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Pardon Me While I Speak Ill of the Dead

By Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune - March 4, 2012

Speak no ill of the dead. So goes a saying from ancient Greece. I must beg for an exception in the case of the late Andrew Breitbart. Like Donald Trump, Breitbart had his sweet and gentle side, but that's not what made him interesting.

The Internet news entrepreneur and right-wing political activist, who I interviewed several times, died Thursday, apparently of a heart attack, at age 43. He leaves a mixed legacy. When his self-described "citizen journalism" got the story right, he demonstrated the Web's ability to empower people previously frozen out of the mainstream media spotlight.

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