Breitbart News


Breitbart News Network,[2] also referred to as Breitbart News, Breitbart or, is an alt-light[3] website that has been mistakenly classified as part of the alt-right.[4] It was founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart.[5] Although is not an alt-Right website, Richard Spencer has said that it "has been a platform for the alt-Right".[6] "Breitbart" Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow has said that "Breitbart" "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".[7] A "Breitbart" article written by Larry Solov reads "Breitbart News Network: Born In The USA, Conceived In Israel". Below the title is a picture of Andrew Breitbart, Benjamin Netanyahu and others apparently having a meeting. In that article, Larry explains that "Breitbart" "got its start in Jerusalem". He explains what happened one night in Jerusalem in the summer of 2007: "One thing we specifically discussed that night was our desire to start a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel."[8]


Plans to start "Breitbart" France and "Breitbart" Germany

In late 2016, "Breitbart" US Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told Reuters "Breitbart" was planning on starting Branches in Germany and France, which would both have national Elections in 2017.[9][10] The Alternative for Germany in Heidelberg was delighted to hear they want to start a "Breitbart Germany" and said so in a tweet: "'Breitbart' is coming to Germany. Fantastic! That'll cause an earthquake in our fossilised media landscape."[10] In France, Marion Maré­chal-Le Pen has welcomed the plan to start a "Breitbart France".[11]


Dortmund church story by "Breitbart" London

"Breitbart" was roundly criticised after it published an article, written by Virginia Hale and posted on the site on 3 January 2017, that was titled: "Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve". The claim was also made that "a mob of more than 1,000 men" was chanting the commonly used Islamic phrase "Allahu akbar" ("the god is great"), "launched fireworks at police, and set fire to a historic church". One part of the article that received special criticism was this: "Despite the prohibition of lighting pyrotechnics near churches, firemen had to intervene after fireworks were launched at St Reinolds, Germany’s oldest church, setting the roof alight." The "Breitbart" article linked out to an article from "Ruhr Nachrichten".[12][13][14]

The Reinoldikirche is not, in fact, the oldest church in Germany and "Ruhr Nachrichten" claimed that "Breitbart" was using their "online reports for fake news, hate and propaganda".[13] "Breitbart" later issued a correction update stating that the "Reinoldikirche" is not the oldest church in Germany.[12] Additionally, it was said that "Breitbart" missed the mark when it said that the roof of the church had been set alight and that in reality, only "some netting on scaffolding around the church" had been set alight by one firework that had hit the church, perhaps unintentionally (although we don't know that for sure).[13] "Breitbart" had inaccurately reported that "many fireworks were launched at St Reinolds" rather than one.[12] "Ruhr Nachrichten" says it is forbidden to light fireworks in the area around the church and people were doing this for a "good 45 minutes".[14] Raheem Kassam of "Breitbart" later said that Peter Bandermann of "Ruhr Nachrichten", who witnessed the event, had refused to help "Breitbart" with the report and believes he did this for ideological reasons.[15]

It is worth mentioning that at least one homeless person was seriously wounded by a rocket, as reported by "Ruhr Nachrichten". "The man, who had first-degree burns, had to be taken to the hospital. He had burn wounds on his hands and head."[14] "The Local" reports that "some individuals did start launching fireworks from within the crowd towards police, who told them to stop but were ignored".[13] Several people were heard saying "f*** you" and "s****ß Polizei".[14] "The Local" also confirmed that some people were using the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar".[13]


"Politico" claims "Breitbart"-Readership plunged

In an Article published the 20th of March 2018, "Politico" claimed "Breitbart"-Readership had dropped from 15 Million unique Visitors in October 2017 to 7.8 Million in February. The Article cited Steve Bannon's Departure from "Breitbart" on the 9th of January 2018 as one of the potential Reasons for the alleged Plunged.[16][17] "Breitbart" denied there had been a Readership-Drop as alleged by "Politico" and stated that the Traffic on the Site had "been extremely consistent" over the 6-Month-Period in Question.[18]

External links


  1. " Traffic Statistics". 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. Jonah Engel Bromwich (17 August 2016). "What Is Breitbart News?" Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  4. Ben Shapiro (18 August 2016). "The Breitbart alt-right just took over the GOP". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  5. Patricia Bauer (17 November 2014). "Andrew James Breitbart". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  6. "Times of Israel" staff (3 December 2016). "Nazi salutes at DC event a display of 'fun and exuberance', says alt-right leader". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  7. Charlie Spiering (17 August 206). "Clinton Campaign Denounces Breitbart News as Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic After Donald Trump Hires Steve Bannon". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  8. Larry Solov (17 November 2017). "Breitbart News Network: Born In The USA, Conceived In Israel". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  9. Emily Flitter (9 November 2016). "Exclusive: Riding Trump wave, Breitbart News plans U.S., European expansion". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jörg Luyken (16 November 2016). "Could Breitbart influence next year's German election?" Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  11. James McAuley (12 November 2016). "Is Trump reaching out to Europe’s far right before he talks with the heads of state?" Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Virginia Hale (3 January 2017). "Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Emma Anderson (5 January 2017)."No Breitbart, a Muslim mob didn't set fire to Germany's oldest church". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 "Silvesterrakete trifft Obdachlosen". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  15. Raheem Kassam (8 Janauary 2017). "Fake 'Fake News': Media Sow Division with Dishonest Attack on Breitbart’s 'Allahu Akbar' Church Fire Story". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  16. Jason Schwartz (20th of March 2018). "Breitbart’s readership plunges". Retrieved 10th of June 2018.
  17. "Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News amid Trump row". 9th of January 2018. Retrieved 10th of June 2018.
  18. Joe Concha (21st of March 2018). "Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label". Retrieved 10 June 2018.