Righteous Indignation by Andrew Breitbart

June 23, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the “liberally biased” major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way.

In RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on. Along the way, he details his early years, working with Matt Drudge, the Huffington Post, and so on, and how Breitbart developed his unique style of launching key websites to help get the word out to conservatives all over.

A rollicking and controversial read, Breitbart will certainly raise your blood pressure, one way or another.

Liked:

  • The best parts of the book were when Breitbart told how his two biggest scoops unfolded. The inside account of the ACORN takedown was riveting, as was the look at Weinergate. If you’re going to buy this book, make sure you get the updated edition that includes the Anthony Weiner stuff!
  • I didn’t know much about Breitbart before reading this book, so I was surprised to learn that he had a hand in founding the ultra-liberal Huffington Post. Know thy enemy, I guess.
  • It was fascinating to read Breitbart’s strategies for releasing the ACORN tapes and Weiner pictures slowly so that he controlled the story. I loved how he was able to anticipate the reactions/denials of those implicated in the scandals, and how he simply hit back with more evidence. Ha!
  • I liked reading about Breitbart’s student days at Tulane. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be an academic all-star in order to make a difference in this world. People mature at different rates, and some just aren’t ready to blossom until well after college.

Disliked:

  • The stuff about Saul Alinsky and the Frankfurt School, which was used to explain where modern liberalism got its roots, was extremely boring to me. Knowing that stuff would probably be beneficial and might give me a better understanding of where the left is coming from, but it was just so dull that it brought the entire book to a screeching halt. I put the book aside for at least three weeks because I couldn’t get past those chapters.
  • Breitbart’s writing style is not very polished. He still manages to communicate his message, which of course is the important part, but his prose isn’t going to wow anyone.

Rating:

I bought this book upon learning of Andrew Breitbart’s sudden death back in March. I felt that conservative media lost an important voice that day, and wanted to find out a little more about what made Breitbart tick. Righteous Indignation has some great chapters that are well worth reading, but also some parts that just drag it down. I give this one 3 stars out of 5.

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