[I know it’s been covered, but bear with me. I posted this morning and then got annoyed at all the keening about his death. Hence the update that’s not really an update to this crowd. -ABLxx]
I think Matt Osborne sums it up perfectly:
I am not celebrating the death of Andrew Breitbart. I do object to his elevation in death, however. If you read the Huffington Post today, everyone from Arianna herself to the staff at Media Matters is expressing sadness at his passing. By this time tomorrow, his martyrdom will be incorporated into the right-wing canon and everyone will forget he was a serial fabricator.
Sure, his family deserves to mourn without answering for his actions in life, but media eulogies will likely gloss over his libelous treatment of Shirley Sherrod or his selective editing of ACORN videos. In a strange cultural inversion of Shakespeare’s take on Julius Caesar, American media tends to minimize the crimes of the living and tell only the good about the dead. This will encourage the martyr cult among his fans, for whom Breitbart will become a greater hero in death than life.
That’s about all I have to say about the subject.
UPDATE: I have more to say on the subject, actually (given that the full-blown hagiography even on the left is in full swing). I feel sorry for his family, especially his four kids — and that’s it. I don’t have a kind word to say about the man because he wouldn’t have had a kind word to say about me or anyone I care about. I’m not celebrating his death, but I’m not going to be solemn, either. Let’s not forget who he was and what he stood for. And if the only reason to not talk about who he was and what he stood for is that conservatives might use liberals’ words to highlight our purported incivility, then I say who the fuck cares? Seriously. I’m not a fan of crude jokes on the day of someone’s death, but I’m not going to ignore the racism and misogyny he promoted practically every time he opened his mouth. And, I’m not going to forget that Breitbart lied about Shirley Sherrod (which I wrote about here). If we can’t talk about his political positions and why they were poison to the political discourse and this country, then what are we even doing writing or discussing his death? Let’s just ignore it like we do so many others.
[via Osborne Ink][cross-posted at ABLC]