My term for these vicious personal attacks is "emotional thinking," which of course is not really thinking at all. It's reacting based on personal passion, not facts, and people being the broken beings that we are, it gets ugly very quickly if such reacting is not held in check.
For those who don't know him, Andrew Breitbart was the conservative activist who brought down the corrupt ACORN operation. Last year he published the best-selling Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, which just about launched the hysterical lefties into the stratosphere with outrage. Breitbart was a hard-hitting reporter who was fearless in exposing facts unflattering to the liberal bias in America's journalism. There is no greater affront to modern journalism that to expose mainstream media bias.
Agree with him or not, there's no denying he was a superstar in conservative journalism and is irreplaceable as a cultural warrior of the right. But the "he-belongs-in-hell-with-Hitler" chorus is blathering on long, loudly, and with obvious delight over the untimely demise of this highly influential crusader. His critics are celebrating his death, happily and completely indifferent to the somber fact that the 43-year-old Breitbart leaves behind his wife and four young children. He also leaves behind his heartbroken friends and fellow warriors. The lefties, gleefully hurling sickening epithets at Breitbart's dead body, do not have the decency or compassion even to acknowledge the depths of personal grief that will accompany his loss.
Think about that for a moment, then tell me the truth--who are the "haters" now?