Morning media roundup: Wrestling with Andrew Breitbart's legacy

Your late night/early morning roundup of people wrestling with Andrew Breitbart's legacyMichael Calderone gets inside Breitbart's breakup with the Huffington Post: "Huffington said she had a difficult time taking Breitbart's work off the site. 'I really wanted him to keep writing,' she said." Erik Wemple asks a couple obituary reporters how Breitbart's least-favorite institution, the MSM, will handle BreitbartAndrew Meacham of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times says, “The conundrum about him, just having seen him on television, is that I can’t figure out if he was really a committed ideologue who was also trying to make a name for himself, or if he was largely having fun by creating this character, and in the course of doing that, sometimes got carried away with himself.” Dave Weigel does some excellent legacy-wrestling: "I don’t think Breitbart won his culture war. The political media culture we’re living in now, though, is the one he made." King Kaufman says Breitbart's real legacy was in the way news of his death was received: "Whatever you think of Breitbart’s politics, take a lesson from the reaction to the news of his sudden death. Though his most recent 'journalistic' coup checked out as true, the initial reaction to reports of his demise was to assume it was another Breitbart falsehood."

>>Jonah Goldberg writes a rollicking tribute to his friend: "He was a human run-on sentence who showed deference to no punctuation mark save the exclamation point, a conservative Tasmanian Devil from the Bugs Bunny cartoons we both grew up on, whirling and whizzing through anything in his path. Giving him a dose of Ritalin to treat his hyperactivity would be like throwing a glass of water on a five-alarm fire."

>>Michael R. Blood asks what's going to happen with Breitbart's network of websitesSimone Wilson says Breitbart's next big project, something he'd been hinting at for a while, is still on the production schedule at his network. "[W]e have a big rollout scheduled for the websites ... over the next few days," Joel Pollack tells Wilson.

>>And finally, in Brentwood Patch, Victoria Talbot looks at the local fellow's life.

Guido Fawkes on the Guardian's "three little pigs" ad: "the Guardian's pigs walk on two legs," he writes.

• That Vanity Fair story about the Washington Post was given to media writers (including Poynter's) with the stipulation that they not link to the story. Matthew Creamer takes a look at this PR strategy.

• Still following that VIDA chart: Alyssa Rosenberg lists 10 women magazines should hire. Foster Kamer blogs about a panel where the survey was discussed: "And there you have it: The New Yorker simply hears from more older men than older women and simply picks more of the younger men than they do younger women. Harper’s knows they’ve got a problem. And Granta readily (and fairly) tooted their own gender-fairness horn but attributed it to a system more than a conscious effort."

• The Whitney-in-a-coffin cover was National Enquirer's bestselling cover in 18 months, American Media CEO David Packer tells Keith J. Kelly.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


Related News

Email IconGroup 3Facebook IconLinkedIn IconsearchGroupTwitter IconGroup 2YouTube Icon