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Andrew Breitbart

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Andrew Breitbart
Speaking at CPAC, February 2012
Andrew James Breitbart

(1969-02-01)February 1, 1969
DiedMarch 1, 2012(2012-03-01) (aged 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeHillside Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma materTulane University (BA)
Occupation(s)Writer, columnist, journalist, publisher
Years active1995–2012
Political partyRepublican
Susannah Bean
(m. 1997)

Andrew Breitbart (February 1, 1969 - March 1, 2012) was an American conservative and libertarian political commentator. Breitbart was the founder of Breitbart News, a conservative news and opinion website, in addition to HuffPost, often considered a liberal website.[1] Often considered a prominent conservative voice, Breitbart was born in Los Angeles, California. Breitbart was Jewish.[2]

Breitbart helped in the early stages of both HuffPost[3] and the Drudge Report,[4] and later founded Breitbart News, a conservative website intended as a right-wing HuffPost. He was a key figure in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy.[5] Upon Breitbart’s death, he was mourned by such figures as Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and Newt Gingrich.

Early life

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Breitbart was born to Irish-Americans in Los Angeles on February 1, 1969. His biological father, according to his birth certificate, was a singer of folk music. At the age of three weeks, Breitbart was adopted by a Jewish family, growing up in Brentwood, Los Angeles.[6] Breitbart studied at Hebrew school, and had a bar mitzvah, in his youth.[7] Theologically, Breitbart was an agnostic.[8]

Breitbart described his upbringing as apolitical. He remained "proudly and playfully Jewish" throughout his life, albeit not religiously orthodox. He would sing Hebrew Jewish songs at work, and be teasing toward his orthodox Jewish acquaintances for their kosher diet.[9]

Breitbart worked as a pizza delivery driver whilst in high school; he delivered to celebrities, e.g. Judge Reinhold.[10] He earned a BA in American studies from Tulane University in 1991, graduating with "no sense of [his] future whatsoever."[11]

In his early years, Breitbart was left-wing, shifting in his beliefs upon an epiphany, while watching the late 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, due to what he considered unfounded attacks on the part of liberals based on former employee Anita Hill’s sexual harassment accusations.[12] Breitbart described himself as a Reagan conservative, with libertarian sympathies.[13]

Breitbart’s conservatism was refined by listening to such conservative hosts as Rush Limbaugh, igniting an interest in learning that he had suppressed as a result of his distaste for the "nihilistic musings of dead critical theorists" 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."[14]

Political positions

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Breitbart self-identified as "eighty-five percent conservative, fifteen percent libertarian".[15]

  1. Byers, Dylan. "Should news outlets declare allegiances?". POLITICO. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  2. Stranahan, Lee (2012-03-17). "Andrew Breitbart: Jewish, Irish, and Uniquely American". Breitbart. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  3. Sandoval, Greg. "Breitbart.com has Drudge to thank for its success". CNET. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  4. "Publisher and Author Andrew Breitbart Dead". ABC News. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  5. "Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart dead at 43". Reuters. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  6. Farhi, Paul (2012-03-01). "Andrew Breitbart built Internet empire by combining new media, partisan slant". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  7. "Andrew Breitbart, Republican Jewish media mogul, is dead at 43". Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  8. Beam, Christopher (2010-03-15). ""Media Is Everything. It's Everything.'". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  9. "Comment: Andrew Breitbart, Israel and Judaism". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  10. Righteous Indignation. p. 17.
  11. "'News addict' gets his fix". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  12. "Take AIM: Andrew Breitbart". Accuracy in Media. 2011-05-05. Archived from the original on 2023-02-19. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  13. "Andrew Breitbart on Common Events". Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  14. Righteous Indignation. p. 36.
  15. Nast, Condé (2012-03-01). "Looking at Breitbart". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2023-02-19.