These days, the people still left at Breitbart, and that number is shrinking, aren’t living up to Andrew Breitbart’s high standards. Their latest shenanigans aren’t likely to salvage their reputation, either.

Breitbart apparently published, then deleted, this article with the hope of humiliating Ben Shapiro. Joel Pollak has admitted that he wrote the article under the pseudonym used by Shapiro’s father. Unfortunately, Mr. Pollak just couldn’t be honest, saying that “the article was written in jest.”

Apparently, Mr. Pollak doesn’t use a dictionary. The definition of jest is “a piece of good-natured ridicule.” What Mr. Pollak said doesn’t fit that description. Pollak wrote “Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced Sunday evening via left-wing Buzzfeed that he is abandoning Andrew Breitbart’s lifelong best friend, widow, hand-picked management team and friends in pursuit of an elusive contributorship at the Fox News Channel. It was business as usual for the ambitious conservative gadfly, who is known to live on the edge, courting and then leaving a series of companies over the past several years.”

That doesn’t sound like “good-natured” ridiculing. Later, Pollak wrote this:

The article was written by me as part of an effort to make light of a significant company event, and was published as a result of a misunderstanding without going through the normal editorial channels. I apologize to Michelle Fields, my friend Ben Shapiro, and to everyone concerned.

Here’s the opening of Pollak’s article:

Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced Sunday evening via left-wing Buzzfeed that he is abandoning Andrew Breitbart’s lifelong best friend, widow, hand-picked management team and friends in pursuit of an elusive contributorship at the Fox News Channel.

Friends of Hamas could not be found for comment.

Shapiro, a Harvard lawyer and member of the State Bar of California, apparently violated virtually every clause in his employment contract during an appearance on The Kelly File last Thursday evening.

Based on Shapiro’s standing up for Fields, I’d argue that it’s Breitbart News that’s abandoning Andrew Breitbart’s principles. The bigger the bully, the more fiercely Andrew fought. He loved kicking bullies’ backsides. That’s who Andrew was. He didn’t hesitate in fighting the left or, for that matter, Republicans.

I had the privilege of attending his keynote speech at the 2011 RightOnline conference in Minneapolis. Andrew brought the house down when he said that “anyone that can’t defend the concepts of freedom and liberty sucks“:

To Andrew’s staunchest supporters, the current mismanagement team at Breitbart are a disgrace to Andrew’s principles. They, not Ben Shapiro, Michelle Fields and Dana Loesch, should be the ones leaving.

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