Mad props to Wonkette‘s Doktor Zoom for a brilliant summary about the sorry state of “Ghost Breitbart’s ‘Happy Cult’“:
As we all know from the plot of virtually every big Hollywood gangster movie ever made, when there’s a gang of loutish thugs and the head lout is removed, the remaining loutish thugs invariably turn on each other in a frenzy of loutishness and thuggery. This is apparently what is going on at rightwing internet concern Breitbart.com following the sudden death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1 of this year, according to this juicy Buzzfeed story by McKay Coppins, which says the late lout’s “web empire” is now “plagued by an unusual degree of disorganization and rampant infighting as his disciples battle for ownership of his legacy.” Golly. No one could have seen THAT coming!…
Actual quote from an actual former Breitbrat:
“We were running a kind of happy cult when Andrew was in charge, and when Andrew died everyone had an incentive to spin what they thought he was up to,” said one former employee. “If he knew he was going to die, I’m sure he would have called a dinner the night before and given us the tablets or something…. But he didn’t.”
The original Buzzfeed article (in case it’s blocked at your company, or you have some kind of principled objection to political journamalism supported by kitten videos) contains a wealth of he-said, they-said details, plus a photoshopped Last Breitbart Supper which is moderately hilarious but probably not something you want to click on while eating. Probably the key to unraveling the whole mess:
One pressing consequence of the company’s organizational challenges: Questions from inside the organization about how the finances are being handled. Shortly before Breitbart’s death, Bannon helped bring in $10 million in capital, which was meant to fund the site’s relaunch and expand its staff. But when Breitbart died, he left a wife and four young children who could benefit from a financial return — and two sources familiar with the situation say the widow has been asking about the money….
This hasn’t exactly been the greatest year to be a leftist, but at least we can feel secure that Andrew Breitbart is still dead.