP Andrew.
Thanks for posting Kristinn. I like how he says he enjoys Dennis Miller on one of his early posts, but only in limited circumstances. I just heard him on the Dennis Miller show the other day filling in! Wow, what a difference a few years make. And now, what a difference a few days make. One day, talking to a national audience and a few days later gone at a much too young age. Thanks Andrew for making conservatism a lot of fun over the last few years. Rest in peace.
Those were the days. There are some very good people we have lost.
Rest in peace Andrew.
May God rest his soul in peace.
Retweet on, Andrew!
Thanks for posting this, Andrew will be sorely missed. I haven’t quite come to terms with this and although he had a history of heart problems I still wonder.........Prayers for his family and FRiends,
Thanks kristinn. I watched my Twitter feed and saw the references to Andrew, which were not uncommon because he loved to share what libs said about him. Then I checked freepers and some other sites and it was confirmed.
I have been touched by Andrew Breitbart even though I never met him. He was a fearless, unapologetic conservative advocate and will be terribly missed. His voice has been silenced but it should be carried forward. I pray that his staff have enough strength to carry on with his mission of seeking truth from the media and Hollywood.
RIP andrew. You will be missed.
Well said. It is so sad to see someone with such talent and energy struck down so early in life, FReepers could learn much by his example.
Thank you for posting this. FR WAS a LOT better back in the day.
RIP, Andrew. You are missed.
Didn’t know Andrew was a Freeper.
Thanks! These are priceless. Bookmarked.
Heartbreaking. Prayers for this hero’s family.