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Andrew Breitbart’s Final Tweet

As much as he seemed to love the spotlight of television, Andrew Breitbart relied on Twitter as his rhetorical weapon of choice. We should know, we were once rather inexplicably on the receiving end. So is there any special significance to the fact that Breitbart’s final volley into the digital universe concluded with the apparently heartfelt words “I apologize?” Probably not. His final tweet also included the word “putz,” which was more typical.

Breitbart was unquestionably a digital pioneer. But one could argue that said pioneering contribution to the digital realm was essentially the professionalization of Internet trolling. Breitbart’s Twitter feed often bore little difference to a Yahoo message board. For instance, he called Ted Kennedy a “special pile of human excrement” the day after the Massachusetts Senator’s death. Trolls don’t apologize, and neither, rather famously, did Breitbart.

In this context, his final digital words are an ironic footnote to the end of an angry, and what must have been an incredibly stressful, career. The man who never apologized for anything limped out with an apology.

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