Andrew Breitbart Death: 5 Facts About Conservative Author
Breitbart passed today of natural causes.
According to Andrew Breitbart's website and his attorney, the conservative author and Internet publisher has died at the age of 43.
Breitbart reportedly died shortly after midnight. The Los Angeles County Medical Coroner's Office confirmed the death.
The death of Breitbart at such a young age of "natural causes" has shocked many.
Here is a list of five facts you didn't know about the Conservative author and publisher.
1. Breitbart, the website owner
What many didn't know about the late Breitbart is how many websites he actually owned.
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2. From Matt Drudge to Arianna Huffington
In 1995 Breitbart saw the Drudge Report and was so impressed that he emailed Matt Drudge. Breitbart said, "I thought what he was doing was by far the coolest thing on the Internet. And I still do." Breitbart described himself as "Matt Drudge’s @#!*%" and selected and posted links to other news wire sources. Later, Matt Drudge introduced him to Arianna Huffington (when she was still a Republican) and Breitbart subsequently assisted her (after she became a liberal) in creating her website.
3. Destroyed Anthony Weiner's career?
In June 2011 Breitbart was involved in the Anthony Weiner sex scandal when his websites broke the story that Weiner was sending women revealing photographs of himself.
4. Shirley Sherrod Scandal
On July 19, 2010, Breitbart posted two short videos showing excerpts of a speech by Shirley Sherrod at an NAACP fundraising dinner in March 2010. The video's ensuing controversy resulted in Sherrod being fired from the United States Department of Agriculture on July 19. After Breitbart was criticized for taking Sherrod's words out of context, he posted the complete 40-minute video of the speech. She was then offered her job again by the Agriculture Secretary. She later sued Breitbart for defamation.
5. ACORN undercover videos
Breitbart was also involved in the 2009 ACORN video controversy. Hannah Giles posed as a prostitute seeking assistance while James O'Keefe portrayed her boyfriend, and clandestinely videotaped meetings with ACORN staff. Subsequent criminal investigations by the Brooklyn District Attorney's office and the California Attorney General found the videos were heavily edited in an attempt to make ACORN's responses "appear more sinister."