Andrew Breitbart's Book Isn't Changing Anyone's Mind

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A few reviews are in for Andrew Breitbart's book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, and depending on who you trust, it's either a revolutionary work from an up-and-coming crusader, or a confused missive from a pathetic loudmouth. No review gives it a down-the-middle examination, because that's not the kind of thing Breitbart calls for. The cliche rings true with this one, as the Daily Caller points out: You either love him or you hate him. So do the reviewers.

The Daily Caller loves Breitbart's guts, unsurprisingly. Derek Hunter says, "Breitbart is more focused than he’s ever been," in Righteous Indignation, despite his "shotgun"-like mind.

Of all the things Righteous Indignation does, perhaps its most important function is to pull back the curtain on the unholy alliance between all the cultural and media institutions and the left-wing industrial complex and expose how they fit together like puzzle pieces to advance an agenda. If you trusted the media or the entertainment industry before reading this book, your eyes will be opened. If you didn’t, you will know you are not alone.

The Atlantic swings the other way. Conor Friedersdorf says Breitbart is "hard not to pity," having "built his whole professional life around opposing what in reality is a paranoid delusion."

[I]n 2008, when conservative media was reaching more people and making more money than ever before, the radio waves filled with Rush Limbaugh imitators, right-wing books topping the bestseller lists, Fox News the most popular cable news network in America, Red State up and running at full tilt... how is it that Barack Obama won? It's almost as if the success of conservative media outlets and ideological entertainment isn't the basic driver of American politics. And that, as it's presented in Chapter One, the core worldview of Andrew Breitbart is easily refuted, bombastically phrased nonsense.

But the Washington Times was happy to give Breitbart some positive ink. Wes Vernon calls Breitbart a "ubiquitous crusader" with a "muscular" cynicism.

Conservative activists also will find in this book a 13-point primer of do’s and don’ts. The left started this 100-year-old fight. Mr. Breitbart says it’s long past time to fight back.

Media Matters dislikes Breitbart so much that in late March, pending a full review, it couldn't help attacking one detail: 
In a chapter titled, "Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Revolutionaries," Breitbart discusses the rise of conservative "citizen journalists" and purports to enumerate their various accomplishments. Apparently unfamiliar with the words "proved" and "reasonable," Breitbart lists among citizen journalist accomplishments that they "proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams from My Father, was ghostwritten by domestic terrorist Bill Ayers."

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