Andrew Breitbart: A Muckraker to the End

ACORN and Shirley Sherrod were among the targets of the right-wing publisher before his death at age 43.

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Breitbart owned the website Big Journalism but wasn't a journalist in the classic sense. He clearly viewed himself as a kind of news director, wiling to take on the muckraking stories and ideas that much of today's traditional media outlets are unwilling to touch, despite the shift toward very siloed news portals where point of view matters. Breitbart was impatient and entrepreneurial, and his legacy will endure.

Steven Gray is a contributing editor to The Root.

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