Robert Wright (@robertwrighter): Did Andrew Breitbart Die of Hostility?
“When a 43-year-old man dies of an apparent heart attack, you look for something extraordinary that might explain it. In Andrew Breitbart’s case, you don’t have to look far.
One of the personality traits correlated with heart trouble is hostility [ . . . ] I didn’t know Andrew Breitbart, but, judging by his work, hostility was no stranger to him. David Frum wrote in an acute post-mortem appraisal, “He delighted in the enraged outburst, the shouted insult, the videotaped jab of a finger into an opponent’s chest.” Frum explains Breitbart’s “intense focus” on President Obama this way: “only by hating a particular political man could Breitbart bring any order to his fundamentally apolitical emotions.””
Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit): Perhaps The Lethal “Hostility” Came From Supercilious Schmucks Like Robert Wright. Just Sayin’ . . . .
“Really, how pathetic is this piece? When it starts out “I didn’t know Andrew Breitbart,” and then praises an “acute” observation by David Frum, the cause is already lost. Robert Wright: You should apologize to your readers, and to everyone who actually did know Andrew Breitbart. This is unworthy of you. You schmuck.”