Andrew Breitbart dies at age 43
March 1st, 2012
09:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Andrew Breitbart dies at age 43

(CNN) – Andrew Breitbart, a well-known conservative blogger, has died, his attorney said Thursday. He was 43.

Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief and in-house counsel for Breitbart's website, Breitbart.com, confirmed his death.

Read more here, or watch videos of Breitbart's multiple CNN appearances after the jump.

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Right-wing gadfly Breitbart stings again in Weinergate
June 7th, 2011
07:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Right-wing gadfly Breitbart stings again in Weinergate

(CNN) – Bare-chested photos that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner sent to a woman he met online had been the talk of Washington - and, increasingly, the world - for a week when the married Democrat finally scheduled a press conference to admit that he had sent the photos, then lied about doing it.

But before the shame-faced congressman arrived at the podium, another man took the microphone - apparently urged to do so by a press corps that recognized Weiner's tormentor: right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart.

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Sherrod sues Breitbart
February 14th, 2011
01:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod sues Breitbart

(CNN) - A former Department of Agriculture employee who was forced to resign last year after the posting of a misleading video has filed suit against Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who posted it.

Shirley Sherrod's suit was filed in District of Columbia Superior Court on Friday, her attorney confirmed. The civil suit accuses Breitbart of "defamation, false light and infliction of emotional distress," according to a statement issued by the law firm representing her.

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Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • Shirley Sherrod
August 1st, 2010
04:51 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, pictured, was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, pictured, was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee has cancelled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod as having boasted about discriminating against a white farmer looking for her assistance.

Breitbart was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.

“We are working on scheduling and we fully plan to have another event scheduled soon based on our existing trips to California,” an RNC spokesman said in a statement sent to CNN.

The spokesman said the fundraiser was cancelled “To better capitalize on the fall fundraising season that happens post-Labor Day, while also lowering costs by utilizing existing trips to California.”

Breitbart has been under fire for posting the video clip of Sherrod that led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod's forced resignation. She was later vindicated when her speech to a chapter of the NAACP was shown in full. Sherrod said on Friday that she will sue Breitbart.

Update: An RNC spokesman tells CNN that Breitbart will be invited to the next California fundraiser this fall. “The invitation stands,” said the spokesman, who noted they are looking for “an alternative date.”


Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • RNC
July 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod plans to sue Breitbart

Shirley Sherrod said Thursday that she plans on suing Andrew Breitbart.
Shirley Sherrod said Thursday that she plans on suing Andrew Breitbart.

(CNN) - Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will pursue a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart posted an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance. The clip showed her addressing a chapter of the NAACP.

"I will definitely do it," she said when asked whether she was considering legal action. Sherrod made her remarks during an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego, California.

Breitbart "had to know that he was targeting me," Sherrod said. "At this point, he hasn't apologized. I don't want it at this point, and he'll definitely hear from me."

Earlier: Sherrod deserved better, Obama says

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Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • Shirley Sherrod
July 26th, 2010
05:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Breitbart to headline RNC fundraiser

Andrew Breitbart is scheduled to appear at an August event in Beverly Hills.
Andrew Breitbart is scheduled to appear at an August event in Beverly Hills.

(CNN) - Conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart will headline a fundraiser this August hosted by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in Beverly Hills.

A Republican National Committee spokesperson confirmed to CNN a report in Talking Points Memo, which also published a copy of the event invitation.

Called "Election Countdown," the event will run from August 12-14 with Steele and Breitbart top-billed for the Friday evening welcome reception at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

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Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Breitbart • Michael Steele • RNC
July 22nd, 2010
07:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod on Breitbart: 'I'd tell him he's a liar'

Washington (CNN) – The woman caught in the middle of a national firestorm said Thursday that, if given the chance, she would tell conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart that he is a liar.

Breitbart, who first posted an edited version of a speech that led to Shirley Sherrod's resignation, said Tuesday on CNN's John King, USA that he had not specifically targeted Sherrod, and had not asked for her to be fired.

But when asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King what she would say to Breitbart, Sherrod did not dance around the question.

"I'd tell him he's a liar. He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only - he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he's dealing with. That's why I started getting the hate mail. And that's why I started getting the hate calls. He got the effect he was looking for," Sherrod said on John King, USA.

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Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • JKUSA • John King USA • Popular Posts • Shirley Sherrod
July 22nd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Schakowsky calls on opponent to stop blogging for Breitbart

Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called on her Republican challenger to stop blogging for Andrew Breitbart.
Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called on her Republican challenger to stop blogging for Andrew Breitbart.

(CNN) - Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart has hundreds of contributors to his website, and one of them is a Republican challenging Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky for her seat in Congress.

On Thursday, in the wake of the Shirley Sherrod firing controversy, Schakowsky called on her opponent, Joel Pollak, to "denounce Breitbart's intentional distortion of the truth and to end any further association with his website, BigGovernment.com."

Backlash against Breitbart has mounted since Monday, when he published a video of Sherrod, a USDA employee at the time, speaking to a crowd of NAACP members in Georgia. Liberals accuse Breitbart of deliberately editing the video to paint a portrait of a racist woman and NAACP members who applaud discrimination.

"Breitbart's publication of a video, which intended to turn the point of her speech into its exact opposite is the lowest form of political mudslinging," Schakowsky said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Breitbart • Illinois • Jan Schakowsky • Joel Pollak
July 20th, 2010
07:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Breitbart: 'This was not about Shirley Sherrod'

Washington (CNN) – Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who published video of a speech by former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, said Tuesday that his decision to release the video was not motivated by wanting to target Sherrod, the African-American woman shown in the footage talking about racially-charged matters at an NAACP event.

Instead, Breitbart told CNN he released the Sherrod video because he believes it shows the NAACP itself tolerates racist behavior within its ranks – a stinging accusation just one week after the civil rights group made a similar charge against the conservative Tea Party movement.

Related: Sherrod resigns after video released

"This was not about Shirley Sherrod," Breitbart said Tuesday in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA.

"This was about the NAACP attacking the Tea Party and this [the video of Sherrod] is showing racism at an NAACP event. I did not ask for Shirley Sherrod to be fired. I did not ask for any repercussions for Shirley Sherrod. They were the ones that took the initiative to get rid of her. I - I do not - I think she should have the right to defend herself."

Breitbart also described his decision to publish the Sherrod video as an effort to expose what he sees as the NAACP's hypocrisy when it comes to allegations of racism.
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