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American Patriot Andrew Breitbart died this morning, March 1, 2012, from natural causes as he was walking outside his home in Los Angeles. This should be a reminder to us of how precious life is and that all we really have is today. Talk about a wakeup call. I do not know where Andrew stood in his faith but he was a strong defender of religious freedom. He has been known to say that the attack on Christians perpetrated by the mainstream media “angers me to no end.” His fight for truth in media and against political corruption was inspiring to me and to millions of conservative Americans that may now take up the torch that Breitbart kept lit. The media is just one part of our culture that I have written about that is blatantly anti-Christian.
“I consider myself to be a Judeo-Christian... I relate to the world view that America has,” Breitbart said. “It’s a distinctly Judeo-Christian one and I think that it works.” One thing many do not know about him is that he was adopted by his parents. He has often shared the story about his “conversion” from being a pro-choice liberal living in Hollywood to a staunch, pro-life conservative. The father of four called the pro-life cause “the most important issue” in America. President of Breitbart.com, Larry Solov wrote “Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.”
Brigitte Gabriel wrote: “Today America lost a great patriot, Andrew Breitbart. A son, who loved his country and its freedoms so much, he dedicated his life and soul to preserve it. Andrew was a trailblazer and a beacon of truth in online media and American politics who knew no fear. He inspired thousands into activism. He fought fiercely, spoke boldly, acted authoritatively standing on American principles that meant so much to him. Today freedom lost a warrior. His contributions to society will remain in perpetuity.”
Breitbart said he hoped his battle against the liberal media could become “an international movement,” and likened the battle to the previous century’s battle against Communism. “This is the same battle that Ronald Reagan and many millions of other people fought in the 20th century, it just has a 21st century new media battleground,” he said. “The Cold War is now a new media war.” In a Time Magazine interview, he said, "Most conservatives are individualists… For years, they've been pummelled by the collectivists who run the American media, Hollywood and Washington. The underground conservative movement that is now awakening is the ecosystem I've designed my sites to tap into."
On the Drudge Report this morning, Matt Drudge wrote “DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what's happening. I don't think there was a single day during that time when we did not laugh with each other, or challenge each other. MDRUDGE”
Breitbart, owner of Breitbart.com, and blogs such as Big Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism, was a major leader in launching a revolution in conservative media in recent years, and a leading critic of the mainstream media’s liberal bias. He even considered himself more concerned about American culture than politics. The AIM Tribute today went like this: “Accuracy in Media was saddened this morning to learn that a true champion for grassroots journalism had so suddenly passed away. We at AIM will always remember him as a man who fearlessly stood up for liberty, truth and honest media. Accuracy in Media believes that his efforts will not end with his passing, but will only inspire a legion of new citizen journalists and watchdogs bent on exposing corruption and media falsehoods. Breitbart was the recipient of the Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism in 2010.”
The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson said, “Andrew loved a good prank above all. It’s hard to think of a higher compliment. Yesterday I found myself on a plane across the aisle in the first class cabin from Michael Moore, who was looking miserable with a takeout pizza on his lap. I immediately texted Andrew, mostly because I couldn’t resist. His response: “Give him the phone and say Breitbart wants to say hi.” He couldn’t resist either. The plane took off before I could set up the conversation. It would have been a riot. Hard to believe that’s the last I’ll hear from Breitbart. He really was a great guy. There aren’t many.”
This morning, I found myself talking with my wife, Rosanna about how short this life is and how we must redeem the time, savor each moment, and live full force for Jesus Christ. Today is all we have. I also found myself reflecting on all the people in my life who inspired me such as my Dad, a college mentor, and others. Though we never met, Andrew Breitbart was one of those inspirations. Christians, unite for the truth of the gospel! Conservatives, unite for truth in media. Citizen Journalists Unite – every one of us can make a difference!