People who know me, who really know me, understand that I have conservative friends. I do not have a kneejerk reaction against conservatives. I disagree with their politics, I argue with them, but friendship with me is not dependent on your political ideology.
I do have a kneejerk reaction against crooks. I do have a kneejerk reaction against liars. But if you are my friend, and you are honest with me and are willing to see things from my point of view — even if you disagree — I have no problem with you believing what you want to believe.
I don’t personally know Jerry Wilson, who tweets under the handle @Jerrywilson_7 — but he seems like a nice fellow. I became acquainted with him when he tweeted something about the anniversary of his brother’s death. I wrote to him to tell him that as one who has lost three adult siblings — one of which was my identical twin brother — I understood his pain and I offered my hand in friendship.
We have communicated from time to time, and we agree to disagree on most things.
Well, Jerry doesn’t much care for my opinion about Andrew Breitbart. Like Jerry, I have never personally met Andrew Breitbart. Nor, do I think, would I want to. I know of him by his actions, by his own words, by the the things he said and wrote. I know him by the careers he has ruined and tried to ruin. And I know him as someone who had no respect for the memory of one of my political heroes.
I think people who agree with Breitbart’s political views are a little quick to canonize the man. I am reminded of the biblical verse, “as you reap, so shall you sew.” Breitbart reaped a BUSHEL full of hate when Senator Edward Kennedy died.
Normally when someone dies, people reminisce, say nice things and a tribute or two is held. The problem with dealing with someone like Andrew Breitbart and his death is that it’s hard not to remember how he handled the passing of former senator Ted Kennedy.
When Ted Kennedy passed away on August 5, 2009, Americans across the country mourned. Though Kennedy had been involved with controversy of his own in the past, Kennedy was given a second chance and made the best of it.
A successful senator from Massachusetts, Kennedy almost defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Democratic primary. Kennedy spent the rest of his years in Washington fighting for Americans and died with good intentions. When the news hit the media reacted. Breitbart decided to chime in with his thoughts about Kennedy and what he said was disgusting.
Breitbart took to his twitter account to spew disgusting thoughts about the former senator. Breitbart called Kennedy a “villiain,” a “prick,” “a big ass mothe*******,” and a “duplicitous bastard.” Breitbart even called Kennedy a “special pile of human excrement.”
While it’s respectful to handle someone’s death kindly, Andrew Breitbart handled the death of Senator Kennedy in the most disrespectful way possible. Breitbart never took into account the feelings of the Kennedy family or gave respect to Kennedy himself.
Andrew Breitbart made a name for himself smearing the names of others, and at times lying in the process in order to get his face on TV and name in the media. Should we give respect to a man who had very little? If we don’t, what does that say about us?
Well, Jerry Wilson doesn’t see it the way I do, and he called me out on it.
I respect that. I disagree. But respectfully.
What I do not respect is the way Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Frey, on his @Patterico Twitter account, attempted to use my personal disgust over Andrew Breitbart in death as well as life as a wedge between myself and an online Conservative internet friend.
I did not laugh at Jerry Wilson’s brother’s death.
I don’t believe there is such a thing as Hell. But if there is, I do believe there is a special corner for people like Andrew Breitbart.
This is my view. It is my opinion. It is my right to have this opinion, which is something that Jerry Wilson says he understands and respects even if he disagrees.
But am I wrong here? Does it take a special kind of sliminess for the Assistant District Attorney to suggest that I mocked Jerry Wilson’s brother as being in hell and laughed at his death, when I did no such thing?
Wilson has suggested that he would like to be on my show sometime. Back in November, he asked me to “follow” him on Twitter so he could send me some information by DM. He and I have had a friendly relationship, much like I have with other conservatives like Paul Lemmen and Larry Sinclair.
Is it just me, or does it take a SPECIAL kind of cowardice to refuse to address me in person, but instead, to go behind my back to misrepresent what I said and wrote in an attempt to besmirch and defame me in the eyes of someone I have a friendly online relationship with?
I guess I should not be surprised. This is the same Patrick Frey who posted Nadia Naffe’s Social Security Number and personal medical information online, subjecting her to mocking by his idiot followers and others who believe the only good liberal is a dead one. He says the online service PACER should have been responsible for redacting the information. I say, you put the info online, Frey. It was YOUR responsibility to read it and redact the info. And now her credit rating is ruined, you have people gossiping on your site and others about her mental stability, her worthiness to attend Harvard, and other horrid things that you would be very upset if someone was saying about your wife, your sister and mother (assuming you have such relations).
This is not a singular attempt by Frey. It is the result of a daylong harangue on Wilson’s Twitter account designed to turn him away from any sort of respect for me.
Andrew Breitbart took joy in the death of Senator Kennedy. Andrew Breitbart mocked Senator Kennedy on his Twitter site and on Breitbart.com. Andrew Breitbart is the personification of the word “classless cretin.”
But not mentioned by Assistant District Attorney Frey is this fact. I have personally written to him via Twitter and e-mail, asking him to be a guest on my Blog Talk Radio Show so he can tell his side of the story regarding his harassment of Ms. Naffe, his use of Twitter and e-mail to plot against Brett Kimberlin on government time, and other issues. I have made the same offer to Ali Akbar, to Lee Stranahan, to Aaron Walker and to R. Stacy McCain. Any other guest I may have on a given day is warned in advance that should any of these individuals choose to act like adults and address me, to my face, in person, unedited, uncut and unmoderated, then I will clear the decks to give them an hour to discuss their issues.
Of course, being cowards, none of these individuals has responded. Instead they attack from the rear. They don’t mention my name. They don’t use my Twitter handle. They hide like the cowardly, small people they are.
But to say that I mocked the death of a man’s brother? That is a reprehensible lie, unbecoming of an officer of the court. For this and other reasons, the new District Attorney in LA County, Jackie Lacey, needs to flush this disgusting filth from her office.