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Breitbart.com is a right-wing news site which operates out of the U.S., London, Cairo, Jerusalem, and (starting in 2017) France. Well, we say news, it's more like the unwanted love child of Fox News and /pol/ who serves as an American Pravda for Donald Trump and others like him. "Screaming hateful absurdities" might be more appropriate. It was founded by Andrew Breitbart, whose death launched a bunch of idiot conspiracy theories among people who lost the ability to debate coherently a long time ago.
It is inadvisable to use Breitbart as a source, though it does help when discussing how horrifying Stephen "Lenin" Bannon is. It's called Breitbart because the name Bannon would be too telling: Steve is basically David Duke with a little more smarts, a Goldman guy with Seinfeld money who bought the outlet to push his agenda. There is no doubt that he will be successful — in destroying the Republican Party.
Amazing how a previously right-wing rag which was a notch below WorldNetDaily has become a major news outlet for "socially liberal" Reddit. Breitbart is building an army of unemployed twenty-somethings who will be the future of America. So no, they are not going away soon.
- 1 Andrew Breitbart
- 2 Background
- 3 Notable "successes"
- 4 Sections
- 5 Racism
- 6 What was his problem, anyway?
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
Andrew Breitbart (1969–2012) was a
media personality created by Steve Bannon American right-wing media critic, webmaster and "Internet entrepreneur." He was the founder of the "Big X" sites, currently comprising Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace. When it came to Hollywood radicals, it took one to know one: He was born to progressive Jewish parents in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles. He joined the conservative cause in reaction to a multi-pronged, liberal media attack on Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearing. From then on, "outrage was Breitbart’s chosen weapon."
A.B. had a reputation for making up more stories than Aesop, all wrapped in a burrito of self-aggrandizement and grandiose, incoherent proclamations. He was particularly fond of using misleading information to denigrate his political opponents. Very shortly after his death (mere hours after the news broke), bizarre conspiracy theories began circulating that Breitbart was murdered after finding "something" on Barack Obama rather than dying of natural causes.
Breitbart has actually gone downhill since he died. The world isn't poorer for Andrew's passing, but if he could do one thing well, it was digging up actual dirt. His successor organization gave up that line a long time ago, to the extent that employees who actually write about issues get hounded out of the organization.
Breitbart got his start working for Matt Drudge, performing tech support for the Drudge Report website. He ran his own site on the side, a site he bolstered by repeatedly linking to it through the Drudge Report. In fact, between 2002 and 2008, breitbart.com received more links through Drudge than any other site - a whopping 14.45% of all links. He was also a periodic contributor to the conservative Washington Times and did early work helping Arianna Huffington launch The Huffington Post.
In the early years, Breitbart fancied himself a media critic, focusing on the daring exploits of Hollywood. He was deeply concerned with the plight of the conservative entertainer, likening them to persecuted minorities and claiming that the studios actively blacklist them. He even wrote a book on the subject - Hollywood, Interrupted. The book, such as it is, uses 1990s tabloid scandals to "prove" that Hollywood is corrupt, especially because "many actors are liberal" (which he even admits in the synopsis).
More recently, Breitbart and its London affiliate has become a darling of the Alt-right crowd for its "breaking" coverage of Gamergate's war on women. Their embedded journalist is
Caesar Flickerman Milo Yiannopoulos, an "expert" who can't retain the name of his phone provider, much less the titles of any video games.
“”Breitbart has unfortunately become Trump’s Pravda.
|—Ben Shapiro (yes, that one)|
Donald Trump denies that one of his campaign managers manhandled Michelle Fields when she was a Breitbart reporter. Breitbart defended Trump over Fields out of fear of losing "access to Donald Trump." Despite the evidence of video, audio and an eyewitness account supporting her allegations, Trump supporters even went so far as to send her death threats then denied that death threats were even sent. Michelle Fields and other editors (including Shapiro) quit their jobs in protest following Breitbart's non-reaction.
Providing even more evidence of how objective their coverage of Trump's campaign is, Trump appointed Steve Bannon, the CEO of the website, to run his campaign after experiencing flailing poll numbers. A blogger running a reality show star's presidential campaign. This is what it has come down to. (Because Steve already has his hands full with Making America Great Again, he has stepped aside from his position at Breitbart.)
While Breitbart has reported on the story, they haven't commented at all about this conspicuous collusion.[note 1] Many commentators ascertained that this development would turn the election cycle even uglier than it already is. Contrary to the worst fears though, Trump has come out like a shy reindeer after the appointment and apologized for previous remarks which caused "personal pain" by not mentioning which ones in particular.
President Trump has made Bannon his Chief Political Strategist and has even put him on the "Principals Committee" of the US National Security Council - downgrading the role of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to make room for him. This is similar to a Democratic president having Michael Moore as Chief Political Strategist, except even more polarizing.
Breitbart's one big success was his promotion of James O'Keefe's misleadingly edited gotcha videos of ACORN. First introduced on Big Government, this was a major boost to Breitbart's profile, and likely added to his inflated sense of importance.
From that point on, ACORN was a major target for Breitbart and Co. In a statement from December 2009, Breitbart said the following:
ACORN is a corrupt and criminal organization, and anyone with open eyes can see this. Yet SEIU’s Andy Stern and left wing puppetmaster John Podesta, of the Soros-funded radical leftist think-tank, the Center for American Progress, chose to architect a whitewashed ‘internal investigation’ by a Democrat[ic] Party hack from Massachusetts, and have put immense efforts into launching a two-pronged propaganda campaign and legal assault against the filmmakers of the ‘pimp and prostitute’ exposé and the story’s publisher. BigGovernment.com continues to expose ACORN’s illegal activity and has helped to illuminate how corrupt organizations like ACORN, SEIU and HCAN are coordinating the efforts to shove radical health care reform down an unwilling majority of Americans['] throats.
Breitbart was on a mission, and with his wunderkind in tow, there was no stopping him.
Of course, a lot can change when said wunderkind gets caught trying to tamper with the phone lines in a Senator's office. At first, Breitbart and his people tried to distance themselves from O'Keefe:
“”In the past, Breitbart has said O’Keefe — now a paid contributor to biggovernment.com — is an independent contractor not an employee.
In late September 2010, following a failed attempt by O'Keefe to embarrass CNN, Breitbart not only completely dissociated himself from O'Keefe; he claimed that he had never been connected to O'Keefe. Ultimately realizing how transparent this was, he released the following statement on October 1st:
I proudly stood behind James O’Keefe on his groundbreaking ACORN investigation. I also defended him when the media, including CNN — during a previous regime, “the Rick Sanchez era” — falsely reported the Sen. Mary Landrieu story as a “wiretapping” plot gone wrong.
In all these cases the left-leaning media exposed its obvious bias against James because of his contrarian point of view and because the targets of his investigations are protected institutions of the Democrat Media.
However, in my dealings with Ms. Boudreau, she and her producer, Scott Zamost, conducted themselves professionally, and I believe James owes them a candid and public explanation.From what I’ve read about this script, though not executed, it is patently gross and offensive. It’s not his detractors to whom he also owes this public airing. It’s to his legion of supporters.
NAACP Freedom Fund dinner
In June 2010, Breitbart posted clips from the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner which allegedly proved that USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development Shirley Sherrod was a racist. Per the post, Brown supposedly admitted to "racially discriminat[ing] against a white farmer." The response from the crowd was "hardly the behavior of the group now holding itself up as the supreme judge of another group's racial tolerance." Sherrod subsequently resigned, allegedly amidst pressure from the White House.
The only thing that could derail Breitbart's narrative would be if the supposed targets of Sherrod's bigotry came out and defended her. Which they did. That might be because she did, in fact, help the farmers, among other white families. The clips Breitbart posted were selectively edited to remove the portion of Sherrod's speech where she spoke of how her initial misapprehensions about helping whites led her to realize that race shouldn't be an issue in her job — the exact opposite of what Breitbart had claimed.
As soon as the full tape went public, the Beltway came down on Breitbart, who went into spin control mode. He argued that his post was never about Sherrod, a fact betrayed by his own writings. Meanwhile, some of the other Big X bloggers came to Breitbart's defense, including one who seemed to be arguing that the White House and USDA were at fault for believing Breitbart.
A July 2016 Breitbart article relayed Sarah Palin's claim that protesters responded to paid ads on Craigslist to protest at Donald Trump rallies - a claim that originated from a website that impersonated ABC News.
Shilling for Trump
Breitbart was the only
legitimate major media company to go along with Trump's blatant lie that his hands inauguration crowds were bigger than Obama's.
As of 2017, Breitbart, as well as Infowars and other right-wing news websites, are reportedly under FBI investigation for a possible role in colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In January 2009, Breitbart stepped up to the Big Leagues with the launch of Big Hollywood, his new website. According to the master:
The early days of Big Hollywood were unimpressive. At the very least, Breitbart was at least right about one thing — his site was not a gossip outpost. Unfortunately, that's because the content in general was rather thin. Much of the early content was reprints of old columns that were vaguely on topic. The regular writers were a mix of Hollywood D-listers and wannabees who felt that their lack of success was due to politics and bloggers hoping to gain greater visibility. Among the regulars:
- Adam Baldwin: Only semi-regularly.
- John Lott
- Debbie Schlussel
- Sebastian Gorka: Former "National Security Editor" who lied about his military service, on top of being a neo-Nazi with a phony Ph.D. (He didn't spend 7 years studying phrenology to be called "Mister", thank you very much.)
- Kathryn Jean Lopez
- Victoria Jackson
- Carrie Prejean
- Rich Lowry
- Melanie Morgan
- John Nolte
Breitbart, being a true visionary, was not content to create one horrible group blog — his ultimate goal was to create an entire line of bad group blogs covering every conceivable subject. First out of the gate was Big Government, opened in September 2009. This was followed (with far less fanfare than the first two) by Big Journalism in January 2010. The fourth site, Big Peace, rolled out on July 4th, 2010. He had many more blogs planned, including Big Education, Big Tolerance and Big Jerusalem. Poe's Law.
- "Isn't he a line-cutter too? How did this fatherless black guy pay for Harvard?"
- "Half-black girls at Yale — who wouldn’t have gotten in without the black half"
- "These teenagers – they’re really leading the way in taunting the media and the liberals. And their position – I think they’re leading us the way out of this by just saying, 'No, actually it is fun to be called a racist.'"
- "Some Mexican men don’t limit themselves to 12-year-olds."
- "While feminists are quick to cry 'rape culture!' when it comes an eye-rolling fake rape story about 'overwhelmingly blonde' white fraternity brothers, they, along with amnesty activists, downplay the brutal rape culture that Mexican immigrants who exhibit utter backwardness when it comes to progressive standards bring to America."
- "The Hispanic culture is more accepting of statutory rape"
- "In the meantime, here’s a thought: What if the people getting shot by the cops did things to deserve it?"
- "For ethnic activists, huge annual influxes of unassimilated minorities subvert the odious melting pot and mean continuance of their own self-appointed guardianship of salad-bowl multiculturalism."
- "In fact, his law brought in the poorest of the poor, from the most dysfunctional cultures in the world, and effected the most dramatic demographic transformation of any nation in all of human history."
- "'You have to understand,' Coulter told Breitbart News, 'screaming and defacing things is how Latin Americans express disagreement. At least as long as they were destroying books and screaming in a book store, they weren’t molesting any 4-year-olds.'"
- "But whether America continues to exist or becomes some dystopian blend of Guatemala and Afghanistan will be determined by this election."
What was his problem, anyway?
Andrew Breitbart had a reputation for erratic behavior, particularly when caught off guard. Among the incidents:
- He was photographed flipping off a group of demonstrators from Invisible Children, whom he had mistaken for anti-war protesters. (Looks a little better in retrospect, hey?)
- He left a 90-second long, expletive-laden voice mail for Gawker regarding an article on James von Brunn.
- He melted down about five seconds into an interview with David Shuster and spent most of the time yelling about all the ways MSNBC had wronged him.
- In a behind-the-scenes interview after CPAC 2010, he said... um... just listen for yourself.
Like his predecessor, Milo, too, has changed since he went on his weight loss journey. He fidgets and sniffles whenever he's giving a speech or interview, and his recent success has only caused the tics to worsen. His behavior is getting more erratic and he's starting to look like a Faces of Meth PSA.
- Rand Paul: He used to write for WaPo, but the column was moved to Breitbart after a plagiarism stir. Breitbart: Where we don't care where you got the text, only that it stays on-message.
- Ben Shapiro, who used to work for Breitbart before the Bannon et al. faction took hold of the joint.
- New tone
- Vulgar libertarianism
- Quote mining
- Let's not pretend Breitbart would act exactly the same if the CEO of a liberal news website were to steer Hillary's campaign.
- Radosh, Ronald, "Steve Bannon, Trump's Top Guy, Told Me He Was 'A Leninist' Who Wants To ‘Destroy the State’", Daily Beast (08.21.16 10:00 PM ET). Note: A Vanguard Party is central to the idea of Leninism. The next step is 'the dictatorship of the proletariat', where the state suppresses what's left of the ruling class, either by jailing, "reeducating", or in extreme cases executing them.
- Read: blogger
- Goldstein, Patrick, "Andrew Breitbart Media manipulation as an art form", L.A. Times 3.1.12.
- 25 People Who Think President Obama Killed Andrew Breitbart
- Breitbart's Death: The Conspiracy Insta-Theories
- Gold, Hadas, "Steve Bannon’s ‘tough love’", Politico (Updated 09/02/16 12:16 PM EDT).
- [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org Matt Drudge By the Numbers], Gawker
- "A different kind of surge", The Washington Times
- "Mr. Spielberg, tear down this wall", The Washington Times
- "Breitbart brings its conservative take to tech journalism, CNN Money
- Zaid Jilani, "Gamergate's Fickle Hero", Salon
- Kaplan, Sarah, "Reporter who says she was manhandled by Trump campaign manager resigns from Breitbart" WaPo 3/14/16.
- "Donald Trump accuses reporter in assault row of 'making the story up'". TheGuardian.com.
- "Breitbart Editor Ordered Staffers To Stop Defending Michelle Fields". Buzzfeed.com.
- "Breitbart Implodes As Trump Questions Mount". Mediamatters.org.
- "Michelle Fields Says After Trump's Campaign Manager Assaulted Her, Breitbart News Wanted To Use The Attack To Get More Access To Trump". Mediamatters.org.
- "A screenshot of the death threat that Michelle Fields has received". Mediamatters.org.
- Just scroll down to see the denial of Michelle Fields receiving Death Threats along with claims that she made up it. Also... Gamergate?
- "Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro Resign From Breitbart". Buzzfeed.com.
- "Michelle Fields: I Was a Trump Supporter, but Now His Campaign Frightens Me". Cosmopolitan.com.
- Dan Roberts, Lauren Gambino and Haroo Siddique. "Donald Trump appoints Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon to lead campaign ", The Guardian, Aug 17, 2016.
- Brian Stelter."Steve Bannon: The 'street fighter' who's now running Trump's campaign", CNN, Aug 17, 2016.
- Adam Edelman. "Donald Trump hires Breitbart News exec Stephen Bannon to lead campaign, promotes pollster Kellyanne Conway in epic shake-up amid plummeting poll numbers", NY Daily News, Aug 17, 2016.
- Robert L. Borosage. "Commentary: The Trump campaign shakeup: Going to the mattresses", Reuters, Aug 19, 2016.
- Veronica Stracqualursi. "Trump Campaign Stays Mum on His Specific 'Regret,' Says 'He May' Apologize", ABC News, Aug 19, 2016.
- Podesta a liberal puppetmaster? His lobbying group doesn't even have 100 employees!
- "Andrew Breitbart Furious at AP for Not Publishing His Full Rant on ACORN Report. Me Too!", FireDogLake
- 4 charged in phone scheme at La. senator's office, Associated Press
- "Andrew Breitbart Takes on Mainstream Media"
- Fake pimp from ACORN videos tries to 'punk' CNN correspondent, CNN
- Twitter updates from Sept. 29: I did not have sexual relations with that phone line.
- "O'Keefe Owes His Supporters an Apology", Big Journalism
- "Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism – 2010", Big Journalism
- "White House's Weak Back Hand", Hullabaloo
- USDA Appointee Forced To Resign After Edited Speech Released By Breitbart, TPM
- Breitbart's Skilled Editing, The Atlantic
- The full, unedited tape
- Will media fall for Breitbart's attempt to spin his spectacular failure?, Media Matters for America
- "Shirley Sherrod: ‘They Made Me Quit Because I was Going to Be On Glenn Beck’" Big Government
- "Breitbart Duped by Fake News (Again)." Snopes: August 7, 2016.
- FBI investigating if right-wing sites had role in campaign hacks by Jason Silverstein (March 21, 2017, 11:13 AM) New York Daily News.
- "A million stories to tell", The Washington Times
- Borchers, Callum, "Sebastian Gorka likes to be called ‘Dr. Gorka.’ He gets his way only in conservative media.", WaPo 16 April 2017.
- Exclusive Interview: Andrew Breitbart Announces Launch of New “Big” Sites, Mediaite
- "I, Jerk", The Washington Times
- [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org Andrew Breitbart: Holocaust Museum Killer Was a 'Multiculturalist'], Gawker
- [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org Andrew Breitbart, David Shuster Yell at Each Other about ACORN and Teabugging], Gawker
- Francis, Nathan, "Milo Yiannopoulos Controversy: Breitbart Editor Accused Of Trying To Scam Donald Trump Supporters With Nimble America PAC", Inqusitur 9.17.16. Alt-right seems to have become less gullible. Time for a new retirement plan.
- Alman, Ashley, "Rand Paul's Column Moves To Breitbart After Plagiarism Stir", HuffPo (11/07/13 12:14 am ET | Updated 11/07/13). When reached for comment, Rand replied: "Breitbart News Network (known simply as Breitbart News, Breitbart or Breitbart.com) is a conservative news and opinion website founded in 2007 by Andrew Breitbart (1969–2012). It identifies itself as on the political right."