Breitbart News Network

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Breitbart News Network (known commonly as Breitbart News or Breitbart) is an American conservative news and commentary website. It was founded in 2007 by Andrew Breitbart who was raised Jewish; his adoptive mother had converted to Judaism when marrying his adoptive father. Andrew Breitbart died in 2012. The Jewish co-founder Larry Solov is CEO.

The owners were in February 2017 Susannah ­Breitbart (the widow of Andrew Breitbart), Larry Solov, and the Mercer family.[1]

Breitbart has been argued to express alt-right views and supported the Presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. The website has quickly become very popular.

In January 2017 Breitbart had bureaus in London, Jerusalem, Washington, California, and Texas. It was in the process of establishing news bureaus in France and Germany.[2]

Facebook and Twitter

According to a 2016 estimate, Breitbart had the number one political Facebook and Twitter pages in the world. "Previous research undertaken by NewsWhip has shown that conservative news tends to perform better on social media than anything else, despite attempts from Facebook to suppress conservative voices in favour of liberal outlets, whilst Twitter continues to refuse to verify Breitbart’s official Twitter account and has suspended Breitbart News’ Milo Yiannopoulos’ account twice in the past 48 hours without explanation."[3]

Alt-right relationship

Breitbart was initially a right-wing links-aggregator supporting some less politically correct and anti-establishment views (as well as being strongly pro-Israel as discussed in another section). More recently it publishes more original content and has been associated with the alt-right.

"For Mr. Marlow, the editor in chief, the site’s success comes from attracting an underserved segment of conservatives — opponents of immigration and free trade who did not see their views reflected in other outlets. In online conservative news media, Mr. Marlow said, “The focus has not been on the traditional left-versus-right dichotomy. It’s become populism and nationalism versus globalism.”"[4]

Former executive chairman and White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Steven K. Bannon in a 2016 interview stated that "We're the platform for the alt-right".[5]

In a later interview he stated that "He acknowledges that the site is “edgy” but insists it is “vibrant.” He offers his own definition of the alt-right movement and explains how he sees it fitting into Breitbart. “Our definition of the alt-right is younger people who are anti-globalists, very nationalist, terribly anti-establishment.” But he says Breitbart is also a platform for “libertarians,” Zionists, “the conservative gay community,” “proponents of restrictions on gay marriage,” “economic nationalism” and “populism” and “the anti-establishment.” In other words, the site hosts many views. “We provide an outlet for 10 or 12 or 15 lines of thought—we set it up that way” and the alt-right is “a tiny part of that.” Yes, he concedes, the alt-right has “some racial and anti-Semitic overtones.” He makes clear he has zero tolerance for such views."[6]

However, according to another article "But company leaders deny they are actually part of the alt-right. “We have done a number of articles on the alt-right, but that doesn’t make us alt-right,” Solov said."[7]

Breitbart has stated that it is "preparing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a major media company for its baseless and defamatory claim that Breitbart News is a ‘white nationalist website,’” and "The diversity of the company’s news coverage and its staff continue to embody Andrew Breitbart’s colorblind, distinctly American commitment to ‘E pluribus unum’—out of many, one."[8]

While thus rejecting White nationalism, Breitbart is strongly supportive of Zionism.

"Mainstreaming"

In 2017, there were reports of an effort to make Breitbart more mainstream. In part this was due to politically correct advertisers boycotting Breitbart. "The people, who spoke to FOX Business on the condition of anonymity, say the changes won’t be overly dramatic and concede that editors for the publication are walking a fine line: Breitbart’s brand of conservative commentary, particularly on controversial cultural issues such as immigration, as well as its almost manic support of Trump, has brought it a huge following among aspects of the conservative movement."[9][10]

Also in 2017, employees at Breitbart have been stated to have been told by senior editors to refrain from writing stories critical of Jared Kushner, Trump's Jewish son-in-law and advisor. "The news comes after The New York Times reported over the weekend that Kushner had complained to President Donald Trump about the negative coverage he was receiving from the far-right website. Kushner had become a target of Breitbart News amid reports that he was feuding with Stephen Bannon, the news website's former executive chairman. [...] After this story's publication, Chad Wilkinson, a spokesman for Breitbart News, told Business Insider it was "an absurd suggestion that Breitbart would muzzle critical coverage of any senior White House official.""[11]

Later in 2017, Breitbart fired writer Katie McHugh for tweeting "There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there."[12]

Jewish issues

During a stay in Israel, Andrew Breitbart and Larry Solov conceived of the idea of founding Breitbart News Network, with "the aim of starting a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel. We were sick of the anti- Israel bias of the mainstream media and J-Street."[13]

Breitbart has stated that "our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel."[14]

Despite being strongly pro-Jewish and Zionist, Breitbart has been accused of anti-Semitism, which may be related to the alt-right associations and Breitbart criticizing some leftist Jews and Jewish organizations such as George Soros.

Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League have been critical and opposed Trump's appointment of Bannon as senior counselor. Some (right-wing) Jewish organizations have supported Bannon and Breitbart.[15][16]

Anti-Islamization views have had a prominent place. Breitbart has been supported for this by some Jews/Jewish organizations supporting such views and been criticized for this by other Jews/Jewish organizations with more politically correct views.

Breitbart's support of Trump has been argued to have caused internal conflicts and the resignations of several, mainly Jewish staff members. This has been argued to reflect differing Jewish views on what position is best for Jewish interests.[17]

See also Jews and immigration.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Former technology editor and half-Jewish homosexual Milo Yiannopoulos wrote an article called "An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right" but has more recently repeatedly denied that he is alt-right. White nationalists have criticized Milo and stated that he is not part of the alt-right.[18]

Milo has stated that "White pride, white nationalism, white supremacy isn’t the way to go".[19] He has also stated that "I’m a fairly unreconstructed Zionist."[20]

In 2017, Milo resigned after controversial statements on pedophilia/pederasty.

He has been stated to plan a well-funded comeback, but statements regarding this has been doubted.[21]

Quotes

how the Jews run everything; well, we do. How the Jews run the banks; well, we do. How the Jews run the media; well, we do. They’re right about all that stuff…It’s a fact, this is not in debate. It’s a statistical fact….Jews are vastly disproportionately represented in all of these professions
—Milo Yiannopoulos.[22]

External links

References

  1. Pro-Trump megadonor is part owner of Breitbart News empire, CEO reveal https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pro-trump-megadonor-is-part-owner-of-breitbart-news-empire-ceo-reveals/2017/02/24/9f16eea4-fad8-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html
  2. Breitbart News #45 Most Trafficked U.S. Website, Beats HuffPo, WaPo, FoxNews; 2 Billion Pageviews in 2016 http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/01/09/breitbart-news-45-trafficked-u-s-website-beats-huffpo-wapo-foxnews-2-billion-pageviews-2016/
  3. Breitbart Ranked #1 in the World for Political Social Media; Beats HuffPo by 2 Million http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/06/17/breitbart-ranked-1-in-the-world-for-political-social-media-beats-huffpo-by-2-million/
  4. Breitbart Rises From Outlier to Potent Voice in Campaign https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/27/business/media/breitbart-news-presidential-race.html?_r=0
  5. Sarah Posner (August 22, 2016). "How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists". Mother Jones. ""We're the platform for the alt-right," Bannon told me proudly when I interviewed him at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July."
  6. Steve Bannon: ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Anti-Semitic, Racist Elements of the Alt-Right http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/19/bannon-alt-right-young-anti-globalist-anti-establishment-nationalist/
  7. Inside Breitbart's Westside L.A. headquarters, they've got plans for global expansion http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-breitbart-news-20161116-story.html
  8. Breitbart News planning lawsuit against 'major media company' http://thehill.com/homenews/media/306106-breitbart-news-planning-lawsuit-against-major-media-company
  9. Breitbart News Seeks to Change Its Stripes After Yiannopoulos, Bannon Ties http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/02/22/breitbart-news-seeks-to-change-its-stripes-after-yiannopoulos-bannon-ties.html
  10. Breitbart News Tries to Go Mainstream https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/breitbart-news-goes-mainstream/514421/
  11. Report: Breitbart senior editors tell writers to lay off Jared Kushner https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/10/report-breitbart-senior-editors-tell-writers-to-lay-off-jared-kushner/22034145/
  12. The Cucks Will Rue The McHugh https://altright.com/2017/06/08/the-cucks-will-rue-the-mchugh/
  13. Breitbart News Network: Born In The USA, Conceived In Israel Breitbart, 17 Nov 2015 http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/11/17/breitbart-news-network-born-in-the-usa-conceived-in-israel/
  14. linton Campaign Denounces Breitbart News as Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic After Donald Trump Hires Steve Bannon http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/17/clinton-campaign-denounces-breitbart-news-divisive-racist-anti-muslim-anti-semitic-donald-trump-hires-steve-bannon/
  15. Anti-Defamation League decries Stephen Bannon, while many other Jewish groups stay silent https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/15/anti-defamation-league-decries-stephen-bannon-while-other-jewish-groups-stay-silent/
  16. Zionist Organization of America: ADL Falsely Alleging Steve Bannon Is Anti-Semitic http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/14/zionist-organization-america-adl-falsely-alleging-steve-bannon-anti-semitic/
  17. The Breitbart Defections: Was it all about Jewish hostility toward Trump? http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/03/the-breitbart-defections-was-it-all-about-jewish-hostility-toward-trump/
  18. USA Today’s Kelly Lawler Falsely Brands MILO as ‘White Nationalist,’ ‘Racist,’ and ‘Alt Right’ http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2017/01/04/usa-today-falsely-brands-milo-white-nationalist-racist-alt-right/
  19. MILO: White Nationalism is Not the Answer http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2017/01/26/milo-white-nationalism-is-not-the-answer/
  20. FULL TEXT: ‘How To Destroy The Alt Right’ By MILO http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/09/19/milo-destroy-alt-right-speech/
  21. Theory: Milo Is Broke https://altright.com/2017/05/08/theory-milo-is-broke/
  22. Shapiro, Ben (March 25, 2016). "Responding To The Alt Right: Are They Bigots, Or Just Stupid Children?". Daily Wire. http://www.dailywire.com/news/4396/responding-alt-right-are-they-bigots-or-just-ben-shapiro
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