Friday, March 2, 2012
Andrew Breitbart Dies: Natural or Unnatural Causes?
The question of whether Andrew Breitbart has died of natural or unnatural causes gets to the heart of the current media climate. Many people scoff at the mere idea that he might have been killed, but this mentality just comes across as being close-minded and willfully ignorant. Politically motivated assassinations are a fact of history, yet it seems we suffer from a historical amnesia today, choosing to believe that things are different now, there are no secrets, everyone is always trying to tell the truth. Things are not different, though. Breitbart may well have been murdered, even though I cannot say and am not taking a judgment. However, I am open to the fact that this may be the case. Immediately, however, I become a conspiracy theorist in today's climate of hyper-sensitized, uber-PCness. In any death like this, autopsies, medical examinations, and, perhaps, investigations yield the results, not immediate press releases or media corporations. It is a forfeiture of one's intellect and reason to dismiss the distasteful notion of suspicious activity. But, this is the environment we operate in today. Maybe it's because such views threaten one's ability to continue operating in whatever work environment they find themselves in. Maybe people avoid discussing and exploring unpleasant truths because the personal troubles it causes. Obviously, there are psychological walls being constructed. Let's take those walls down.