Andrew Breitbart, a Los Angeles born Jew who became one of the faces of new media in America, died early Thursday morning according to a report on his website, Biggovernment.com.
“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love,” read a statement on the site.
Breitbart started Biggovernment.com because he believed the major media outlets in America were too liberal.
“If these traditional media outlets can’t be shamed into telling the truth, diverted for doing the wrong story, for simply running defense for one party, and mocked away from creating journalistic rules that only hold those on the right accountable, then it puts us in a position to do more than we’ve done in the past with talk radio and web aggregation,” he told Mediaite in late 2009.
Breitbart was the first to publish lewd pictures of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, leading to Weiner’s resignation. Just weeks ago, while in attendance at CPAC in Washington, he met with the leaders of Young Jewish Republicans, expressing his support for their goals.
He was 43 years old.
You can watch Breitbart’s 2011 address to the Republican Jewish Coalition, below.