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Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart
Andrew Breitbart at CPAC, February 10, 2012
Born Andrew James Breitbart
(1969-02-01)February 1, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died March 1, 2012(2012-03-01) (aged 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Tulane University
Occupation Writer, columnist, publisher
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Susannah Bean (m. 1997)
Children 4

Andrew James Breitbart (; February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American conservative publisher,[1] commentator for The Washington Times, author,[2] and occasional guest commentator[3][4][5] on various news programs, who served as an editor for the Drudge Report website.[6] He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and he was present at the launch of her web publication The Huffington Post.[7]

Breitbart owned the eponymous, a news and opinion website. He played central roles in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, the resignation of Shirley Sherrod, and the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy. Commenters such as Nick Gillespie and Conor Friedersdorf have credited Breitbart with changing how people wrote about politics.[8][9]


  • Early life 1
  • Public life 2
    • Authorship, research and reporting 2.1
    • 2.2
    • Commentaries 2.3
    • Activism 2.4
  • Personal life 3
  • Death 4
  • Authored books 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Breitbart was born Andrew James Breitbart in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1969.[10] He was the adopted son of Gerald and Arlene Breitbart, a restaurant owner and banker respectively, and grew up in upscale Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was raised Jewish (his adoptive mother had converted to Judaism when marrying his adoptive father).[11][12] He had explained that his birth certificate indicated his biological father was a folk singer.

While in high school, Breitbart worked as a pizza delivery driver; he sometimes delivered to celebrities such as Judge Reinhold.[13] He earned a B.A. in American studies from Tulane University in 1991, graduating with "no sense of [his] future whatsoever."[14] His early jobs included a stint at cable channel E! Entertainment Television, working for the company's online magazine, and some time in film production.[12]

Previously left-leaning in his politics, Breitbart changed his political views after experiencing an "epiphany" while watching the late 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, who was charged with sexual harassment. Breitbart later described himself as "a Reagan conservative" with libertarian sympathies.[1]

Listening to radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh helped Breitbart refine his political and philosophical positions, igniting an interest in learning that he had suppressed due to his distaste for the "nihilistic musings of dead critical theorists"[15] that had dominated his studies at Tulane. In this era Breitbart also read Camille Paglia's book Sexual Personae (1990), a massive survey of Western art, literature and culture from ancient Egypt to the 20th Century, which, he wrote, "made me realize how little I really had learned in college."[15]

Public life

Authorship, research and reporting

In 1995 Breitbart saw the Drudge Report and was so impressed that he emailed Matt Drudge. Breitbart said, "I thought what he was doing was by far the coolest thing on the Internet. And I still do."[7] Breitbart described himself as "Matt Drudge's bitch"[16] and selected and posted links to other news wire sources. Later Matt Drudge introduced him to Arianna Huffington (when she was still a Republican)[12] and Breitbart subsequently was there and assisted in the creation of the Huffington Post.[17]

Breitbart's work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online and the Weekly Standard Online, among others. He wrote a weekly column for the Washington Times, which also appeared at Real Clear Politics. Breitbart also co-wrote the book Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon with Mark Ebner, a book that is highly critical of U.S. celebrity culture.[18] On January 19, 2011, the conservative gay rights group GOProud announced Breitbart had joined its Advisory Council.[19]

In April 2011 Grand Central Publishing released Breitbart's book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, in which he discussed his own political evolution and the part he took in the rise of new media, most notably at the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post.

In June 2011 Breitbart's websites broke the story that congressman Anthony Weiner was sending women revealing photographs of himself.[20]

Breitbart launched his first website as a news site; it is sometimes linked to by the Drudge Report and other websites. It has wire stories from the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Fox News, PR Newswire, and U.S. Newswire, as well as direct links to a number of major international newspapers. Its political viewpoint as well as its audience runs to the right-wing within the U.S. political spectrum.[21] In 2007, Breitbart launched a video blog,[22] In 2011, Andrew Breitbart and his business partner Larry O'Connor were sued for defamation by Shirley Sherrod who had been fired after Breitbart posted a video of a speech given by Sherrod. [23] In July 2015, it was reported that Sherrod and Andrew Breitbart's estate had reached a tentative settlement.[24]


Breitbart appeared as a commentator on Real Time with Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. In 2004 he was a guest commentator on Fox News Channel's morning show and frequently appeared as a guest panelist on Fox News's late night program, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Breitbart also appeared as a commentator in the 2004 documentary Michael Moore Hates America.[25]

On October 22, 2009, Breitbart appeared on the C-SPAN program Washington Journal. He gave his opinions on the mainstream media, Hollywood, the Obama Administration and his personal political views, having heated debates with several callers.[1]

In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy's death, Breitbart called Kennedy a "villain," a "duplicitous bastard," a "prick"[26] and "a special pile of human excrement."[27][28]

In February 2010 Breitbart received the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. During his acceptance speech, he responded directly to accusations by New York Times reporter Kate Zernike that Jason Mattera, a young conservative activist, had been using "racial tones" in his allusions to President Barack Obama, and had spoken in a "Chris Rock voice." From the podium, Breitbart called Zernike "a despicable human being" for having made such allegations about Mattera's New York accent.[29] At the same conference, Breitbart was also filmed saying to journalist Max Blumenthal that he found him to be "a jerk" and "a despicable human being" due to a blog entry posted by Blumenthal.[30]


Breitbart often appeared as a speaker at John Lewis and several other witnesses were forced to lie, concluding that "Nancy Pelosi did a great disservice to a great civil rights icon by thrusting him out there to perform this mischievous task. His reputation is now on the line as a result of her desperation to take down the Tea Party movement."[32][33]

In February 2012 a YouTube video showed Breitbart yelling at Occupy D.C. protesters outside a Washington D.C. hotel hosting a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The video showed security escorting Breitbart back to the hotel while he told the protesters to "behave yourself," and alluding to reported assaults of women at Occupy encampments, he repeatedly yelled, "Stop raping people," and called the protestors "filthy, filthy, raping, murdering freaks!" David Carr said with the incident Breitbart had caused his last "viral storm on the Web."[34][35]

Breitbart appeared posthumously in

External links

  1. ^ a b c Andrew Breitbart, Publisher C-SPAN, October 22, 2009. Breitbart referred to the "Democrat-media complex" several times...
  2. ^ Chideya, Farai. "Semper Fi Media", National Public Radio, September 14, 2007. Accessed 2011-06-10. "The other person on the panel was Andrew Breitbart, who runs, a news aggregator.
  3. ^ "Angry Alec Baldwin". The Sean Hannity Show. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Breitbart Reveals Weiner Photo". The Colbert Report. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michael Eric Dyson RIPS Andrew Breitbart On Bill Maher Show". Dime Wars. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Ng, Christina. "Publisher and Author Andrew Breitbart Dead". ABC News. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c " has Drudge to thank for its success". Cnet news. November 2005. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ Gillespie, Nick (March 2, 2012). "How Andrew Breitbart changed the news".  
  9. ^ Friedersdorf, Connor (March 8, 2012). "Andrew Breitbart's Legacy: Credit and Blame Where It's Due". Politics. Atlantic Media. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (March 1, 2012). "Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Blogger, Dies at 43".  
  11. ^ "Big Breitbart: Andrew Breitbart is messing with you. – By Christopher Beam – Slate Magazine". Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c Taranto, James (October 16, 2009). "The Weekend Interview With Andrew Breitbart: Taking On the 'Democrat-Media Complex' –". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  13. ^ Righteous Indignation, page 17
  14. ^ McCain, Robert Stacy (May 29, 2007). News addict' gets his fix"'". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Righteous Indignation, p. 36
  16. ^ "Lists: What's Your Source for That? Where Andrew Breitbart gets his information.". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  17. ^ "How Andrew Breitbart Helped Launch Huffington Post". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wiley: Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon – The Case Against Celebrity – Andrew Breitbart, Mark Ebner". 
  19. ^ "Conservative Media Mogul Andrew Breitbart to Join GOProud's Advisory Council". January 21, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ Daly, Corbett D. "Conservative website posts private pictures of Anthony Weiner." CBS News. June 6, 2011.
  21. ^ "Where Breitbart's Audience Fits on the Political Spectrum – Pew Research Center's Journalism Project". Pew Research Center's Journalism Project. October 21, 2014. 
  22. ^ Owen, Rob. The next wave: Ex-WTAE anchor Scott Baker changes channel to run Web news site, Post-Gazette
  23. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Sarah Wheaton (February 13, 2011). "At Gathering, Ron Paul Is No. 1 for 2012".  
  24. ^ Gerstein, Josh (July 1, 2015). "Breitbart, Sherrod near libel settlement". Politico. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "National Review Online". Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Not all Kennedy critics hold fire". Archived from the original on August 27, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Compromise: what Pennsylvania lawmakers could learn from Ted Kennedy" (editorial), The Patriot-News (Pennsylvania), August 28, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  28. ^ "Opinion: Ted Kennedy, the liberal adversary to the conservative movement". Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  29. ^ Benson, Guy. The New York Times Owes Jason Mattera an Apology, Big Journalism, February 19, 2010.
  30. ^ "Max Blumenthal confronted by Andrew Breitbart and Larry O'Connor/Stage right at CPAC 10". YouTube. February 20, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  31. ^ Breitbart Keynote Part 1 of 4, Nashville, February 2010 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
  32. ^ Breitbart, Andrew (April 2, 2010). "Barack Obama's Helter-Skelter, Insane Clown Posse, Alinsky Plans to 'Deconstruct' America". Big Journalism. 
  33. ^ Alexander, Andrew (April 11, 2010). "Allegations of spitting and slurs at Capitol protest merit more reporting". Washington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  34. ^ Carr, David (April 13, 2012). "The Life and Death of Andrew Breitbart". The New York Times. 
  35. ^ Sources that describe the confrontation with Occupy protesters at CPAC 2012:
    • The Web is Talking About Andrew Breitbart's Occupy D.C. Freakout, by Seth Abramovitch, The Atlantic, February 12, 2012
    • Eighty-Seven Seconds of Andrew Breitbart Yelling, by David Weigel, Slate, February 11, 2012
    • WATCH: Andrew Breitbart LOSES It On Occupy Wall Street Protesters, by Grace Wyler, Business Insider, March 6, 2012
    • Andrew Breitbart Dies: Most Controversial Moments (Video), by The Daily Beast, March 1, 2012
    • Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43, by Kat Stoeffel and Hunter Walker, The New York Observer, 3/01/2012
    • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Blogger Andrew Breitbart to Occupiers: ‘Stop Raping People!’, by Emily Crockett, Campus Progress, February 10, 2012
    • Andrew Breitbart Confronts Occupy Crowd At CPAC, Demands They ‘Stop Raping People’, by Frances Martel, Mediaite, March 1, 2012
    • Right-Wing Blog Mogul Andrew Breitbart Flips Out at Occupy D.C. Outside CPAC, by Benjamin R. Freed, DCist, February 10, 2012
    • Looks At Movement's Next MovesTimesOccupiers Berated By Breitbart; , by Esther Zuckerman, The Village Voice, February 11, 2012
  36. ^ "". 
  37. ^ Orson Bean (November 2005). "Sgt. Curtis Massey Was 41". Cnet news. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  38. ^ Ng, Christina (March 1, 2012). "Publisher and Author Andrew Breitbart Dead". 
  39. ^ a b (April 20, 2012). "Coroner: Breitbart Died of Heart Failure". 
  40. ^ Stableford, Dylan (March 2, 2012). "Andrew Breitbart death sparks conspiracy theories". Yahoo! News. 
  41. ^ Epstein, Emily Anne (May 2, 2012). "Conspiracy theorists cry foul after right-wing journalist Andrew Breitbart's 'coroner' dies of arsenic poisoning". Daily Mail. 
  42. ^ Lenz, Lyz (March 1, 2012). "Andrew Breitbart's Death Inspires Obama Conspiracy Theories". Huffington Post/TruTV. 
  43. ^ IN MEMORIAM, ANDREW BREITBART: PJTV Remembers a True Patriot and Friend. PJ Media. Event occurs at 1:48. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  44. ^ a b c Beth Fouhey; Philip Elliott (March 6, 2012). "Limbaugh and the GOP: The media stars and politics". Associated Press. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  45. ^ CBS News. March 1, 2012. 


  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World.  

Authored books

In remembrance, Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich praised Breitbart.[44] Santorum called Breitbart's death "a huge loss" that strongly affected him.[44][45] Romney praised Breitbart as a "fearless conservative," while Gingrich remembered him as "the most innovative pioneer in conservative activist social media in America...."[44]

On the morning of March 1, 2012, Breitbart collapsed suddenly while walking in Brentwood. He was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he later died.[38] He was 43 years old. An autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office showed that he had cardiomyopathy and died of heart failure.[39] Conspiracy theories arose about his death,[40][41][42] but the toxicology report showed, "No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%. No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected."[39] Bill Whittle, a personal friend of Breitbart, had said that Breitbart had a "serious heart attack" just months before his death.[43]


Breitbart was married to Susannah Bean, the daughter of actor Orson Bean and stepdaughter of actress Alley Mills, and had four children.[7][37]

Personal life


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