In the discussion thread: Awhile back a friend of mine spent some time with Andrew Breitbart. [View all]
Response to TheWraith (Original post)
Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:15 AM
deutsey (17,492 posts)
17. Lawence O'Donnell basically said the same thing last night
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He basically said what a nice guy Breitbart was when you met him. O'Donnell even took him to a party and everyone had a wonderful time.
O'Donnell's commentary confirmed for me my suspicion that many of these mainstream pundits--left, right, in-between--are all part of the same cozy little country club when they're not putting on their dog and pony show in the virtual world. That's great for the punditry, I suppose, but unfortunately for the rest of us, the words and actions of people like Breitbart have real-world consequences outside that cozy club of theirs.
Breitbart may have been a swell guy offline (and I'm not celebrating his death, nor am I saddened by it), but he was directly responsible for destroying much-needed resources for people who desparately needed them. He stoked the flames of hatred, ignorance, and prejudice and he did so through deception, fear-mongering, and an ugly mean-spiritedness.
That's some shtick.
Having said all that, I still agreed with O'Donnell and his guests that we only diminish ourselves when we behave as Breitbart did (as when he wrote all those horrible things after Ted Kennedy died).
If I were on O'Donnell's show (fat chance), I wouldn't have been gloating about Breitbart's death, but I would've pointed out that, nice guy or not, he helped to coarsen our culture and made the lives of people who are already suffering a lot more difficult.
There is, it must be confessed, a curious fascination in hearing deep things talked about, even tho neither we nor the disputants understand them. --William James
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Lawence O'Donnell basically said the same thing last night
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