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Breitbart Takes Times’ Sloppy Seconds

randpaulWell, well, well, looks like Rand Paul will take his weekly column to a new home that values his unique brand of journalistic integrity. Just hours after he was dropped by the Washington Times, Sen. Paul (R-KY) has been picked up by Breitbart News. In an article that seemed blithely unaware of any “plagiarism scandal” that might have marred the good Senator’s name, Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow welcomed Paul to the site and called him “an avowed reformer.”

In the piece, a Paul spokesman said the Senator was “pleased to partner with Breitbart News and looks forward to the new, wider audience for his columns.” Marlow likewise suggested that the move would help expand Paul’s voice, claiming that Breitbart.com “has surpassed websites such as Politico, the Daily Beast, and The Washington Times, according to web traffic analytics firm Alexa.”

Hm, well at least we can all agree that this is a move Andrew Breitbart himself would be pleased with. As to whether it helps Rand Paul move past this scandal, we’ll just have to see.

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Andrew Breitbart’s Replacements Step Up

With the recent passing of conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart, the parent company has announced his replacements. Politico first reported the news this morning at the crack of dawn.

Breitbart News Network, LLC, which oversees Breitbart.com, reported today that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Bannon (pictured at right) as Executive Chairman and Laurence Solov as Chief Executive Officer/President, effectively immediately.

Breitbart, the company’s founder, held these positions at the time of his unexpected passing on March 1st. Other positions: Joel Pollack will be Editor-in-Chief; Alexander Marlow will be Managing Editor and Ben Shapiro will be Editor-at-Large.

And they’re all impressively schooled. Bannon: Masters degrees from Georgetown and Harvard; Solov: Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford; Pollack: Harvard undergrad and graduate school; Marlow: UCLA-Berkley; Shapiro: Harvard Law School.

“Andrew and I were like brothers our whole lives and have been business partners since 2007,” said Solov.  “Steve was a great friend of Andrew’s and has been there the last several years helping us build Breitbart News.  Andrew possessed a very specific vision of what he wanted the company to become. Steve and I share that vision, which we will pursue relentlessly.”

Bannon is a former Naval Officer, serving aboard a destroyer with the Pacific Fleet and as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He is also a former M&A investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a film writer/director. Bannon was most recently the Chairman/CEO of IMI Exchange.

 

The Curious Case of Breitbart’s Banishment from HuffPost

Well, that didn’t last long.

WaPo‘s Greg Sargent initially reported Wednesday night that HuffPost would stick by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative publisher of BigJournalism, despite a campaign to have his posts removed from Arianna Huffington‘s site. A group called Color of Change had launched a campaign against Breitbart, who they say “poses as a journalist and then uses his position to gin up race-based fears, protect racists, and demonize Black political leaders and institutions.”

But it seemed that HuffPost wasn’t paying the criticism any heed. Spokesman Mario Ruiz rattled off a list of a conservative contributors to HuffPost and emailed Sargent: “The idea being that dialogue — from a wide range of perspectives — is preferable to silence.”

Then the Daily Caller‘s Steven Nelson published an interview with Breitbart, who said Color of Change could “bring it on, punks” and said he’d “expose them like the cockroaches that they are.” He predicted that Arianna Huffington, with whom he helped develop HuffPost in 2005 and who he’s known for almost 15 years, wouldn’t give in to Color of Change: “She knows that I’m not what they are accusing me of.”

Shortly after the interview was published, HuffPost changed its tune, likely due to comments Breitbart made about former Obama administration official Van Jones, who he called a “cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak.” Ruiz again emailed the Post: “Andrew Brietbart’s false ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched. As a result, we will no longer feature his posts on the front page.”

Of course, this wouldn’t stand. As Dave Weigel noted over at Slate: “Boy, good thing Breitbart doesn’t have an army of contributors who can comb HuffPo authors’ published and spoken work to see if they’ve done that.”

And so sure enough this morning, BigJournalism announced its pledge to “Help AOL/HuffPo Enforce No ‘Ad Hominem Attacks’ Rule.” BJ‘s Alexander Marlow writes: “AOL/HuffPo has thousands of bloggers, many of whom have said and will say things much worse than what Breitbart said, so we here at Big Journalism are hereby pledging to help AOL/HuffPo enforce their ‘no ad hominem attacks by bloggers’ rule. The work will be hard, the hours will be long, but in the name of equality and for the good of the site Andrew Breitbart developed, we will do our best to save AOL/HuffPo from itself.”

Something tells us this isn’t over yet.