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Andrew Breitbart’s Life Cut Shockingly Short

Such a bruising, controversial media presence, author, blogger, publisher and perennial Occupy movement basher Andrew Breitbart has shockingly passed away at age 43. Less than an hour ago, Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel B. Pollak posted the following In Memoriam statement:

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. 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.

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Andrew Breitbart Hearts Bank of America

We don’t expect…well…much of anything from Andrew Breitbart. But even we were shocked when we pulled this from his Twitter feed a couple of days ago.

“Love your ATMs!” “Have a great day.”

You’ve got to be shitting me.

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LA Times‘ Andrew Malcolm Moving to Investors.com

Given the exit of his good friend Tony Pierce from the LA Times in the wave of layoffs that hit the paper this summer, Andrew Malcom‘s exit from the paper seemed inevitable. Looks like that day has finally come. The Top of the Ticket blogger is moving on from the Times next month, when he’ll start a new job as a blogger for Investor’s Business Daily’s website Investors.com.

Top of the Ticket has been a big traffic draw to the Times‘ site, but those numbers haven’t come without controversy. The Times maintains that Top of the Ticket is politically neutral, but Malcolm, a former Laura Bush press flack, routinely posted conservative talking points on the site. Along with Andrew Breitbart and Bill O’Reilly, Malcolm was easily one of Media Matters’ favorite right-wing targets. Frankly, we’re astonished that site hasn’t said anything about Malcolm’s exit yet. Guess they’re keeping it classy.

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The eXiled and Big Government Exchange More Words

There’s been a relatively small flare up in the emerging battle between Mark Ames of The eXiled and Andrew Breitbart‘s Big Government. Nothing major. Like North and South Koreans firing a few potshots over the DMZ, without actually hitting anything.

Basically Big Government’s Joel Pollak, who decided to take on The eXiled last week with a lengthy “expose” into Ames’ libertine past, seems to have just figured out that The eXiled likes to screw with the comments on its site. He posted an “update” to his original story revealing this practice–which the eXiled is quite open about.

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Big Government Picks a Fight With The eXiled

Andrew Breitbart seems to have fully recovered from his Shirley Sherrod scandal. But he just helped pick a fight that has the potential to get a whole lot uglier. Former Illinois Tea Party candidate Joel B. Pollak just published a lengthy “investigation” on Breitbart’s Big Government site into eXiled founder and editor Mark Ames. At the heart of the piece is the contention that Ames and his fellow eXiled editor Yasha Levine are the ones who originated the anti-Koch brothers meme so prevalent in the media these days. Which is true. However, since Pollak is a huge fan of the Kochs, the piece is mainly a rhetorical strategy to deflect attention away from the Koch brothers–by dismissing the critiques against them as originating from the degenerate Ames. Ames, you see, unapologetically uses drugs and has solicited prostitutes, which automatically makes him unreliable–or so the thinking goes.

Ames and The eXiled were at the forefront of the anti-Koch movement. It would seem logical for those looking to turn the rhetorical tide against the brothers to target Ames. But Pollak and Breitbart should have let this one go.

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Big Hollywood Contributor Screeches Away from LA’s ‘Fascist Ghetto’

After eight years in LA as an independent filmmaker and editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart‘s Big Hollywood, John Nolte (pictured) is thrilled to be heading back home to Boone, North Carolina. He has kind words for the people of LA, but says he will not miss the city itself, which he describes as “a dump with a 10% sales tax” and a “big, fascist, one-story ghetto.”

Nolte is also no fan of Paul Haggis, headlining and ending his farewell-to-LA piece with the wish that the Oscar winning filmmaker “go to hell.”  He writes that it was while attending mass last year as one of only two white guys in the pews that he finally came to realize just how “defamatory” an attack Haggis’ 2005 Best Picture is on the people of LA:

Crash would have you believe that the marvelous American melting pot known as Los Angeles is filled with racists and racial strife and racial tension and race, race race, race race. Well, that’s a damned lie. My hand to God, in eight years I have personally never seen, been involved in, or known anyone involved in any kind of racial incident.

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Exclusive: Andrew Breitbart Causes Melee At Netroots Nation*

Sources tell us that Andrew Breitbart just caused a huge scene at the annual liberal Netroots Nation conference. Breitbart apparently showed up unaccredited with a camera crew in tow and tried to gain entrance. We’re told Breitbart did manage to get inside and was eventually escorted out by security. But not before scores of liberal bloggers angrily surrounded him. One apparently jammed a camera phone in his face and demanded to know if he’d ever had sex with a gay prostitute.

“Every conference has to have a Breitbart moment,” Slate’s Dave Weigel tells FishbowlLA. “The last one that didn’t was CPAC 2009.”

More updates to come.

*TPM reports Breitbart was denied credentials because he’s “not media.” Haha. Organizers said he was welcome to enter if he paid $100 for a ticket.

Andrew Breitbart Brings Blue Humor, Tea Party Proselytizing to Beverly Hills Jews

“I don’t take pictures of my genitals and send them to teenagers. I like to fight the media. That’s my fetish.” That’s the dick joke Andrew Breitbart, still high on Weinergate, told a room full of Republican Jews on Sunday night.

Well, not exactly full. Breitbart was the last on a list of speakers at the annual summer event hosted by the L.A. chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and by the time the conservative blogger took the microphone, the crowd had thinned.

Breitbart was happy to take credit for the absence of the media. “I see the press left. They’re afraid of me.”

In truth, most of the press had left following Newt Gingrich‘s speech an hour earlier. But the few that remained got an off the cuff lecture from Breitbart’s school of media manipulation. The conservative blogger compared “neutrality and objectivity” in mainstream journalism with “the moral relativism that they teach in the humanities departments. You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong.” Israel, he made sure to add, “is in the right.”

Breitbart also spoke about his goal of creating a “Big Jerusalem” website, an idea he first floated in 2009. “I’m willing to live half of my year in Israel to draw attention to the fact that if Israel goes, so will America. I want to create this Big Jerusalem, and I’m going to need your help. This is citizen journalism. I don’t have J-school types working for me.”

More from Breitbart’s speech after the jump.

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Weinergate’s Biggest Media Winners and Losers

Whether or not he will resign, or be forced out for lack of ethical behavior, or lose his wife, Anthony Weiner is the major loser of the last couple of weeks. But at FishbowlNY, we’re as interested in the coverage of the story as we are in the story itself. Who is getting the scoops (and there seems to be many)? Who is falling behind? We’ve put together a list. Like the scandal itself, this list is a work in progress. We will update as things turn around.

WINNERS:

Andrew Breitbart and BigGovernment: Where do we begin? Breitbart broke the story of Weiner sending pictures to girl #1, Gennette Cordova, stood by it despite being accused of hacking himself, took over Weiner’s press-conference, received a public apology from Weiner, and got girl #2, Meagan Broussard, to share her story with him exclusively, as well as several pictures — including the infamous topless Weiner. This is Breitbart’s day in the sun. Not generally known for being a reliable source, this whole media circus has been Breitbart’s vindication, almost a game-changer. From his website:

BigGovernment.com publisher Andrew Breitbart was in New York for previously scheduled meetings and went to the presser as an observer… The press then asked Andrew to go to the podium to take some questions. It was surreal and awesome. According to FoxNews, a Weiner staff ran through the hotel halls screaming, “Breitbart’s here. Breitbart’s here.”

That pretty much sums it up.

RadarOnline.com: Seems to have full access to woman #3, Lisa Weiss, who made the sex scandal that much more salacious. RadarOnline is currently printing the entire transcript of her nine month long chat relationship with Weiner, for those who can’t get enough sordid details. We don’t recommend you read it, however, like we did. It made us unspeakably depressed.

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Colbert: Breitbart Is the ‘Edward R. Murrow of Congressional Wang Photos’

Jon Stewart went easy on his friend Anthony Weiner last night–who, by many accounts, is a narcissistic, self-serving, careerist, ass who doesn’t deserve protection. After all, it was only a few days ago Weiner was trying to have reporters arrested for coming to his office to ask him questions about a scandal he was clearly lying about.

Colbert wasn’t exactly tough on Weiner either, but much funnier about it. He also gave Andrew Breitbart a new nickname that we hope sticks: “The Edward R. Murrow of Congressional Wang Photos.”

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