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The Andrew Breitbart Show

Conservative showman speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s fundraiser

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Last night, Tablet found Andrew Breitbart, the anti-mainstream-media media impresario who publicized the raunchy sexts that have undone the Queens congressman Anthony Weiner, was wandering around the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, the Beverly Hills venue where the Republican Jewish Coalition was having its summer fundraiser. Newt Gingrich, the struggling presidential candidate, had just spoken; forks and knives were clattering against plates. Breitbart, wearing his white shirt open at the collar, had an hour before he was due onstage to talk about Twitter and what not to post there. Your correspondent decided to ask him about a report, published a year ago in The New Yorker, that he had plans to launch an Israel-focused website, to be called Big Jerusalem. “If someone wants to fund it,” he shrugged, and surveyed the room. “I pay for everything out of my back pocket.”

An hour or so later, he took the stage. Everyone expected him to talk about Weiner’s scandal, and Breitbart, a consummate showman, obliged, after asking anyone under the age of 18 to leave the room. “The American political agenda is held hostage by a schmuck.” Laughter. “He could have said this is just another example of Jew on Jew crime. And I would have had to apologize for the cycle of violence.” More shtick, more laughs: “The best advice, given the situation up in San Francisco, is that he was trying to demonstrate the virtues of circumcision.”

But then Breitbart shifted tack, saying he didn’t want to spend the whole night talking blue. He said that, instead of sending pictures of his genitals into the ether, he had decided to fetishize fighting “the media”—his own all-purpose bogeyman. He cheered on the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, and booed liberal Jews for jumping on the former governor’s case for invoking the blood libel last winter, after (Jewish) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of those whose districts Palin marked with a bull’s-eye in her literature, was shot by an apparently deranged young man. He added what some might construe as a sexist slam against Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, snarking, “No crotch shots from you, Madame Secretary.”

And then he pitched Big Jerusalem to the crowd. “What Israel has to deal with is worse than what conservatives have to deal with,” he said. “I’m willing to live half my year in Israel to draw attention to this.” Claps! “I need your help to create this.” More claps! He argued that press freedom in America is crucial to Israel’s public defense, and invited his interlocutors to join his brigade. “We allowed the American narrative and the Israeli narrative to be hijacked by the media.” Another round of claps, and, later, an endorsement via, naturally, Twitter. “Andrew Breitbart delivers a barn burner,” wrote Robert Avrech, the screenwriter behind the Brian de Palma thriller Body Double and the 1992 Melanie Griffith-as-undercover-Hasid romance A Stranger Among Us. “Discuss plans for ‘Big Jerusalem’ blog with Andrew.”

Gingrich Addresses Republican Jewish Coalition [WaPo]
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Earlier: Being Andrew Breitbart

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Like Breitbart or detest him, it behooves the Jewish community, as it does every other minority group, to at least listen to voices other than the Democratic Party.

Harrietb98 says:

But, Breitbart is a vile human being.

Carrie says:

You can barely hide your contempt for Breitbart in this piece. Why can’t liberal Jews understand that there are a lot of Jews wanting nothing to do with the Democrats, and like Breitbart, many of us are also secular. Many of us are socially liberal by the way, but do not support the likes of Obama and his sycophants.

The mainstream media is hostile towards Israel. This was very evident during Cast Lead and Lebanon ’06. Why are you upset that Breitbart shines a light on this bias? Because he is a “conservative” we can’t support what he does for Israel?

Jeffrey Sultanof says:

I have no complaint about what he does for Israel, if that’s the real question. I just get sick at the thought that this nobody is riding high now over exposing something sleazy about a politician who ‘happens’ to be a democrat. I frankly wouldn’t want to be in the same room with him.

J Carpenter says:

does anyone take the high road to destinations anymore (Scotland, WashDC, Jerusalem)–?

Brian Levy says:

The jaundiced view of Breitbart stems from his open contempt for a left dominated media. Comments such as a ‘vile human being’ (Harriet98 above) are based on what? Has she ever listened to Breitbart or does she rely on the same old hatchet jobs on him by clever snarky journos with an agenda? Have she ever hear him talk (for example) about the Shirley Sherrard incident where he was branded a racist? Check out his interview with John King on CNN (google it) and find a very different perspective.

I am a Democrat (believe it or not) but I am prepared to state at the risk of being hung drawn and quartered, that Breitbart is far more honest than many of my myopic-on-Israel left leaning pundits and he stands up fearlessly for the Jewish state. More than I can about so many who we run to both in these columns and beyond.


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