Andrew Breitbart is being remembered as a champion for grassroots journalism who was committed to exposing corruption and media falsehoods.
The conservative online publisher and blogger collapsed and died Thursday at the age of 43 while walking near his home shortly after midnight in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. The Los Angeles Times reports an autopsy was performed on Friday morning and that while a final report is pending, a source familiar with the investigation into the journalist’s death said all indications point to natural causes. Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier.
Logan Churchwell with Accuracy in Media tells OneNewNow that Brieitbart fearlessly stood up for liberty, truth, and honest media. AIM honored Breitbert with a prestigious award in 2010 for his investigation that exposed ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — and its part in alleged voter fraud.
“Whenever he put together a story, not only did he speak truth and put it in the face of the media and force them to disagree with his work and stake their reputation on it, but he also affected change,” says Churchwell. “And he really didn’t do anything if he wasn’t sure he was going to change the status quo.”
The AIM spokesman reports that a lot of nasty things being said on social media about Breitbart that are apparently being ignored by the mainstream media.
“Had another figure who wasn’t conservative died and there were conservatives out on Twitter or message boards saying nasty things, you had better believe mainstream outlets would be broadcasting them as if they were coming from the mouths of the RNC — but that’s not the case [here].”
Churchwell says it is important to remember Breitbart’s grassroots accomplishments.