RIP Andrew Breitbart
Death sets off both tributes and good-riddance shots
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2012 12:49 PM CST
In this Feb. 11, 2010, file photo, Andrew Breitbart is seen during an interview with the Associated Press at his home in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) Andrew Breitbart's death continues to set off a wide range of reactions. Some examples:

  • 'Liberals celebrate': The Washington Examiner rounds up tweets from the left under that headline, including one from Slate's Matt Yglesias, who says the "world outlook is slightly improved" now.
  • Tone it down: "The content of some of those tweets reveal something quite rotten," writes Andrew Sullivan at the Dish. "A man has died at a painfully early age. He has family and friends and colleagues. They are in grief. Yes, he was a public figure, who doled it out relentlessly. But his family is human. We can too easily forget they exist."

  • Ted Kennedy: A Daily Kos blogger offers condolences to the family but recalls how Breitbart tweeted "Rest in Chappaquiddick" upon hearing the news of Ted Kennedy's death.
  • Fond tributes: Jonah Goldberg at the National Review Online remembers his old friend. "I’ve never known someone, perhaps with the exception of (Matt) Drudge himself, who had more of a savant’s sense of media, old and new—but especially new."