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Andrew Breitbart Has Died

Conservative author Andrew Breitbart has died. The news first broke on his website this morning: “Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.”

He was the author of Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! and Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon — The Case Against Celebrity. His website obituary included part of a new conclusion he wrote for Righteous Indignation.

Here’s an excerpt: “I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.”

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Sarah Palin Stirs Controversy with Blood Libel Reference

In a video message (embedded above), author and politician Sarah Palin compared negative media attention to “blood libel.” The phrase refers to historical myths that Jews kidnap and murder Christian children.

Here’s the controversial passage: “If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

The phrase “blood libel” exploded on Twitter as people scrambled to decode the speech. Andrew Breitbart circulated the phrase on Twitter: “And to the gutless GOP establishment who watches in silence the blood libel against @SarahPalinUSA. We will remember.”  Below, we’ve included digital links to three scholarly books about the terrible legacy of blood libel in history.

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Eric Alterman on Journolist: “Many of Us Could Barely Stand One Another”

Ericalterman-330.jpgLast week political blogs around the country focused on Journolist, an exclusive 400-member email list where political journalists shared ideas and thoughts. Following a few leaks of the off-the-record emails, the email list was shut down.

Since then, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart has offered $100,000 to anyone who could turn over a complete copy of the Journolist emails–hoping to see inside what he called the “Democrat-Media Complex.”

Today author Eric Alterman (pictured) admitted he was an actual member of the list and described it for The Nation. “Many of us could barely stand one another,” he wrote, dismissing those who saw the list as a liberal conspiracy.

What do you think? Here’s an excerpt: “Personally, the list offered me the opportunity to simultaneously sharpen my ideas, improve my expertise, locate knowledgeable sources and bullshit about baseball. The cost was occasional aggravation and a lot of lost time. (If I had a Proustian masterpiece inside me somewhere, J-List is to blame for its continued nonexistence.) As a collective we held people’s feet to the fire, encouraged excellence, bemoaned administration wimpiness and took numerous opportunities to remind New Republic editors and authors that they work for a reactionary racist lunatic.”