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A Tribute to My Friend Andrew Breitbart

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

My goal is to try to weaponize the American people, try to weaponize the conservative movement, try to weaponize the underground conservative Hollywood movement, to weaponize as many people in the center-right country to try to rectify a generation-plus long problem that has been absolute media bias, absolute media used by the Democratic Party as a tool to defeat conservatives. –Andrew Breitbart

It’s hard to believe that Andrew Breitbart’s giant heart gave out five years ago this past Wednesday, March 1, 2012. Despite the fact that it’s been five years, his cell phone number is still on my iPhone, his name is still in my LinkedIn contacts, and most importantly, the spark of fire and passion he injected into everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with him is still burning in my heart.

I started writing for the “Big” sites because I developed a reputation for strong articles about Israel and the Middle East. Andrew Breitbart and his friend Larry Solov (a Jew who is now Breitbart CEO) conceived of the idea to found Breitbart News Network, with “the aim of starting a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel.”

During the last year and a half of his life, I penned 2-3 articles a week the Breitbart “big” sites Big Government, Big Peace, Big Journalism, and Big Hollywood. At first most of my posts were about Israel or other Jewish-related issues (one of the biggest of which was breaking the story about the anti-Semitic video that cost Helen Thomas her job). But soon I expanded into politics, culture, media criticism, and international relations.

Though never part of Andrew’s inner circle of friends, I may have spoken to each other only a total of maybe 30 times (either in person or on the phone) during his too-short life, I called Andrew Breitbart my friend (and still do). This was not some delusion of grandeur on my part, it was part of the magic of Breitbart. Andrew made everyone he met like they were the most important people in the world and a key component of his team.

For example, while on the publicity tour for his latest book, Andrew appeared on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. Hewitt jokingly told Breitbart he was disappointed that his name wa…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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About the author

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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