Andrew’s yesterday’s news. Now, it’s all about Rush Limbaugh’s asinine bombastic spewing from the mouth. But I wanted to give Breitbart a proper send-off. After today, I’ll not speak of him (until the coroner’s report comes out and my thoughts are confirmed, or not).
Anyway, after confirming the details of his death shortly before showtime yesterday, I played a few short portions of my appearance with him on the Marc Germain Show on Talk Radio One on October 8, 2008. Although we had never spoken before, the two of us were invited on to debate the presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain that had happened earlier that evening.
It was during yesterday’s show that I decided to come in for a rare Friday show, and play the whole appearance in its entirety, as a way to show why I had formed such a low opinion of the man. As I said yesterday, I don’t believe in whitewashing a man’s life just because he died!
(By the way, prior to this morning, my Friday mornings for the past 6 years were occupied by a part-time job. I voice tracked weekends for a music station in Des Moines. That ended yesterday with a phone call telling me the station had gotten the money to hire someone locally, which is a good thing. I’m happy for them – but sad for me. I could use another paying gig!)
Anyway… In addition to playing the appearance I mentioned earlier, I reached out to our host that evening, Marc Germain, for a quick conversation. And I read Matt Taibbi’s very honest and, in my opinion, quite generous obit of Breitbart, “Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche!”.
And I finished up with the reason we will get to see what killed Andy, as there are lots of sycophants out there claiming Obama had him killed. Here’s a sampling:
There are lots more where those came from!
Once you stop laughing, please remember we have a big week of shows coming up again next week. I’ll be back Monday morning, 10am ET …. radio or not!
I figured it was another attention grab from the ultimate attention whore who would say anything, no matter how bombastic, inflammatory or just plain mean-spirited, usually in the form of a lie, to garner media attention. He was a narcissist first, right wing mudslinger second.
So, when the news broke on his own site, confirmed early on by only his friends and employees, I figured it was another one of his awful stunts – he’d soon be retweeting the worst of the (accurate) insults about him. But then came the real confirmations, first from ABC news, that the LA Coroner’s offices said Breitbart had died at the LA Medical Center, shortly after midnight, of “natural causes.”
By natural causes, they certainly meant that he wasn’t murdered. Given his nastiness and the multitude of nasty lies he spread about people, and the hate that followed him wherever he went, the assumption that his death might have been caused by one of his victims would not have been very far-fetched. But that was not the case. We’ll have to wait for the coroner’s report. From various reports I’ve heard of his behavior, I won’t be surprised if it says his death came from heart failure brought on by various drugs found in his system. We’ll see.
I understand that he left behind a wife and four children, which is truly sad. I can’t imagine that they’re in the dark about the awful things he did and the many enemies he created. I hope they’re not seeing the comments of people like me who’ve been smeared and slandered by his lies and vitriol. If they do, again, I can’t imagine any of this would come as a surprise.
I don’t believe in whitewashing anyone’s image when they die. I’ll say about Breitbart today the very same things I said about him yesterday. He was an asshole, and karma is a bitch.
On October 8, 2008, my friend Marc Germain invited me and Breitbart on his show at talkradioone.com to “debate the debate”. Obama and McCain had just finished what I think was the final debate of the election season (but I could be wrong about that), and we were to discuss it.
I had never met Andrew before, though I knew of his namesake websites (breitbart.com and breitbart.tv) and his status as a wannabe Drudge. But I was unprepared for the nastiness that attacked me over the phone.
I’ll do a special edition of my show tomorrow morning, and play the exchange in its entirety… but if you just can wait, listen here:
Nice guy, right? I had a second run-in with him, of sorts.
Last April 26, I was arrested after going to an event billed as a Town Hall Meeting with my congressman, Allen West. When I got there, I found they had changed the rules from the way all of their previous town hall meetings operated. Now, constituents didn’t have the opportunity to address our congressman directly; instead we were required to write our questions on a card to be picked over and read by staffers.
If I had known it was to be a lecture and not an actual town hall meeting, I wouldn’t have gone . I wanted to ask my congressman about his vote in favor of turning Medicare into a voucher program… When the question was asked and answered with asinine talking points, I raised my hand. From the second row center, he could see me, and chose to ignore me. So I shouted out my question… I’ve told the story many times, right here, but this is what happened when I asked my question that got me thrown out and subsequently arrested.
That weekend, Andrew Breitbart was a panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher. Bill played a video from another “Town Hall Meeting” in which a constituent was shouted down for daring to ask a Republican representative about their vote to privatize Medicare. This is how Breitbart responded:
I hope he’s nice and warm right now, even if I do feel badly for his family and friends.
After that surprise beginning of the show, we went on to more pleasant topic, like how fucked up our country is today, and the Middle East fucked-upedness that will never go away.
Rocky Anderson was a two-term mayor of Salt Lake City, and is running for the presidency on the Justice Party ticket. He’s got really refreshing ideas about fixing this nation’s problems. He told us about some of them on the show this morning… Go to his website and check him out. You’ll be impressed.
Maysoon Zayid joined in in the second hour and I asked her why the Arabs hate the Jews. (Hint: they don’t…well, they all don’t).. You should listen to our conversation. You’ll want to hear more.
Don’t forget, a special farewell to Andy show tomorrow morning. I’ll play back the entire segment from Marc Germain‘s show from October 2008. Talk to you then…
My highest priority in Nov 2012 is making sure Allen West is sent home. That guy should be in a military brig, and certainly nowhere near a congressional office. Thankfully, we have two Democrats vying to unseat him. Last week, at Netroots Nation, I had the opportunity to speak with them both.
This morning on the show, I played my interview with Patrick Murphy, a first time candidate for public office. Tomorrow morning, we’ll hear my interview with former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.
I’ll save my comments for after tomorrow’s show, and after you’ve had a chance to hear both of them. You know I never shy away from giving my opinions.
Yesterday, I shared with you the video and my commentary about my run-in with fraud merchant James O’Keefe. The only other person who rivals him in the slime factor is his mentor, Andrew Breitbart. Since the people behind Right Online (apparently Dick Armey’s also slimy Americans for Prosperity) shadow Netroots Nation every year (just to try to outdo themselves on the sleazeometer), both of the RWNJ wanna-be-journalists-who-only-traffic-lies were in attendance.
At least O’Keefe had the sense (or fear) to stay away from the convention center, but Breitbart threw himself right into the belly of the beast. Unfortunately, he got just what he wanted, which was to create a commotion. I wish my fellow NN attendees had just ignored him, but they gave him the attention and scene he craved.
The night before this video was shot, a Breitbart protege named John Hugh Gilmore harassed some Muslim women (who happened to be attending Netroots Nation) outside of a club where the big SEIU party was going on. Sue Wilson posted this account:
June 17, 2011
Would be journalist and provocateur Andrew Breitbart met his match today when he tried to crash the liberal NetRoots Nation convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 100 Proof Politics editor Ryan Clayton was ready – and his camera and hard questions forced right wing Breitbart into a hasty retreat.
The story started the night before when two women ventured into the streets of Minneapolis wearing the traditional Hijab (headscarf.) They were approached by John Hugh Gilmore, a 52 year attorney and self described Conservative who blogs for “Minnesota Conservatives.” According to police, he asked the women what they thought of Ayaan Hersi Ali, a Somali who is a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute who decries Muslims. The women told him they weren’t exactly fans. The inebriated Gilmore then became upset and started harassing the pair, asking what right they had to be in this country, until 60 onlookers intervened. Police were called and arrested Gilmore, but not until Gilmore tried to reach Andrew Breitbart on his phone.
Fast forward to today. Breitbart entered the Minneapolis Convention Center just minutes after Clayton had interviewed Sana Saleem, a blogger of Pakistani heritage and co-founder of Gawaahi.com, who had witnessed the confrontation. Breitbart claimed he knew nothing about the event, and a Breitbart colleague accused Clayton of lying about the whole affair, (but Minneapolis Police Department has confirmed Gilmore’s arrest.)
Clayton moved beyond the Minneapolis incident into questions to confirm or deny rumors of Breitbart’s alleged drug use and sexual habits. While Breitbart denied having a cocaine habit, he would not answer whether he had personally ever used cocaine. Given Hugh Hewitt’s recent interview with Breitbart where Breitbart references the gay magazine “Blue Boy,” Clayton also asked about Breitbart’s penchant for gay magazines. At that point, without answering directly, the flustered Breitbart left the Netroots Nation convention, hounded by dozens of attendees shouting, “Coward! Coward!”
Here’s the video in question from the Breitbart commotion
And now, I wish the two of them would just go away.
My dear friend GottaLaff from The Political Carnival joined me in hour two, as she does every Tuesday morning on my show. We talked about those two encounters, and the return of Keith Olberman to our televisions, and some of these other stories too…
RIP Tony Curtis. Yes, there’s a story to go along with the photo. From 1990-1994, I produced the Mark & Brian Show at KLOS in Los Angeles. Each year, we’d put on a ridiculously extravagent Christmas show. Tony Curtis had appeared on the show to promote his book and, if memory serves, he returned to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Christmas show.
Tony took a liking to me. His publicist must have given him my phone number, as Tony was relentless in his pursuit. I finally had to tell him that I simply wasn’t interested. He took it like a gentleman and, a few months later, married a young, dark haired attorney who looked somewhat like me. I still have this picture, and the memories….
On today’s show, Truthout‘s Jason Leopold guested to tell us about his latest bombshell story, “DOJ Refuses to Revoke BP’s Probation Over Safety Violations at Texas City Refinery.”
If you happen to be in South Florida, I’ll be yard sale-ing this Saturday at Coral Springs’ annual Trash to Treasure community sale. It’s at Mullins Park (right near the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on 29th Street) starts at around 8am and goes until 11ish. For those of you not attending the sale, I’m sure you’ll be in Washington DC at the One Nation march and rally!
I’ll talk to you Monday, when my guests will be Jayne King of the Green Party of Florida, and Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle- who watches the Sunday talking head shows and tell us what happened in our weekly Fools on the Hill segment.