I received the e-mail below from The Atlantic writer Conor Friedersdorf this morning:
Today I wrote a short obit at The Atlantic that urged people to set aside politics for a day and mourn Breitbart the husband, father, and energetic professional. After some time passes, probably early next week, I'm going to write a post that grapples with his professional legacy.
I saw that you wrote on Ricochet:
The tremendous work that Andrew Breitbart accomplished for the conservative cause is all the more remarkable when you consider that he really only became a household name for us conservatives over the past three years.
Would you mind telling me, on or off the record, what specifically he accomplished for the conservative cause that is tremendous and remarkable? I've got my critiques of Breitbart. Insofar as there are accomplishments to set forth alongside them I want to do so.
Thanks for reading.
I'll kick us off with the things that stood out to me in reading through Ricochet's large collection of Breitbart tributes and remembrances:
1. As Ben Domenech noted a few months ago, conservatives really lag in the arena of investigative journalism. Andrew Breitbart did more to expose the stories that the rest of the media either conveniently ignored or even worked hard to keep under wraps than anyone else. In the process, he:
- exposed Anthony Weiner's lies, ultimately driving him out of office which paved the way for a Republican to assume office in NY-9 for the first time since 1923;
- drove ACORN into extinction.
2. He built up a whole lot of invaluable internet infrastructure that has proven to be an important set of resources for the right. From Breitbart.com to Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, Big Peace, and with an assist to the Drudge Report.
But to be sure that Conor has a thorough list of the things that conservatives consider to be Andrew's biggest professional achievements, I put the query to the Ricochet community.