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Reporting the death of Andrew Breitbart

The death of Andrew Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed while walking in his Brentwood, CA neighborhood. He was pronounced dead just after Midnight.

Over the last few years, despite his disdain for the mainstream media, Breitbart had become a regular on cable news, taking a conservative stand, defending his latest scoop or just taking part in the conversation. His last national appearance was Tuesday night with Piers Morgan following results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries. “I’ve cleaned up and got my hair into an aerodynamic fashion for you,” Breitbart joked with Morgan.

FNC reported Breitbart’s death at 9:33amET and began a conversation for the next half hour with several of their anchors and contributors including Sean Hannity: “He had a level of courage that is really almost unmatched today in media;” Greg Gutfeld: “He is leaving a powerful legacy. He will be a legend.” Tucker Carlson: “I talked to him last night, seemed totally exuberant as he always does.” And Monica Crowley: “I have known very few people in my life who lived life to the hilt the way Andrew Breitbart did.”

CNN reported the news at 9:34am. CNN conservative contributor Erick Erickson phoned in at 10:19. “He really is like a super nova who has gone dark,” said Erickson. Another CNN contributor, Dana Loesh phoned in at 10:40. Loesch is the editor of Breitbart’s Big Journalism site. “Once you got to know him… to know him was to like him. Regardless of what you thought about his politics.”

MSNBC reported the breaking news at 9:41. Breitbart’s politics did not align with the political leanings of MSNBC, which may be why he always seemed to relish his appearances with anchors including Martin Bashir and Dylan Ratigan, and, when he was with MSNBC, David Shuster. Because of their contentious nature, those interviews often made headlines.

Breitbart, who was prolific on Twitter, sent his last Tweet at 11:26 PT, about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. It was a response to a blogger in Louisiana: “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize.”

Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43

Conservative commentator, author and web publisher Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43, according to his website, Big Government. Breitbart died of natural causes shortly after midnight in Los Angeles.

Breitbart was a regular guest on the cable news circuit, having appeared on CNN just this past Tuesday. He was on Fox News two and a half weeks ago.

Update: As of 9:45 AM, Fox News is the only cable channel to cover Breitbart’s death, and has brought on Tucker Carlson and Greg Gutfeld to talk about their former colleague.

Is Fox News Working with Tucker Carlson on Media Matters Investigation?

Tucker Carlson — one of a few who’ve managed the cable news tri-fecta: working for CNN, MSNBC and now Fox News — continues his series about Media Matters, today looking into the tax-exempt status of the organization. Much of the series has to do with Media Matters attempts to delegitimize Fox News, so Carlson has been getting plenty of air time on Fox News with appearances on “Fox & Friends” Monday and Tuesday and last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” as well as numerous stories on other FNC programs.

Fox News told Mediaite they are not coordinating with Carlson on his series, adding they have “no idea what Tucker’s motivation is in on the timing of this.”

Tuesday on “The Five,” the five discussed how Media Matters had planned to make their fight very personal.


Was Media Matters Planning to Look into the Personal Lives of Fox News Employees?

In the second part of his series into the group Media Matters, Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson reveals a memo from Sept. 2009 that suggests the group was prepared to dig up dirt on Fox News employees. Carlson claims the memo with its cloak & dagger style scenarios came from Karl Frisch, an MMFA contributor:

“We must take Fox News head-on in a well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.” What Frisch proceeded to suggest, however, went well beyond what legitimate presidential campaigns attempt. “We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors, senior network and corporate staff,” he wrote.

Like yesterday, Carlson was back on “Fox & Friends” this morning discussing his findings. But as FishbowlDC found out, the report had its share of technical difficulties.

Tucker Carlson Gets Fox News Airtime for Media Matters Exposé

Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson got some plum airtime this morning to talk about his site’s weeklong series into Media Matters, which Fox & Friends anchor Steve Doocy calls, “the liberal blog dedicated to destroying Fox News.” In his first story on Daily Caller, Carlson reports, “The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House.”

Carlson spoke to current and former Media Matters staffers for his report. One former employee told him, “We pretty write their primetime” speaking of MSNBC. Carlson says the former staffer added: “We call Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC, he takes our call.” Carlson spent three years at MSNBC, including as a host in primetime. As the network started a shift to the left, his show was canceled and his contract was allowed to expire. Carlson, who earlier in his career co-hosted “Crossfire” on CNN, joined Fox News in 2009. He launched Daily Caller in January, 2010.


You Might Want to Tune in to Tonight’s ‘On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren’

So, someone at Tucker Carlson‘s “Daily Caller” stepped in it, or so thought defender of women politicians everywhere Greta Van Susteren. Greta wasn’t having any of it. So Carlson and Van Susteren went back and forth over the weekend on email and on their sites, which, of course, has since been picked up by other media sites.

Without getting into too much detail here (click on any of the links above). It involves Sarah Palin, Mike Tyson and a sexually explicit headline in a “Daily Caller” story first published Friday night.

And now it’ll all come to a head tonight on Van Susteren’s show at 10pmET when Fox News contributor Carlson goes “On the Record.”

Tucker Carlson, Bret Baier On the Move

Fox News anchor Bret Baier and contributor Tucker Carlson — who is the editor of Daily Caller — both have new digs.

Washingtonian reports Carlson traded sold his $4 million 6-bedroom place for a $2 million 7-bedroom, 6-bath manse in the Kent neighborhood of NW Washington, DC. “The new house has a two-car garage and an au pair suite,” reports the site. As for Baier:

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, bought a house on Dunmore Lane in DC’s Berkley neighborhood for $1.2 million. A former Fox News White House correspondent, Baier hosts Special Report With Bret Baier.

Tucker Carlson: ‘I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible.’

Who does Tucker Carlson think will be the GOP nominee in 2012?  Here’s a hint: he isn’t on Fox News’s payroll.

In part III of our MediaBeat interview Carlson gives his take on the GOP field as well as on where Americans get their news during election season. “I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible. There’s so little news in it.”

  • Part I – Monday: “I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.”
  • Part II – Tuesday: Live TV is like crack

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

Tucker Carlson: Live TV is like crack

Tucker Carlson has good things to say about his days hosting cable news shows at CNN and MSNBC. “I don’t have a single complaint about any of it,” he tells us in part II of our MediaBeat interview. “Television is crack; it’s immediate. You can completely fail, and blow up and destroy your life instantly so the threat of that keeps it interesting.”

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

Tucker Carlson on Keith Olbermann: ‘I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.’

In this week’s Media Beat we talk with former CNN and MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, co-founder of The Daily Caller. On his new life as a digital media entrepreneur: “I couldn’t enjoy it more.” And on his old life as a cable news host, he’s got thoughts on his former colleague Keith Olbermann and his MSNBC departure: “I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.”

  • Part II – Tomorrow: Tucker on TV: “Live TV is like crack”
  • Part III – Wednesday: Tucker’s take on the 2012 GOP nominee

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

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