Andrew Brietbart‘s new book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, came out Friday. The tome, which concerns a liberal agenda in the media and pop culture, has been a hot topic among media types. Reviews are already pouring in.
Surprise. Conservative sites love the book. Derek Hunter,a friend of Beitbart’s writing for the Daily Caller, says Breitbart “makes no apologies for his ‘in your face’ style, nor should he.” He praises Breitbart’s mind, saying it’s “like a shotgun – going a thousand miles an hour in every conceivable direction at once.” He gushes that the book “flows with clarity of purpose from one page to the next.” Hunter concludes: “If you trusted the media or the entertainment industry before reading this book, your eyes will be opened.” (Right, because everyone trusts the media.)
TWT also had kind words for Breitbart. Wes Vernon writes that the “narrative takes off like a rocket. The chapter ‘Breakthrough’ is in and of itself well worth the price of ‘Righteous Indignation.'” Breitbart is a “ubiquitous crusader.”
Liberal sites, on the other hand, weren’t so hot to trot on the book.
Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic, in a review titled “The Flaws of Breitbartism,” calls Breitbart’s convictions about America “shallow” and says “it’s hard not to pity the man,” not just because he’s “misinformed” but because he’s “built his whole professional life around opposing what in reality is a paranoid delusion.” Friedersdorf rips Breitbart to shreds, concluding: “The core worldview of Andrew Breitbart is easily refuted, bombastically phrased nonsense.”
The Daily Beast‘s Shushannah Walshe questioned several of Breitbart’s talking points in an interview. “Do you really believe the media wants to destroy you?” she asked. To which he replied “Yeah, I would say that the traditional media…are not happy that I exist.” “Do you really believe [the ‘Institutional Left’] hate America, or is it just to rile people up?” “Do you get sick of being this angry all the time?”
We’re still waiting on Media Matters‘ review. We’re not 100 percent sure, but we think it may fall into the “critical of Breitbart” category.