Matt Taibbi on Breitbart's Death: "Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out"
Yesterday, Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi had some harsh, albeit spot-on words for the deceased, never-the-soft-man himself, Andrew Breitbart (including Breitbart's own personal favorite, "cocksucker"). Taibbi has been catching a lot of flack for the post, and had his Wikipedia page defaced in result. But even Taibbi acknowledges that Breitbart "had enough of a sense of humor to appreciate why someone like me shouldn’t bother to pretend I’m sad he’s dead."
Taibbi starts off:
So Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here’s what I have to say to that, and I’m sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.
If you're feeling bad for Breitbart, maybe think twice. This is this the man who called Ted Kennedya "villain", a "duplicitous bastard", a "prick"and "a special pile of human excrement," shortly after his death. Moreover, most of Taibbi's post is somewhat complimentary. Taibbi acknowledges Breitbart's "highly developed, if not always funny, sense of humor," referencing his perfect timing to humiliate Anthony Weiner during the same event that Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" with a group of black voters:
Watching Weiner pause, swallow hard, and make the extraordinary decision to plant his lips squarely on the loathsome Breitbart’s ass on national television, that was like the ultimate Mona Lisa masterpiece of right-wing media provocations. That the outrageous Breitbart was standing right there, looking gorgeously gassy in his unbuttoned shirt, bloated Joey Buttafuoco cheeks and splendiforous silver half-mullet, made the humiliation of the trim and neatly-groomed Weiner even more abject.
Taibbi goes on:
Breitbart has written some nasty things about me personally, once contrived to publish my private emails online, and even teamed up with Rush Limbaugh to humorously mis-identify me as a behind-the-scenes marionettist of the "media-Democrat industrial complex" (Breitbart thought I was improperly advising Occupy leaders), but all that’s okay. I think today, it’s safe to stand back and simply recognize that while many people go through their lives without leaving distinguishing marks, Andrew Breitbart definitely had his moments.
But he also had enough of a sense of humor to appreciate why someone like me shouldn’t bother to pretend I’m sad he’s dead. He wouldn’t, in my place. So to use one of his favorite words: Good riddance, cocksucker.* Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
* See the following Breitbart quote: “I like to call someone a raving cunt every now and then, when it’s appropriate, for effect... ‘You cocksucker.’ I love that kind of language.
As nice as it would be for Breitbart to be gone forever, we may be hearing more from him very soon. On Thursday, producer of the wildly unpopular Sarah Palin documentary Undefeated Steve Bannon told FoxNews' Sean Hannity that Breitbart's "Obama Tapes" will be out in the upcoming weeks. At CPAC, Breitbart talked up the tapes as his next project, saying “[w]e are going to vet [Barack Obama] from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008."
Yeah, we'll see.
Read Taibbi's full post here.